One thing I saw was the title of Nintendo’s future.
Hello, and welcome to the other edition of Box Art Brawl!
In last week edition, we looked at the Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for the GBA, perhaps one of the most underrated entries for the enduring franchise. Japan has taken the lions part with seven6%. Europe ranks second with 14 percent, and North America is tied in third with 9 percent.
To show how beneficial the landscape design was for the Japan GBA boxes, theres just a lot more space and if it works out, the bright image of Link is magnified with a picturesque photo of the locality.
This week, were sticking with Zelda again, and looking at what is often considered one of the finest entries to the franchise: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The follow-up to Majoras Mask was initially ridiculed for its drastic departure from visual style, many mockingly saying that the game as Celda was the smallest-hit for its approach.
The fan appreciation of the game, but in the years already, has only grown by the end of the year, and many people (including us) are desperate for the Wii Us HD version of the game ported over the Switch pleaseNintendo.
This week the Box Art Brawl, North America and Europe will be reunited once more due to their huge similarities in their designs. Despite the differences in tone and colour, the actual composition is nearly enough identical. But there’s a lot of conversation, so let’s take it.
First, let’s examine the box art ideas.
North America and Europe
New Jersey on left, Europa on right Images: Nintendo on right.
The western design for The Wind Waker wore much of the series gold theme, popularized after the launch of A Link to the Last a few years ago. It’s not only a picture of The King of Red Lions, but it’s just a European view. It’s tough to tell us which one we prefer not as similar to their designs, but if pressed, we would probably take a look for the North American version for its brighter and less subtle approach.
A photo of the console.
Where the western launch of The Wind Waker showed a more traditional approach to the box art, Japan went towards the opposite direction and chose a brighter, more vibrant approach. You got Link himself front and centre waving his little windway baton around and his circlings, the opening prologue, and some of the stunning Hylian text. In design, it’s definitely a drastically different approach, but we reckon it works very well.
Which region got the best Zelda box art? (1,756 votes)
America and Europe 47%
Thanks for voting. Hope you can see this next time for a full box art exhibition.