Here is something not so easy to find but enjoyable to collect, something that you may not see everyday and that only a few hardcore collectors want to have all of them.
Promotional Covers have been made for shop to promote games before their launch day. Most of the time, the covers were put in standard cd cases.
Today, I will show you some JPN Promotional covers for Sega Saturn. There were a lot! In fact, probably the same amount of games released, plus with some variations and unreleased games. So, I let you imagine the difficulty to have a complete collection of these. (I don't have one myself if you ask me
).First type of these Promotional Covers: a complete cover with back and front on the same side of the piece of paper.
Greatest Nine (with a special back cover):
( This is the one for you ave
Thunder Force V Special Pack:Second type of these Promotional Covers: a complete cover with back and front on the 2 sides of the piece of paper.
Azel Panzer Dragoon (2 copies so you can see front and back on 1 picture):
Shining Force 3 Scenario 1:
For expensive Shmups: Radiant Silvergun, Battle Garegga, Stellar Assault SS, Kyuukyoku Tiger II Plus:Sometimes, the cover is not the same as the final release, so you may called them "proto/beta" covers:
Time Gal & Ninja Hayate:Sometimes, you will get variations:
Shinseiki Evangelion Koutetsu no Girlfriend:And sometimes, you will find Promotional Covers for unreleased games.
I already identified 4 of them:
- X2 from Capcom (one of our member has it, maybe he could post a picture of it ?)
- Monica no Shiro (I don't have it but I am pretty sure I already saw it, does anyone have a picture of it ?)
- ScorcherThese types of Promotional Covers are not exclusive to the Sega Saturn, here are some samples for other consoles:
PSX, 3 types:
PSX, another type, front and back:
PS2 + PS3: