Vote: Box Art Brawl: Duel # 94 – Super Castlevania IV

Box Art Brawl Duel
Image: Nintendo Life

Hi hi, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

In last week’s hard fight, we put the brutal, calculating, unsympathetic pink blob, which is Kirby, up against … well, Kirby. EU and Japanese boxing for Kirby’s Dream Land went hand in hand, and although the abstract nature of Japan’s boxing gained a few fans, it was the EU’s more traditional approach that won the day with 61% of the vote. .

This week we take a look at yet another classic from all time with Super Castlevania IV. It’s the 35th anniversary of the original Castlevania at NES in North America, and although we could have gone with it to this week’s Box Art Brawl, we found that the box art of the different regions was simply too similar. So what’s next? The renewal on SNES with Super Castlevania IV, of course!

It’s North America vs. Japan this week, and boy, are these boxing arts various. Take a good look at each one and make your voice heard. Do not be a lousy little pile of secrets!

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below; but first, let’s look at the box art designs themselves.

North America

Super Castlevania USA
Photo: Konami

The North American boxing art of Super Castlevania IV is quite simple iconic. With Simon Belmont surrounded by the creatures of the night, it is said that Konami wanted the odds to be against the main character in the key art to represent the progress the game itself has made. However, we must admit, as with all SNES box art in NA, we do not like how key art has shrunk to make room for logos and other marketing pieces. Not fat. Still, this is a beautiful work of art and we absolutely love the classic logo!


Super Castlevania JP
Photo: Konami

♫ I’m going to swing from the chandelierrrrrrr, from the chandelierERRRRRRRRR ♫

Ahem … sorry.

Japan’s boxing art is wild. Here you have a bunch of seemingly different elements from the game mixed together in one composition, including Simon in the foreground, Dracula himself on the far left, a bunch of bats that flip-flop around, and a picture of Simon using his whip to swing over distances, a key element of the game. It’s a lot busy artwork, and if we are to be honest, the image of Simon in the foreground reminds us a bit of the disastrous North American boxing art for Mega Man … Not quite so creepy, but still. Aside from this, though, it’s a proper gothic piece that really demonstrates what Super Castlevania IV is all about.

Thank you for voting! See you next time for another round of Box Art Brawl.

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