After a few days of rumors and speculation based off of a Amazon.com European listing, Nintendo has confirmed that the Wii U Box Arts that were shown are indeed the final design style for their upcoming system’s library. Ubisoft themselves said that the style of box that was used was indeed close to the final version, but today Nintendo themselves have given their input on the designs:
Nintendo has finalized the design of the Wii U game box art, and many of our publishing partners have already incorporated it into their own game packaging. We are seeing those game packages online as retailers are starting to showcase their games. Nintendo-published game boxes will appear shortly with placeholder logos, and then ultimately with the final artwork for each game.
If this is indeed true, we can gather several new details from the above pictured box art design. First off we can see the “Nintendo Network” logo in the top right corner showcasing the fact that there will be a much greater emphasis on online interactions as we saw at E3. Next we can see the Wii U logo smack dab in the center of the box, which definitely conveys the idea of this product being a game. How so? It seems to give off the impression that you would find this item at a toy store, like Toys R Us or another retailer of that degree.
Lastly you can just barely tell but it seems as if the plastic used in the cases this time around will no longer be White, but a light classic Mega Man style blue. Not quite as dark of a blue as Blu Ray cases but still it is a nice change of pace from the blinding white that was used for the Wii library boxes. One has to wonder why Nintendo went with color scheme this time around and why they didn’t stick with White or maybe even go completely red like the Nintendo Selects or Mario games on the Wii and DS?
In the comings weeks you can be sure more and more Wii U box art starts popping up as developers start giving retailers the final listing information for their products for this fall’s launch of the Wii U.