Box art that got it all wrong

Offender - Transformers: Autobots and Decepticons

Crime - Mixing up established colors of the title characters

Get a load of this - they named each version after the Autobots and Decepticons and then made their logos the opposite color. Autobot logo is always red. Decepticon logo is always purple. It's been that way for two decades. How can you go to the trouble of securing the license and then screwing it up the color they represent? That's like buying the NBA license and then ignoring the proper jersey colors.

Eff it! We're doing whatever we want with the license; we can't be bothered to know/remember/care that it predates this product by 20 years, there's money to be made!

They even went so far as to make the backgrounds match. One could argue they were going for a contrasting image, swapping the colors intentionally to make the art more striking, but the only people who'll notice the palette swap are the same who get pissed when you mess with tradition. Also, pull away from Megatron. When you get that close he looks like freaking Sauron.

Offender - Bubble Bobble Revolution

Crime - Managing to make Bub & Bob fugly as hell

Christ, look at those things. Two grossly rotund beasts that paradoxically couldn't reach their mouths with those stubby appendages. And what's with the Pac-Man eyes? Good lord what have they done to two characters known for being adorable?



What a travesty. All this game has to go on is nostalgia and the irresistibly cute duo of Bub and Bob. Guess it was a sign of things to come, as the reviews were cripplingly low. Next time don't get five-year-olds to draw your box art.

Offender - Karnov

Crime - Duping kids into thinking Karnov's a badass

Hey kids, wanna play as a fire-breathing circus strongman that wrestles goddam dinosaurs? Of course you do! Buy our game and we promise a sweltering sauna of Cretaceous beatdowns that'll have your friends lining up around the block. Don't have enough friends to fill a block? They'll come to you after they see Karnov bitch-kick T-Rex right in its stupid teeth.

Oh. He's actually an overweight, fire-breathing Russian that can't jump very well. There's also like one dinosaur in the whole game and the ending is a simple "Congratulations!"

This shit should be illegal. They outright lied to us, and they'd have to in order to get a child to choose this over Super Mario Bros. 2. To be fair, now-defunct Data East depicted Karnov as a 'roided-out goon on the arcade flyer, but when translated to sprites he simply looks fat. Either way this box art fails to deliver, whether Karnov is obese or packing two tickets to the Kremlin's Red Army gun show.

Hmm that sounds better already...


  • DryvBy - April 28, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Memories of that Fabio box cover. That game was sick too!
  • TruckThunders - November 24, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    I know is in an old article, but I just found it linked from the "13 Biggest Failures" and I really enjoyed this. Especially the Marvel Alliance boxart.
  • Imgema - March 9, 2010 2:05 p.m.

    Everytime i see this Megaman box art, i'm trying to figure out how it actually got the green light. How did this happen? This isn't just a box art of bad taste, its also badly drawn, as if a 6 year old kid tried very hard to draw something cool and badass for his school project.
  • The4X - February 25, 2010 11:39 a.m.

    You're definetly good at writing and photoshop, but you definetly bad in Russian :) It must be "БезумнОЕ ОРУЖЕЙНОЕ шоу". Word "пистолет" in russian is used to identify handgun only, now you know the right word. And yeah, i'm definetly bad in english. :|
  • FanofSaiyan - December 28, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    Once again, some really good stuff. Keep up the good work! XD
  • hybrid616 - October 11, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    that's true, douchemcgee. in his normal costume, he shoots a web, then quickly catches it. that's how he webswings...
  • DoucheMcGee - October 11, 2009 5:02 a.m.

    To be fair to Ultimate Alliance. Spider-Man is clearly shooting another web, so he could be holding his previous web strand which looks like a rope.
  • robantor - August 11, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    gozillas eyes freak me out
  • Kikyabut2 - July 16, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    uh, 10th :P and also, i AM sick of hearing about megaman >.< it was bad, but everyone knows about it. and also, bub and bob, lol
  • killemall - May 13, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    i hate to break it to you but its true, the first couple of godzilla's do in fact have the pointy ears,,,
  • drunation - May 13, 2009 5:34 a.m.

    I love these blast from the past articles. Its great to see the things we may, or may not, have been into back then.
  • CashWheel - December 19, 2008 4:11 a.m.

  • afrosamurai3838 - December 14, 2008 1:06 a.m.

  • Godmode990 - July 4, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    OMG godzilla pisses out of his mouth
  • Maikeru_Go - February 12, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    The Megaman on the cover seems like a really bad cosplayer who never played the game, but conveniently had stuff lying around that sort of looked like what he once saw in a picture.
  • TheWebSwinger - February 5, 2009 7:45 a.m.

    Correction: Godzilla does indeed have pointy lil' ears.
  • kaleb-mayhew - August 2, 2013 9:27 p.m.

  • iboy314 - January 15, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    Fourth? Also, the mario kart one is simple. Mario and Luigi have the wrist-straps, meaning they're supposed to be PLAYING the game. Not in the game itself. So the shadows of the karts is implying that when you play the game it's as if you're driving, even though you're gaming. It still sucks hard though
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 12, 2008 6:29 p.m.

    did anyone actually know whish one was bub and which was bob in the original gameboy game? actually, come to think of it, which are they? First! =D

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