Why do publishers feel the need to butcher perfectly fine cover arts?

#1lcfevaPosted 9/19/2011 10:44:53 PM
Was just looking at the cover art for the upcoming Harvest Moon.
For the jap version it had the two protagonist standing back to back with each other, with a ring of animals surrounding them. It looks quite aesthetically pleasing.
But for the NA release they decided to flip the image of the protagonists, put them on the sides and delete the ring of animals. Why not just replace the logo and be done with it.

Really, why do they feel the need to butcher a well designed cover art? Tale of the Two Towns is just one example, there are plenty of others I seen before but none comes to mind atm.
---
Pokemon HearGold FC: 3997 7160 7511
Pokemon Black FC: 1463 6622 7944
#2ZoopdudPosted 9/19/2011 10:51:39 PM
cuz japanesse people r meanies
---
I LIKES YA, AND I WANTS YA.
#3CoffeeShopLamePosted 9/19/2011 10:54:35 PM
who knows
---
I CON-TIN-U TO FIGHT!
# of people i've gotten to watch Code Geass: LotR - 9
#4TheGoddamnPosted 9/19/2011 11:28:55 PM
Why do topic creators love talking about certain images without linking to said images?

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_144266_front.jpg
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_204444_front.jpg

.
---
"Batman to all points, I could use some air support. Because I can't fly. At all. Now would be good."
http://www.backloggery.com/TheGoddamn
#5robomasteralphaPosted 9/19/2011 11:41:46 PM(edited)
Pff, that's nothing.

Breath of Fire III had it worse.

JP
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_10457_front.jpg

US
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_50200_front.jpg

EU
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_10169_front.jpg
---
Gamera is really neat, he is filled with turtle meat, we all love you Gamera!
#6RogueThoughtsPosted 9/20/2011 12:03:44 AM
Because American Kirby is hardcore:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AmericanKirbyIsHardcore

Lots of great examples, but one of my favorites is SMT Jack bros:
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/megaten/jackbrosj.jpg
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/megaten/jackbros.jpg
#7legendarylemurPosted 9/20/2011 12:06:17 AM
robomasteralpha posted...
Pff, that's nothing.

Breath of Fire III had it worse.

JP
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_10457_front.jpg

US
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_50200_front.jpg

EU
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/7/196817_10169_front.jpg


lol the EU one is downright embarassing and the US version is cliche and dull
---
Mass slaughter is fine, but dating sims are OMG MORAL PERVERSION ~ McMarbles
My karma was 666 on May 7th 2011, May 10th 2011
#8Zanther001Posted 9/20/2011 12:48:25 AM
TheGoddamn posted...
Why do topic creators love talking about certain images without linking to said images?

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_144266_front.jpg
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_204444_front.jpg

.


Is it a problem if I like the second one better?
---
This sig is a waste of space.
#9Skul_Posted 9/20/2011 1:10:23 AM
Zanther001 posted...
TheGoddamn posted...
Why do topic creators love talking about certain images without linking to said images?

http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_144266_front.jpg
http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/5/976815_204444_front.jpg

.

Is it a problem if I like the second one better?


I like n2 aswell..
---
Currently Playing: FE: Radiant Dawn, Zelda: Twilight Princess (replay) and Pokemon Soul Silver. Operation Virtual Fall! I want Virtual Boy 2! Im from AUSTRALIA!
#10FoofyheadPosted 9/20/2011 1:25:25 AM
It is clearly superior, which isn't the norm, of course.

I am perplexed by BoFIII's though.

How can it be a classic RPG, if it didn't exist (the US version) prior to launch?
---
Warning! Warning!
TWEWY is a sacred cow!