Cart Art: The Worst Robots of the Sega Genesis

Robots. These wonders of technology have been the bad guys in video games for just about as long as video games have been around. As modern mechanical masters of mayhem, Robots get destroyed in countless waves by gun toting heroes and ultra sleek space ships. Now, combine this with the ultimate power of blast processing and you have a match made in heaven. . . and some video game covers from hell. That’s right, this time Cart Art is taking a look at the crap-tastic combination of terrible robots covers and the Sega Genesis. So load up your positronic brain and strap on that arm mounted laser cannon, because we are about to do what nintendon’t.

Final Zone
final zone

In the future there will be robots. . .dumpy, fat, two tone robots. I understand that when when things get printed, fewer colors are used to save money in the printing process but there are other colors on the cover. Why is the robot just blue and red? Couldn’t throw in a little magenta or chartreuse or other such fun sounding color names. I am still trying to figure out why the robot has something that look kind of like a Commodore 64 keyboard coming out of it’s gut. I am also trying to figure out why the end of the human soldiers gun looks like a cheerleader’s megaphone but this Cart Art is not about terrible rifle design, it is about robots. Humpty Dumpty robots, but robots none the less.

Contra: Hard Corps
hard corps

When they put a bad guy robot on the cover, isn’t is supposed to instill fear or something? I feel like the robot is just happy go lucky kinda of sort who was just living in his factory when some gung-ho solider busts in guns blazing. I mean, look at that smile on the robot. He’s not mean or bent on the destruction of humanity, he’s just smiling (side note: why does a robot need teeth?). How evil can a robots be if it has a series of tan tennis balls for fingers? Yet, even with it’s big toothy smile and sports equipment hands, I still want to shoot the thing. Guess that’s means mission accomplished for this cover, but perhaps not in the way originally intended.

Heavy Nova
heavy nova

I have been looking at this cover for awhile now and only one, constant, overriding thought is stuck in my head. Is it me, or does the robot on this cover look depressed? I get the sense that after decades of crushing humanity under it’s cold steel foot, this robot has yet to fill that giant void in its dark, fission powered heart. Perhaps the bot longs for a more simple life, like that of an automobile assemble line welder or a pneumatic punch card organizer. Or the robot could be depressed after looking in the mirror and realizing what a fat neck it has. In either case, behind that one elongated red eye is a sad robotic being, a metallic manic depressive who dreams of destroying the human race have left it empty and unsatisfied. Much like the cover leaves me.

Rise of the Robots
rise robots

Dear Metal Lords,

When you come for us in your never ending quest to extinguish all humanity, I need to point something out. I get that we are soft, fleshy life forms, often out of shape and doughy. However, do we need to be reminded of this as your are killing us with your solid blue super muscular death machines. Robots should not have six pack abs and pectorals the size of bowling balls. Thank you for your time.

Awaiting death at your metal hands,

OffisaPups.

Just in case your are wondering, the little blue sticker looking thing adverting that this game has music by Brian May, well that is the Brian May, guitarist and songwriter of the band Queen (as well as a Ph.D. in astrophysics) . In truth only one part of a song by Brian May appears in the game so please do not go and try to play this terrible game thinking you will get to hear music by a living guitar god. The pain and suffering it not worth it.

Mega Turrican
mega turrican

In all honesty, the entire reason of this Cart Art is to review this cover. I own this game and it’s awful cover and ever since I have starting doing these articles, I have wanted to use this cover. The one thing that irks me the most is what is under the weird rock cover robots left (to your right) arm? What did that tortoise do to deserve having its shell ripped from its body and used as an elbow guard? I could go on and on about why does this robot is wearing what look like metal undaroos or about that poorly drawn orc thingy in the background but really, it’s all about that turtle shell. Why is it there? It is such a stark contrast to the robot’s design and coloration. That poor, poor reptile. I would shed a tear for you but that would be a sign to weakness and would cause my instant termination via our electronic emperors.

Well this brings us to the end of another Cart Art. Stay tuned as we continue to revel in the universe of video game cover art. Coming up we will damage out brains and eyes with another failed system, one even worse then the Turbo Grafx-16! If you have any recommendations for a future Cart Art, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to work on that EMP bomb I keep in my hall closet, just in case this website becomes sentient and sends a squad of tortoise shell armored, Zoloft needing androids over to take me away.

OffisaPups

OffisaPups is a lover of fine retro gaming (video as well as board), classic comic strips and has a noggin filled with decades of television ads and song lyrics. Due to fears of a zombie apocalypse, do not approach OffisaPups while groaning, staggering with out-stretched arms, or requesting brains. Needless to say, OffisaPups has a very understanding and patient wife and a daughter who has no hope of a normal, non-dork upbringing.

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11 thoughts on “Cart Art: The Worst Robots of the Sega Genesis

  1. Rick says:

    I think the first robot has a fanny pack so that in hard battles he can take time out to get that cool refereshing sip of oil to keep him going.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    Hmm… I thought that Heavy Nova cover was actually a planet and a spaceship at first glance. I guess it might be discouraging as a robot to be confused with a spaceship. Or disheartening to be compared to the Rise of the Robots cover guy. That one would give lots of other robots body image issues.

  3. OffisaPups says:

    @Rick You are 100 percent correct, that does look like a front worn fanny pack. Now I realize, the robot is not an instrument of war, he’s a lost tourist on vacation. Also, for you anime nerds out there, something about the cover for Final Zone reminds me of Appleseed.

  4. vinvectrex says:

    @Atari Adventure Square – great observation! Those are Polaroids if I’ve ever seen them. If that robot is a tourist, is the purpose of the game to speak slowly, loudly, and offer directions?

  5. Friends, I think we are wrong about that fanny pack. I think it’s actually an electric shaver mod, perhaps that young soldier is just waiting for his turn to get his hair cut?

    Then the robot takes a picture of his cleanly shaven head! :)

  6. OffisaPups says:

    Wow, based on the feedback, I may have to induct the Robot from Final Zone into the Cart Art Hall of Fame. Gonna have to do a Worst Robots of the SNES so I can find a shaving/fannypack/keyboard buddy for that robot. That or photoshop the robot holding a Cart Art banner.

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