Ballot: Field Artwork Brawl: Duel #76 – Ultimate Combat 3


Welcome as soon as once more to Field Artwork Brawl, our contest to seek out out which retro gaming cowl is greatest from two or extra international variants of the identical sport.

Final time we loved the silence of Resident Evil: Lethal Silence on the fifteenth anniversary of the DS port. Japan took simply over one third of the vote — and Europe grabbed nearly a fifth — but it surely was North America which broke the (lethal) silence with an exalted exclamation having topped our approval ballot with 46%.

We simply cannot get away from Capcom, it appears, as a result of this week it is the Ultimate Combat collection returning to the Brawl with a sport which turned 25-years-old this month. Sure, SNES brawler Ultimate Combat 3 is taking up the may of its Japanese alter ego, Ultimate Combat Robust. Europe and North America are teaming up for this Duel version, as each territories’ covers are extraordinarily related.

We watched Mike Haggar and the crew duke it out again in Field Artwork Brawl #11. Japan received that spherical, however let’s examine if it will possibly go two for 2…

North America & Europe


The North American cowl options traditional street-brawlin’ artwork within the late-’80s/early-’90s type. Chains, knives, baseball bats, brick partitions, rippling torsos, barely-contained cleavage, grimaces, ludicrous haircuts, the cop from the Village Folks — it is bought the lot.

It is all properly rendered with heat colors, and it is bought a kickass emblem, too. The European model shifts the framing a bit, but it surely’s in any other case nearly an identical. Maybe our beat ’em up nostalgia is getting the higher of us, but it surely’s a robust begin from the West.



The Tremendous Famicom model — recognized within the area as Ultimate Combat Robust — makes use of completely completely different artwork in opposition to an ethereal blue background. An identical splashy emblem occupies the highest third, though a faux-gold strip runs alongside the highest of the field behind the Capcom and SFC logos (sure, that mottled impact is a part of the print and not a crumpled little bit of cardboard).

We just like the composition, however the figures do not feel as lush or substantial on this cowl. Clearly, they’re rendered in a unique type, however when seen side-by-side we won’t assist however favor the ensemble picture used within the West. Nonetheless, it ain’t as much as us, is it?

So, you’ve got seen the 2 remaining fighters, however which one would be the final one standing? Choose your favorite and hit ‘Vote’ to tell us beneath:

Actually a Robust alternative, eh?… EH?!… Hiya?…

Be at liberty to tell us your reasoning, or return to no matter it was you have been doing earlier than you voted — that is advantageous, too. Have a fantastic week and we’ll see you subsequent time.

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