Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #98 – Super Mario Strikers

Image: Nintendo Life

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

In last week’s edition, we looked at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers for Game Boy. It was also a close call! While many of you showed a great fondness for western box art, it was the more light-hearted version of Japan that ended up winning the day with 57% of the vote.

This week, with Mario Strikers: Battle League getting closer and closer to launching on June 10, we’re going back to where it all started in 2005 with Super Mario Strikers, otherwise known as Mario Smash Football in Europe and Australia.

Because the box art for North America and Japan is so similar, this time the two regions will team up against the decidedly different design in Europe. So get off the couch, stretch your calves and get ready for another heated Box Art Brawl!

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; but first let’s take a look at the boxart designs themselves.

North America & Japan

Super Mario Strikers
Image: Nintendo

Okay, so we’ll start with Super Mario Strikers, and it’s quite busy compared to the EU version. We have Mario himself front and center who is about to launch the ball across the field along with Donkey Kong in the foreground who looks like he’s either incredibly angry or about to get his pants wet of fear.

The art style here is just beautiful; a trend that continues with each subsequent release of Mario Strikers. The chaotic pen strokes give a certain sense of movement to the artwork that we doubt can be easily replicated elsewhere.


Mario Smash Football
Image: Nintendo

Let’s ignore the fact that the European release here includes a completely different name for the game. The artwork on display is more subdued compared to the NA & Japan variant, where Mario shoots a flaming ball into the game’s title logo. Other than that, the background appears to be textured to replicate concrete, with cracks and dents on the outside.

Stylistically, the artwork remains consistent with the series thus far, so whether you prefer the EU version or the NA/Japan variant really depends on whether you prefer a busier composition or something simpler.

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

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