Published On: Sun, Jun 28th, 2020

Poll: Box Art Brawl #49 – Bust-A


Welcome once again to Box Art Brawl, a weekly check to learn that of 3 informal box art variants sits during a tip of a tree.

Last week we scrutinised Natsume’s Wild Guns on Super NES. Following a classical Western-style gunfight, North America emerged from a fume victorious, growling during second place Japan and third place Europe to leave city and never return.

This week we’re adhering with 16-bits and holding a demeanour during Taito’s tile-matching nonplus diversion Puzzle Bobble, or Bust-a-Move as it’s famous in North America. Most recently, we’ve seen dragons Bub and Bob on Switch in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, a diversion North America is still watchful for, nonetheless a Neo Geo chronicle of Puzzle Bobble is accessible as partial of Hamster’s ACA Neo Geo operation on Switch.

Right, let’s bust some bubbles.


The Super Famicom chronicle is comparatively purify and quiet, with Bub and Bob during a bottom, a garland of multicolored froth rising by a center and a bulbous pretension ripping out of a yellow froth during a top. The reduce half’s gradiated blue-purple credentials stops a white limit looking seared and we finish adult with a cheery, charming cover.

Top it off with a honeyed Taito and Super Famicom logos during a tip and it’s a clever start from a Japanese.


Europeans got a dark pinkish limit around a bubbly square of art featuring a dragons. This one gives we some-more of an thought of a gameplay, with a pointer banishment during a froth and popping several of them. It uses a same pretension as a Japanese version, with a Bust-a-Move underline combined usually beneath.

The pinkish is a small insipid, though there’s some-more than adequate colour elsewhere and we like that it communicates something about a game, too. Not bad.

North America

We contingency remember that this diversion expelled in a mid-’90s, and kids in a ’90s hated lovable things. If it wasn’t rude, lacked ‘tude, or seemed in any approach ‘kiddy’, Western gamers apparently wouldn’t hold it. Consequently, Bub and Bob got suspended in North America in foster of a grittier, some-more critical cover. The pointer looks like a Eiffel Tower remade into a laser cannon and a planetoid ‘bubbles’ don’t cocktail here, they explode! The credentials suggests we’re in some arrange of digital cyberspace here, with astronomical bodies going nova as we fire them. Far out!

The new pretension gets a hard-edged rise diagnosis and a usually thing blank is a tagline to let us know this ain’t for kids.

It’s certain different. It’s not bad per se, though we’ve taken opposite it for a approach it treats gamers like idiots who exclude to demeanour past a aspect to a gameplay beneath. Then again, we’ve seen time and again covers in a West reworked to give them an ‘edge’ (hello angry-eyed Kirby!), so maybe a selling people knew what they were doing. Maybe we were all idiots in a ’90s.

Time to bust-a-groove and click your favourite below. Hit a ‘Vote’ symbol after that and you’ll have voted – ridicule good show!

Which segment got a best Puzzle Bobble / Bust-a-Move box art?

Thanks for fasten us this week. Let us know how we picked below, and we’ll see we subsequent time.

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