Monday, May 14, 2012

I'm not sure what I think of Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise's box art

Although I'm not planning to buy a copy of Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise after it hits the streets of Europe on July 6, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit envious of my European compadres who are planning to pick up a copy of this Wii game (which goes by the name of Minna no Rhythm Tengoku in Japan and Rhythm Heaven Fever in North America).

That's mainly because Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, unlike Rhythm Heaven Fever, will feature both English and Japanese vocal tracks.


Is Beat the Beat's box art (above) also responsible for me feeling a bit envious of Euro Wii owners? Not really. Although I'd hardly call it ugly, I also wouldn't call it beautiful. (I much prefer Rhythm Heaven Fever's wildly colorful cover illustration, which can be viewed in this previous post.)

What do all of you think? Does Beat the Beat's packaging get you all hot and bothered, or does it leave you feeling limp?

17 comments:

Adam said...

I think "Beat the Beat' subtitle was pretty unnecessary. Get rid of the ugly font and speakers, and it would be sweet.

diaglyph said...

Yea they could've done a better job.
It's a very simple cover.

diaglyph said...

Oh forgot to add - but at the end of the day, the case will go on the shelf and I'll be too focused on the game to care about the case LOL (I may get the game when it comes out here)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Adam: Yeah, you're making me think the cover is a bit more "blah" than I originally imagined it to be. Still, it's a great game, so hopefully folks in the EU region will look past the boring box art.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Igor: Of course you're right that, when all is said and done, the cover art doesn't matter. Of course, you know about the game and what it has to offer. Folks who don't read up on games, though, only have the box front and back to go by. I just wonder if this art is compelling enough to attract them.

That said, I think the NA box art *is* pretty compelling, but as far as I can tell, that game hasn't exactly lit the sales charts on fire. Of course, Nintendo of America barely promoted it -- unlike how the Japanese version was promoted in that region -- so what do you expect?

diaglyph said...

Looked up the US cover - its very red and bright LOL
The euro one is very yellow in comparison.
Though the Japanese one is probably the most minimalist of all.

I think the important this is that the features are listed properly on the back (like the bilingual option).

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Limp. I think the retitling is ugly, too. But the dual vocal tracks is AWSOME! Why do they not do that for us?!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Igor: Yes, the US cover is VERY bright. And red, I guess. I never thought about it that way until now, though.

The Japanese cover is rather minimalistic. I really like the rainbow theme of it, but I wish it had a bit more to it -- like more of the characters that are present on the Euro art?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Justin: Yes, the dual soundtracks definitely is awesome. As for why we didn't get them: I'm assuming it's because NOA hates us :(

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Pretty much.

apricotsushi said...

Well, it's butt ugly, but I think the dual language tracks more than make up for it! :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Justin: It's too bad, really, because NOA doesn't have to suck as much as it currently does :(

Bryan Ochalla said...

I think you're right, Anne -- the dual-language tracks definitely make up for it. At least in my opinion. Hey, are you getting some version of this game? I think you'd really like it.

apricotsushi said...

Oh, I'm definitely getting it! Couldn't decide which version to get, but now I think I'll wait to get the European version so I can have the best of both worlds :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Sounds like a good idea to me, Anne! Do you know if the EU version is going to be budget-priced like the NA version? I sure hope so. Regardless, I can't wait to hear what you think of this one :)

Melody (Lizzi) said...

I really have to say I totally hate this box-art.
It's kinda ugly in my opinion.
The japanese and american box-art of Rythm Heaven looks so cute and colourful and we get this...
What a disappointment. :(

Bryan Ochalla said...

Although I agree that the Euro box art is the worst of the three by far, at least you got the game, right? I'm worried that the next one won't be released outside of Japan, as I think both the DS and Wii versions bombed in both the US and Europe :(