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PostSubject: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptySun 18 Jan 2015 - 22:28

Due to a post of Stu's in the "last retro game you played" thread I thought I'd make this for a bit of fun, so what are the best/worst retro box art you have seen?

I'll start off with a few:

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The best/worst retro Box art thread Super_Metroid_PAL_boxart


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I think everyone remembers this one
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptySun 18 Jan 2015 - 23:12

It's a game I've never played, but I flippin' love the boxart for this game:

The best/worst retro Box art thread Axelay_box_eu

And this is just a classic stinker:

The best/worst retro Box art thread Mega_Man_1_box_artwork
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyMon 19 Jan 2015 - 0:47

Ahhhh, I was going to post Mega Man and his menacing lemons. Laughing

Mas, your link is dead on my end. Meh

I always really liked Castlevania's box art, despite how 80s kitsch it is.

The best/worst retro Box art thread Castlevania_NES_box_art

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Stu_the_great wrote:
It's a game I've never played, but I flippin' love the boxart for this game:

The best/worst retro Box art thread Axelay_box_eu

A game that's now on wii U VC & that I really want as I only played a tiny bit back in the day but I've just got games coming out my ears at the minute.

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@Jay I was actually going to put Castlevania as my best choice but then my Super Metroid fanboy took over.
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyMon 19 Jan 2015 - 9:32

@Jay: I never really noticed the lemons, I was always more preoccupied with the gun that Mega Man's holding. It's a gun! It's nothing like his Mega Buster. It's not even part of his arm!

@Jas: Same here! I was even thinking of buying the actual cartridge over the VC copy.

Here's another one I'm very fond of:

The best/worst retro Box art thread 250px-Supermariolandboxart

Doesn't that just capture the spirit of the game perfectly?

And another bleurgh one:

The best/worst retro Box art thread _-Strider-Sega-Megadrive-_

Strider looks like he's just escaped from a fitness DVD shoot.
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyMon 19 Jan 2015 - 10:44

@Jay ohh it's up on my end, it's the Iron Sword Nes game with Fabio on the front that's all it's remembered for.


What about this from the 2600
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or this from the 3DO
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Hmm...my Super Metroid pictiure seems to have shrunk. Eh?
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyTue 20 Jan 2015 - 2:00

On the subject of terrible box art and Megaman, I came across this the other day and it had me howling out loud.

http://www.dorkly.com/post/43085/mega-man-cover-art-memos?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=amplification
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyTue 20 Jan 2015 - 9:02

Laughing brilliant find!

The face of Mega Man on 3's cover is truly terrifying. Pale

EDIT: Robot genitals.


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Treesmurf wrote:
http://www.dorkly.com/post/43085/mega-man-cover-art-memos?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=amplification

Love it. Mechanical eunuchs. Laughing

And thankfully it reminded me that Europe got much nicer Mega Man 3 artwork (scary as shit Dr. Wily aside):

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Wily is horrifying in that box art. No
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I'll give them the benefit of the doubt there. Maybe it was completely intentional. Pale

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The best/worst retro Box art thread 47872_front
The game's allegedly not all that (to put it lightly), but who decided that this scene was the best part of the game to depict? Rubbish.
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyTue 20 Jan 2015 - 23:50

Not sure why Pac is pulling that face, I'm guessing he seen this box art.

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Shocked Holy moley! That's gonna replace the whale in my nightmares.

Here's another good one to compensate:
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyWed 21 Jan 2015 - 23:19

I love that; all the Disney artwork from the 16-bit era was awesome - nothing seemed to be phoned in or copied.


Oh look Jimbob's gone to the BBC Micro archives again LOL
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I don't know why but I think that Bone Cruncher one has a certain charm to it.
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I like how everything's hand-drawn from back then. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyThu 22 Jan 2015 - 12:15

I just had a quick google to see if anyone had hand-drawn modern games in a retro style & found this:

http://www.gamesradar.com/what-video-game-box-art-would-look-if-it-hadnt-changed-30-years/

Love the MH Tri & Red dead redemption ones the most.

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Laughed at the Soul Calibur one, very accurate. Laughing

Didn't appreciate the blatant error of Demon's Souls being on 360 though!
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Oh I didn't even notice that, what were they thinking? Duh!
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I love the one for GTAV. I think they should've gone with that. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: The best/worst retro Box art thread   The best/worst retro Box art thread EmptyFri 23 Jan 2015 - 1:23

I think I prefer the majority of them, you never see real life shot box art anymore and the dragon from the Skyrim one was deliciously retro.

Sonic box art back in the day definitely seems to differ at both ends of the scale.

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The best/worst retro Box art thread _-Sonic-The-Hedgehog-2-Sega-Megadrive-_

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The best/worst retro Box art thread S3-eu-box

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You forgot this one, So simple So Nice
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@Smurfy: I actually don't mind the Genesis Sonic boxart, though maybe that's nostalgia: you got said artwork on the posters that came with the European games inside the box. And the only real thing I dislike about Sonic 3's box is the horrid rebranding they did with the colours and the Mega Drive logo by the time that game came out.
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