Saturday, December 31, 2011
Those Wacky Americans
The point of this post is basically to show off my new "shiny." This is the "American" box art for Valor Seed, drawn by my good friend, Damascus Mincemeyer.
I wanted a cover for the game that was reminiscent of the de-anime-ization of video game box art throughout the 80's and 90's. Much of the time the "US" box art was pretty bad, not even when compared to that of the Japanese original. The rest of the time, the art was usually very good. Where the latter style failed also, was in accurately depicting the game's characters. They would also frequently feature muscular, Western fantasy-like, characters, in poses that were not entirely possible. Such was the motivation for the above--and below.
In rare instances, such as with Dragon Warrior/Quest games, the US box art was just as cool or even cooler (at least with 2 and 3) than its Japanese original.
First we have Dragon Quest II's box art by legendary Akira Toriyama. Its a very good-looking cover that accurately depicts the game. Next, we have Dragon Warrior part II's box art, by Katsuya Terada (the guy who did all the cool art for Nintendo Power, as well as the Mario and Zelda comics). His rendition just rules. All of their equipped gear, btw, is taken from the official illustrations done for the game. Terada pulled a similar feat with the following:
I am having my buddy Lethus paint up my fancy new cover; I'll post it when its done.