Box Art Brawl: Sonic CD

Box Art Brawl - Sonic CD
Image: Nintendo Life

Hi guys, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

As usual, we’ll take a look at last week’s edition before we proceed with another loud brawl. We threw the NES classic Punch Out!! into the ring to see which of the special variations would come out on top. Surprisingly, most of you seem to prefer the version by “Iron Mike” himself, Mike Tyson. Winning with 57% of the vote, it beat the Gold Edition at 29%, and the Mr. Dream version at 14%. Well done, Mike!

This week, we’re going to look at Sonic CD for the Sega CD. Launched back in 1993 as a planned enhanced port of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD is an odd entry in the franchise that felt a bit cheesy at times, but was nonetheless well received for its special time travel feature and fantastic music.

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We’ve got three exclusive variants this week from North America, Europe and Japan, so it’s going to be a proper three-way solution, and that’s just the way we like it! So enough chit-chat, let’s get on with the show.

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first, let’s take a look at the box art designs themselves.

North America

Sonic CD - NA
Image: SEGA

The North American version of Sonic CD is arguably a lot busier than the other variants, with Sonic and Metal Sonic grappling for a Time Stone while a massive explosion lights up the background . We have to admit, we like that Sonic is just smiling here, despite the obvious danger he seems to be in. That’s the way to do it, Sonic!

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Sonic CD - EU
Image: SEGA

The European version is much simpler and makes full use of the smaller space available on the game cover. We see the real relationships of both Sonic and Metal Sonic staring menacingly at each other and… well, that’s about it! There’s a weird background, some kind of paint going on, but really, the focus here is on the two characters. It is definitely effective!

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Sonic CD - Japan
Image: SEGA

Finally, Japan’s version is an extended variation of what we saw for the EU cover. Sonic and Metal Sonic are once against each other shining against a pure black background, but this time we have a funky Sonic-themed ending around the outside, which is pretty awesome ! We love the design of the title font itself here, even if it is unreasonable.

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.


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