32 years of brilliant video game box art – #21 (1994) Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land

Another year, another countdown, another birthday.  And I’m boxing it all up, tying a nice little bow around it, and turning the ripe old age of 32 with a celebration of 32 BRILLIANT examples of FANTASTIC video game box art.  Join me, won’t you?

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land (1994) –
 Wario as a character is quite literally the closest thing I have that resembles Nintendo fandom, and while it didn’t catch on in earnest until years later, Wario Land definitely set me on that trajectory.  The box art too was a first, in that it was the first time I really got the wonder of Nintendo’s style, and of Japanese artistic direction more generally.  Even then as a committed fan of Disney I could see a certain inspiration taken from the house that Mickey built, but that there was something just a little bit off, but something that made it feel entirely different and unique.  Of course once I grew up and understood just how culturally and in some ways creatively different japan was from the United States and the United Kingdom it all made sense.  But for a majority of my childhood Wario Land was a curio, a view into the mind of a creative yet crazy individual, manifesting itself as one of the best video games ever made.


Miss previous entries in the countdown?

Space Ace (1983) – Transylvania (1984) – Impossible Mission (1985)Defender of the Crown (1986) – Faery Tale Adventure (1987) – F/A – 18 Interceptor (1988) – Blood Money (1989) – King of the Zoo (1990) – Lemmings (1991) – Pinball Fantasies (1992) – The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (1993)



  1. This was a good game. I think the reason Wario games did not become popular until later was because the Wario games were just developing an unique gameplay. While this game is enjoyable, it seems to resemble a Mario Land spin-off, with a similar gameplay consisting of collecting power-ups and completing levels. In later Wario Land games, Wario became invincible and used status changes to advance and, in Wii Wario games, the games consisted of unique uses of the Wii remote.
    The box art is good. It uses the vibrant colours of the box art of the Mario Land games, but uses more contrast and shading, which has an interesting effect. I like the way it looks like a scene with the landmarks of Kitchen Island in the background.

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