Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #93 – Kirby’s Dream Land

Image: Nintendo Life

Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl *stadium-sized cue*!

Last week we looked at the classic, the incomparable, the very vermilion video game that is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. By comparing the American box art to the Japanese box art, you clearly expressed your preference for the sleeker, more understated design of the American version. With its golden background and iconic logo, it garnered 65% of the vote – well done, golden boy!

This week, we’re taking a look at Kirby’s Dream Land for Game Boy. The franchise is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, so it’s officially old enough to wrinkle its nose at modern culture and yearn for “the good old days.” We’ll be pitting European box art against Japan this week, so strap in for the fight of the century the week!

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

Europe

Kirby's Dream Land EU
Image: Nintendo/Nintendo Wiki

European box art for Kirby’s Dream Land features our main guy doing his floating thing, with Whispy Woods in the background. There’s a lot of color here, but you might notice that Kirby himself looks a little pale. According to the story, Kirby’s final coloration could not be determined by the time the location began in the west. Ultimately, Kirby’s color on the box art matches what the character looks like on screen, because that’s really all they had to do! He looks more like Kirby the Friendly Ghost to us.

Japan

Kirby JP's Dreamland
Image: Nintendo/Nintendo Wiki

Japanese box art depicts Kirby as we know and love him: round, pink and viscous. Like many Japanese box art designs from the 90s, the artwork here is much more subdued and abstract than the Western design, with watercolors bursting from the image. In terms of what it actually stands for, there’s not much to do here; after 30 years we know what Kirby is and what games are, but if we had seen this in 92 we would probably think “eh ??“.

For us, we’re honestly a little torn about which box art to choose, here. European design is much clearer and marketable, but Japan just looks costs, male. Yeah, we can’t choose… You do it for us. Vote!

Thank you for voting! We’ll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.

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