Yes, we know that for many years the covers of video games in the West were horrible, although it is understandable because the Japanese companies had the idea that something “different” from what they did would be better seen by the public on this side of the world. It is clear that in the 80s and 90s, the Japanese industry thought of the video game as a creative concept that encompassed everything, including the visual and the musical, hence its covers were impressive works and envied by the rest. Recently, a legendary artist revealed how difficult it was back then to decide what would happen to an image.
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Akira Yasuda thought of a different image for the cover of end fight on Super Famicom
Akira ‘Akiman’ Yasuda, a legendary Japanese creative who joined Capcom in 1985 and was part of this company’s first golden era, revealed through his Twitter account a design that he created as a cover for what would be the version of the successful end fight for Super Famicom. At that time, Yasuda was a game planner and at first he thought he would be in charge of the cover but Capcom decided that the art would be done by an external artist, something that disappointed the creative but did not stop him from doing something alternative.
Next, we present the official cover of end fight for Super Famicom, which anticipates that only Cody and Haggar would be available (as Guy was not included) before facing the Mad Gear gang in the streets.
Now we share with you Akira ‘Akiman’ Yasuda’s tweet that proposed a composite image with Cody and Haggar, each occupying one half and with notable differences.
— あきまんPLAMAX「GODZ ORDER」神翼騎士団 (@akiman7) July 3, 2023
In this regard, the Japanese creator points out in the publication: “when end fight was released on the Super Famicom, I was going to draw an image for the cover, but it was decided early on that it would be done by an outside illustrator. It may be, but at this time, I understand that he was not particularly appreciated within the company. I secretly thought of this image itself, although I think it is not suitable for the cover, but I consider it a good image”
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