Where it started

Retro Game Cases began much like most things do, an idea that just popped in my head one afternoon while pulling out my old N64 for a few hours of nostalgic fun. When the N64 debuted, gaming was a huge part of my life much like that of most people that was raised during the 90s. I ran across the official Nintendo game cases at the local, what was then Electronics Boutique. These worked great and allowed me to store my collection, then growing up to the 42 that I collected before life stepped in and forced me to take a hiatus from gaming.

Old cases with spine labels

Old cases with spine labels

These official cases were great, and me being as anal as I am about collections and displays, found the only real way to be able to know what game was in what case was to create labels to stick to the spine. Had I have had the programs and skills that I have today, the sticky labels would have never flown with me, but I used what I could and had at the time, and that worked great.

Bringing out the old N64 and games a few weeks ago, gave me the desire to really look into doing something about those labels, because as I had been thinking about bringing it out for some fun, the desire to begin collecting again took over. I began looking into cases and found some that provided a nice sleeve on the outside to allow you to display what was inside the case. And then I though to myself, how cool would it be to create artwork to put inside the sleeves?

Super Smash Bros. with custom case designed using The Cover Project's template

I did a little more searching, and like most all great ideas that come to mind, others have already began doing just that. The Cover Project put together an excellent template and repository currently with about 70 custom NTSC vertical designed covers for the N64. Sadly, there has only been a handful of covers added over the past year, and I’m not what’s happened to the project as far as the N64 console goes. But using their excellently designed template, and making a few adjustments for clarity and accuracy, we are committing to continue where they have left off.

Old cases vs. new cases

Old cases vs. new cases

It sometimes takes a few hours to put together a single cover, but it will be worth it to have a complete set available for users to choose from. So a ton of props go to The Cover Project for making such an awesome template available!