Box Art Brawl: Duel #111 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time

TMNT Turtles in Time - Box Art Brawl
Image: Konami / Nintendo Life

Happy Bank Holiday weekend to you folks in the UK, and welcome everyone to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Last week, it was the turn of Wave Race 64 to come under BAB scrutiny — which was fitting as the game launched on the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass service. it was a close (wave) race between the top two, but Japan won with 51% of the votes. North America did pretty well for itself too, bagging 42%, but Europe looks like it crashed into the waves with only 7%. It’s those black borders, we tell you!

This week, we’re going back a little bit further, and it might be worth grabbing a slice of pizza. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection launches on Tuesday 30th August, so we thought it was about time to put one of the best Turtles games’ box art under the microscope. That’s right, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time’s… time.

Europe and North America are back together to take on Japan, and this really is a clash of the titans with two iconic boxes up for a brawl.

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first, let’s check out the box art designs themselves.

North America & Europe

TMNT Turtles in Time NA Europe
Image: Konami

Hero Turtles, Ninja Turtles. Whatever you call them, it’s hard to deny that this box art rules. It’s a big part of many of our childhoods! The grittier art style, the cosmic purple background, Raphael on a hoverboard, the ship, dinosaur, train — it screams “what on earth is this game about!?” But in the best possible way, of course. The title in the dead centre is also pretty iconic. ‘Turtles in Time’ in stone, that looks like the Turtles could kick it down at any time? Yeah, it’s all pretty badass.

See also  Wave Race 64 Review (N64)


TMNT Turtles in Time Japan

Japan has gone for the complete opposite end of the spectrum and adopted the same cartoon style that they’ve previously used. It’s a lot cheerier, but we also really love this one. The title down the bottom maybe doesn’t have as much impact, but the four Turtles posing together, with Donatello popping his head out of the sewer, is just nice and makes us remember a different part of our Turtles-loving childhoods. Oh, and the Statue of Liberty on both boxes is a nice touch.

Well, we’re glad this week isn’t up to us! Have your say in this week’s brawl by voting for your favourite!

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

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