BoxArt Brawl: Duel – The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Awake

Photo: Nintendo Live

Hey guys, and welcome to another version of box art brawl!

in last week’s editionwe took a look at The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for GBA; It is perhaps one of the most underrated entries in the enduring Nintendo franchise. Japan once again got the lion’s share of the vote with a whopping 76%. Europe came second with 14% and North America third with 9%.

It just goes to show how beneficial the horizontal orientation of Japanese GBA funds is; There’s simply a lot more room to work with, and that’s beautifully illustrated with the colorful shot of Link surrounded by Minish folk.

This week, I was committed to Zelda once again to look at what is often considered one of the best entries in the franchise: The Legend of Zelda: Wind Awake. It was released in Japan for the GameCube in 2002 before its Western release in 2003, and the follow-up Majora mask It was initially mocked for its radical departure in visual style, with many ironically referring to the game as ‘Celda’ for its shady approach.

However, in the ensuing decades, fan appreciation for the game has only increased with each passing year, and there are many (including us) who are simply Burning to to see the Wii U HD version From the game ported to Switch – pleaseNintendo!

For this week’s Box Art Brawl, North America and Europe will band together once again due to the stark similarities in their respective designs. While there are differences in degree and color, the actual compositions are close enough to match. But enough chatting, let’s get on with it!

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Make sure to cast your vote in the poll below; But first, let’s check out the artistic box designs for themselves.

North America and Europe

The Wind Waker’s western design has maintained a great deal of alignment with the series’ golden theme, which was popularized with the launch of A link to the past A few years ago. With both versions we can see Link sailing on top of The King of Red Lions, although the image is undoubtedly more prominent in the European version. It’s hard to say which we prefer because they are so similar in design, but if pressed, we’d probably lean toward the North American version of its brighter, more subtle approach.

Japan

Wind Walker JB
Photo: Nintendo

Where the Western release of The Wind Waker showed a more “traditional” approach to its box art, Japan went in the opposite direction and opted for a brighter, more vibrant style. You have Link himself front and center waving a small Wind Waker baton around him surrounded by filming the opening game introduction, including some Amazing Hylian text. It’s definitely a completely different approach to design, but we think it works really well!

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

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