Around the end of January, Team Meat will put out a boxed edition of Super Meat Boy for the PC. It'll be sold independently through the game's official website and ship with several goodies such as behind-the-scenes videos, sketches, and images of cutting room floor characters and art. For most SMB fans, these traditional inclusions are enough to warrant a purchase. But Team Meat has managed to make the set an almost irresistible purchase for dudes like me with just a casual interest in this really, really, frustratingly hard platformer. The cover art, folks, is just too amazing to pass up.
Seriously. Take a look:
Dave Rapoza, a freelance artist who's best known for his work on Magic: The Gathering cards, is the man responsible for the box art. According to the Team Meat blog entry about this SMB In A Box, Rapoza caught the indie developers' attention with a similarly stirring and inspired piece around the launch of the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game's release. The decision to go with him for the boxed version was pretty simple after a glance or three.
SMB In A Box will run you about 20-25 bones, depending on the final price of the printing, Team Meat has said on its blog. And it's looking to be worth every penny, right?