A few weeks ago we looked at some NES pulp cover art
. Part of the fun/embarrassment was the weirdly over-dramatic pictures, but another part was comparing the portrayal of the heroes to their in-game representation.
So I got to thinking (and scanning) and came up with five more NES covers who kind of oversell the protagonists' awesomeness:
Cover Art: Playing off the word "TARGET", the buff shirtless karate man from the cover is dead center in some bad guy's crosshairs! (or rather, his unseen nemesis has zoomed in on the wrinkle between Renegade's pinky and his palm, but whatever).
In Game: Shirtless Karate Man has been replaced with a Billy Lee clone, down to the blue jeans and blue vest. But at least there's product placement "RUDDY'S CHEESE EMPORIUM"
Cover Art: Speedy starfighter flies through near-earth orbit, zooming in on a multifacetted space station. Lots of sharp uses of deep blue and light orange!
In Game: Little plane thing drifts around, seemingly a few dozen feet above the ground.
Cover Art: Red motorcycle guy zips along twisty roads, from California's Golden Gate Bridge to the Big Apple!
In Game: You're the RED oval shape, decorated with some stripes, semi-circles and black lines/dots to indicate you're a dude on a motorcycle. Really, it's only apparent when you lean to the left or right.
Cover Art: Daring ninja is caught mid-kick, whilst brandishing a sword and preparing to fling a shuriken.
In Game: Guy with no mask and a sensible haircut wanders around town in dark blue pajamas, occasionally placing a pinwheel into the air in front of him.
Cover Art: The Purple & Scarlet Pimpernel battles in a running swordfight with a giant demon's minions, dashing across endless stairs and facing off against evil knights and misshapen beasts to rescue a captive princess!
In Game: Toddler in pimp-hat thrusts butter knife at pudgy gray thing.
Well, I'd go on, but...
It doesn't get any better than this!
— carlmarksguy, 2015-06-19