Game Box Art Recreated With Cute Japanese Stock Art

I don’t know what a ‘meme’ is anymore. First they used them for science, then memes escaped a lab as a virus in a monkey, then Internet turned the viruses into jokes, and then the virus infected every other form of joke. (I think, at this point, we’re either safe or have ourselves become memes?)

All I know for certain is that delightful recreations of video game box art using cheery stock art have recently filled my corner of the Internet, and I think you might like them.

The #いらすとやさんでゲームパッケージを再現する hashtag is, translated oh so loosely, game box art recreated with Irasutoya illustrations. For the past few days, a (mostly) Japanese corner of Twitter has been doing just that, crafting colourful versions of game boxes using pictures from Takashi Mifune’s collection of royalty-free stock art. Yes, other folks have done the ‘recreate covers using clip art’ lark before but it’s never looked as fun as this:

This recreation captures how happy Rico should be on his adventures:

An alternate take on Ubisoft’s gritty New York in The Division:

It’s a simple one, but the lightning bolt is a nice detail:

Hotline Miami, being Hotline Miami, is… yeah, about the same:

More like DEAD CUTE Space:

Prepare To Giggle:

Psycho Break is the Japanese name for The Evil Within, though I don’t believe it replaces all the barbed wire with Christmas tree lights:

Everyone looks so happy in this version of Grand Theft Auto V:

Obviously, given that this is Japan, most of the games are console games – but that still means a fair bit of crossover in these multiplatform days:

I bet John wishes the new Need for Speed were more like this:

Okay, it’s not PC, but look at this Katamari Damacy:

Do hit the hashtag to see more, including a great many console games.

Thanks to, uh, all the folks on my timeline retweeting these. Whichever one of you got me watching that hashtag when I should’ve been working. But look at me now: it IS work. And thanks all the folks making these, obvs.


  1. quietone says:

    This is beyond brilliant.

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    Oakreef says:

    of course Katamari looks basically the same

    • bit.bat says:

      The cows are way happier about whats going on!

      • Hmm-Hmm. says:

        Happy cows make me happy. :oP

        I also had a chuckle at the Dead Space one. Lovely stuff (as ‘they’ say, whoever ‘they’ are), Alice.

        • Metr13 says:

          And so, having defeated the nefarious COW our hero, the COW, wins back the heart of the lovely COW.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      I know, right? I had to look back and forth several times before figuring out which one was real.

      I’m kind of startled at how faithful the Hotline Miami one is.

  3. int says:

    I am so merry!

  4. GWOP says:

    On the NFS cover, if the Porsche was replaced with a Beeetle instead of a Mini, it would have been perfect!

    • Butts says:

      Ah but the F1 cover made up for it. Had me laughing my ass off, that one.

      Hamilton as an angry old dude in a robe. Ricciardo as a (slightly menacing) maitre d’. Alonso as a sassy middle-aged lesbian!

      If the actual F1 drivers were more like the cartoon, I’d watch it a hell of a lot more.

  5. gorgonaut says:

    I like how Dead Space looks just like a children’s book.

  6. Rizlar says:

    I want all of these as posters.

  7. Fenix says:

    some of the tweets have Japanese so bad it makes me want to stab myself…

  8. bakaohki says:

    Oh my, this post really made my day! The Evil Within looks kinda scary though.

  9. Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

    I would’ve bought “Psycho Break”. We need more Psycho games.

  10. santouryuu says:

    this is awesome

  11. celticdr says:

    Love it!

    My favourites are Hotline Miami (because that juxtaposition of cuteness with the horrifically violent gameplay just works for some reason) and F1 2015 (hilarious with the angry faced Hamilton, smiling woman Alonso and mustached waiter Ricciardo).

  12. Rogerio Martins says:

    Damn, they’re all horrible.