Man, old MSX box art is the best. Maybe even better than old Spectrum box art.
I miss the days when the videogame industry was perfectly OK with slapping any kind of amateurish junk on a box and hoping for a million-seller. It’s all too glossy now, all pre-rendered and probably put together on more than just a shoestring budget. Bring back the good old days! The days of, you know…
- Mega Man: Fight, Mega Man! For some braces to correct your crippling polio!
- The Foreign Prince: As interpreted by Sega’s artists, the hero of The Prince of Persia was actually Luke Skywalker on a mission to rescue the sex princess from the scary dark men who liked to make her adopt seductive poses at the door to her prison cell.
- Frogger: And there are simply no words for this box, but to make me rue the fact that the MSX never caught on in the U.S. — once again, Japan gets all the good stuff. And by “good” I mean “pathetically laughable.” But in a charming way.
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