The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has a huge back catalogue of titles, many of which have one thing in common –
Here are my top ten worst NES game covers of all time:
10. Clu Clu Land
The guy that designed this atrocious box art must have been on cloud cuckoo land (see what I did there!?). The artwork is boring and explains next to nothing of what to expect when playing this game. You could almost say I don’t have a clu at what is going on… I assume the red blob on the cover is clu clu and it appears he/she/thing/monster (delete as appropriate) is juggling two fried eggs, a rasher of bacon and some pink diamonds.
9. A Boy and his Blob –
Trouble in Blobolonia
No boy should play with his blob –
This game cover really stings my eyes when I look at it (sorry). It seems like you control multi-
Anticipation was Nintendo’s first video board game and judging by the cover it was lucky not to be the last. When I look at the cheesy grins, quirky hand gestures and terrible clothes showcased on the cover, I quickly realise how lucky I am not to know any of these people! The game boldly claims that there will be PARTY FUN FOR ALL AGES, a big statement that is quite clearly a lie! The lady in the middle of the group looks terrified –
6. Hammerin’ Harry
Harry really looks quite demented. He has a face only a mother could love and resembles a mutated Rambo-
5. Panic Restaurant
It’s hard to know where to start with this one! The creepiest sight has to be the naked carrot (can vegetables ever be naked?!) half covered by white curtains wearing red lipstick and staring intensely towards, what can only be described as the scariest chef ever imagined! It looks like the heavy moustached chef (frying pan in hand) is chasing a roasted chicken, while a hotdog with demonic watches on in disbelief. The balloon font for the games title does little to improve matters. I think the local environmental health officer needs to plan a visit to this particular eatery.
4. Fester’s Quest
If uncle Fester’s quest was to locate and wear red lipstick (probably stolen from randy carrots) and allow spiders to crawl over his face, I think we can all say he has passed with flying colours. What is up with his face? I know he is part of the Addams family, but surely they would even disown him if he looked like this on a regular basis! Looking at the cover art I think the game should be re-
3. Mega Man
Number three in our list of worst NES covers is a true legend. Mega Man is an undisputed classic that went on to spawn many successful sequels. However it is safe to say the game didn’t have the best of starts to life regarding its cover art. Mega Man should re-
2. Treasure Master
Treasure Master’s game art showcases one of the most 80s inspired montages of images you could ever dream up. This gives the Rocky films a run for its money! The boy at the centre of the cover epitomises the 80s look down to the tee. Dark, plastic shades with green arms? Check. Multi-
1. Metro Cross
Number one in our worst NES covers list features someone who could have been the next Tony Hawk (er, maybe? – Ed).
Way before Tony Hawk, we had the Metro Cross guy – just look at the man’s face and be prepared for nightmares! Then take a look at the man’s outfit and get ready for counselling. His expression resembles a man playing with his blob –
This is easily one of the worst game covers ever released for any console, let alone the NES.
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