Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Surprise of surprises: I dislike the packaging produced for Kirby's Dream Collection

Considering it was home to a pair of completely awesome Kirby titles, it seems pretty appropriate that one of the Wii's last releases will be a collection of some of the adorable pink blob's best games, don't you think?

Sadly, the outer packaging produced for this collection--called Kirby's Dream Collection in North America and Kirby 20th Anniversary Collection in Japan--isn't as fabulous as I imagined it would be. Oh, it's far from terrible, that's true, but I can't help but find it kind of ... underwhelming.

That's especially true of the North American version's packaging (below), which is mucked up by a terribly boring font (the "Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition" part), a trio of pointless product scans and that jarring swath of gold along the bottom edge.


The packaging made for the Japanese iteration is a lot more appealing, if you ask me. I especially like that the "included products" are illustrations instead of scans.


Thankfully, it seems that the cover art created for the game itself (the scans above are of the boxes that will contain the game, a soundtrack and a commemorative book of some sort) won't be so manhandled between the collection's Japanese and North American release.

Don't believe me? Compare the scan below--of the game's Japanese cover art--to the one shown on the North American packaging scan above.


Kirby 20th Anniversary Collection will hit store shelves in Japan on July 19, while its North American counterpart, Kirby's Dream Collection, will do the same on Sept. 19. Will any of you be picking it up, as I will, on day one or shortly after?

(Via andriasang.com and superphillipcentral.blogspot.com)

24 comments:

RetroKingSimon said...

The Japanese one is best as it doesn't have the Wii bar at the top or that gold bit like you say. I really like the cover though! If I had a Wii I'd buy it anyway, even if I didn't like the game(s) :P

Viewtiful_Justin said...

My God. That bottom design is beautiful and amazing.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ah, someone who agrees with me. My favorite thing in the world :P

Just kidding. Kind of :)

Anyway, I think it says a lot about the packaging of this game that you'd buy it even if you didn't like the games, Simon!

I'm guessing this means you've never played a Kirby game, BTW? If not, you really should try the first console one, Kirby's Adventure. It's veerrrrry easy, but that's kind of the point, and it's sooooooo charming :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Justin: Are you talking about the inside cover art? If so, I agree! Gah, Nintendo's designers are so great sometimes :)

Kimimi said...

Whaaaaa! That inside cover art is a lot like the Japanese box art for Kirby Super Deluxe, which is by far my favourite Kirby box art ever :D Thank you for posting this, I now know I have to get the Japanese version!

RetroKingSimon said...

I played one of them for my 'Exploring the NES' feature and I played the Wii one (Epic Yarn, is it?) briefly on a demo unit but that's all. You're right though, being a fan of platformers, it's criminal that I haven't played more of his games really! :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Kimimi: Yes, the inside cover art *does* ape the look of the Japanese cover art for Kirby Super Deluxe. I love that "burned onto wood" look, too :) Do you have a Wii? For some reason I didn't realize that, if so...

Motherplayer said...

The bottom one reminds me a lot of the japanese art work for Kirby Super Deluxe (AKA Kirby Super Star) It used a wooden carving of Kirby too so that's pretty cool to see it more detailed.

Dock said...

http://i50.tinypic.com/sdcy85.jpg
I'm pretty sure this is the official USA box art. ;)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Simon: Well, you can't play everything, right? That said, I've found that most if not all of the Kirby games are a joy to play. Most of them are almost criminally easy, but like I said earlier, that seems to be the point. Instead of worrying about dying and stuff like that, you're supposed to have fun running around and flying and enjoying the scenery. Or at least that's been my experience.

Kimimi said...

Yes I've got a Wii Bryan and thankfully it's modded so I can buy whatever I want from wherever - not that I do very often, but it's something I'd like to slowly expand upon as prices come down.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Motherplayer: Yes, you're absolutely right! Thankfully, it seems the NA inside cover art is largely the same. Regardless, what a great art style, eh?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Dock: Ha ha! Sadly, I wouldn't at all be surprised if that were the case. Although I think the folks at NOA would add even more scowls than that, don't you? :P

Bryan Ochalla said...

Kimimi: Ah, I didn't realize! Having a modded Wii is the only way to go, IMO. Really wish I could mod my 3DS so I could play games from any region :( Maybe someday??

dock said...

3DS hacking seems pretty unlikely because of its monthly firmware updates and heavy online aspect. Nintendo are being aggressive to the PSP+DS piracy cancer.

Which really really sucks :( EU gamers am cry. I love my modded PS2, and how blissfully region free the PS3 is. They should leave easy hardware region modding in (like GC), and focus on blocking hacks.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Dock: I know it's unlikely, but I can't help but wish for it anyway.

Honestly, I'm not sure I understand why Nintendo allowed all of their handhelds pre-DSi to be region-free and then changed things up after that.

I'm sure they have their reasons, but I doubt I would agree with them.

Anyway, all this means is that at some point I *will* buy a Japanese 3DS. At the moment, I'm just waiting to see if NOJ releases an all-pink 3DS LL. Should that happen, I'll be picking up a Japanese 3DS LL pronto :)

Kimimi said...

Region locking on the 3DS is a major pain and completely unnecessary in my opinion. Still, news of Monster Hunter 4 has softened the blow enough that I wouldn't mind owning a Japanese 3DS at some point :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

I have to wonder if the 3DS being region-locked has to do with the fact that 3DS games, more than ever before for a Nintendo handheld, have online aspects and components?

Other than that, though, I really can't imagine why they decided, all of the sudden, to lock down their handhelds.

Oh, well, screw 'em, I say. I'll show them by wasting $200+ of my hard-earned money next year in order to buy a Japanese 3DS :P

Marco Grande Arbitro said...

WOW! It's amazing!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Marco: I love how energetic/positive you always seem to be :)

dste said...

I'm presuming that this will be getting a European release. It better do or someone will get hurt.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I would guess so, dste! I don't think it has a release date yet, though :(

apricotsushi said...

At least they didn't turn the big Kirby in the center's smile upside-down for the US cover ;)

Bryan Ochalla said...

I agree, Anne! I honestly expected it. It would have been hilarious, of course, but also kind of horrible :P