"Is that Kid Kool? What happened?? He looks nothing like the guy on the cover! Now that's what you call Kool! Shaking his fist at a wizard, a dragon humping his leg..."
Fumito Udea: What do you think about the cover of the US version of ICO?
Fumito Udea: I had some reservations about the package design, but in the end, ICO sold well in the US. So the package design must have been the right choice.
Junichi Hosono: I've sort of developed an attachment to the design over the years.
Kenji Kaido: After ten years, it grows on you.
Junichi Hosono: Even now, people still talk about it. You see it on Top Ten Worst Game Covers, and stuff like that.
Kenji Kaido: In that sense, that artwork leaves an impression on people.
Junichi Hosono: ICO and Mega Man (Classic) are the ones people mention.
—The director, planner, and producer of ICO discussing its US cover