Poll: Box Art Brawl - Wave Race 64

Poll: Box Art Brawl – Wave Race 64

Wave Race 64 - Box Art Brawl
Image: Nintendo Life

Hello folks, and welcome to a new edition of Box Art Brawl!

Last week we took a look at one of the GameCube’s best and most important games: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It was also a pretty close race! North America and Europe teamed up to take on Japan, and while many loved the traditional gold aesthetic of the game’s western release, a few preferred Japan’s more vibrant, abstract approach.

In the end, Japan took home the trophy with 54% of the vote. To celebrate the launch of Wave Race 64 on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass service, this week we take a look at a traditional triple brawl to find out which region got the best box art design for the classic N64. title.

Wave Race 64 is one of the most celebrated N64 games out there and is highly regarded by racing fans to this day. Unfortunately, however, the golf race franchise has been very inactive since the GameCube era, as has its cousin F-zero. The launch of Wave Race 64 on the Switch’s Online service is certainly a step in the right direction, but we think it’s high time we got a proper sequel to 2001’s Wave Race: Blue Storm!

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; but first let’s take a look at the boxart designs themselves.

North America

North America and Europe got pretty identical designs for their respective box art, but we think the overall composition is different enough to warrant separate entries this week. The image itself focuses on four racers jumping effortlessly over a wave; it is simple, clear and embodies the term ‘cool’.

One big complaint we have here, however, is that it all looks a bit cluttered, with the large logo in the top left corner and the opaque red banner on the right. Bit dirty.

Wave Race 64 N/A
Image: Nintendo


Okay, Europe’s design is identical to North America’s, but the image itself has been scaled down to allow for the black border around the border; which of course would be fine if the garish “Only for Nintendo 64” branding wasn’t glued onto the actual image itself! We’re not exactly sure what the thinking behind this was, as there’s a lot of empty black space in which such branding could have been used, but it doesn’t matter.

Wave Race 64 EU
Image: Nintendo


We feel like Japan is walking away with this. Look at it! The composition is instantly more striking, with larger images of the racers and no overly intrusive branding to get in the way of the action. We love how it also effectively pastes one image onto another, with the background made up of ocean water for a vibrant colorful screen. Nice!

Wave Race 64 JP
Image: Nintendo

Yet it’s your voice that matters here folks, not what we think! Be sure to leave a comment and let us know which one you prefer and why.

Thanks for voting! We’ll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.

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