Ahoy everyone, welcome back to another Box Art Brawl! We’ve got a great one for you this week, in case the picture and title didn’t quite give it away.
Last week we looked at Mario Golf (available now for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass!) and pitted North America against Japan to see which box art design is better. The more “classic” design of North American box art prevailed with 67% of the votes. It seems that the more “artistic” approach to the Japanese version didn’t quite resonate with readers, and we totally get it!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in North America, this week we’re taking a look at how the region’s box art design compares to Japan. We won’t include Europe on this occasion because its boxing style is so similar to NA’s that it doesn’t really warrant considering them as a separate entity.
Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; But first, let’s look at the box art designs themselves.
The North American box art for A Link to the Past is very Nobel. There’s just something about that gold background, isn’t there? It’s an aesthetic that’s been prevalent in Zelda box art since the very first game on the NES, and while it’s faded somewhat in later titles, we don’t think anyone would complain if Nintendo made every major Zelda title would use the same design. it just functions.
This is also the first game in the series to see a sword pierce the letter “Z” in the Zelda title, a design decision that recurred in Link’s Awakening and – to a lesser extent – Ocarina of Time before the holiday to 2017’s Breath of the Wild Also that feels vintage Zelda, and we love it!
Japan’s box art follows the general tone of the region’s NES Zelda games, with a beautiful drawing of Link in a typical action pose against a backdrop of The Lost Woods. The Master Sword can be clearly seen in the background, illuminated by beautiful rays of the sun. It’s the polar opposite of the NA Box kind, but arguably just as good at representing what the Zelda series is all about.
The logo itself is also absolute stunning. The metallic gold lettering set against a bold image of the Triforce is iconic in a very different way than the NA version. It’s something we haven’t really seen since since Japan’s logo design is more or less comparable to other regions.
Overall it is certainly a more beautiful Appealing design, in our eyes, but does it trump the classic gold aesthetic of the NA box? Hmm, not sure…
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-duel-92-the-legend-of-zelda-a-link-to-the-past Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #92 – The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past