216 posts tagged boxart
Etrian Odyssey Untold II boxart ⊟
When the 3DS remake releases in Japan on November 27, first-run copies will include a soundtrack CD and a booklet with illustrations from character designer Yuji Hinata. We haven’t heard any release plans for Etrian Odyssey Untold II: Knight of Fafnir in the U.S. yet, likely due to Atlus wanting to keep our attention on Persona Q's upcoming launch.
New 3DS and Cover Plates packaging ⊟
I love that New 3DS box for Japan! It’s curious that of all the system’s new features and improvements (extra analog input and buttons, built-in NFC/Amiibo support, faster CPU, etc.), the box’s design and word balloon are dedicated to advertising the handheld’s swappable cover plates. The boxes for the New 3DS XLs, which don’t let you change the covers, are more
Also notice that the packaging for the cover plates (now listed at Amazon Japan) has text for other languages, indicating these will eventually come to the West. Thanks to @Lite_Agent and @NintendoTweet for the pics!
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Space robots all up on your 3DS ⊟
Gundam’s portable game boxarts always seem to knock it out the park, as is the case for this card-based strategy title Gundam Try Age SP, releasing next week in Japan.
I also threw in the cover for Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle because it’s got mechas too and doesn’t look bad. You could do worse with a licensed handheld game based on a cartoon (says the guy cautiously excited about the Legend of Korra 3DS strategy game from the developer of Homie Rollerz).
Here are your Smash Bros. boxarts ⊟
Again, Smash Bros. for 3DS releases this October 3 (remember how this was supposed to release in summer?), while the Wii U edition hits this winter.
Xseed and Natsume keep making E3 weirder ⊟
Seeing two new Harvest Moon 3DS games from different publishers — Story of Seasons from Xseed, and Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley from Natsume — at this year’s E3 is already odd, but the companies had more announcements today that will make the show even more interesting for handheld fans.
Who expected Natsume to announce A-Train: City Simulator for North American release? Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like, a city and transportation simulator for the 3DS. It’s developed by Artdink, makers of Aquanaut’s Holiday and a number of titles that rarely make it to the West.
Also odd: Xseed announced its localizing another PSP RPG (Natsume is bringing its own PSP RPG to PSN, Kemco’s End of Serenity). It intends to release Brandish: The Dark Revenant, a remake of Falcom’s more-than-20-year-old action RPG, on PSN some time in 2014. The publisher will also put out Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit, that rhythm cooking game for PS Vita, as a digital release this winter.
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Pokémon Art Academy coming to U.S., Europe ⊟
The Art Academy and Pokémon mash-up offering “40 unique lessons to learn how to paint, sketch and draw beloved Pokémon characters” will release to stores and the eShop in the U.S. this fall. It will release to Europe on July 4 and to Japan on June 19 (boxarts for both above, via @lite_agent).
Along with those lessons, the 3DS app will allow you to post art directly onto Miiverse. You can also share your pieces via SpotPass and local wireless. After completing the classes and “graduating” the Art Academy, you can take on a special set of lessons that include Mega Evolution Pokémon.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire boxarts ⊟
Are those Greek Alpha/Omega symbols hidden on Groudon and Kyogre arms? And why are Europe and Japan getting colored boxes, while we’re stuck with plain white cases? This morning’s announcement/video, if you missed it!
New red boxes for Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 ⊟
Like Nintendo did for re-released DS Mario games – and for the upcoming Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo has reissued a couple of 3DS Marios in new red boxes, a detail that is nearly meaningless unless you’re obsessive enough to be reading Tiny Cartridge.
I spotted the above boxes at Target this week: Mario Kart 7 and New Super Mario Bros. 2, the latter of which was originally released in a cool yellow box. Super Mario 3D Land didn’t have a new box, even though it was featured on the same display and presumably reissued at the same time with the recent price drop.
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First look at Yokai Watch 2's boxarts, screens ⊟
Yokai Watch has been killing it in Japan, thanks to Level-5’s transmedia approach and the popular animated series there, so I don’t anyone’s surprised that the publisher is releasing a sequel. The game was already kind of Pokemon-y but with spirits, and this follow-up will be even more so, coming out with two versions (Founder and Head) this July 10, each coming with exclusive rare medals.
Anime News Network provided the following description:
Keita and company will travel back in time to Sakura New Town in the Showa era, thanks to the power of a mysterious yokai (Japanese spirit or demon). The key to the story will be Keizo, a boy from the past who looks like Keita, and Dekanyan, a cat yokai with an amazing secret.
Yokai Watch 2 will also have new events such as climbing the school flagpole to better find yokai, and bicycle races. If players have already gone through the first Yokai Watch game, they can make friends with special yokai in Yokai Watch 2.
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Boxart battle: Tomodachi Life US vs. EU ⊟
I’d love to know the specific strategies that led Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe to create such different executions of similar ideas for their Tomodachi Life boxes.
The European version looks mostly similar to the Japanese boxart, right down to the placement of most of the characters. You may notice that some of the Japanese Miis have been replaced, though (look at the kneeling “No, I really love you” dude)!
I really like the logo on the US version!
Glorious Shin Megami IV OST box ⊟
I’ve embedded an unboxing of the recently released Shin Megami Tensei IV OST posted by @xanthax after the break. There’s not too much exciting stuff included in the set besides the neat sticker and the five million tracks on the four discs, but this was a great excuse to share this legendary cover that we somehow never posted when it was originally unveiled. It’s so awesome and perfect and I would not mind having that framed as a poster in my office.
Never seen that with a 3DS game cover ⊟
You can see what I mean when you skip to the 2:18 mark of this LinandKo unboxing for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. At first it looks like the inside cover is taking advantage of the box’s eco-friendly gaps, as we’ve seen in some other designs, but when you pull out the jacket, it’s a spot-the-difference game! Marvelous AQL is giving people plenty of value for their money with this 2-in-1 game pack.
Did you know that this is the fastest-selling Harvest Moon release in Japan? It’s already moved 131,000 copies during its first week in stores there, nearly exceeding Marvelous AQL’s lifetime forecast of 150,000. The series has performed well on 3DS, but something about this entry must have really resonated with buyers. Maybe it’s the Angora rabbits?
If you can’t wait for Natsume to announce/release this game for the West, here are some English “Let’s Play” videos posted by LinandKo.