Artistic Discussion: Guardic Gaiden (Famicom)

Guardic Gaiden (Famicom) Let’s get my absolute favorite box art added into this feature today. Compile’s spinoff from its earlier shmup Guardic took its gameplay into an entirely new genre; half vertical shooter, half Zelda-like action/adventure. Miria is one of several cyborg women attempting to save the universe, and her quest takes her through several…

Artistic Discussion: Just Dance 4 (Wii U)

Hey regularity of a feature, how novel. XD Just Dance has a horrid aesthetic to me. I just don’t like its whole visual presentation. It’s very trend-focused and hyper sanitized to minimally offend…it is the epitome of generic art. So I induct Just Dance 4 as its honoree into my “bad” box art collection, as…

Artistic Discussion: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

It’s been FAR too long since I’ve done one of these, so I want to return to discussing good and bad box art, and what better way to revive the idea than with a great Castlevania box? Aria is a stunner of a cover, with Ayumi Kojima’s powerful, ethereal style selling the gothic vibe of…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 3/28/2018

With the news of Dragon Quest XI’s western release date confirmed today, it felt right to resurrect this poor series and give props to my favorite cover of the franchise, the lovely VIII. It features most of the main cast in a dynamic rendering done by mangaka Akira Toriyama, expressing a semblance of the adventures…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 2/20/2018

Mega Man is a casebook example of 1980s localization and its intense desire to eradicate any trace of Japanese artistic influence. I go into this much more over at P4, but regardless of Capcom USA’s intention with this box art it is undeniable it is one of the ugliest examples I can bring up in…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 2/7/2018

Fire Emblem stood out on the shelf when it launched for the GBA way back in 2003. Its anime influence on its medieval world was unfaltering, and as someone who had finally discovered how much they adored such art design around that time, I was immediately drawn to its distinctive character designs. To this day…

Opinion – Artistic Discussion: 9/27/2017

Karnaaj Rally is a low-key release for the Game Boy Advance that has become infamous for its bizarre choice of a cover, a combination of checkered flag, a motion blurred car, and some poor unfortunate dude with blue hair looking absolutely disturbed. I don’t really know what prompted Jaleco to go this route and why…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 9/3/2017

Secret of Mana (SNES, Square Soft) I adore the box art for this game. It’s so delightfully lush and green and dripping with detail. It is the epitome of classy, beautiful illustration. And the logo just manages to fit in without being intrusive at all. In my book, there’s only a small handful of cases of…

Opinions: Artistic Discussion – 8/8/2017

This is certainly one way to sell a game: highlight a shitting cute dinosaur’s poop face. XD (I genuinely can’t add anything else. It’s Bub taking a bubble crap as the box art. Just what the fuck)

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 8/2/2017

Ecco the Dolphin (Sega, Genesis) Today’s great example of box art comes from Boris Vallejo, well-known fantasy artist who did more than a few Genesis covers for Sega back in the 1990s. This one is a splendid example, perfectly capturing the essence of the game, not to mention being a pretty damn nice painting all…