AVGN Bad Game Cover Art #3 – Shatterhand (NES)

Mike Matei / December 3rd, 2015

AVGN has an Advent Calendar of Ass! Step into the art gallery as we examine some of the worst video game cover artwork, each day until Christmas!

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Today’s video..

AVGN: Bad Game Cover Art #3 – Shatterhand (NES)


  • Allen Lucas

    December 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Hilarious though the cover does look pretty decent to me!

  • malic zarith

    December 3, 2015 at 10:14 am

    The exposed bones make me cringe. Hurts just looking at it.

  • dazmo

    December 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

    lol its ray romano

  • December 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Cyborg fighters! I wonder how many games were made using Terminator as it’s inspiration?

  • Deathbringer

    December 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    It’s Al Bundy from Married with Children, aka Ed O’Neill!

    At least that’s who I always thought it looked like, lol. I remember thinking as a kid “Why is Al Bundy on this game cover as a terminator trying to punch me?” Lol.

  • Schizima

    December 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Shatterhand is an amazing game though, one of the best on the NES.

  • December 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    The dude on the cover always looked like my uncle, Joe. Back then, I was like, “Hey, Uncle Joe, this dude looks like you, especially with the sun glasses.”

  • Weldin Dunn

    December 3, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I think he flipped someone off so hard part of his skin got cut off.

  • December 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    My Mother was art docent at my elementary school. this really makes me feel nostalgic.

  • greedo

    December 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Good vid. I wouldn’t necessarily place this under “bad” cover art, though. More like mediocre, or forgettable.

  • AngryVideoGameJock

    December 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Looks like Phil Baroni

  • Grandmasterp

    December 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Huh? I never really noticed how shity that cover art was.

  • bud

    December 4, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Foreskin fingers

  • NashKnight

    December 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I actually like this cover. Also, Shatterhand is an awesome game, a real hidden gem.

  • December 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    SUP MAN!!! Damn that was funny.

  • Rennie Page

    December 6, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Best flip out of all time James. It was more than amazing. I watched it over and over and over and over.

  • December 6, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Far more hilarious than I thought it would be. One of my favorites.

  • December 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Seems like a remake from The Wayo of the Exploding Fist for Spectrum (check it out : https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c0/Explodingfist.jpg)

  • Arc Nova

    December 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

    I’m surprised you didn’t make a shat joke. XD

  • December 8, 2015 at 4:05 am

    How is this is a bad art cover?

  • TimeCrimson

    December 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Hi James. Big fan of your videos. I don’t know if you know this but Shatterhand was a whole different game in Japan, called Tokkyu Shirei Solbrain, based off a Japanese Tokusatsu(special effect) series of the same name(made by the same company that made the source footage of Power Rangers). The cover of that game is here.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Yeah I’m not sure what’s going on with the Terminator hand. The skin does look unnatural too, with those weird folds and creases.

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