Box Art Brawl: Duel – Mega Man X

Image: Nintendo Life

Hi people; welcome to another edition of ‘Box Art Brawl’!

Last week, poor Solid Snake got trapped in digital space and needed your help to escape by voting for your favorite Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel box art. In the end, despite strong North American competition, Europe won with 45% of the vote. Japan, meanwhile, well… the less said about this dodgy Famitsu sticker, the better.

Now that it’s out, though, let’s hear a word from Snake himself. How does it feel to have escaped in one piece, Snake?

Snake: I need a cigarette.

Uh… Alright then! Well, let’s quickly move on. This week, we’re going to take a look at one of the greatest SNES games of all time: Mega Man X. Released in Japan in late 1993 before heading west in 1994, the game launched a game incredibly successful. derivative series at Mega Man who thrived on his own terms. With a greater emphasis on storytelling, it has won legions of fans over the years, many of whom are eager for Capcom to release the long-rumored Mega Man X9. Hmm… We’ll see.

For this edition of Box Art Brawl, North America and Europe will team up again, due to the incredibly similar box art designs in both regions. So without further ado, let’s crack!

Be sure to vote in the poll below; but first, let’s look at the box art designs themselves.

North America / Europe

North America and Europe share the exact same key art for Mega Man X, which features our hero who is pretty, well, heroic. It’s a striking piece that demonstrates X’s enhanced armor alongside some of the enemies you’ll encounter as you progress through the game.

It’s a small touch, but we also really like how X’s left leg sticks out of the frame at the bottom, and the main logo does the same for the North American version at the top. It really helps the image stand out – absolutely literally – making this one a strong contender!

Japan

Rockman X Japan
Picture: Capcom

The Japanese box art for Mega Man X – or Rockman X, if you prefer – is perhaps a little more traditional in its approach compared to its Western release. The main difference here, of course, is that you have a whole bunch of Mavericks in the background (for those unfamiliar with the series, these are actually the boss characters of the various stages – similar to the Robot Masters in the series OG Mega Man).

Plus, we can see Zero himself! Whooooo! Yes, maybe the star of the Mega Man X series is getting the box art design debut he deserves in Japan, and that fact alone might be enough to win over a few voters there…


Thank you for participating in Box Art Brawl again! Be sure to vote below and let us know in the comments which box art you like best!

Thank you for voting! We’ll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.

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