Tag: Box Art Brawl

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #36 - Streets Of Rage 3

    A Bare Knuckle sandwich

    Bienvenido a Box Art Brawl, our weekly look back at the same game's retro box art from around the world with a cheeky vote attached. To coincide with the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons we took a look at the first game in the series last week. Despite the North American and European variants being very similar, the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #35 - Animal Crossing

    Population: indoors

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly perusal of regional retro box art variants that ends with a vote on the best of the bunch. Last week Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64 battled itself in round #34 and, quite frankly, we thought Japan's moody red and black cover would absolutely destroy the competition, as lovely as they are...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #34 - Perfect Dark

    Yeah, we know it's Japan

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the weekly vote where you decide which retro regional box art variant wins in the beauty stakes according to sophisticated modern tastes. Oh yes. Last week Castlevania for the N64 entered the ring in a third appearance for the series and one of the closest fought brawls to date. In the end...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #33 - Castlevania (Nintendo 64)

    Got its Reinhardt in the right place

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the weekly contest where retro video game box art variants duke it out for your approval. Last week we broke the 'rules' and featured a non-Nintendo platform example in the spiky blue form of Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. The hedgehog's first game cover is...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #32 - Sonic The Hedgehog

    What Nintendon't

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the weekly battle between box art variants to find out which lucky region got the best artwork with their retro games. Ready for a change of pace this week? That's right, we're getting an attitude, sticking it to the man and throwing out the rule book that's governed the previous thirty-one brawls. Yes,...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #31 - Ghosts 'n Goblins

    Malarkey about goblins, spooks, and demons

    Welcome one and all to Box Art Brawl, the ongoing series where we dig up old game box art, compare regional variants and vote for the best before flinging them back where they came from. Last week Quest 64 took on its counterparts across the globe in a bout which saw the European variant triumph over its...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #30 - Quest 64 / Holy Magic Century

    Holy magic century, Batman!

    Bienvenido, benvenuta, أهلا بك, bienvenue, willkommen, 欢迎, bem-vinda, ようこそ, and welcome to Box Art Brawl, the series where you vote on the best box art from regional variants of the same game. Last week we watched ISS 64 as it engaged in a rare three-way football match. After a tense 90 minutes Europe...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #29 - International Superstar Soccer 64

    Fresh blood is coming in

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where we throw a rosette and a bunch of regional box art variants into a pit and see which one emerges victorious with the bloodied prize pinned to its chest. Last week we watched as Mario Bros. battled for your amusement and pleasure. In a shocking turn of events, the sneaky...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #28 - Mario Bros.

    Super! Hang on...

    Welcome back, you beautiful people, to another edition of Box Art Brawl, the series where regional box art variants get subjected to public scrutiny and ranked according to their beauty by you lovely lot. Last week we had a true classic in the form of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which unsheathed its Master Swords and did...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #27 - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

    Hey, listen! *splat*

    And here we are once more for another edition of Box Art Brawl, the weekly battle between regional variants of retro game box covers to find out which one you think deserves gold medal in the looks department. Last week Super NES classic Castlevania: Dracula X bared its teeth and got down to bloody battle until the Japanese...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #26 - Castlevania: Dracula X

    Whip it good

    Welcome back for another edition of Box Art Brawl, the weekly vote to see who triumphs over the first and second losers in a box art beauty pageant. Three regional versions of the same game cover battle it out to see who is the sharpest looker. Last week we had a returning series in the form of Resident Evil 2. We looked at the N64...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #25 - Resident Evil 2

    Biohazard REturns

    Welcome again to Box Art Brawl, the weekly bout that sees regional variants of retro games compete to see which has the most attractive box-based visage. Last week featured a load of old balls - monkey balls, that is - as Super Monkey Ball 2 bounced off itself in battle. You lovely people decided that the European variant was the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #24 - Super Monkey Ball 2

    Super Monkey Brawl

    Welcome to the twenty-fourth (!) round of Box Art Brawl, the weekly regional box art battle that sees you settle the score and vote for the best regional cover design or a retro video game. It's the first brawl of 2020 - we hope you all had a spectacular start to the New Year and are ready to scrap once more! Last week we had a...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #23 - Snowboard Kids

    The kids were all right

    Welcome to a festive edition of Box Art Brawl, where regional box art variants battle each other for the honour of your vote. Christmas is over, New Year is approaching, so it's time to hit the slopes as the snow settles in the interim. Last week Star Wars Episode I: Racer raced itself to the podium and t'was decreed by you...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #22 - Star Wars Episode I: Racer

    Brawling? This is podracing!

    Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the series where regional box art variants battle against one another to find out which has the highest midi-chlorian count. Last week Kirby returned to Dream Land for an Adventure on Wii and it was decided that the angry North American cover was best, with Japan coming in second and the very...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #21 - Kirby's Return To Dream Land

    Or Kirby's Adventure Wii to his PALs

    And we're back with another Box Art Brawl, the series where regional box art versions of the same video game go head-to-head in a public vote to find out which is superior. Last week we had a real scrap on our hands when Super Smash Bros. for the N64 brawled with itself. Democracy prevailed to decree the North...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #20 - Super Smash Bros.

    A real brawler

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where we pit regional variations of video game box covers from back in the day against each other in a savage fight to the death. Okay, it isn't that dramatic - it's just a poll - but let's get into the spirit and pretend that the stakes are incredibly high this lovely Sunday afternoon, hmm?...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #19 - Contra III: The Alien Wars

    You mean Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, no?

    And we're back for another edition of Box Art Brawl, our series of bloody bouts between video game box covers from video game territories across the globe. Konami up to its old tricks. Last week North America was deemed to have the best Donkey Kong 64 cover, winning the day with its brazen boldness...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #18 - Donkey Kong 64

    Walnuts, peanuts, pineapple smells

    He-he-here we go! It's time for Box Art Brawl, our weekly look at which region got the best box art of a particular retro release. Last week the North American version of Ninja Gaiden on the NES absolutely trounced the competition, with the Japanese variant a distant second and Europe left stumbling in a daze...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #17 - Ninja Gaiden

    Or Shadow Warriors to us and our PALs

    Roll up, roll up for Box Art Brawl, the contest where regionally different covers of the same game battle each other to see which one stands up to the scrutiny and discerning eyes of the modern era. Last week 49% of you decreed that the Japanese cover of Banjo-Tooie was better than the rest, with the North...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #16 - Banjo-Tooie

    Bear-and-Bird-based brawling

    Come one, come all - we're about to begin the Box Art Brawl! Yes, welcome back to the weekly battle where we throw three versions of box art from the same game into a ring to determine which one wins the beauty pageant and which one(s) deserves to be boxed up forever. Last week Super Mario took on his continental...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #15 - Super Mario Bros.

    Obscure Japanese platformer

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the ongoing series where we examine three video game cover variants from across the globe and vote to find out which won is the toppermost of the poppermost. Last week we looked deep into the eyes of cinematic sci-fi platformer Flashback. It was decided that the Japanese variant, with its...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #14 - Flashback

    Look into my eyes

    And we're back once again for a Box Art Brawl! This is the series where we look deeply at three video game cover variants (yep, games used to always come in physical boxes, kids!) and use some good old fashioned democracy to decide which one is best. Last week we looked at three versions of Goemon's Great Adventure on Nintendo 64...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #13 - Goemon's Great Adventure

    Mystical Ninja 2, x3

    Smell that? Yes, that aroma of blood, sweat and tears can only mean one thing: it's time for Box Art Brawl, the series where we lock box art variants of the same game in a cage and see which one survives to the bitter end according to votes from you bloodthirsty lot. Last week North American Trevor Belmont triumphed over his...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #12 - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

    Another crack of the whip from Konami

    And we're back with Box Art Brawl, the series where box art variants from other sides of the planet meet up and fail to work out their differences without resorting to physical violence. Last week was a particularly bloodthirsty bout with Final Fight taking itself down to Chinatown. Despite flaws in each of the...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #11 - Final Fight

    Almost certainly NOT the final fight

    Welcome to this week's Box Art Brawl, the ongoing series where box art variants from around the world face off against one another to find out which is the fairest of them all. Who wins? You decide. Last week we featured GoldenEye 007 and the world's best known (and therefore presumably worst) secret agent...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #10 - GoldenEye 007

    You can never unsee it

    Welcome, one and all, to Box Art Brawl! We’ve reached the tenth round in the series where we present a bunch of box art variants and then put it to you lovely people to see which one prevails in the ensuing bout. In an effort to showcase some of the dross that will never make it to this hallowed arena, we took a midweek look...

  • Feature 10 Of The Worst Nintendo Game Covers Ever

    Our picks for the lowest of the low

    You may be familiar with our weekend Box Art Brawl series where we pit regional versions of the same game against each other in a gladiatorial poll to find out which has the best cover art. That's all well and good, but there are a great many terrible examples that will never experience the glory of combat in our...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #9 - The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

    A remake on Switch, you say?

    Welcome to round number 9 of Box Art Brawl, the series where box art variants from different regions go through a rigorous training montage before cracking their knuckles and duking it out under the watchful eyes of you lovely people. Last week Michael Biehn made a very much uncredited appearance on the three covers of...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #8 - Metal Gear

    Not yet on Solids

    Welcome to the eighth round of Box Art Brawl, the series where we throw a trio of regional retro box arts into a weapon-filled pit to see which one scrambles out victorious, though covered in blood and spittle. This chap looks familiar... Last time we saw three Star Foxes dogfighting over Corneria and a week later we can confirm...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #7 - Star Fox

    Barrel roll with the punches

    Oh, hello there! We were so involved with the freshly released Super NES games on Switch we almost forgot about the big bout. Of course it's time for Box Art Brawl, the weekly showdown where three regional retro boxes battle to find out which was the fairest of them all. Last week Mega Man 3 gave itself a sound...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #6 - Mega Man 3

    Blue on blue

    Ding ding! Round 6! Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, the series where regional retro box art variations duke it out to discover which one rules the roost. Last week we saw Super Mario Kart race itself ragged until just one version took the chequered flag. The winner? Super Mario Kart, followed closely by Super Mario Kart, with poor...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #5 - Super Mario Kart

    Before the big blue shell

    Welcome to Round 5 of Box Art Brawl, where we take a gander at the box art of a certain retro game and crown one regional variant as champion. Last week the classic NES brawler River City Ransom duked it out with its counterparts until the Japanese version emerged bloody-nosed but victorious, beating down the North American...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #4 - River City Ransom / Street Gangs

    Vote for your favourite box art

    Welcome to the fourth round of Box Art Brawl, the series where a classic retro game takes on its doppelgängers from other territories to see which has the greatest cover art. Last week we saw GameCube titan Resident Evil 4 knock itself sideways as its moody European self won a very comfortable victory over its North...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #3 - Resident Evil 4

    What'll it be, stranger?

    And we're back! Welcome to the third edition of Box Art Brawl, the series where we ask you lovely people to decide which lucky territory got the best box art of a certain retro classic. Last week we looked at Contra (or Probotector as it was known in Europe) and it was decided that the North American muscle-bound variant was...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #2 - Contra / Probotector

    I Think Ur A Probotector

    Welcome back for round two of the series where we throw the regional box art variants of a particular retro game into a pit and see which one scrambles out victorious. Last time we kicked things off with Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo. After a week of voting, the Japanese art has emerged with a very comfortable win,...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #1 - Super Metroid

    Vote for your favourite retro box art variant

    Welcome one and all to the first in a series where we pit regional retro releases against each other to decide once and for all which territory got the very best box art! And no, it's not always Japan. Over the years, the art on your video game box has increasingly taken a backseat as digital purchases...