Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #95 – Earthbound / Mother 2

Box art brawl duel
Image: Nintendo Life

Greetings and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Last week we checked out the SNES classic Super Castlevania IV and boy did you guys really not like the Japanese box art, right? The North American variant achieved an overwhelming victory with 94% of the vote; one of the most defining box art brawls we may have seen! Hey, at least the game itself is reddish brilliant wherever you play it, right?

This week we’re taking a look at Earthbound – or as it’s called in Japan, Mother 2: Gigu no Gyakushū – a game that had a bit of a rough time when it was released in the West, but has since gained a sizeable following. Our own video producer quotes Zion mother as his favorite game franchise of all time, so that’s saying something!

We’re pitting North America against Japan in this edition of Box Art Brawl, because well… Those are the only two regions that the game exists in its original form. Have fun with it, and we wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day (even those who celebrate it on a day other than the second Sunday in May)!

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; But first, let’s look at the box art designs themselves.

North America

Earthbound USA
Image: Nintendo

The North American box art for Earthbound features the iconic Final Starman, with protagonist Ness just visible in sight. It’s colourful, almost psychedelic box art, with swirling patterns resembling the backgrounds during in-game battles, along with a futuristic logo that ties into the Starman really well.

Of course, it’s also worth noting that the box itself was considerably larger than other SNES boxes at the time, since a strategy guide was included.


Mother 2 JP
Image: Nintendo

Okay, we won’t lie, we love the box art for Mother 2. It has a beautiful, minimalist design that definitely reminds us of Square-Enix final fantasy Series. The red background is distinctive, but it’s the logo itself that really catches the eye, with the word ‘MOTHER’ zooming out almost behind the large number ‘2’ just below, along with the fantastical planet in place of the letter ‘O’ . .

We expect this to be pretty close, but make sure you make your voice heard and vote on the poll below!

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl. Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #95 – Earthbound / Mother 2

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