Golden Sun - BAB
Image: Nintendo Life

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Last time, we kept the metaphorical Morph Ball rolling with another Metroid game: Metroid Fusion. The end result was surprisingly close, all told, but Japan managed to claim the victory with 57% of the vote. We guess folks like the blue goo!

This week, we're going to check out another GBA game, and it's one that is currently earmarked to appear on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack alongside Metroid Fusion, and that's Golden Sun.

Released in 2001 (or 2002 if you're in Europe), Golden Sun is still to this day held as one of the finest RPG games of all time, with many critics praising the exceptional visuals and throwbacks to the SNES era of role-playing.

The designs here are pretty similar, and since the west got the same variant, it's going to be another duel against Japan's landscape design. So let's get to it!

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first, let's check out the box art designs themselves.

North America and Europe

Golden Sun UK
Image: Nintendo

So, both designs in the running this week showcase the same set of characters, and they're looking very heroic. With the western design, there's nothing else here to take the focus away from the characters, with the logo itself nestled in at the top of the composition.

The colours used here are simply beautiful; it's bold and striking, yet maintains an almost typical colour pallete for a fantasy game, with lots of brown, green, and, well... gold. Nice.


Golden Sun Japan
Image: Nintendo

Japan's design features the same set of characters, though admittedly there's a bit more to look at here thanks to the ESRB and Nintendo logo's blocking out one character on the western design. Boooo.

There's also an awful lot of blue in this design, surrounding the characters and stretching out towards the left, allowing the Golden Sun logo to really pop out. It's a great design, and we're honestly a bit torn on this one.

Which region got the best Golden Sun box art?

Thanks for voting! We'll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.