Box Art Brawl: #102 – Resident Evil Gaiden


Box Art Brawl: #102 – Resident Evil Gaiden
RE Gaiden Box Art Fight
Image: Nintendo Life

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Last week, we took a look at Final Fantasy VI for the SNES. It was pretty clear that you folks preferred the more “traditional” visual style of the series, as the Japanese box art won the week with a resounding 90% of the votes. Maybe changing the name of the game. final fantasy III in the US and giving it a drastically different case design was not the wisest decision…

This week, we are back in the world of demonic resident. We’ve already covered most of the major games on Nintendo systems, but we haven’t paid any attention to one of the strangest and most maligned entries in the entire franchise: Resident Evil Gaiden.

The game was released in PAL regions for the first time in 2001, followed by other regions in early 2002. It is not held in high regard by fans of the franchise, and in fact is no longer considered part of the broader canon. In game terms, you explore a luxurious passenger ship called ‘Starlight’ in which all the inhabitants have been turned into zombies, and the environment is shown through a top-down point of view. When you encounter zombies and other unsavory creatures, the camera switches to a first-person perspective, with a crosshair moving from side to side to indicate the accuracy of your attack.

Enough about the gameplay, though: you’re here for the box art! We’re going to take on the top three regions (North America, Europe, and Japan) this week. Europe and Japan share a very similar design for their respective box arts, but the Japanese moniker ‘Biohazard’ justifies their own position in the competition.

So, with all that being said, let’s all hop on the Starlight and take a look at some art!

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; But first, let’s take a look at the cover art.

North America

RE Gaiden US
Image: Capcom

North America stands out as the outlier in this week’s fight; the box art here shows Leon S. Kennedy looking sulky and macho in his trademark RPD uniform. The RPD insignia is also seen to the right on a dark red background. Overall, it’s a pretty good representation of what Resident Evil could look like. franchise, but perhaps it does not do well to indicate what Resident Evil Gaiden is about, specifically. However, on a more positive note, we love the ‘classic’ font used for the RE logo; it’s iconic for a reason and we’re glad Capcom has returned to it in recent years.


RE Gaiden EU
Image: Capcom

This is perhaps the most “iconic” image related to Resident Evil Gaiden. We see here a lifesaver emblazoned with the title ‘Starlight’, which gives a strong indication of the game’s setting. But there is something wrong… What could it be? Oh yes, the blood smeared on the ring and running down the wall, lovely.

Something random to note here, too. The game was actually published by the now-defunct Virgin Interactive in the PAL regions, while Capcom itself published the game elsewhere. It was one of many Capcom games handled by Virgin, including games like dinosaur crisis, street fight alpha 3and PS1 core demonic resident Titles


RE Gaiden JP
Image: Capcom

So, as we said earlier, the Japanese box art for Resident Evil Gaiden is more or less the same as its European counterpart, but with a few key differences to note. First, the obvious: it’s called Biohazard instead of Resident Evil. The font is the same of course, but there are a lot of fans who just prefer the Japanese title, which is great! Aside from this, there are minor color differences, such as the column on the left side, plus some extra detail in the Japanese language. The overall image is also a bit more enlarged.

That is all! Even though Resident Evil Gaiden sits near the bottom of the franchise in terms of quality, there’s no denying that the box art is at least pretty interesting. Make sure to make your voice heard and vote for your favorite in the poll below!

Thanks for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.