We've seen the unreleased Wily Wars U.S box art before... but never like this.
Our buddy Rock Miyabi won the recent film cel auction, and took it upon himself to scan it at a ridiculous hi-resolution. We're talking 10000 x 14500 pixels here; a massive 200 MB file that perfectly preserves this rare piece by Greg Winters. And sure enough, you can download too. Grab it here!
As the story goes, the Wily Wars was originally intended to launch in the U.S as a physical cartridge. Greg Winters was commissioned to design the box art in the summer of 1994. However, Capcom USA and Sega entered a partnership around that time to distribute the game exclusively on Sega Channel. Plans for the retail cartridge were nixed and Winters' art fell into obscurity for decades.
The Wily Wars finally received an official cartridge release in the U.S in the form of Mega Man: The Wily Wars Collectors Edition. Perhaps due to lack of access or inadequate scans, Winters' original piece was not included. But today we can truly appreciate his handiwork! The attention to detail is nothing short of amazing.
Enjoy, everyone. And thanks much to Rock Miyabi too!