As it turns out, those images of upcoming Wii U titles on sites like Target and Amazon - replete with their box art designs - are in fact the real deal, as confirmed by both Ubisoft and Nintendo. What you are looking at to the left of this paragraph is the official box art for the Wii U version of Assassin’s Creed III.
According to Nintendo:
Nintendo has finalized the design of the Wii U game box art, and many of our publishing partners have already incorporated it into their own game packaging. We are seeing those game packages online as retailers are starting to showcase their games. Nintendo-published game boxes will appear shortly with placeholder logos, and then ultimately with the final artwork for each game.
So yes, these are real. Now that this matter is settled - what do you think of it? Is the design praise-worthy or garish? Here’s another example to satiate your box art hunger:
So, now that we know what the basic Wii U box art looks like, it’s time to put on our snarky internet critic hats and start either praising its awesomeness or debunking its putrid horror. As we know - according to internet law - any given object must be either the best thing ever or the worst thing ever. Luckily, the Wii U box design is finding itself placed firmly in the first category. Unless of course it’s not.
On one hand, the blue is distinctive and reminiscent of the typical Gamecube box art. It also helps to contrast with the green cases of the Xbox 360 (watch the next PlayStation have red plastic). It’s very blue all around, which is somewhat nice in comparison to the drab whites and greys we’ve seen in the Wii era.
On the other hand, the whole “concave dip on the top of the box” thing has been done to death at this point, and isn’t as instantly distinctive as the Wii’s one-sided swoosh. Also, the specific tone of blue is being referred to as “baby blue”, and there are worries it looks too childish.
So what’s the verdict, dear readers? Is it an example of box art artistry? Is it just plain bad? Do you honestly not care either way? Comment away!