Thursday, October 25, 2012

Let's Play: 'Which Box Art is Better?' (Style Savvy: Trendsetters edition)

Earlier this week, Nintendo of America released for the 3DS the long-awaited (by yours truly, at least) sequel to its fashion-focused DS game, Style Savvy.

In honor of that release, I decided to devote an entire "Which Box Art is Better?" post to it and its international counterparts.

Japanese gamers got their hands on the title first (on Sept. 27), so let's start with it. It's known as Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen in its home market, by the way, and it sports a pleasantly colorful piece of cover art.


The box art created for the North American version, which is called Style Savvy: Trendsetters, on the other hand is decidedly less captivating.


Not that the art that's set to grace covers of the European iteration--which will be branded New Style Boutique and which will hit store shelves on Nov. 16--is any more interesting:


Those of you who have been paying attention likely have figured out that the Japanese box art is by far my favorite. Do you agree, or do you prefer the art that was created for its European or North American  counterparts?

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

12 comments:

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I like the Japanese box for its fashion, but DAMN that head is SCARY on that body...it's like they decapitated the real model and put a generic anime head on it. CREEPY!

So...since the European box art is ugly as sin, I'm going with the US art. It's a happy medium and at least features something that might make a guy think it COULD BE marketed to them.

Adam said...

JPN boxart by far

diaglyph said...

I couldn't really say, but then I guess that's because I don't understand this game. I've been trying to work out why its attracting so much attention?
To me, it looks like a game targetted at teenage girls. Just wondering why so many guys seem interested? (no offense intended! just trying to understand the attraction of this game for guys)

Marcus said...

I like the art of the Japanese version most but I like that the US one attempts to make it look like a magazine. That's kinda fun. The guy is kind of weird in there though, just looks like he's holding the bags for the lady as opposed to doing anything fashionable. :P

Diaglyph, I dunno why Bryan is interested personally but I like it because Style Savvy (the first) was a pretty cool game! It's not some sort of banal "Imagine" line game but one that actually had a good deal of effort put into it. Besides, fashion can be fun for everyone :). Just depends on your personal tastes.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! I hear ya, Justin. Still, I like the JP art the best by far!

Bryan Ochalla said...

You and me both, Adam!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Igor: There's more to this game than dressing up girls -- or so I've been told. There's almost a puzzle element to it, plus a store management aspect. That's enough for me, so I'm definitely giving it a go -- as soon as my copy arrives!

Bryan Ochalla said...

I see what you mean, Marcus, and agree with you to a point!

diaglyph said...

Ok fair enough :)
Hope you enjoy the game.

apricotsushi said...

The Japanese one is leagues better, but I can't help but wonder why she looks like she's bending over to pick something up with one hand, but then it looks like she just picked up her purse in with the other hand?! I know that's not at all what they were going for, but that's what I think every time I see it. Just what is she doing?!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I'll let you know either way, Igor! You can bet on that :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, the overall structure of it is a bit odd, I guess, Anne. Maybe they were just trying to cram her in there? Regardless, I still think that JP cover is the best -- by a long shot!