Illusion of Gaia - Box Art Brawl
Image: Nintendo Life

Welcome, one and all, to another edition of Box Art Brawl.

Taking a look at last week's battle, Europe went up against two opposing forces from North America for the DS release of Magic & Might: Clash of Heroes. Full blown civil war, over here. Europe came away with the victory, though, bringing in 56% of the vote with its distinctly more colourful composition.

This week, were going to be jumping back in time once again to the days of the SNES. This time, Enix is taking to the ring with its 1993 release of Illusion of Gaia (known as Illusion of Time in PAL regions) from developer Quintet.

There are actually quite a few different variations on the box art with this one, so let's take this one step at a time, shall we?

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

North America

Gaia - NA
Image: Enix

So the North American release of Illusion of Gaia probably contains the most recognisable box art. It's a spin on what other SNES RPGs have done by making sure the title itself is the main focal point. It's a lovely design and we love that the capital 'G' almost fills the planet in the background.

UK / Belgium / Netherlands

Gaia - UK
Image: Enix

The box art for these particular European countries is probably the closest in design to the North American version, but of course, the change in name is the biggest factor here. It's a darker and, dare we say, more sci-fi take on the design, with the capital 'M' in Time now taking centre stage against the planet.


Gaia - Germany
Image: Enix

Germany's box art uses the same logo as the other European designs but makes it smaller and features two rather impressive character depictions in the centre of the image. It looks quite grand in its composition and works remarkably well in drawing the viewers' eyes.


Gaia - Spain
Image: Erix

What's going on here? While this is certainly similar to Germany's design in terms of composition, the actual execution is, uhh... well, not great. It looks like a cheap knock-off, no?


Gaia - Japan
Image: Enix

Oooh, this is lovely. Similar in design to Germany's variant, the Japanese version makes full use of the vertical space and even throws in a couple of pixel-art characters too. It looks great!

Which region got the best box art for Illusion of Gaia / Time? (1,955 votes)

  1. North America
    North America25%
  2. UK / Belgium
    UK / Belgium6%
  3. Germany
  4. Spain
  5. Japan

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