Box art that got it all wrong

Offender - Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II

Crime - Looking like a trashy "Lusty Lass" romance novel

Not sure if you young'uns know about Fabio. He's an awfully handsome model and spokesman for anyone with $20 and a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. He also adorned the cover of NES classic Ironsword, armed with the same sword Ahnuld used in the Conan movies. Conan the shirtless barbarian. Fabio's supposed to represent Kuros, the star of all three W&W games, who is in fact a fully armored knight that uses a lance.


Once again someone in marketing called the shots and ignored what was actually going on inside the game. Kuros is a knight, Fabio's a gold-stomached battlemaster with naught but his skin and a felled beast hide to assuage the harsh elements from his untainted soul. Too bad they couldn't keep birds from smacking into his face at 75 miles per hour.

Offender - Godzilla

Crime - Messing up Godzilla in every way


1. Godzilla shoots blue radioactive breath, not yellow rays
2. Godzilla does not have big pointy ears
3 Godzilla is King of the Monsters, not Monster of Monsters
4. Godzilla never fought puny UFOs while outer space was on fire

We'd go on but we already beat up poor G in an earlier article.

Offender - Mega Man

Crime - Inspiring every 'worst box art' story ever


Yes, we get it internet, this is terrible box art. Now stop pointing it out... oh fine we'll do it one last time but then promise we can move on to Mega Man 4.

Anyone can see how far off the mark it is. But the reason it's so bad fits nicely into our topic - that bow-legged bastard is not Mega Man. He's carrying a gun, his helmet is crooked and he's draped in futuristic football gear. Meanwhile, the real deal goes like this:

Beautiful. Simply breathtaking, that. And it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the abomination above.  All the NES Mega Man covers were bad, but this one beats 'em all. Now let's never mention it again.

Need more box art mockery in your life? Hit up our Worst of 2007 list.

May 22, 2008


  • 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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