Thursday, October 06, 2011

Let's Play: 'Which Box Art is Better?' (Kirby's Return to Dream Land edition)

Sorry for barraging you with "Which Box Art is Better?" posts lately. I usually try to limit them to one per week, but I've been itching to push the "publish" button on this one since the box art for Kirby's Return to Dream Land was revealed back in August.

Why didn't I publish it back then? Because the brass at Nintendo of Japan decided to hold off on revealing the cover art for the Japanese version of the game--which is called Hoshi no Kirby Wii, or Kirby of the Stars Wii)--until yesterday, that's why.

Speaking of which, here is the radiant piece of art that will grace the cover of each copy of Hoshi no Kirby Wii when the game hits store shelves throughout Japan on Oct. 27:

The box art created for the European version of the game--called Kirby's Adventure Wii--is basically identical to what you see above, by the way. Well, except for the logo. (FYI: It will be released on Nov. 25.)

As for the art that will appear on the cover of Kirby's Return to Dream Land--which will hit the streets of North America on Oct. 24--here you go:

Although I can't help but roll my eyes at the "angry Kirby" that serves as the focus of the North American box art, I'd be lying if I said I didn't still prefer that cover option to its European and Japanese counterparts.

I'd love to say it's because of Kirby's big, er, "sword," but in reality it's because there's more movement to the North American box art.

As always, though, that's just my opinion on the matter. What's yours?

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


Motherplayer said...

They can put all the angry faces on Kirby all they want, but its not gonna convince me :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! I agree, Motherplayer :) Why even bother trying to make the pink puffball seem like a bad ass?

Motherplayer said...

Because he can make giant swords now? :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Eh, he's still a big, smiley puffball at heart, IMO :)

Motherplayer said...

I agree with the above statement.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, you know what they say about great minds thinking alike and all that ;)

Linnea said...

Kirby games can always trick me into commenting! :D

I'll say the top one, the angry face doesn't appeal to me but also I think the overall layout is better on the first.

Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Hate it when characters float randomly in the middle of the screen, and also Angry Kirby is much cuter than happy Kirby. It's no contest :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Linnea! Thanks for commenting and sharing your opinion -- even if I tricked you into it :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I'm not a fan of the "characters floating in space" type of design either. Also, in this case I agree that angry Kirby is kind of cute :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I can't decide on this one. I think the background in the US release is BORING BORING BORING, and I don't really like their obsession with angry Kirby...but the Japanese version is just...overall unappealing.

I'll pick the Japanese art because of the sparkly purple "Wii". Done.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! Well, it seems you got over your bout of indecision quickly enough, Justin :)

I'm OK with the NA art's somewhat boring background, as if it were any less boring it would make the whole thing look like a mess, IMO (because there's so much going on elsewhere).

That said, you can't go wrong when replying to these posts. It's all just our opinions!