Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Let's Play: 'Which Box Art is Better?' (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword edition)

While working up a post (that should be published tomorrow) about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, I came across the art that seemingly will grace the covers of the standard and limited editions of this much-anticipated Wii game. Well, you know what that means: Another round of "Which Box Art is Better?"

The following piece of art will appear on the "limited edition" versions of the game that will hit store shelves in Europe on Nov. 18, North America on Nov. 20 and Japan on Nov. 23. (Pre-order the North American limited edition here and the standard edition here.)


As far as I can tell, the art above will also appear on the "standard" versions of the game that will be sold in Europe and North America, while the art below, which I nabbed from andriasang.com, will appear on the standard version that will be sold in Japan:


Which one do I prefer? Well, I usually like Zelda games to have golden covers, but this time I'm casting my vote for Japan's shimmery, summery standard edition.

Which piece of box art do all of you prefer and why?

See also: Previous 'Which Box Art is Better?' posts

18 comments:

Kamiwoo said...

... Okay this is one situation where I can't decide! Like you, "standard Zelda gold" just feels so RIGHT, and yet lately I'm digging these colorful Zelda covers! Like the Japanese OoT3DS cover, that was boss.

I'm content with what we're getting in NA for once, so I suppose that's all that matters in the end.

Matthew Bartlett said...

Y'know, I love the colors of the second one, but it makes Link look like he's in a gladiator fight with the two faces around him. There's a lot of gold on the first one, but I think it's a little more simple, so I personally go with the first one.

Now, if they jsut combined the colors of the second one with the design of the first... :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, well, at I'm not alone this time :) Like you, Kamiwoo, I like both covers. I certainly won't complain about the golden NA cover -- should I pick up the game (more on that later) -- but at this point I definitely "prefer" the colorful Japanese standard edition.

BTW, I love the colorful Japanese OoT3DS cover, too :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I hear ya, Matthew. Combining the ideas would be cool, I think. That said, I'd probably still prefer the colorful version.

BTW, I just noticed something about the golden cover that bugs me: LInk isn't centered like he is on the standard/colorful cover. Stuff like that always drives me nuts...

SUIKA said...

The standard Japanese version has all that epic vertical depth and a great use of colour. So..

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yay! Someone else likes the standard Japanese version :) Really, I'm quickly falling it love with it, I think. I wonder if that will eventually be used in the US, too, or if we'll always have the golden version -- regardless of standard or limited edition?

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I feel like Kamiwoo. The gold is tradition. But...the other one is so great! But I'm so excited for this game already that the box could have a picture of a clown on it and I'd still buy the game...and get the gold controller...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Are you a huge Zelda fan, Justin -- as in, you buy pretty much every Zelda game released --or are you interested in this one for other reasons? Just curious.

Other than that, I like that gold controller, too! Argh, this fall/winter is going to kill me!!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Oh, I'm a HUGE Zelda fan. Huge. And this one looks more and more like the best Zelda EVER the more I see of it. I generally go "Oh, sweet," when a new Zelda is announced, and then as the time approaches, I get absolutely rabid...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, I thought you were a big Zelda fan, Justin, but I wasn't sure. I *used* to be a big fan, but my interest has waned a bit in recent years. (I'm going to publish a post about that very thing in just a few minutes, interestingly enough.) That said, I realllllly like the look of Skyward Sword.

Have you played either of the DS Zeldas, BTW? Phantom Hourglass or Spirit Tracks? Both looked interesting to me, but I've yet to play either of them...

Trxd said...

Oh goodness, the golden one, what IS that second cover?! *vomits*

Bryan Ochalla said...

You don't like the colorful cover, Trxd? Why not?

You're free to your opinion of course -- I'm just curious, especially since you seem to absolutely hate it!

Trxd said...

I actually really love that color scheme, but on that cover it just looks way too pastely and rough, as if it was colored in using crayons.

I think it looks horrendous, but if the color was more solid I would probably love it.

It should be noted that I love the pastel effect on Link himself, and I think the gold in the background of the first cover evens that out, but the second cover... just looks like someone spewed.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, it seems like it may be a low-quality scan, Trxd. If not, though, I kind of agree with you that it looks "rough." Of course, I wouldn't mind if the look ends up being kind of sketch-like or painterly...

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Play Sprit Tracks but skip Phantom Hourglass. Actually, play both, but...be warned that the dungeon you return to in PH is MONOTONOUS. And you go back far too often...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ugh, that sounds horrible! You liked Spirit Tracks, though?

Random J said...

I can't decide. The Japanese box art has more going for it. But the gold box art is classic Zelda. And from a marketing stand point, it would stand out more on a the shelf of a video games retailer.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Random J! I agree with you that there are a few ways of looking at this. Like you, I think the gold box art is a good idea for the NA market especially -- that's what NA Zelda fans expect from the series, after all. That said, I personally find the Japanese standard edition box art to be more interesting/striking...