Tag: Box Art Brawl

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #96 - Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

    Which one doesn't suck?

    Hello hello hello, and welcome back to another edition of Box Art Brawl! Last week, it was Mother's Day in many parts of the world, so we took a look at Mother 2 / EarthBound, where the box art for Japan and North America is very different. We thought this would be a close one since both are very good, but your votes...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #95 - Earthbound / Mother 2

    It's going to get Ness-y

    Greetings, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl! Last week, we took a look at the SNES classic Super Castlevania IV, and boy, you folks really didn't like the Japanese box art, did you? The North American variant took a resounding victory with 94% of the vote; one of the most decisive Box Art Brawls we've perhaps...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #94 - Super Castlevania IV

    Die, Box Art. You don't belong in this world.

    Hello hello, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl! In last week's fierce battle, we pitted the brutal, calculating, unsympathetic pink blob that is Kirby against... well, Kirby. The EU and Japanese box arts for Kirby's Dream Land went head-to-head, and although the abstract nature of Japan's...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #93 - Kirby's Dream Land

    Celebrating Kirby's anniversary with a fight

    Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl *cue stadium-sized cheer*! Last week, we looked at the classic, the incomparable, the ruddy good video game that is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Pitting the US box art against the Japanese box art, you fine folks were quite clear in...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #92 - The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past

    SNES classic goes head-to-head

    Ahoy everyone, welcome back to another Box Art Brawl! We've got a great one for you this week, just in case the image and the title didn't quite give it away. Last week, we looked at Mario Golf (which is out now on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass!), pitting North America against Japan to determine which box...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #91 - Mario Golf

    N64 classic tees off

    Hello and welcome back to Box Art Brawl! We can't quite believe a week has already flown by, yet here we are. Hope you're all doing well! Last week, we checked out Super Paper Mario for the Nintendo Wii, throwing the North American, European, and Japanese box arts into the ring to kick off a battle for the ages (alright, calm...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #90 - Super Paper Mario

    It's baaaaack!

    Box Art Brawl..? You're sure you remember those words, and yet... It's been so long, you're not quite certain of what it all means or even who you are anymore. Just kidding. Yes, we're back with a brand new Box Art Brawl! It's been a minute, for sure - 7 whole months, actually! We're excited to bring back the subtle art of pitting...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #89 - Chrono Trigger

    Trigger warning

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our increasingly erratically scheduled series of retro box art polls where we all decide the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we looked at F-Zero: GP Legend for the GBA. Europe and North America ultimately duked it out for the silver medal (with Europe having to settle for...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #88 - F-Zero: GP Legend

    Check with your GP

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our series of retro box art polls where we all decide the best regional variants from two or more territories. It's been a while since we witnessed the last Box Art Brawl — an East vs. West duel between a pair of Metroid: Zero Missions, if we recall. Looking back we can see that it was a very even...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #87 - Metroid: Zero Mission

    As seen on your Twitter feed

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our series of retro box art polls to decide the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Rare's Battletoads on NES. Europe and North America teamed up with the same cover on that occasion (same as this week, in fact) and utterly...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #86 - Battletoads

    Let's not be Rash

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our semi-regular retro box art poll to decide the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time went on an epic JRPG Dragon Quest in celebration of the series' 35th anniversary. Following a spirited duel between North America and Japan, it was the caricatured beast from the East that...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #85 - Dragon Quest

    Don't be such a Warrior

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular (normally, although we've had a few weeks off) retro box art-based poll to find the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we grabbed our cameras for a closeup of Pokémon Snap on Nintendo 64. Europe's bluer cover emerged as as the winner quite comfortably,...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #84 - Pokémon Snap

    Snappy chappy

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular retro box art-based poll to find the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we looked at Brain Training for Nintendo DS on its 15th anniversary, and after a meeting of the minds it seems that Europe had both the brains and the beauty; the EU cover walked away with over...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #83 - Brain Age / Brain Training

    Hype brain

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular box art-based poll to find the best regional variants from two or more territories. Last time we took a 20th anniversary look at HAL Laboratory's GBC game, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. With Europe out of the running thanks to the game never launching in that region, it was left to North America and...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #82 - Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

    Rock 'n' roll

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to find the best regional box art variant from two or more retro candidates. Last time we looked at The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks in a duel that pitted Japan and Europe against North America. It appears that the regional team-up worked wonders — the greenery of the JP/EU cover...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #81 - The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

    DS'Express

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular dust-up between regional variants of video game covers. Last time we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the original Resident Evil by taking a look at the GameC

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #80 - Resident Evil

    REmatch

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the weekly poll we run to find out which of two or more regional box art variants from years past is best. Last time we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Game Boy Advance with a look at launch title Kuru Kuru Kururin. The game didn't get a GBA release in North America, but fortunately Australia

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #79 - Kuru Kuru Kururin

    Helirin on Earth

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where we pit regional box art variants against one another in a fight for your vote. Last time, the turn-based battle between Super Mario RPG and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Unnecessary Subtitle came to a head with North America ultimately walking away with 69% of the vote. Nice, indeed...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #78 - Super Mario RPG

    Seven-star game

    Welcome back, you lovely lot, to Box Art Brawl — our poll-filled series to find out your favourite regional retro box art variants from two or more contestants. It's been over a month since the last Brawl but following some time off to train up and recuperate, we're back once again to wreak havoc on video game covers of yesteryear...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #77 - Super Mario 64 DS

    Where's my DS wrist strap thumb nub thing?

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our poll series to find out which of two or more regional retro box art variants is the most pleasing to our modern sensibilities. Last time we observed SNES brawler Final Fight 3 as it engaged in a fierce duel between East and West. It seems that ganging up was a smart plan...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #76 - Final Fight 3

    'Final' my foot!

    Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, our contest to find out which retro gaming cover is best from two or more global variants of the same game. Last time we enjoyed the silence of Resident Evil: Deadly Silence on the fifteenth anniversary of the DS port. Japan took just over one third of the vote — and Europe grabbed almost a...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #75 - Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

    Damn Straight

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular poll to find out which region got the best cover art for a particular retro release. Last time, we looked at Capcom's DS gem Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective in honour of its 10th anniversary (in the West). The North American cover stormed it with over 60% of the vote, leaving Japan with a...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #74 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

    Sissel: real

    Welcome to the first 2021 edition of Box Art Brawl. This is our weekly-ish look at two or more retro gaming cover variants from around the globe, and we've got another three contenders lined up to duke it out for your vote. Last time, we took to the slopes for some festive 1080° Snowboarding on N64. Ultimately, it was North America...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #73 - 1080° Snowboarding

    What's the ALT key shortcut for degrees again?

    Welcome to the Box Art Brawl, our weekly (well, most of the time) vote to decide which of two or more regional retro box art variants is the best. Last time, we sized up Tuff E Nuff, one of the latest additions to the Nintendo Switch Online SNES catalogue. The

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #72 - Tuff E Nuff

    Had E Nuff yet?

    Welcome all to the Box Art Brawl, our regular contest where we vote on regional cover art variants from the dim and distant past when you could only buy games in physical form. Last time, we observed an old-fashioned Pokémon battle with Pokémon Stadium 2 for the N64 in honour of its

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #71 - Pokémon Stadium 2

    Ho-Oh ho!

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the contest where we pit regional box art from around the globe against each other in a deadly fight for your vote. We exaggerate — it isn't deadly in any way, shape or form, it's just a box art poll. We love a bit of drama. Last time, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts fought a battle between East and West...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #70 - Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    Demon souls

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our regular vote to see which box art variant from around the globe wins your approval. Last time, we went all modern and looked at the two covers The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received. We thought it would be a much closer contest than it was, but the result is crystal clear: North American and...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #69 - The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

    Nice

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our weekly(ish) contest between box art variants from around the world. Last time, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of both that game and its host system, we looked at SNES launch title Super Mario World. Thirty years! Time has its own Magic Cape, it seems. In

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #68 - Super Mario World

    It's a Mario, Mario, Mario, Mario World

    Welcome back, you beautiful bunch, to Box Art Brawl — our regular poll to find out which of two or more vintage video game cover variants from around the globe is the best, better than all the rest (diew, diew, diew-diew, diew), better than anyone we ever met. Last time we watched F-Zero take itself to the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #67 - F-Zero

    From zero to F-Zero

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly vote to find out which of two or more regional box art variants has what it takes to win your hearts and minds. Last time we boarded the Halloween train with a trio of Resident Evil 0 covers. While Japan and North America scarpered to lock themselves in the WC when the ticket man came, the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #66 - Resident Evil 0

    From hero to zero

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the battle between box art variants from around the globe scrapping to win your vote. Last time we lost our collective minds in the company of Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, although we regained our composure enough to see the metaphysical North American and European version win with nearly...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #65 - Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

    Chattur’gha, Narokath, Santak, Pargon, Pargon...

    Welcome one and all to Box Art Brawl, the battle between two or more regional box art variants to find out which one's the most aesthetically pleasing to the most discerning, intelligent — and may we say charming — of all internet users: your lovely selves. Last time we commiserated about the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #64 - International Superstar Soccer 98

    Fresh blood is coming in... again

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where we throw two or more regional box art variants into a ring and watch them kick seven shades out of each other in a fight for your vote. Last time we watched Advance Wars: Dual Strike give itself fifteen birthday bumps in a two-way bout between East and West. It...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #63 - Advance Wars: Dual Strike

    What is it good for?

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the contest which pits regional box art variants from across the globe against each other in a deadly duel to the death. Well, not really — you just vote for your favourite, like. It's a bit of fun, see? Last time we witnessed Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest give itself a sound thrashing as...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #62 - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

    A Kong time ago...

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the video game cover contest that pits regional variants against each other in a fight for your vote. Last time we observed a thrilling duel between Okamiden North American / European cover and the Japanese variant. Ultimately, it was an easy victory for Japan with over 70% of your votes going to the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #61 - Okamiden

    'Den again

    Welcome back to another round of Box Art Brawl, the series that sends two or more regional variants of game covers into an arena to pugilise for your pleasure. Last week we enjoyed the epic duel between the North American / European Metroid: Other M box and the rather lovely Japanese variant. The result was predictable from the start,...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #60 - Metroid: Other M

    Another M

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly series where we pit regional box art variants against each other in a fight for your approval. Last week the fastest thing alive dropped into the brawl with the seminal Sonic 2 for Genesis / Mega Drive. In a close battle between the three regions, it was ultimately North America who triumphed, with...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #59 - Sonic The Hedgehog 2

    Sonic 'Tude-sday

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where multiple regionally variable covers of the same game fight for your vote in a deadly beauty bout to the bitter end. Last time we had a duel between the East and West: two versions of Super Mario All-Stars went head to head following all those Mario 35th anniversary announcements,...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #58 - Super Mario All-Stars

    Super Mario 2D All-Stars

    And welcome back, box art enthusiasts, to the latest entry in Nintendo Life's Box Art Brawl canon. Yes, this week we'll be taking another look at some retro game covers and it'll be up to you to pick the best of them. Last time we took a look at Blue Ninja Shadow of the Kage Dragon as Natsume's variously-named 2D...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #57 - Shadow Of The Ninja / Blue Shadow

    Rattling the Kage

    Welcome back, one and all, to the latest edition of Box Art Brawl. After a week-long hiatus to charge our hadouken, we're returning with another bout featuring regional box art variants battling for your pleasure (and votes). Last time we took a look at Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door in a particularly close-run duel between...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #56 - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

    Paper-thin premise

    Welcome back to another edition of Box Art Brawl, the weekly bout of regional box art variants where you decide which one wins. Last week we looked at Yoshi's Island in the East and the West, and after some deliberation it was decided that the European / North American cover was the best by approximately two votes to one. It's...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #55 - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

    Crying in a bubble

    And we're back for another edition of Box Art Brawl, the weekly poll where you vote for your favourite classic (or sometimes not-so-classic) retro video game box art variant from around the world. Last week we checked in with Dr. Mario on the Game Boy (and NES) 30 years on from

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #54 - Dr. Mario

    Doctor who?

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, our weekly bout to find out which regional box art variant is the best, according to you lovely lot. Last week was the inaugural edition of the 'Duel' variant of Box Art Brawl, which saw two versions of Tetris for the Game Boy square off against each other. Despite a rather fetching entry from the East, it was...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #53 - Tetris

    Block droppin' beats

    Welcome one and all to Box Art Brawl, our weekly vote on a bunch of regional box art variants. It's Round #53 which means we've got a year's worth of brawls under our belts - thank you to all you box art critics and voters out there! This week we're introducing an ever-so-minor tweak to the format which will accompany the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #52 - Mega Man 2

    Mega 'The Rock' Man returns!

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to find out which of three regional box art variants whips the behinds of the other two. This week is a rather special edition because we've reached Round #52, which means it's been one year since we began this fun little exercise. We hope you've enjoyed it so far; from...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #51 - Super Aleste / Space Megaforce

    A Megaforce to be reckoned with

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, our weekly contest that pits three box art variants from around the world against each other in a fight for your vote. Last week observed three versions of ActRaiser 2 locked in combat. While Japan trailed from the very beginning, it was an exceptionally close fight between North America and...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #50 - ActRaiser 2

    Raise your act

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the weekly contest between box art variants from around the globe to find out which is the best, better than all the rest. Last week Puzzle Bobble, or Bust-a-Move as it's known in North America, graced us with its presence. It wasn't a contest, really - Japan absolutely stormed it with over two thirds...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #49 - Bust-A-Move / Puzzle Bobble

    Bust-a-Bobble

    Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to discover which of three regional box art variants sits at the top of the tree. Last week we scrutinised Natsume's Wild Guns on Super NES. Following a classic Western-style gunfight, North America emerged from the smoke victorious, growling at second place Japan and third place...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #48 - Wild Guns

    Wild world

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, our weekly dust-up to find out which of three regional box art variants is the best. Last week it was Shadowrun's turn to battle itself. Japanese Shadowrun obliterated the competition with over 70% of your approval, leaving second-place North America and third-place Europe to mop up the remainder. This week...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #47 - Shadowrun

    What we do in the shadows

    Welcome back to the Box Art Brawl, our weekly poll to find out which regional box art variant of an old video game is best. Last week we looked at the three main cover variants for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The North American Genesis version won out in the end, with Japan not too far behind and Europe trailing in third place...