Or paper sleeves, card sleeves, slip sleeves, slip cases, slip covers, cardboard slips, paper slips, card slips – turns out no one can agree what to call these things.
This list is probably nearly complete? At least I hope so cuz I’ve spent so much time on this haha. But yeah uh, not for resale games and alternate versions of shovelware are really hard to track down! It was basically up to what was available on eBay at the time I did this because that’s the only reliable place to find photos of this stuff. (yeah, I know, that’s not inspiring confidence that this is complete. Look – if you want to eBay search all 50 games Zoo made for the Wii a few months from now, be my guest. Once was enough for me.) If you have any info on anything I’m missing, please leave a comment and I’ll update the post!
So why do these games come in cardboard sleeves? There are three reasons I’ve found. The first is if they come in a console bundle, likely to save space. Though there are console bundle games that come in a normal plastic case, too. The second is games that come bundled with peripherals (looking at you, Zoo) they’d just stick the small game sleeve in the box, I’m guessing it was to avoid having to make a bigger box. The third is demos for games, which since they were never going on store shelves, they could cheap out on the packaging.