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Mega Man: Cover Art Comparisons

Updated on May 20, 2013

The History

In 1987, video game developer Capcom released an action platformer for Nintendo Entertainment System by the name of Mega Man (known as Rockman in Japan). From that first release nearly 26 years ago, the series has spawned numerous sequels, series', merchandise, and books.

In this article, you'll see the difference between the international releases through the first four original releases. The games have been re released several times but I will stick to the cover art of the original releases.

Mega Man 1

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Released in 1987, Mega Man saw three very different cover arts. The Japanese release was the closest to the actual character. The UK cover was a more realistic interpretation of the game and character while the US release was a miserable effort that missed everything about the game.

Mega Man 2

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One year later, Mega Man was back and so was the laughable cover art. While the Japanese release was still right on the money, the UK cover seem to take a step backwards and the US was headed in the right direction but still included the character using a gun, what the heck Capcom?

Mega Man 3

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1990 (93 in Europe) brought about more Mega Man for the world. The Japanese release as you can see is influenced by anime of that time. The US and UK releases finally got the characters right and never looked back.

Mega Man 4

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The cool thing about the Japanese releases is they manage to get every villain on the cover and show you exactly what you're getting into. The European and US release are near identical except for obvious change, the facial change. The face in the Euro release is more along the lines of the character while the US cover still uses a more realistic face which doesn't match the design of the character.

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