Box Art Brawl: Duel #96 - Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Box Art Brawl: Duel #96 - Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards ...

Hello, and welcome back to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Mother''s Day was celebrated in many parts of the world, so we looked at Mother 2 & EarthBound, where box art for Japan and North America is quite different. With 67% of your votes, North America is declared the winner! Nos as much a nail-biter as we thought!

This week, we''re going back to Kirby again. NSO is treating us to Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards on 20th May, and what better way to celebrate than putting two pieces of box art head-to-head. Kirby''s first and only core series outing on the N64 is a 2.5D platformer, and it was the last traditional Kirby home console game until the Wii! Even for Kirby''s standards, there are a few weird moments in this classic. The

While the last week''s show featured two very different box arts, Kirby 64 is surprisingly similar in both Japan and North America. That doesn''t hinder us, though there are plenty of little details and differences to gobble up.

Unless you fill the above poll, you should first enter. Let''s check out the box art designs themselves.

North America

Is Kirby quite a bit of a joy to see here, especially when it comes to logo design, which is concealed behind certain crystals. We really like Ribbon, a very duck-faced King Dedede who is joking at us with murderous intentions (not your best look, Dedede, Adeline, and a little Waddle Dee that feels a bit like he''s just wandering in). All in all, this box art is very unique.


Despite a bigger logo, Japan''s box has a lot more space to play around with. Ribbon is sitting down and holding a crystal, and everyone else is a bit bigger! Don''t worry, although Kirby is still in the very center of the warp star, who is ready and waiting for a cuddle.

So, some less obvious differences, but nonetheless! It''s almost certain that this week we''re correct, and it''ll actually be a close one, so make your voice heard and vote!

Thank you for your support! Next time, we''ll see you for another round of the Box Art Brawl.

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