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Japanese Artwork of Western Games

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Okay, so, this is technically a Nintendo game, so it isn't really Western. But the company who actually made Batallion Wars is Kuju Entertainment, who's based in the United Kingdom. Oddly enough, the American artwork is a little bit cutesier than the Japanese one, which keeps the series namesake of Famicom Wars rather than trying to separate itself.


Again, a Nintendo game, but another take on Samus. It's more interesting due to the change in name (Dark Echoes).


The Broken Sword games have almost all had lousy covers, and the third game was no exception. The Japanese release has a nice illustrated art style, though. It looks like only the PS2 version came out in Japan while only the Xbox version came to North America - Europe got both.


The American cover tries hard to look stylish, but I always though it looked really weird on the shelves. The Japanese cover is plain but screams "THIS IS A MEDIEVAL RPG".


I don't think this particular Might and Magic game got released in the US for consoles, but here's the sexed-up Japanese PS2 version.


More big, burly men versus illustrated comic book-style characters. Note the short skirted, big racked girl in the background, just to assure homophobic Japanese men that they weren't buying anything too gay.


When it was first released in Japan, The Sims was renamed Simpeople. Most of the characters on the cover look similar, but redrawn in a manga style. The punk rocker is much happier, and also notice how they left off the black dude. Oops. To be fair, those close-ups of The Sims character is REALLY ugly. Remember when they tried using the "sexy" character in the magazine advertisements? Fran Foofaraw? It was terrible. Anyway, only the cover changed - the in-game graphics were the same, and later Japanese releases reverted back to The Sims name.


This spinoff of The Sims has a pretty awful aesthetic in both territories.


Only the second Timesplitters was released in Japan, under the name Time Splitter. The comic artwork actually looks cool, even though it's somewhat indistinct.



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