Top 10 Good Video Games with Bad Box Art


The Top Ten

1 Shantae

The artwork of Shantae used on this box art gives me strong "How to Draw Manga" book and Archie Sonic vibes. I'm glad that they improved and got their act together with the covers to Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero though (however, I'm pretty envious of the Japanese and the super-awesome cover art they gave to the 3DS version of The Pirate's Curse myself). - PerfectImpulseX

LOL, I was waiting for this list. - TriggerTrashKid

2 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil

The North American and Japanese box arts were decent but the European box art was bland though with having just a render of Klonoa on a white background. - PerfectImpulseX

3 Mega Man

The North American box art to this game is pretty infamous alright. - PerfectImpulseX

The most obscure box art of all time. - RadioHead03

It is the most infamous box art of all time, and the most obscure box art at the same time. - RadioHead03

4 Mega Man Zero 3

The European box art looks like something that should've been on the cover of a "How to Draw Manga" book instead. - PerfectImpulseX

5 Strider

I mean the North American SEGA Genesis box art, of course. - PerfectImpulseX

6 Mega Man Zero 2

The European box art is just a random 2D render of Zero being angry and about to hit you with 2 Z-Sabers on a generic, flashy yellow background. - PerfectImpulseX

7 Mobile Light Force 2

How do 3 Charlie's Angels rejects have anything to do with some Touhou-esque bullet hell game with anime-esque characters? And please don't get me started on the European box art... - PerfectImpulseX

8 Super Bust-A-Move

I feel so bad for that baby who was forced to take the picture. - RadioHead03

9 Mobile Light Force
10 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram

The Japanese box art is great but the North American cover is pretty bad though with just having a render of Temjin slapped on some cybernetic background. - PerfectImpulseX

The Contenders

11 Mega Man 2
12 Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
13 Ico

Compare the American artwork to the Japanese. It's horrible - Drawbox

*shivers in fear. - RadioHead03

14 Tales of the Abyss
15 Phalanx Phalanx

The cover alone tells me this is must be the greatest game ever. Why? Because it has a hillbilly playing the banjo. Can't argue with that.

16 Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

Who put this here? List items like this are the reason we have the boring white background cover arts nowadays.

European box art is bad, but the North American box art is fantastic. - RadioHead03

17 Piglet's Big Game (Ps2/gamecube)
18 Amazon Trail II
19 Oregon Trail II
20 Dragon Ball Z Trilogy
21 Sonic the Hedgehog 3
22 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
23 Burnout Paradise Remastered
24 Mega Man 3
25 Mega Man 4
26 Mobile Suit Gundam (Sega Saturn)
27 Tales of Vesperia
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