Early Mega Man 3 box art, particularly the Americas editions, is notorious for being a little, well, peculiar. We’re talking nice when we say ‘a bit’; the original game’s North American cover is regarded as one of the worst instances of video game box art ever created, and even Capcom artists have been prone to express their displeasure with the choices taken back in the NES era. We disagree that it’s the worst box art ever, yet there’s no disputing it’s terrible.
Mega Man 3 Box Art Sold on Ebay
An online auction recently sold a production cell with a different version of the North American image – presumably, a concept idea before the ultimate design was developed. As you can see in the screenshots above, this variant has the same layout as the finalized graphics, with slight differences here and there. Check out the intricacy on the ground and illumination in this rough draft, as well as the main character’s appearance above.
The reseller stated in the description that it was obtained “years ago from someone on the now-defunct NintentoAge site who got it straight from somebody who engaged in the game’s promotion.” From the same product details, here’s some further information on the cell: