Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #96 – Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Kirby Crystal Shard's brawl
Image: Nintendo Life

Hello Hello Helloand welcome back to another installment of Box Art Brawl!

Last week was Mother’s Day in many parts of the world, so we checked out Mother 2 / EarthBound, where the box art for Japan and North America is located very different. We thought that would be close as it does both very good, but your votes declared North America the winner with 67% of the vote! So no, as badass as we thought!

This week we return to Kirby again. NSO treats us to Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards on May 20th, and what better way than to celebrate two pieces of box art head-to-head. Kirby’s first – and only – core series appearance on the N64 is a 2.5D platformer and it was the last traditional Kirby home console game before the Wii! And even by Kirby’s standards, there are some pretty wacky moments in this classic. There’s a reason it’s classified as a teen by the ESBR, folks.

So while last week’s duel featured two very different boxing skills, Kirby 64 is quite similar in both Japan and North America. That doesn’t stop us though – there are plenty of little details and differences to devour.

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

North America

Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards
Image: Nintendo

Now, isn’t that lovely and full of Kirby’s love factor? Kirby is obviously the center of attention here, as he should be, and he’s posing in front of a warp star like he’s waiting to give you a hug. We really like the faint star pattern on the 64 on the logo, hidden behind some sparkling crystals. Kirby is also joined by Ribbon, a very duck-faced King Dedede who glares at us with murderous intent (not looking your best, Dedede), Adeline, and a little Waddle Dee who feels a bit like he just walked in. All in all, this box art is quite charming.


Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards
Image: Nintendo

So we said these two are pretty similar, right? Japan’s box has a lot more room to play around with, despite a larger logo. There are a lot more stars and the character placement is slightly different – Ribbon is seated and holding a crystal, and everyone else is a bit taller. But the most significant difference is the color of the plaid – now in shades of Kirby’s trademark blush pink. Even the logo gets a mirrored pink background behind it! But don’t worry, Kirby is still the center of attention here, now at the center of the warp star, ready and waiting for a cuddle.

So, some less obvious differences, but differences nonetheless! Certainly we are right this week and it will be actually Be close, so make your voice heard and vote!

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.

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