Box Art Brawl: Duel – Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

Image: Nintendo Life

Hello everyone; welcome to another edition of ‘box art fight’!

It’s kind of crazy that another week has already passed, right? Where does the time go?! No matter.

In the past weekWe take a look at one of the all-time greats on the SNES: mega man x. He was a very close one, too! Europe and North America teamed up to take on Japan, and the duo single managed to take the crown with 53% of the votes. Both of these designs are absolutely fantastic, so we’re not entirely surprised that people are a bit torn about this one.

This week, in celebration of the recent announcement of Seasons Story: A Wonderful LifeLet’s take a look at the original GameCube release from 2003 (2004 for Western audiences): Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. For many (this writer included!), A Wonderful Life was the gateway to the world of Harvest Moon, with the beautiful and tranquil setting of ‘Forget-Me-Not-Valley’ coupled with a cast of characters who have lived in the minds of fans for many years since.

For this week’s Box Art Brawl, Europe and North America are teaming up once again due to the overwhelming similarities between the regions’ box art designs, so Japan will be alone! We reckon it could be close again this week, but as always, the winner will be determined by his excellent friends.

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; But first, let’s take a look at the cover art.

North America / Europe

The North American and European layout of A Wonderful Life is likely to be the most familiar to you. All of the regional designs are fairly similar in terms of composition, with the game’s protagonist standing triumphantly in the center, surrounded by a group of animals and neighbors, but what sets the Western design apart is the inclusion of a full background (similar, but not identical in the two examples above), presumably located somewhere in Forget-Me-Not Valley.

It is a very peaceful piece of art; certainly indicative of the kind of experience you’ll get with A Wonderful Life.

Japan

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Japan
Image: Marvelous Interactive

Japan’s design for A Wonderful Life is, again, similar in composition, but the protagonist and animals are surrounded by a large wreath of flowers and vegetables; an indication of the type of things you will plant during your life on the farm. We must admit that despite the lack of background, we actually prefer the more vibrant and stylized approach taken with the protagonist and animals here; it is nice! This is going to be hard for sure…

Cousin

Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life NA
Image: Natsume

Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life released in 2005 and featured the exact same gameplay and structure as the original release. The difference? You are playing as a girl instead of a boy, and your love interests have also changed gender. Was necessary? Hmm, maybe not, but it could have introduced a few more people to the series, regardless.

The box art itself is sort of a mash-up of previous A Wonderful Life designs. The animals from the Japanese box art were incorporated directly into this one, but he also took a sheet from the Western box art design and opted to include a background once again. It’s a good approach overall; Kind of taking the best of both worlds!


Thank you for participating in Box Art Brawl once again! Be sure to cast your vote below and let us know in the comments which box art you prefer!

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.

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