Article 23—CAPCOM STICKERS (1991)

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These high-gloss sticker sheets were distributed in Japan to promote Capcom’s latest releases for the Famicom (NES), Super Famicom (Super NES) and Game Boy as well as
its arcade hits. There’s some great character art and typography on display here, and it’s interesting to see how many of these games were renamed when they reached North America. Area 88 is better known as U.N. Squadron, Chohmakaimura is Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts and Red Arremer: Makaimura Gaiden is Gargoyle’s Quest. Rockman 4 became Mega Man 4 (obviously), while Rockman World is Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge for the Game Boy. The logo with the sword is Tenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei Den, a Famicom role-playing game that was never released outside of Japan (it’s the sequel to Destiny of an Emperor).

You’re probably wondering about the meaning of the “Capcom Racing Team” stickers.
As you can see in the photos on the reverse side of the larger sticker sheet, Capcom was the official corporate sponsor of two pro race drivers in Japan: Formula 3000 driver Hisashi Wada and Formula 3 driver Akira Ishikawa. Their mission statement: “Our energy is passion and team work. Machines, drivers and mechanic stuffs would do their best performance. Last factor to get the win is your cheering.” Hey, it’s nice to see the mechanic stuffs getting some recognition!

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