Especially if it's better than the Japanese version.
The Japanese original is definitely more accurate to the game, showing that it's a bit on the weird side, the western version has way better colors.
Posting some others.
Japanese version is plain, boring, unexciting colors and the bird looks out of place, almost lost.
Forgot to mention:
The US version is a bit on the generic dude vs evil side, but it's very well drawn and the eagle doesn't look weird.
Wouldn't claim that any version is clearly superior, but I like the sharp art of the American version and that it's proud enough to show in game screenshots on the cover. Japanese version looks kinda off.
Any western box art in general. I want to highlight the times we actually did good. Didn't happen all that often. Just look at the famous Mega Man box art. At least the EU version was somewhat decent.
Comix Zone always comes to mind.
I wouldn't necessarily call the art we got "good", but it's leaps and bounds better than the shit that was smeared on the Japanese release.
I fucking love this game.
In this case, the Jap art represents the game much more accurately, but the western art is really detailed and well drawn.
Both work equally well - the Jap box art probably wouldn't have sold the game in the west with its cutesy cartoon style.
I think some people mistaken the topic, we're supposed to post good western art, not make general comparisons or go into JPvsUS bullshit.
some people's opinions are blatantly wrong.
The U.S. version's box art is just a rehash of Rondo of Blood's box art.
Probably the reason why every idiot thinks it's a port of the TG16 game.
pic related is mysterious and intriguing. The Japanese original while well drawn, is rather bland and generic.
I always thought Goemon looked like Hervé Villechaize in the Mystical Ninja artwork.
>Released in Japan in July 1995
>Released in the US in September 1995
Only two months apart. Still, it seems weird they reused art from the PC Engine game for the US version and made up new art for everywhere else.
The original Double Dragon poster art wasn't anything special...
On the other hand, I kinda like this US poster, even if "Hammer" and "Spike" are not the way I usually envision the Lee brothers.
US Marketers thought audiences REALLY hated stylized cover-art. It's why most of the time they only had just the logo on the box or a shitty 3D render.
The Vampire Kiss box was way too far into the unrealistic side for the US marketing team.
The thing is that even the US manual for Dracula X uses PC Engine art. I don't think it was really an executive meddling thing. I suspect that Konami America only had access to older promo assets and not the new ones they made for Dracula XX (which Vampire's Kiss also uses).
Vampire's Kiss manual for comparison's sake.
You may have a point, especially now that I look at the back cover.
I'm surprised they allowed Bishonen Dracula on the box, he really clashes with the rest of the artstyle.
In the US marketer's defense, most of the character cover art is super cheesy and would look dated now. The LttP logo on the left is timeless, and Nintendo reusing the motif through the Gamecube era is proof
In that case the whole thread is stupid. Most designs are based on the local market and not if the Japanese art would be liked by some amerifats or vice versa. That whole "better than" should have been ignored and just been a simple comparison of how the boxart differed in various countries. Hell, even in Europe the box art was in most cases not the same.
>Has there ever been an explanation for the banjo man
The designer thought there were already too many games with a spaceship on the box, so he choose the banjo guy to stand out.
>Most designs are based on the local market
Those designs can still be shit or just badly drawn.
I like pic related and since it's NA only, we can't compare it to any other version.
The artist is Akihiro Yamada, he does really beautiful artwork.
The Western version is scanned with much higher contrast and saturation so it's not a fair comparison. Here it is with the Japanese version adjusted to match. I like the style of both of them, but I think the Japanese version just wins because of superior composition.
>The men have unique descriptions and backstories
>The women are just "trapped in the castle somewhere"
Is this better?
You're a faggot, but I might as well post them anyway.
Descendant of Simon Belmont. Vampire hunter.
Age: 19. Blood Type: B.
Very righteous and dislikes unfairness. His weapon of choice is the time-honored Belmont family whip. Able to use axes and knives as well.
Voice Actor: Jin Horikawa
Daughter of distant kinship with the House of Belmont. Held hostage somewhere in Stage 2. Once she is rescued, she can be used by the player instead of Richter.
Age: 12. Blood Type: AB
A honest personality and tough fighter.
Voice Actor: Yoko Teppotsuka.
Richter's lover. Held hostage somewhere in Demon Castle.
Age: 17. Blood Type: A.
Strong-willed and also dislikes injustice. Has a very pleasant personality and is nice to all.
Voice Actor: Atsuko Honda.
A nun at the Village Church, also held hostage in Demon Castle.
Age: 19. Blood Type: O.
Warm hearted, lively, with a passionate soul.
Voice Actor: Hiromi Murata.
Daughter of the doctor and held captive in Demon Castle.
Age: 17. Blood Type: A.
A Bright and caring person, she looks out for others.
Voice Actor: Akie Yasuda.
Lord of Demon Castle and the root of all evil.
Age: 800 (?). Blood Type: ?
Though his cold character is without equal, he maintains the dignity telling of his royal lineage.
Voice Actor: Hiroya Ishimaru.
who doesn't? even bad guys are opposed to it, while usually disregarding what they commit as being injustice. that's like saying my interests include having fun.
It looks like a bad Western attempt at manga art. There is no way a Japanese person drew that... right?
A game developed in the West and localised in Japan, now that didn't happen all that often.
The Super Famicom and PAL SNES versions look the same respectively, but the American SNES cover is even worse.
>I like pic related and since it's NA only, we can't compare it to any other version.
Best boardgame ever!