Box Art Brawl: Sonic CD

Image: Nintendo Life

Hey guys and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

As usual, let’s take a look at last week’s episode before we start another high stakes brawl. We have released the classic game Punch Out!! for NES. into the ring to see which of the very different options will emerge victorious. Surprisingly, the vast majority of you preferred the version featuring Iron Mike himself, Mike Tyson. Winning with 57% of the vote, it beats the Gold Edition with 29% and the Mr. Dream from 14%. Well done Mike!

This week we’ll be looking at Sonic CD for the Sega CD. Launched back in 1993 as a planned and improved port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD is a curious entry in the franchise that felt a little confusing at times, but was nonetheless well-received thanks to its unique time travel feature and exceptional music.

This week we have three different variants from North America, Europe and Japan, so it’s going to be a real three-way brawl, just the way we like it! So, enough talk, let’s get to the show.

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

North America

Audio CD - NA
Image: SEGA

The North American version of Sonic CD is arguably a lot busier than the other variants, featuring Sonic and Metal Sonic grabbing the Time Stone with a fairly significant explosion lighting up the background. We have to admit, we love the fact that Sonic is just casually smirking here, despite the sheer danger he seems to be in. Here’s how to do it, Sonic!


Audio CD - EU
Image: SEGA

The European version is much more direct and takes full advantage of the smaller space available on the game cover. We see very close-ups of Sonic and Metal Sonic looking at each other menacingly, and… well, that’s it! There’s a weird paint splatter-like background effect going on, but the focus here is actually on two characters. It is, of course, effective!


Audio CD - Japan
Image: SEGA

Finally, the Japan version is an extended version of what we saw for the EU cover. Sonic and Metal Sonic used to be against looking at each other in front of a pure black background, but this time we have a fancy Sonic-style frame on the outside, which is pretty cool! We love the font design for the title itself here, even if it’s unnecessarily flattened.

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

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