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CREATED MAR.28.2006
UPDATED SEP.14.2006
BOX VARIATIONS
SOME RELEASES CHANGED BETWEEN REGIONS
ADVENTURES IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM, THE BY CAPCOM
EUR FRONT (SPANISH)
EUR BACK (SPANISH)
EUR FRONT (SCANDINAVIA)
EUR BACK (SCANDINAVIA)
Here we have two European releases, the Spanish and the Scandinavian (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) release of Adventures of the Magic Kingdom. The difference is quite visible to everyone I'm sure. Why on earth the Scandinavian release received completely different box art is unknown, someone at Bergsala probably felt that the original art, similar to the Spanish release, was boring and therefore Bergsala decided to create a new one. Both versions were released in 1990 I think.

BIONIC COMMANDO BY CAPCOM
USA FRONT
USA BACK
EUR FRONT
EUR BACK
The Capcom classic, Bionic Commando, received a box makeover for it's european release in 1988. It's seems like Capcom decided to use a generic box design for all European releases, including phrases such as "State-of-the-art" and "High Resolution Graphics". Some of these generic boxes were later on changed to better looking ones, Bionic Commando didn't receive an aditional European box makeover though.

DUCK TALES BY CAPCOM
EUR FRONT (SCANDINAVIA)
EUR BACK (SCANDINAVIA)
EUR FRONT (GERMANY)
EUR BACK (GERMANY)
Even within Europe there wasn't a standard box design to use for a specific game it seems. Above is the Scandinavian (SCN) and German (NOE) release of Duck Tales. While the Scandinavian distributor, Bergsala, went with the generic box layout, Nintendo of Europe, in Germany, decided to go for another design, which I must say is a lot cooler than the scandinavian. Funny enough, the label art on the cartridge is the same.

FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF DIZZY BY CODEMASTERS (CAMERICA)
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USA FRONT (ALADDIN)
USA BACK (ALADDIN)
EUR FRONT
EUR BACK
EUR FRONT (ALTERNATE)
EUR BACK (ALTERNATE)
This game has received quite a few box design upgrades. It all started with the yellow US box, which was the first game to be published by Camerica in the US and Canada. In 1992 the first European version arrived, here it was distributed by Codemasters themselves. It was a plug-through game, looking like a GameGenie and was nothing more than the version of Dizzy already released by Camerica, heck it even said Camerica on the titlescreen. However the boxart was new.

Then in 1993 came the Aladdin Deck Enhancer version of the game. Not only did the game engine get an update, but once again the box art received an update. It was only a minor update to the already existing European boxart, now with darker colors. The new and faster version Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy of course also had to be released in Europe and a minimal boxart update was made, adding the codemasters logo they still use today to the box. But that was not all, the game was now even playable in three different languages, English - German and French, and on top of that the titlescreen now said Codemasters and not Camerica.

LINUS SPACEHEAD'S COSMIC CRUSADE BY CODEMASTERS (CAMERICA)
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USA BACK
EUR FRONT
EUR BACK
Not only did Linus receive a major box makeover for the European (U.K.) release of Linus Spacehead's Cosmic Crusade, but he was also renamed to Cosmic and the game was then called Cosmic Crusade. Amazingly the game received a new titlescreen, probably because it was one of the last releases, but also it also features a little extra 2 player game, called Pie Slap.

MICRO MACHINES BY CODEMASTERS (CAMERICA)
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USA BACK
USA FRONT (ALADDIN)
USA BACK (ALADDIN)
EUR FRONT
EUR BACK
EUR FRONT (ALTERNATE)
EUR BACK (ALTERNATE)
Micro Machines has received no less than 4 box changes, most significantly the last of the European boxes, the non plug-through release. Take a close look at the text on big red f1 racer's back wing and then compare it to the other boxes.. yeah, for some reason the text was changed from "Nova Nova" to "Teva Teva".

But that is also about it. The game is exactly the same as the Camerica release, they didn't even bother to remove the Camerica logo from the titlescreen, but bothered to changed the boxart? hrmmm....

ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES BY VIRGIN GAMES
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USA BACK
EUR FRONT (SCANDINAVIA)
EUR BACK (SCANDINAVIA)
The European release of Robin Hood was handled by Mindscape, a company which obviously believed in less detailed boxart. As you can see the red Nintendo Entertainment System banner has dissapeared on the euro release, but also some details on the back of the box, like the capital E, at the beginning of the text written on the box. The Mindscape box is a little blurry, and this isn't the only one of their releases with blurry boxart, the Days of Thunder box is even worse.

SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 BY NINTENDO
EUR FRONT (GERMAN)
EUR BACK (GERMAN)
EUR FRONT (SCANDINAVIA)
EUR BACK (SCANDINAVIA)
A minor box difference exist between two European releases, the German (NOE) and the Scandinavian (SCN) release. Compare the two black "Mario Madness" banners and the diference should be pretty obvious for everyone, heh. According to the back of the boxes, the SCN release was released in 1989 while the NOE release says 1990.