History CoversAlwaysLie / VideoGames

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* The North American release of ''[[VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2]]'' uses the box art of Kao in an army helmet firing rockets out of a bazooka, which never happens in the game.
20th Sep '17 6:12:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/12/Super_Mario_64_DS_Coverart.png cover]] of ''Videogame/SuperMario64DS'' features all four of the playable characters running a great distance away from Princess Toadstool's castle, but it is not possible to travel that far from it in the game. On the left is a red question mark block and a warp pipe, both of which do not appear in that specific area in-game (although a warp pipe briefly appears in the opening cutscene in a similar location). There is a giant floating power star to the right that neither appears in-game, nor looks like the power stars that are actually in the game.

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* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
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The [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/12/Super_Mario_64_DS_Coverart.png cover]] of ''Videogame/SuperMario64DS'' features all four of the playable characters running a great distance away from Princess Toadstool's castle, but it is not possible to travel that far from it in the game. On the left is a red question mark block and a warp pipe, both of which do not appear in that specific area in-game (although a warp pipe briefly appears in the opening cutscene in a similar location). There is a giant floating power star to the right that neither appears in-game, nor looks like the power stars that are actually in the game.game.
** The [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/b/bd/Yoshi%27sSafariBox.png cover]] for the Super NES rail shooter ''VideoGame/YoshisSafari'' prominently features Yoshi, yet Mario is nowhere to be seen despite his own in-game prominence outside the actual gameplay. But then Yoshi is depicted looking back at the viewer as if it's Mario.
** ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'' on the Nintendo 64 showcases Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Wario, Yoshi, Baby Mario, and Donkey Kong on the box art as well as the title screen. Only Peach, Yoshi, and Baby Mario (along with a human character) are playable from the start. Everyone else are hidden characters. This includes Mario and Luigi, which is very silly considering that they're ''Nintendo's mascots''.



* The [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/b/bd/Yoshi%27sSafariBox.png cover]] for the Super NES rail shooter ''Yoshi's Safari'' prominently features Yoshi, yet Mario is nowhere to be seen despite his own in-game prominence outside the actual gameplay. But then Yoshi is depicted looking back at the viewer as if it's Mario.



* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' features MickeyMouse in the Organization cloak, which leads people to believe he's a prominent figure in the actual game. Instead, he's featured for one cutscene near the game's end, and doesn't even encounter Roxas. The reason behind his inclusion is likely the fact that, ever since ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Mickey's been featured prominently on the cover of every game, ''Days'' is just the only game where is role is minor.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' features MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse in the Organization cloak, which leads people to believe he's a prominent figure in the actual game. Instead, he's featured for one cutscene near the game's end, and doesn't even encounter Roxas. The reason behind his inclusion is likely the fact that, ever since ''Kingdom Hearts II'', Mickey's been featured prominently on the cover of every game, ''Days'' is just the only game where is role is minor.



** One of the Franchise/{{Leapfrog}} games based on the series features ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' Sonic on the cover. The actual game is based on ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.

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** One of the Franchise/{{Leapfrog}} games based on the series features ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'''s Sonic on the cover. The actual game is based on ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.



* The cover of ''[[VideoGame/EpicMickey Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion]]'' shows The Queen of Hearts from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and Hades from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and while they are both shown as brief cameos in the beginning of the game, you never battle them or go through any levels based on their respective movies at all in the game.
** In fact, on the cover, the Queen of Hearts was replaced with the Mad Hatter in the final release, and he does appear...but not as an enemy like the cover implies.

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* The cover of ''[[VideoGame/EpicMickey Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion]]'' shows The Queen of Hearts from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' and Hades from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', and while they are both shown as brief cameos in the beginning of the game, you never battle them or go through any levels based on their respective movies at all in the game.
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game. In fact, on the cover, the Queen of Hearts was replaced with the Mad Hatter in the final release, and he does appear...but not as an enemy like the cover implies.



** The cover for the PAL version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon1'' shows Pete wearing a straw hat, instead of his trademark baseball cap.

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** The cover for the PAL version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon1'' shows Pete wearing a straw hat, hat instead of his trademark baseball cap.



* Sorcerer's Maze shows an old wizard casting spells with two children standing behind him. If you were expecting to play as the wizard or one of the children, then you're in for a surprise, none of the characters on the front cover show up at any point in the game, and what seemed likely to be an action adventure game with wizards and spells turns out to be a breakout style game for two players, (a fairy and some kind of cat thing). As breakout games go, this is one of the better ones. with good illustrations, some kind of story and interesting power-ups and different levels. But at no point are is there anything related to the cover illustration , or for that matter the title of the game.

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* Sorcerer's Maze ''Sorcerer's Maze'' shows an old wizard casting spells with two children standing behind him. If you were expecting to play as the wizard or one of the children, then you're in for a surprise, none of the characters on the front cover show up at any point in the game, and what seemed likely to be an action adventure game with wizards and spells turns out to be a breakout style game for two players, (a fairy and some kind of cat thing). As breakout games go, this is one of the better ones. with good illustrations, some kind of story and interesting power-ups and different levels. But at no point are is there anything related to the cover illustration , or for that matter the title of the game.



* The NES game ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles III: The Manhattan Project'' has the four Ninja Turtles fighting Foot Soldiers and Mousers as one might expect on the cover. Somewhat prominently, Triceraton is featured fighting the Ninja Turtles, but he does not appear in the game.

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* The NES game ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles III: The Manhattan Project'' has the four Ninja Turtles fighting Foot Soldiers and Mousers as one might expect on the cover. Somewhat prominently, Triceraton is featured fighting the Ninja Turtles, but he does not appear in the game.



* ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'' on the Nintendo 64 showcases Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Wario, Yoshi, Baby Mario, and Donkey Kong on the box art as well as the title screen. Only Peach, Yoshi, and Baby Mario (along with a human character) are playable from the start. Everyone else are hidden characters. This includes Mario and Luigi, which is very silly considering that they're ''Nintendo's mascots''.
18th Sep '17 11:16:13 AM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'' on the Nintendo 64 showcases Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Wario, Yoshi, Baby Mario, and Donkey Kong on the box art as well as the title screen. Only Peach, Yoshi, and Baby Mario (along with a human character) are playable from the start. Everyone else are hidden characters. This includes Mario and Luigi, which is very silly considering that they're ''Nintendo's mascots''.
15th Sep '17 5:53:14 AM WillyFourEyes
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* ''World Series Baseball 2K1'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast came on the heels of the ultra-successful ''NBA'' and ''NFL 2K'' (the latter being a system mover in its own right), both developed by Visual Concepts, and ''WSB'' was presented as a sim-like entry along the other Sega Sports entries. However, the gameplay was actually a port of a Sega arcade game, and left the box in blatant lies. It boasted things like hot zones, scouting reports, and weather changes, neither of which were in the game. Also neither in the game were sim-like gameplay and user-controlled fielding, which among other flaws made the game universally panned, and the series was properly handed off to Visual Concepts the next year.

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* ''World Series Baseball 2K1'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast came on the heels of the ultra-successful ''NBA'' and ''NFL 2K'' (the latter being a [[KillerApp system mover mover]] in its own right), both developed by Visual Concepts, and ''WSB'' was presented as a sim-like entry along the other Sega Sports entries. However, the gameplay was actually a port of a Sega arcade game, and left the box in blatant lies. It boasted things like hot zones, scouting reports, and weather changes, neither of which were in the game. Also neither in the game were sim-like gameplay and user-controlled fielding, which among other flaws made the game universally panned, and the series was properly handed off to Visual Concepts the next year.



* ''Mobile Light Force'' and ''Mobile Light Force 2'' (better known as {{Macekre}}d versions of ''Gunbird'' and ''VideoGame/ShikigamiNoShiro'', two unrelated series) have identical AngelsPose covers that have nothing to do with either of the games in question.

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* ''Mobile Light Force'' and ''Mobile Light Force 2'' (better known as {{Macekre}}d versions of ''Gunbird'' and ''VideoGame/ShikigamiNoShiro'', the first''VideoGame/CastleShikigami'' game, two unrelated series) have identical AngelsPose covers that have nothing to do with either of the games in question.
12th Sep '17 8:28:50 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' has a small example. Underneath {{The Flash}}, it shows several heroes that can be summoned into battle alongside of you. Four of them are correct, but instead of the actual fifth hero, ComicBook/BlackCanary, it shows Franchise/{{Batman}}, who only appears in a couple of cutscenes as TheCameo. Also overlaps with WolverinePublicity.

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* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueHeroesTheFlash'' has a small example. Underneath {{The Franchise/{{The Flash}}, it shows several heroes that can be summoned into battle alongside of you. Four of them are correct, but instead of the actual fifth hero, ComicBook/BlackCanary, it shows Franchise/{{Batman}}, who only appears in a couple of cutscenes as TheCameo. Also overlaps with WolverinePublicity.
6th Sep '17 11:16:05 AM Pichu-kun
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* The ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' cover has Crono, Frog, and Marle fighting a boss. The boss is in the wrong location (in fact, a location that doesn't exist in the game), he's being fought with the wrong party, Crono's outfit is slightly off, Marle's outfit is not even close to her actual in-game outfit, and Marle using a flame spell when she's [[AnIcePerson an ice spell user]]. ''And they kept it for the DS release!'' This is made even more bizarre by the fact that that said illustration was drawn by Akira Toriyama himself, the guy who actually designed the characters and monsters for the game. However, it turns out that [[http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=11444 it was early promo illustration ]] before the game had been finalized.
** This is somewhat turned into a CoverDrop in the DS version, as there is a fight with that creature, in an area similar to that on the box illustration in the bonus dungeon...but doing the shown move (Frost Arc) on said monster heals it.

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* The ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' cover has Crono, Frog, and Marle fighting a boss. The boss is in the wrong location (in fact, a location that doesn't exist in the game), he's being fought with the wrong party, Crono's outfit is slightly off, Marle's outfit is not even close to her actual in-game outfit, and Marle using a flame spell when she's [[AnIcePerson an ice spell user]]. ''And they kept it for the DS release!'' This is made even more bizarre by the fact that that said illustration was drawn by Akira Toriyama himself, the guy who actually designed the characters and monsters for the game. However, it turns out that [[http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=11444 it was early promo illustration ]] before the game had been finalized.
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finalized. This is somewhat turned into a CoverDrop in the DS version, as there is a fight with that creature, in an area similar to that on the box illustration in the bonus dungeon...but doing the shown move (Frost Arc) on said monster heals it.



* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' for the Master System and Game Gear has each act introduction showing what hijinks Sonic and Tails will get into...except that Tails isn't a playable character at all and the whole game is about saving him from Eggman.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' for the Master System and Game Gear has each act introduction showing what hijinks Sonic and Tails will get into...except that Tails isn't a playable character at all and the whole game is about saving him from Eggman.Eggman.
** One of the Franchise/{{Leapfrog}} games based on the series features ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' Sonic on the cover. The actual game is based on ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
18th Aug '17 5:39:04 PM Pichu-kun
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* The cover of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time]]'' depicts Arbok, Drapion, and Weavile looming over the heros from behind in a very villainous looking fashion. In the game, however, they're just one of the exploration teams that randomly shows up in the guild from time to time and the only thing they do is give you some friendly advice. This is in contrast to the boxarts of the first games, which depicted other Pokemon in a similar fashion, only they ''did'' end up being antagonists at some point.
** And speaking of Pokémon, the cover of ''Pokémon Colosseum'' depicts the legendary [[OlympusMons Kyogre and Groudon]] prominently. They made history as the first main-series Pokémon game whose cover featured Pokémon that could not legitimately be acquired without trading. In fact, they don't even appear in the story!

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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The cover of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time]]'' depicts Arbok, Drapion, and Weavile looming over the heros from behind in a very villainous looking fashion. In the game, however, they're just one of the exploration teams that randomly shows up in the guild from time to time and the only thing they do is give you some friendly advice. This is in contrast to the boxarts of the first games, which depicted other Pokemon in a similar fashion, only they ''did'' end up being antagonists at some point.
** And speaking of Pokémon, the cover of ''Pokémon Colosseum'' ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' depicts the legendary [[OlympusMons Kyogre and Groudon]] prominently. They made history as the first main-series Pokémon ''Pokémon'' game whose cover featured Pokémon that could not legitimately be acquired without trading. In fact, they don't even appear in the story!



** The cover for the PAL version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonSNES'' shows Pete wearing a straw hat, instead of his trademark baseball cap.

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** The cover for the PAL version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonSNES'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon1'' shows Pete wearing a straw hat, instead of his trademark baseball cap.
15th Aug '17 7:00:54 PM Necrodomo
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hiring an artist to create better illustrations that reflect what the game is actually about.

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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hiring to hire an artist to create better illustrations that reflect what the game is actually about.
15th Aug '17 7:00:12 PM Necrodomo
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hire an artist to create better illustrations that reflect what the game is actually about.

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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hire hiring an artist to create better illustrations that reflect what the game is actually about.
15th Aug '17 6:59:50 PM Necrodomo
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hire an artist to create better illustrations that reflects what the game is actually about.

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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' was originally created on a shoestring as a FanSequel to continue a series that most fans feared was permanently dead. Because it was what was on hand, the original developer populated the ''Clash'' game and wiki with stock illustration that suggested a generic low-fantasy setting with little in common with the Nexus lore. When the current development team was formed, one of the first things that they did was hire an artist to create better illustrations that reflects reflect what the game is actually about.
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