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    Default Inspiration for The Guardian Legend boxart

    Thanks to an unrelated thread on my board, I think I've finally uncovered the inspiration for the (frankly disappointing) U.S. The Guardian Legend boxart. Here, you be the judge:



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    makes sense.

    Metal Gear Ripped off Terminator and Contra ripped off Predator

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    What did the japanese box art look like? I just picked this game up a couple weeks ago for $2. Still a good compile game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purkeynator View Post
    What did the japanese box art look like?
    Ask and you shall receive.


    But the European's WAY better IMO:
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    I never really got into this game, I like Dragon Spirit better. I do agree that the North American box art is terrible for this game.

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    The Guardian Legend / Guardic Gaiden box art fails all across the board. I mean, you have a game with a hot chick in a space bikini who turns into a fighter ship. That is the potential for really awesome cover art, and they throw the whole concept away for a boring pair of eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavica View Post
    makes sense.

    Metal Gear Ripped off Terminator and Contra ripped off Predator
    Dragon's Lair ripped off the 1981 movie Dragonslayer:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2600 View Post
    Dragon's Lair ripped off the 1981 movie Dragonslayer:

    I dunno, that seems more like a blatant homage or a reference than a rip off. I mean the two titles are even homophones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daria View Post
    I dunno, that seems more like a blatant homage or a reference than a rip off.
    Then the same could be said about Contra, Metal Gear, and The Guardian Legend artwork. Ripoff or homage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2600 View Post
    Then the same could be said about Contra, Metal Gear, and The Guardian Legend artwork. Ripoff or homage?
    Yeah but... Homophones? And it's not like Dragonslayer's box art was a complete knockoff from the movie poster. It's really just the title and font.

    Oh and Alien = Metroid.

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    On the cover of Contra, the artist directly lifted Schwarzenegger's body from Predator's poster and placed Bill's head on it. Not sure about Metal Gear but I think the same thing happened. With TGL here it looks more like a different image rather than a direct lift, but still close enough that it might as well be.

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