Box Art Brawl: Prince of Persia
Hello everyone, and welcome to another version of Box Art Brawl!
In the fight last weekwe watched the GBA classic kart race, Super Circuit Mario Kart. North America and Europe joined forces against Japan and won, collecting 75% of the vote. It’s clear that the simpler layout is proving to be especially popular with our readers, and we have to say, we totally agree.
This week, we’re going to check out the SNES version of Prince of Persia, published for the system by Konami. This 1992 version of the game featured improved visuals and more levels than the original Apple II and was well received by players and critics alike.
It’s been a full three-way brawl this week, so brace yourself for everyone; Start!
Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; but first, check out the box art designs yourself.
The European design for the Prince of Persia has much in common with the Japanese design, although it has been trimmed down considerably to match the standard box layout of the region. Still, it’s a beautiful work of art bursting with color and detail.
However, on the other hand, because it was garbled so much, we missed great details like the formidable skeleton emerging from what appeared to be lava at the bottom. See the Japanese entry to see what we mean!
So the North American variant is, uhh… freak. It features the prince jumping over the title of the game himself, with an interesting golden pattern in the background. It’s certainly bold, but we’re not really sure why this is the design chosen when Japanese/European designs exist… We can’t imagine this being the case. favored by voters.
The Japanese design is the full image seen in the North American version, showing everything that’s missing in the cropped image. The artwork does all the heavy lifting here, and even the title appears to be tucked away at the bottom to avoid encroaching on the pretty image. Lovely tool!
We have a feeling we know how this vote is going, but we’ve made a terrible mistake before, so we’ll see!
Thanks for voting! See you in the next round of Box Art Brawl.