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

Image: Nintendo Life

Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl *stadium-sized cheers*!

Last week we reviewed the classic, incomparable, ruddy good video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Comparing American box art to Japanese box art, you good guys clearly preferred the more stylish, understated design of the American version. Thanks to the golden background and the iconic logo design, he scored 65% of the votes – well done, golden boy!

This week we take a look at Kirby’s Dream Land for the Game Boy. The franchise is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, so now it’s officially old enough to wrinkle its nose at modern culture and yearn for the “good old days”. This week we’ll be pitting European box art against Japanese, so buckle up and get ready to battle for century week!

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


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

The European box art for Kirby’s Dream Land shows our main guy flying with Whispy Woods in the background. There’s a lot of color here, but you can see that Kirby himself looks a bit pale. As the story goes, Kirby’s final coloration could not be determined by the time the localization began in the west. After all, Kirby’s color on the cover matches what the character looks like on screen, because that’s really all they had to do! To us, he’s more like Kirby’s Friendly Ghost.


Dream Land Kirby JP
Image: Nintendo / Nintendo Wiki

Japanese box art depicts Kirby as we know and love him: round, pink and soft. As with many Japanese box art from the 90s, the art here is much more subdued and abstract than Western designs, with watercolors escaping from the image. In terms of what it actually depicts, there isn’t much here; 30 years later, we know what Kirby is and what the games are about, but if we had seen it back in ’92, we’d probably just think:a??“.

As for us, we are honestly a little unsure which box art to choose here. European design is much clearer and more in demand, but Japanese design just looks chilly, Human. Yes, we can’t choose… You do it for us. Vote!

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

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