This is what happens when artistic sense meets a sense of responsiblity.

One of the great things about owning video games on physical media, rather than in purely digital form, is that you and your friends can loan titles to one another. Of course, the downside is that since it has a physical form, physical media can be damaged.

Thankfully, after Japanese Twitter user @Hayabus9971 loaned a copy of Nintendo 3DS platformer Kirby: Planet Robobot to a friend, said friend returned the cartridge safe and sound. Unfortunately, @Hayabus9971’s buddy had left the box out in direct sunlight, or some other paper-degrading environment, and the cover had become discolored.

▼ The Japanese cover for Kirby: Planet Robobot

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In instances like this, most people would say the polite thing to do is to try to make amends in some manner. Maybe the borrower should buy the lender lunch, or go online and try to find an image of the box art to print out as a substitute. @Hayabus9971’s friend, though, chose to apologize by redrawing the entire cover by hand.

How thorough was @Hayabus9971’s penitent pal? She even went to the trouble of including the symbols designating which parts of the package are recyclable, just where they’d appear on the original back cover.

Oddly enough, though, there was one glaring discrepancy from the official cover.

For some reason, the spine now bears the mark not of Nintendo’s 3DS, but of rival Sony’s PSP handheld. Whether this was the result of a momentary lapse in attention to detail or a subtle jab spawned from the friend’s possible PlayStation loyalism is unknown, but either way, @Hayabus9971’s copy of Planet Robobot now resides in a one-of-a-kind home.

Source: Jin, Twitter/@Hayabus9971
Insert image: Amazon Japan

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