I was absolutely expecting him to go for the European boxart from the get-go, it just seemed like his style. Either he's getting predictable, or I am. Considering the awkward silence at the end, I'm inclined to go with the former.
I've never seen the European box art before. I must say that I though it looked okay.
Sure, they betrayed the original artist's vision by trying to make it more mature, but within that framework they managed to capture what I imagine the game would look like if a more mature looking design what was they were going for.
Aside from Megaman himself, since he just looked like some kid.
Way to set up and then subvert our expectations with the European box art, although admittedly one of the reasons it worked so well was because I (and presumably many other here) didn't even know there was different box art for the European version, let along seen it. I'm actually quite surprised at how not-shit it is (everyone actually looks like what they're supposed to, a point the NA box art's "retard in a yellow leotard holding a laser pistol" missed like a champ), proving once again that even when PAL box art isn't as good as the original Japanese art, it's still leagues ahead of what American marketing companies think their audiences will like.
I never forgot the Composition of the American Art ... All the classical form and function of a game screaming "HEY this is like an Arcade game!". My little 9 year old brain being completely unable to understand the proper Foreshortening & perspective and also too A.D.D. riddled & zapped up on sugar constantly to even be capable of focusing on more than 1 character at a time in whatever scene was there... soooo much nostalgia and yet...