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Why is the game art so simple?

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by bsilver, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. bsilver

    bsilver WiiChat Member

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    I've always wondered why Nintendo has made more simple designs on their game dvds

    For example, WarioWare [​IMG]
    http://static.cdcovers.cc/ab2b5027b...6827001/Wario_Ware_NTSC-[cdcovers_cc]-cd1.jpg
    and here's HL 2 for the xbox
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    http://static.cdcovers.cc/0c7fcd3fe...b0/Half_Life_2_Dvd_ntsc-[cdcovers_cc]-cd1.jpg
    Obviously, more colours have been used.

    I'm just wondering why Nintendo does this? It doesnt bother me very much, because I play a game for the gameplay and not the game art, but I never understood why all of the games have that look with less colours.

    The only reason I think they'd do it is to save a bit of money from designing and printing costs.
     
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  2. 6ix

    6ix rebmeM tahCiiW

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    What an odd question and thing to be annoyed by, you should probably go on Maury. Anyway, that's just some of them, and simplicity is cool sometimes. I'm guessing the Metroid, Resident Evil, and Mario Galaxy covers will be fairly complex.
     
  3. Wii_Smurf

    Wii_Smurf No.1 Smurf

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    I don't care about the GFX on the cover.
    Nintendo don't need fancy GFX on their boxes to be cool
     
  4. ericlewis91

    ericlewis91 im McLovin

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    there is no cover? and nice and simple and colorfull is the way to go!
     
  5. bsilver

    bsilver WiiChat Member

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    I'm not annoyed.

    i agree, It is a odd question, but i've been curious ever since i had a gamecube.

    I LOVE the Zelda and Warioware art. I guess another possibility is that it's original art.
     
  6. tommy

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    i like warioware art though i understand what ya mean
     
  7. Shiftfallout

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    thats just how they want to market their games. They most likely have an inhouse marketing department that makes the art. If its the same department, most likely the same group is going to keep using the same style. Like any artists, they tend to stick to their style.
     
  8. bsilver

    bsilver WiiChat Member

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    Now that's a real good answer. Thank you.
     
  9. Marc

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    I actually like the simple art of Wario Ware, reminds me of old Sega covers. I also like the more detailed covers too.
     
  10. Shoko

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    nintendo purely focuses on gameplay. but if its a major title like Brawl, Metroid3, or mario galaxy, they make those look really good. zelda is another good example. nintendo really only cares about graphics and such wehn they asre working on a big title (the majority of the time)
     
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    Wow. You're just spitting out the same crap that circulates around here every day. "nintendo purely focuses on gameplay." What an original opinion.
     
  12. Shoko

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    well they certainly dont focus on graphics
     
  13. Marc

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    Red Steel
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Resident Evil 4
    Zelda : Twilight Princess

    :wtf:
     
  14. Shoko

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    like i said, they make their major titles look good. (only read steel's environments look good really, the characters are OK)
     
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    `Hmm...
    Red steel is3rd party
    So is Resident evil 4

    Nintendo have nothng to do with the 3rd party games except the contracts and documentation like that
     
  16. Napalmbrain

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    It's not really an issue for me, but I agree Nintendo's box art is usually rather dull. I presume Nintendo apply their "substance over style" philosophy to their box art as well as the in-game graphics. It probably comes down to the publishers though- they use different artists who follow their own styles, so some covers will look better than others. For an example of good artwork, I think the European cover for Resident Evil 4 looks superb:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. surfinrach90

    surfinrach90 I GOT A JAR OF DIRT.

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    Personally, I loved this =]

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Marc

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    Manga stlye covers would be :cool:
     
  19. Shiftfallout

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    I compiled a list of images to give an idea of what the MAJORITY of box art looks like. There is a common theme, a consistancy that appears over and over. It merely enforces the idea of the kiddie image nintendo has, even if the games themselves might not be kiddie.

    Basically there is a lack of variety.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Marc

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    I quite like some of those, typically Japanese.
     

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