Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel #87-Metroid: Zero Mission

Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, a series of our retro box art polls designed to determine the best regional variants from two or more regions.

Last time we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Rare’s Battletoads on the NES. Europe and North America united the same cover on that occasion (actually the same as this week) and completely overwhelmed the Japanese version after winning a whopping 90% of the votes. In the history of 86 quarrels so far, we cannot recall such a decisive victory.

Today we will take a look at Metroid: Mission Zero, the 2004 GBA remake of the original NES Metroid. If our social media information is credible, then half of the world is revisiting-Switch’s Metroid Fear announcement has We return to the previous four 2D Metroid games.

Pick up your Varia suit and let us hunt in one of the best remakes of all time.

North America and Europe

North American European Commission

This week is another duel, and other The marking teams in the European Union and North America share the same art. We love the thick black ink and retro lines of this cover, and Sams is dramatic in front of the explosion in Zebes rubble and dust (always cool).

Samus’ suit, huge yellow explosion and yellow light arc may take your attention away from the statue on the right, and Ridley subtly swoops down from behind the sign. This is a powerful opening remark from the West.



The Japanese cover also uses the Chozo architecture, but here is much more subtle: a “frame” contains three red screens. Kneeling in the middle is our favorite bounty hunter, on the left is her zero suit silhouette (after all, this is the game where Sams’ zero suit debuted), and on the right are three creatures of the same name in the series.

Subtle, colorful and evocative. The fact that it has a Metroid on the cover may be enough for fans of more text covers to rock it, but both efforts have been good this week. A difficult choice!

So, you have seen this pair of “robots”, but which cover do you covet? Click on your favorite below, then click “Vote” to let us know:

Thank you for voting-you can now start playing the game again. The author thinks “Zero Mission” is the best 2D introductory work in the series, so any excuses to play it again are very welcome. Next time we will find you to participate in another Box Art Brawl.