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Box Art Brawl: Duel #101 – Final Fantasy VI

Image: Nintendo Life

Hello earthlings and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

In last week’s epic battle celebrating our 100th Box Art Brawl post, we took a look at GameCube’s phenomenal brawl, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Without a doubt, this is one of the most iconic Nintendo games of all time, so naturally, such a beloved game was the perfect fit for our Box Art Brawl milestone.

To be honest, the results were a lot closer than we expected, but nevertheless, you guys decided that box art for North America and Europe should take the crown with a respectable 61% of the votes. Having said that, many of you have shown a lot of love for Japanese box art, with its sepia tones and killer logo design winning over a lot of fans.

This week we have some last fantasy high, so we’ll be comparing the Japanese cover of Final Fantasy VI with its American equivalent. Those of you who are “in the know” are of course aware that Final Fantasy VI was released in the US as Final Fantasy IIIsince Final Fantasy II, III and V have not previously been released in this region.

As a bonus, we’ll also take a look at the GBA cover of Final Fantasy VI Advance and see how it pans out, but keep in mind that this release won’t be part of the poll at the bottom; this is reserved for SNES games only!

So, with all that said, let’s get started!

Be sure to vote in the poll below; but first let’s look at the design of the box itself.

North America

FF III USA
Image: Square Enix

So… Final Fantasy III. Or Final Fantasy VI. Man, this is confusing! In fact, it is not so, do not pay attention to us. The box art here actually reminds us a bit The Legend of Zelda, with the sword being part of the game’s logo instead of the “T”. You see the comparison, right?

Overall it’s a pretty nice, understated composition, and of course we can’t help but mention the adorable moogle just lounging in the bottom corner – too cute! This is very different from Japanese box art. enough fits in with the overall visual theme that the series has stuck to over the years, but we love it no matter what!

Japan

FF VI Japan
Image: Square Enix

So, the Japanese cover of Final Fantasy VI looks like this: very Final Fantasy, if you know what we mean. The series has retained the same logo style to this day for good reason; it’s simple iconic. In the same way, Yoshitaka Amano’s work is beautiful – the way it has always been and always will be. It just screams Final Fantasy, right?

We have a strong feeling that Japanese box art will walk away with a win this week, but who knows, a lot of people seem to love Muggles, so there’s every chance North America can sneak in with a win!


Bonus – Final Fantasy VI Advance

FF6 forward
Image: Square Enix

Yes, we promised to take a look at the cover of Final Fantasy VI Advance, and here it is! It has much more in common with Japanese SNES box art and maintains the series’ consistent visual theme with both the logo and cover design. We love how understated this design is; you probably won’t see anything like it these days. Indeed, Square Enix itself is moving further towards more “traditional” cover designs such as Remake of Final Fantasy VII as well as Final Fantasy XV.

So you have it! We had fun with this simple one because of the stark differences between North American and Japanese box art. Now, if anyone from Square Enix or Nintendo sees this… Please bring Final Fantasy VI to Switch. M’kay, thanks.

Be sure to tune in next week for the results of this epic battle!

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.




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