Cart Art: Goonies 2 for the NES

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Goonies 2 was one of the first Nintendo games I remember playing the crap out of when I was a kid. I was such a huge Goonies fan that I actually got this game before I got Super Mario Bros. When my father would go to work at 4 am, I would sometimes have him wake me up to I could play Goonies 2 before I went to school. It is with these fond memories and maybe a set of rose colored glasses, we take a look at the box/cart art for Goonies 2

Starting at the top, we have the title of the game, a copy of the text we see for the original Goonies move. While not a very bold choice, its does the job perfect of tying this game to the movie. Seeing the title you felt like you were playing a direct sequel to the movie, like some sort of secret movie script turned into a video game. Plus, who doesn’t love an “I” dotted with a skull?

Moving down, we next have a head show of Mikey, our hero of the game. It may be me, but it seems like Mike was carved out of stone or maybe a fresh side of ham. He is very sharp and angular and due to the artist depiction of light, it looked like this Mikey has been injecting HGH directly into his chin line and neck. I mean man, look at the thing. Mike has got to lay off the Ho-Hoes.

Now we come to the best selling point of the cover, the part that says: “This is an adventure of a game!” We have Mikey, Andy and Brandon (it maybe Mouth, I am not to sure) swinging on a rope, bursting through the background which looks like One Eye Willie’s treasure map. While this hearkens back to the feel of the movie, we also get a taste of what is in store when we play Goonies 2. Mikey is holding a boomerang, a weapon used in the video game. In addition, Mikey looks much better in this rendering, far less “meat-like” though there is something about his mouth that just makes me feel a little uneasy.

While the three Goonies swinging on a rope may sell the game, the bottom 3 elements are by far my favorite. The one of the left is of Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen preparing to unleash heck with a slingshot. You do not get to play as Chunk in Goonies 2 and he is in the game for most part in name only, yet there he is, on the cover. You know what? Good for the artist! We could all use a little master of the Truffle Shuffle in our box art. I wish they had thrown Data on the cover somewhere, maybe brandishing the Pincers of Power, but alas it was not so.

Now on the bottom right we have what I think is the perfect blending of the Goonies movie and the Goonie 2 video game. We have Ma Fratelli, the leader of the Fratelli gang and our A-1 villain of The Goonies. Now, a few things about this little element of artwork. First of all, I have no clue if she is winking or is squinting at something, but whatever “it” is, she sure doesn’t like it. What is up with her pearl necklace? It seems to float just above what seem like some sort of amorphous tan color blob that I guess is her body. Why does she even have the pearls? She doesn’t have neck or body, guess the artist was like, “You know what? I don’t care that this poor elderly woman has no body and is suffering from what might seem like paralysis of one half of her body, she is wearing her going-out pearls!”

Hey! Remember then the Goonies saved that tiny mermaid from the crystal ball? Me neither! In one of the strange twists of Goonies 2, Mikey must save a mermaid named Annie. I wonder why the mermaid Annie’s name is so close sounding to Andy from Goonies? In either case we have the ultimate goal of Goonies 2, rescuing a mermaid from the clutches of the Fratellis. So we have mermaid Annie trapped in an evil miniature snow globe. I really can’t say anything more then that. If you can’t get excited about a game that has a mermaid trapped in a little snow globe, then you sir or madam, don’t have a soul.

Goonies 2 is a great representation of hand painted cart art goodness from the boys at Konami. It gets the point across, draws you eye to the game and upon closer inspection, is full of crazy stuff. What more can you ask for from Cart Art?