Wii U Boxart Design Spotted In The Wild

    June 1, 2012
    Zach Walton
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There are a lot of things that we don’t know about the Wii U yet – the price, the launch games, the online infrastructure, boxart, etc. We can hopefully mark one of those off the list as a small publisher has just revealed what may be the final Wii U boxart design.

It was brought to our attention that a game publisher going by the name of Maximum Games updated its product page with a game called Jett Tailfin Racers. It’s obviously a casual game that is meant to appeal to children. It wouldn’t be anything worth writing about except that the game is coming out for the 3DS and Wii U and the publisher has pushed out the boxart design. Let’s take a look:

Wii U Boxart Design Spotted In The Wild

I have to say I’m a little disappointed. I guess I was hoping for something different from Nintendo this time around instead of just copying the Wii’s boxart design. Nintendo’s current losses can be partly attributed to its dedication to the casual masses that have moved on to mobile gaming. They are not coming back and tempting people with Wii-like boxart design isn’t going to work.

Granted, we should take this with a grain of salt. Sure, Maximum Games is a real publisher with some real games under its belt, but it’s not a major game publisher. This could just be placeholder art with the Wii U logo slapped on until they get final word on the real design.

Unfortunately, the boxart looks legitimate and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what we saw on Monday. I knew I had to give up hope on Nintendo changing the Wii U’s name, and I guess I’m going to to have to give up on my hopes of different boxart. Here’s hoping that Nintendo shows off some amazing titles next Tuesday to make up for it.

[h/t: Modern X Games]

  • I dont get it

    Wii U will have casual games sure but it will also have core games as well. NBA 2K13, Assasin’s Creed 3, Darksiders II, Tekken, That DC game etc. They are all on Wii U as well so why is keeping the same box art a big deal?

    It’ll probably have holes in it like 3DS boxes as well. The U is slightly darker so that probably is the final design but I don’t see what the problem is mate. It has core games as well so I’m not sure what kind of image you think box art produces.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      The point I’m trying to make is that keeping the Wii U boxart design intact makes it seems that Nintendo is sticking to its guns from the Wii instead of changing. We won’t know anything until the E3 conference proper, but an unchanged boxart design is worrisome. I hope you’re right though. I would love to see a Nintendo that started catering more to the core since it’s all they have now that the casual audience is moving towards mobile.

  • david

    Im more worried about console design, actually im worried about the entire project. Thats boring if were getting another wii. I had a little hope too.

  • Si Destne

    What nonsense.

    You can clearly see that the ‘Wii’ logo is not the official logo and a font that is quite different.

    This isn’t the final box art design.