("We Wish You a Merry Christmas" plays and ornaments numbered 1-25 are seen on a Christmas tree. A raspberry sound is heard and the cover to Eliminator Boat Duel appears on the 11 ornament, along with shit.)
The Nerd: Eliminator Boat Duel! For NES.
The Nerd: Um... yeah. Here's what I think happened: they hired somebody to do the cover, they told them the game is called Eliminator Boat Duel,
The Nerd: so naturally, the cover gets finished at the last minute, they take one look and go, "Um... we said Eliminator Boat Duel. This is just two people riding on a fucking boat!" But there was no time to redo it. But they had to do something quick, to make it more exciting!
The Nerd: With less than an hour to send it out to the printers, the quickest solution was to paste it on these flags, just so you know there's some kind of race going on, to add neon streaks to the back of the boat to emphasize speed, to add this cheap, splashing, whirlpool effect, and to change the color of the water to bright, glowing pink! Except that part they missed. (yellow arrow points at the part of the water that's blue.) Before, it would've looked like two people leisurely riding a boat. Now, it looks like two people leisurely riding a boat on an alien planet!
The Nerd: Instead of all these added effects, it might've been easier to just change the name, to "Vacation Boat Ride". If you look closely at the woman's hair, I don't think it's hair. I think it's a surfboard, and she's leaning behind it. What's with the glowing mountain peaks? Are those supposed to be sunsets? TWO sunsets?
The Nerd: It is an alien world. Maybe in the same solar system as Tatooine. Or is this what the Earth looks like after Electro Brain zaps all your brain cells?
The Nerd: (Nerd puts his hand on his forehead, frowning his face) Ah! Just looking at it, it's burning my eyes! Get it off the screen! (The easel fades out)
The Nerd: The European cover was much better. Absurd, yes, but it looks more like a boat duel. Clearly, a race is going on, since there's actually more than one boat, even though the guy and the girl are still relaxed. But that's because they're so good at winning. This is Mr. and Mrs. Perfect. How can I not mention the giant, magnificent breasts? God damn! And they came so close to being covered by the Nintendo Seal of Quality. Somebody said, "Make sure to move that down a little.". Imagine seeing that on a game when you're five years old. In the US, we definitely got the shittier end-of-the-deal for this one. Even the end label couldn't spell "Eliminator". "Elimonator".