Man, oh man! This one was sooooo time-consuming! I think this might have been a bigger job than the Mega Man 3 cover. I never want to try turning a low-res picture into a high-res one ever again! Also, editing out text and stuff like that and still trying to make the picture look decent is a pretty big job as well. There were many points in time where I was starting to lose confidence in myself. I almost wanted to ask someone for help, but I seem to do that too much, already.
Oh, ya, and since I couldn't replicate everything from the original art all that well, I'll admit that there are some key differences. One notable difference is that I didn't add the floating castle thing that Wart was flying out of, and another is that I added a "B" at the end of the "BOM" sound effect for it to read "BOMB" as the sprite within the American version of game does. While the former might detract from the overall image, the latter kinda adds to it, I think (or at least hope). Whatever the case, I think it all came out pretty well, right?
Anywho, despite all the bumps along the way, I'm quite proud of this cover. Also I wanna add that I will no longer be adding an ESRB rating to NES games. I'll still do it with SNES games, but not NES ones. Honestly, only one NES game ever actually had an ESRB rating (I think it was Wario's Woods) so I don't think I have to bother. Ah, man, to think at one point there was no such thing as a rating system for games. But the rating system did end up helping in defending video games against touchy people who think that if a child enjoys kicking Koopa Troopas around, they're suddenly showing "aggressive and violent behavior" and will turn into delinquents. But also, nowadays it's more common for video games to actually
not be suitable for children, so the ESRB is a good way for parents to decide what's right for their kids. Hmmm... on the other hand, grown-ups are, generally speaking, rather stupid. I can't tell you how many times I've seen an ignorant parent buy an M rated game for their ten-year-old...
Heh... how the heck did I end up on a little rant about the ESRB? That's totally not what I'm supposed to be typing about!
Anywho, yes, I'm rather proud of this cover and I feel that all the time I put into it (that felt like an eternity) definitely paid off.
And for those that wish to use it, I shall copy and paste what I have in the Artist Comments of all my custom covers:Just click on download to get the full size version, then print it out! It fits perfectly in a Universal Game Case (available at places like Media Shelving and The Video Store Shopper (though, unfortunately, you can only buy UGCs in bulk of 100 cases rather than individually)). Heh, also you need to do a little modding inside the case to fit NES games (though no effort is required at all to fit SNES, Genesis, or N64 games).