Box Art Brawl: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

Box Art Brawl - RE: The Mercenaries 3D
Image: Nintendo Life

Happy Sunday everyone; welcome to a new edition of ‘Box Art Brawl’!

We’ve got another great one for you this week, but let’s take a look at the past results first. Last time we had Rare Ltd’s GameCube classic, Star Fox Adventures. Criminally underrated at the time of its release, the action-adventure title has nevertheless gained a lot of respect from Nintendo fans in the years since.

For Box Art Brawl, it was another duel in which North America and Europe teamed up to take on Japan. It wasn’t close either; the western design clearly struck a chord with readers, with a hefty 79% of the vote.

This week we move forward in time to take a look at another underrated title on Nintendo 3DS: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Featuring Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5’s Mercenaries minigames, The Mercenaries 3D was a solid action title, but it failed to impress fans hoping for a right Resident Evil game on the 3DS. That wouldn’t come until a year later, when Resident Evil: Revelations launched in 2012.

This time the western designs are comparablebut different enough for us to have a real three-way battle, so let’s get started without further ado!

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; but first let’s take a look at the boxart designs themselves.

North America

RE: The Mercenaries 3D - NA
Image: Capcom

In the North American design for The Mercenaries 3D, RE veteran Chris Redfield faces Resident Evil 5’s version of the chainsaw-wielding Dr. Salvador: the executioner. It is certainly a striking image, with the background adding more impact with explosive textures and effects.


RE: The Mercenaries 3D - UK
Image: Capcom

The design of Europe, on the other hand, has the same image, but against a pure white background. It actually works quite well as a more abstract take on North American design, which probably makes Chris Redfield and the Executioner stand out even more.


RE: The Mercenaries 3D - JP
Image: Capcom

Japan’s design is a bit different, instead choosing to focus on some of the characters you’ll be playing, like in The Mercenaries 3D. You have Chris Redfield, his sister Claire, Jack “Witness the Power” Krauser and HUNK. Honestly, why Capcom chose to omit Albert Wesker from here is a bit of a mind boggling choice, but we’ll leave it at that. All in all, it’s a pretty cool image!

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

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