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Come on, come on, let's start with Box Art Brawl! Yes, welcome to the weekly battle, where we cast three box art versions of the same game in a ring to find out who wins the beauty contest and who deserves to be wrapped up forever.

Last week, Super Mario engaged in a fierce battle with his continental brothers, who eventually came out with the yellow Famicom cover Super Mario Bros. Crowned Mushroom King, North America close behind and Europe just behind. It was close, but an undeniable Japanese victory. Congratulations to all.

With Banjo-Tooie, Rare's 2000 sequel, the only game on the console that really gets Mario out of his money, this week we are launching two console generations onto the Nintendo 64 and the third dimension. If we choose worthy competitors, we try to select participants with as much diversity as possible, but it was not until our recent interview with character artist Ed Bryan that we realized that it was a North American and a European version of this game different, Similar, yes, but clear enough to make this a more interesting competition than if the only difference were a black border.

Take a look at the bear, the Breegull and the Bone Face in its regional shape …

North America

N / A

The Bear & Bird are back! reads the text at the bottom in a slightly bland pink, which could probably stand out a bit better. The North American version receives the banjo from the front and back, with Mumbo on the left and Kazooie on the right. The Breegull looks untypically doe-eyed and submissive, but the three faces give the cover an effect, that's for sure. The background of a blue sky does not detract from them in any way, although the cover may not be subtle enough – once you've recorded the three characters, your eye will not have much to follow.

It's a bold, bread-and-butter cover and we admire it, even if it lacks a bit of class.

Europe

EU

In our memories, the EU and NA versions were the same, but as you can see, they were different. Of course, they have most of the same elements in common, though they have a little more air for the European box. Both Banjo and Mumbo have been turned the other way and Kazooie has been released from her backpack jail (as she herself may be in the game). Her skinny leg and claw might be considered a strange hand rising from the bottom of the box (imagine, her leg is the "thumb"), but we enjoy the steely look in her eyes. Do not mess with this Breegull.

The default black border of most N64 boxes in the EU is missing (which probably contributed to our mistakenly thinking that this and the NA version were Dupes). Zooming out of the three characters gives you a better sense of place, even though it's just a cloudless blue sky, and not just the logo of the game, but also the & # 39; Nintendo 64 & # 39; offers space at the top.

Japan

JP

The Japanese version probably manages to deal more dynamically with their character poses, but perhaps more boring overall. The same three characters are displayed even though they are in a different configuration with different graphics. The logo has a wood trunk background with a jiggy under the "2" and we like the gold nib and the eggs at the bottom very much, but the orange-y / white background feels a bit washed out.

Overall, we like it, but we would probably put a "could do better" on its testimony.


So, in your opinion, which one of them wins in one Bear-on-bird-on-bone Battle? Take a long look down, tap your favorite, and click the "Vote" button to give the selected fighter the authority to vote for you:

Oh so poor souls. That's all for this week – have a great one and see you next time for another nice Box Art Brawl.