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Old 08-14-2018, 02:04 PM
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LET'S LOOK AT
THE OTHER BOXES
THERE'S NO WAY YOU CAN CRACK THAT CASE! IT'S BEEN COLD SINCE 1996!
#09 - TOBAL NO. 1

PLAYSTATION - PAL REGIONS



Well it's pretty much the same as the North Americ- WAIT A SECOND!

COMPUTER, ZOOM! ENHANCE!


My god... a sinister note, demanding that players sell their grandmothers in order to play Tobal No. 1! But who would send such a dark missive, and why?!?

RANKING: WHY?!?!?!?


PLAYSTATION - JAPAN



Looks like the trail's gone cold gang. We're all out of leads and all out of luck. Unless...

COMPUTER, ZOOM! ENHANCE!


Got em. There's our perp right there. But we'll never bring them to justice with this lackluster evidence! We're gonna need to go straight to the source!

RANKING: AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.


PLAYSTATION - NORTH AMERICA



Aha! Right there in the bottom left corner! I think we've got it now! Only one way to be sure!

COMPUTER, ZOOM! ENHANCE!


*CSI TECH GUYS APPEAR... CONFUSED?*

Uh, I said ENHANCE, computer. What you come into work drunk today, or... oh no! We're being hacked! Quickly, CSI Tech Guys, put a stop to these fiends before it's too late!


*CSI TECH GUYS TYPE HARDER THAN THEY'VE EVER TYPED!*

Oh god, their virus is too strong! it's corrupting our mainframe and stealing all our bytes! CSI Tech Guys, It's time for you to pull out all the stops! You've trained your whole lives for this moment! You're not gonna let this hacker sonuvabitch WIN are you?!


It's... It's working! You've done it! You've saved the entire operation! Well done CSI Tech Types, truly you guys were the real heroes of this investigation all along!

And now that the crisis is over, we can finally get to the bottom of this mystery! So for the final time...

COMPUTER!

ZOOM!

ENHANCE!


*CSI TECH GUYS GASP, RECOIL FROM THEIR MONITORS IN SHOCK AND HORROR*

No.

Oh god. No.

No wonder they wanted to stop us from finding out the truth.

This...

This goes all the way to the top.

RANKING: GOD HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOULS.

Last edited by BEAT; 08-14-2018 at 03:07 PM. Reason: FOR #8 I'M JUST GONNA POST THE BOXES WITH ZERO FANFARE. THE FUCK YOU WANT FROM ME.
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:09 PM
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BEAT, you've got the wrong guy, er, thing! The real suspect is obviously the 1990s.
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Old 08-14-2018, 04:33 PM
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:46 PM
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I like how Square was codifying its plans to remake the game it was selling a different game for as an incentive. That's so meta it's atem
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:26 PM
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Woo! We did it! Number one! Great work, everyone.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:20 AM
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Tobal No. 1 cannot fail, but it can be failed.

Last edited by BEAT; 08-15-2018 at 08:22 AM. Reason: I'M A LITTLE SURPRISED NOBODY HAD ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE KIRBY BOXES BUT I DIDN'T WANNA BRING IT UP FOR FEAR OF APPEARING *GAUCHE*.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:43 AM
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So, who’s going to head the investigation into the Grannys for Vidja Black Market case?
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:20 AM
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My drawing wrist has had a hitch in it the past couple days, so I'm taking a break this weekend. I'm back to normal hours at work so I shouldn't be so tired on weekdays now, so I hope to get this all wrapped up before September.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:10 PM
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I expect updates to resume tomorrow. Thanks for your patience all
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:59 PM
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#8 Mega Man 9 (Multi, NA, 2008, Capcom)
Created by Gerald de Jesus
Votes: 4 for 108 points
Highest: Issun (#2)

As part of the promotional wave surrounding the release of retro-themed Mega Man 9, Capcom decided to play up the "bad box arts" angle they had commissioned in the 80s for the first two games, but hire a professional artist to mimic those weird off-beat models and uncharacteristic backgrounds in a clever homage to those heady days of early localization. The result is arguably the best box art in the classic Mega Man canon...at the very least in terms of the American releases.

iam8bit's Gerald de Jesus was behind this great retro throwback, and beyond his artistic brush with the famed video game art exhibit he's done freelance work on many a animation show, including Teen Titans Go!, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, The Book of Life, Nick's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others.

ps - I'll be back on Saturday with authentic new comics/posts I just had a tear and ran with it
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:12 PM
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Mega Man 9 is to box art what Sharknado wishes it was to film.

Also best comic yet, WC.
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:25 PM
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Mega Man 9 is to box art what Sharknado wishes it was to film.

Also best comic yet, WC.
Thank you! I was deeply amused by the idea and I think it turned out well.
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:55 PM
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FINALLY. After all those "missed it by a hair" nominations, VINDICATION!
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Old 08-24-2018, 05:09 AM
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Mega Man 9 is to box art what Sharknado wishes it was to film.
It's pretty great alright. Man, movies that aim for so bad their good bum me out. YOU CAN'T MANUFACTURE THAT SHIT, SNAKES ON A PLANE! (Though I certainly understand the desire too).

I really need to play some classic Mega Man again. When I was a kid, it was my favourite. Never played the X series, though.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:51 PM
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#7 Gradius (NES, NA, 1986, Konami)
Created by unknown
Votes: 5 for 135 points
Highest: Dracula (#2)

Out of all of the box art options available to players in 1986, it is almost unquestionable that Konami's Gradius was the most prominent on the shelf. The silver border surrounding this masterwork of painting sci-fi action became Konami's house style (as we've seen with Life Force and Castlevania) for most of its NES run. It also beautifully captures the essence of the shoot-em-up lurking within.

You'll also notice our point tally went up significantly from #8 to #7; nearly 30 points!

Alas, my efforts to find the illustrator responsible for this has been fruitless, but I do have a larger, non-logo version of the art to share:


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Old 08-25-2018, 09:13 PM
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That cover looks like a 70s pulp scifi novel
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:10 PM
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Full bleed is best.
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Old 08-25-2018, 11:20 PM
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It's pretty great alright. Man, movies that aim for so bad their good bum me out. YOU CAN'T MANUFACTURE THAT SHIT, SNAKES ON A PLANE! (Though I certainly understand the desire too).

I really need to play some classic Mega Man again. When I was a kid, it was my favourite. Never played the X series, though.
Mega Man X the first is one of the greatest games ever made, and only 2 and 3 of the OG series can compete with it for sheer quality.
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Old 08-26-2018, 02:31 AM
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It's pretty great alright. Man, movies that aim for so bad their good bum me out. YOU CAN'T MANUFACTURE THAT SHIT, SNAKES ON A PLANE! (Though I certainly understand the desire too).

I really need to play some classic Mega Man again. When I was a kid, it was my favourite. Never played the X series, though.
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra managed to pull it off. The first one at least. The sequel leaned in too hard to the comedy and wound up with a weaker film.

As for Gradius, I voted it highly! Because it is just amazin’
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:43 AM
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I also voted high for Gradius. Love the full version of the painting! Interesting that they changed the color of the giant battleship, though it's probably just for better contrast against the silver border.
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:04 PM
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#6 Prince of Persia (SNES, JP, 1992, Masaya/Arsys)
Created by Katsuya Tereda (may be NSFW)
Votes: 5 for 154 points
Highest: Johnny Unusual, Loki, WildcatJF (#2)

Prince of Persia is an iconic puzzle/platformer, but this particular illustration exceeds at capturing the intrigue of the game's narrative better than anything else I've seen. The exquisite linework, composition and coloring combine to create a divine example of video game box art, and it's a shame Konami abandoned it during their localization of Masaya's port of the game for North America and Europe. You can look at the development of the illustration here.

Katsuya Teruda, aka "RAKUGAKING", has been illustrating for video games for quite some time. To American audiences, he is perhaps best known for contributing to Nintendo Power, specifically for several Legend of Zelda games, Secret of Mana, Dragon Warrior and potentially others. He has had a hand in illustrating pieces for Jake Hunter: Detective Stories, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Wizardry and more. He also provided character design for the anime Blood: The Last Vampire.

Here's a non-logo version:

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Old 08-26-2018, 08:10 PM
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Hell yeah, now that's a cover. Nice to get some Terada up ins. I love his art.

I've toyed around with the idea of scanning all of my old Nintendo Powers to make a publicly available archive of NP Terada art, because I'm always disappointed when I go looking how little of it I can find, and how poor quality much of what I do find is. There's a bunch of games that he did NP art for that most folks don't even remember. I haven't done it, though, because lazy.

ETA: Every time someone starts talking shit about old NP Terada art for being off-model, I break out in hives.
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:33 PM
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I did some research for this topic and this one REALLY grabbed me. A lot of what made a lot of internet lists for "best game cover art" doesn't really speak to me, but this one is awesome. A lot of my high ranking lists were sort of off-beat and/or goofy, but this is a game that just sells the adventure.
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:34 PM
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I voted entirely on strength of that mouse
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:47 PM
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He's the main character, right?
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:48 PM
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holy shit
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Old 08-26-2018, 09:13 PM
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I didn't vote for this, but if I did, it would be because of the skeleton
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Nice! Embellishes the game, but not to the point where you're wondering what the hell the artist was thinking.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:16 PM
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I thought the art style was familiar and then you said he did the NP art for Secret of Mana and it clicked.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:32 AM
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*GETS BACK FROM WEEKEND TRIP FULL OF BEACHES AND DRINKING AND IGNORING THE INTERNET*

WELL THAT SURE WAS A WEEKEND TRIP FULL OF BEACHES AND DRINKING AND IGNORING THE INTERNET! BUT I AM HOME NOW, AND SHOULD CHECK ON THAT ONE THREAD!

DAMMIT.

OH NO.

NO NO NO.

THIS IS BAD.
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