Published On: Sun, May 31st, 2020

Poll: Box Art Brawl #45


And we’re behind with another book of Box Art Brawl, your weekly event to peruse covers of video games past and collect your favourite.

Last week we checked out Super C, nonetheless Super C didn’t indeed win a vote. Nope, it was a European Probotectors who took a pretension with a little though poignant (and surprising) domain over North America’s Billy and Lance. Who would have suspicion a integrate of robots could take a climax from a Contra legends?

This week we’re looking during one of gaming’s many barbarous box art images, during slightest in a West. The story behind a off-kilter North American cover is an engaging one (far some-more engaging than a diversion inside a box) and it has left down as one of a many notoriously covers in video gaming history. It’s got a high WTF-factor, though we’ve seen distant worse and a ‘banjo man’ cover positively grabs your attention.

But should that be a cause in your voting? That, my friends, is adult to you…



We start in Japan. A boat (which resembles an Imperial Shuttle with a hulk pure immature phallus bolted on a front) flies over a city suggested by an differently cloud-covered world surface. Billowing orb-like explosions fill a atmosphere and a tip fin and cockpit (careful with your emphasis, there) mangle a limit of a block image, ripping out into a white/blue of a prolonged Super Famicom box.

The heading is understated and effective, there’s an inverted red Triforce, and a Super Famicom and Kemco logos are both classily subtle. It’s a contrition that a diversion is a bit rubbish, though we don’t dislike this cover.



Europe uses a same pivotal art as Japan, nonetheless a contrariety has been blown out and a colours muted. We get a wider perspective of a world subsequent and some-more explosions are visible. The heading is a little generic, and there’s a lot of black space in a limit here that competence have been put to improved use.

Not awful, though a improved pursuit could have been done regulating a same components.

North America


Ah, banjo guy. In sequence to prove what a diversion indeed is, a barbarous North American cover gains a tagline: “THE HYPER-SPEED SHOOT-OUT IN SPACE”. There’s also a little boat combined above a tag, nonetheless it’s formidable to tell if it’s drifting towards or divided from a aged bearded banjo player.

The juncture here draws your attention, and we also like a heading on this one, with a letters gradually shedding their colouring as ‘dust’, or something, as we pierce along a word to a ‘X’ (and a little heading symbol).

As box art goes, it’s a formidable one to evaluate. In many respects, it’s incredibly successful during what it does. How many of us would never have listened of Phalanx were it not for this cover? In terms of capturing courtesy on store shelves, it did really well.

Many trust that good box art should promulgate something about how a diversion plays to a viewer. We’re not certain we agree, though we’re not a ones voting – that’s in your hands, dear reader!

Banjo dude or phallic gunship? That’s your choice this week. Click your favourite cover and strike a ‘Vote’ symbol to let us know your collect below:

Which segment got a best Phalanx box art?

And so ends a 45th turn of a boxiest of art-based brawls. We’ll see we subsequent week for Round #46.

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