Top 10 Good Video Games with Bad Box Art

The Top Ten

1 Shantae Shantae Product Image

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

Game is good but artwork...no. - OrangeRin

LOL, I was waiting for this list. - TriggerTrashKid

2 Mega Man

I like that they added box art mega man in Street Fighter as a joke.

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

It looks nothing like the actual game!

3 Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil Product Image

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

4 Mega Man Zero 3 Mega Man Zero 3 Product Image

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 Strider Product Image

Ok this one sucks! - RobertWisdom

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 Super Bust-A-Move Product Image

This baby is Justin Bieber.

TriggerTrashKid shut up with the Bieber jokes.

9 Mobile Light Force
10 Mega Man 2

The Contenders

11 Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram Product Image

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

12 Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
13 Ico Ico Product Image

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

14 Tales of the Abyss Tales of the Abyss Product Image
15 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 Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga Product Image

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

17 Piglet's Big Game (Ps2/gamecube)
18 Amazon Trail II
19 Oregon Trail II
20 Dragon Ball Z Trilogy Dragon Ball Z Trilogy Product Image
21 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Product Image

I think the box art looks good. - myusernameisthis

22 Shantae: Risky's Revenge
23 Mega Man 3
24 Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4 Product Image

Actually good. - myusernameisthis

25 Mobile Suit Gundam (Sega Saturn)
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