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Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel - The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Nintendo Life

Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel - The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Nintendo Life

Poll: Box Art Brawl: Duel - The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Nintendo Life
Aug 14, 2022 5 mins, 8 secs

There's something in the wind...

In last week's edition, we took a look at The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for the GBA; perhaps one of the most underrated entries to Nintendo's enduring franchise!

Japan once again took the lion's share of votes with a whopping 76%.

It just goes to show how beneficial the landscape orientation proved to be for Japan's GBA boxes; there's simply a lot more space to work with, and this is demonstrated beautifully with the colourful shot of Link surrounded by the Minish folk!

This week, were sticking with Zelda once again to look at what is often considered to be one of the finest entries to the franchise: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Released in Japan for the GameCube in 2002 before its western launch in 2003, the follow-up to Majora's Mask was initially ridiculed heavily for its drastic departure in visual style, with many mockingly referring to the game as 'Celda' for its cel-shaded approach.

The western design for The Wind Waker kept very much in line with the series' gold theme, which was popularised with the launch of A Link to the Past some years prior!

Where the western launch of The Wind Waker demonstrated a more "traditional" approach to its box art, Japan went in the opposite direction and opted for a brighter, more vibrant approach.

You've got Link himself front and centre waving his little Wind Waker baton around and he's surrounded by depictions of the game's opening prologue, including some of the stunning Hylian text.

The Japan art more closely resembles the Wii U box art, which I really like.

So I voted for Japan.

The Japanese version has the right colors but the theming and art does not match the game at all.

I voted Japan, but the American and European covers look quite different so should be separate entries IMO.

Like the angry Kirby boxarts, The American one again has an insecure about too much cutesy look about it, giving the impression of "make the controversial Link design as faded as possible so people can't see that embarrassing kiddy looking monstrosity!".

None are admittedly too eye catching for me, but I finally went with Japan.

astonished by that, think the western cover looks far better.

The 2D artwork on the JP box art is much more defining of Link and even the game itself, showing the Wind Waker on the cover rather than the King of Red Lions.

Not crazy about any of these, but I'll vote japan.

The NA/EU one blends into the background way and looks like it's faded.

JPN is certainly unique & I almost voted for it, but I think I slightly prefer the more adventurous take on the western boxes (though if the background lore/scroll text is holographic, which looks like it could be but is nearly indecipherable with still pics like this, I'd have easily gone with it).

Voted for Japan, I really like the colors.

The Western ones seem so monotone in comparison.

I prefer the gold covers for my Zelda games, I have a lot of nostalgia for them since my first Zelda was Ocarina of Time.

I just went with Japan because I like the colors more.

It’s funny…this box art taken completely out of context of the environment the game was released into is really difficult to judge all these years later.

At the time, the marketing around the game was filled with apprehension and uncertainty.

I recall these being highlighted more than Wind Waker.

The beautiful WiiU cover is a testament to how well the game and its style have aged and how wonderfully unique it is.

Japan, because I for one always liked the art style, I came from the Game Boy games, to the Gamecube being my first home console.

The Japan cover OWNS that art style, and doesn't seem to be shy about it at all.

Depicting Link as a music conductor in that pose on the Japanese cover is just the wrong concept for a game cover.

While overly cluttered, I still prefer the Euro cover for the higher contrast which makes Link more visible.

I voted NA/Europe just because it's such a classic minimalist type of zelda cover.

I always thought the all gold Zelda covers are largely just lazy.

Pretty sad how most people still don't seem to understand The Legend of Zelda.

Asking for more colors and complaining about the iconic gold covers?

The gold cartridge was always more important than the gold box to me, so I was not a fan of the Wind Waker box when I bought it for the Gamecube (NA).

I was kind of hoping the Japan one would be really cool, but I find it repulsive, myself.

The game was much better than the box.

An unforgettable game, but that western box art is just useless?

This is peak "it's gold, it's Zelda, you'll buy it" material.

I think it's reasonable to also expect an all new 2D Zelda in the early part of the wait period too - 2025 perhaps, but could be 2024 - it feels like a 2D Zelda should be close

I need gold on my Zelda box

Interestingly, the box art used on NintendoLife's game page for The Wind Waker seems to be a variant of the western cover but it's yellow instead of gold

The NA/EU box art, while obscured by the sepia tones, shows Link and the King of Red Lions sailing across the Great Sea, a major part of the game

But the JP box art has Link use the Wind Waker, also an important part of the game

Ultimately, I went with the JP box art, since it also is more colorful than the plain NA/EU box art, and has the lore from the beginning of the game in the background

But I think we can all agree that The Wind Waker HD for the WII U beats them both out

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