I love that New 3DS box for Japan! It’s curious that of all the system’s new features and improvements (extra analog input and buttons, built-in NFC/Amiibo support, faster CPU, etc.), the box’s design and word balloon are dedicated to advertising the handheld’s swappable cover plates. The boxes for the New 3DS XLs, which don’t let you change the covers, are more boring traditional.
What you see here are some good examples of japanese graphic design in videogames. While in Europe and America Super Nintendo box art was limited by black frames and closed templates, in Japan packaging designers had a good amount of freedom for displaying images and typography in a large rectangular canvas.
Many stores allow customers to return videogames they’ve played, even without the original cover art. This return policy allows for the distribution of fan-made video game cover art. Putting gamers in charge of marketing is interesting because they speak the truth and it’s not always pretty. In fact, it is never pretty.
There’s a lot of emphasis here on the animals, what with the new Safari feature being introduced to Harvest Moon: Connect to a New World. This releases in Japan on February 27. Don’t forget that North American publisher Natsume is selling a few of its games with a $10 discount on the eShop, including its Harvest Moon 3DS titles.
Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV, the first numbered entry for the cult first-person RPG in almost a decade, will release to North America this summer. That’s much sooner than anyone expected (not that a U.S. release was guaranteed), and not long after the series’ Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers spin-off ships here in two weeks!
This M-rated 3DS exclusive features over 400 demons to recruit/collect/fuse, voiced dialogue, branching plot lines, StreetPass stuf, and more. It also has an unusually expensive $50 price tag — perhaps Atlus will throw in the usual art book and OST? Quick plot details:
"The story of SMTIV revolves around the Samurai, the sacred protectors of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. As a newly appointed Samurai, players will struggle with factions that have nefarious designs on the world as they defend their home kingdom from a growing army of demons. Decisions players make throughout the course of the story will have lasting repercussions, as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.”
As you can tell from the boxart, the packaging is almost identical to the Japanese edition, though it won’t have the black case that mature titles in Japan have.