As much as I'm enjoying my 3DS systems and games at the moment, I can't help but feel a bit misty-eyed about the recent passing of their 3D-less predecessors. So, I thought I'd perk myself up a bit by penning a post about five (more) of my favorite pieces of DS box art.
Because I highlighted a handful of Japanese DS box arts in this previous blog post, I thought I'd focus on North American examples in this one. Look for a post about my favorite European DS box arts to be published late next week.
1. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime--You really can't go wrong with a piece of cover art that features the ever-adorable Dragon Quest slime, can you? That's not the only reason I like this one, though; I also like its bold use of color and its depiction of abject chaos.
2. Electroplankton--I've often been accused of being a bit too minimalist when it comes to home decor and other such things, so I guess it isn't exactly out of character for me to say I like this experimental game's rather austere box art.
3. Etrian Odyssey--Would you believe this has long been my favorite piece of DS cover art? I think that's mainly due to the fact that it's seemingly designed to look as though you're peeking into the pages of a most adventurous novel.
4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney--I'm pretty fond of this box art's design, too. There's the cool perspective, for starters. Also, I like how "real" yelling and pointing Phoenix balances out the one included in the game's logo. Finally, the sense of drama is much appreciated.
5. The World Ends With You--The design folks at Square Enix regularly knock it out of the park when it comes to producing awesome cover art, and this example is no exception. My favorite part of this creation: the subtle pops of color that bring life to the otherwise monochromatic illustration.
See also: 'Five favorites: Japanese DS box art'