Box Art Brawl..? You’re sure you remember those words, and yet… It’s been so long that you’re not quite sure what it all means or who you are.
Yes, we’re back with a brand new Box Art Brawl! It must have been a minute ago – actually a whole 7 months! We’re excited to bring back the subtle art of pitting regional flavors against each other to determine which territory is the chicest, most appealing, and most delicious Splendid box art around.
In August 21 we tested Chrono Trigger for the SNES, pitting Japan against North America and leaving poor Europe behind. North America’s more action-oriented box art easily won the round, garnering a whopping 69% of the votes.
This week we’re looking at the Wii release of Super Paper Mario, which, by the way, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month! The game picked up the typical RPG elements that the Paper Mario Series is known for and mixed it with more traditional Mario platformer action.
So be sure to cast your vote in the poll and make your voice heard as we decide which Super Paper Mario packaging design is the best!
Our first beautiful box art is very Mario-esque, isn’t it? Many beautiful colors burst from the screen. We love the focus it puts on the terrain going into the distance – almost reminds us of art class at school when we were learning about perspective.
Finally, we can’t help but notice Bowser and Luigi turning their backs on each other, almost as if they’ve reached the end of the argument and just can’t get on with each other’s nonsense anymore. Love it!
The Japanese box art for Super Paper Mario uses the same sprite for Mario himself, but the other characters have been slightly modified. Bowser is still sulking about something and Luigi stands on the other side and waves at him. We like to think that Luigi got the better of every argument they had and is now just goading Mario’s nemesis. Good old Luigi!
In terms of composition, we focused a bit on Mario, giving most of the cardboard images a creamy color. It’s also turned up below – like paperwheeey – to reveal the devious Count Bleck.
Not much to say about this one as it is very similar to the Japanese release in terms of general looks. However, the overall color palette has been darkened, with the deeper yellow color reminding us of previous Mario artwork such as the Japanese release of Super Mario World or the Super Mario Bros. 3 box art.
The overall composition has been shrunk slightly from the Japanese version, which seems to explain the inclusion of the “PAL” and “Nintendo” logos at the bottom. Whatever works, we guess!
Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.
https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2022/04/poll-box-art-brawl-90-super-paper-mario Poll: Box Art Brawl: #90 – Super Paper Mario