Welcome once more to Box Art Brawl, the weekly contest where retro on-line recreation box art work variants duke it out for your approval.

Last week we broke the ‘rules’ and featured a non-Nintendo platform example inside the spiky blue form of Sonic the Hedgehog for the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. The hedgehog’s first game duvet is an iconic one all spaces and it was once as soon as an intensive run contest, on the other hand (and this one shocked us fairly) Europe grew to turn into out to be the fastest issue alive, a success the race with 42% of the vote. North American were given right here in close at the back of with 37% while the Japanese duvet were given right here area at the back of the pack. Who’da-thunk-it? Congratulations to Sonic, commiserations to Sonic and Sonic.

This week Castlevania returns no longer highest to our TV presentations with the third series of the (slightly superb) animated Netflix show, however along with this poll-based crucible of public opinion with Castlevania – the 3-D one on N64. This is the series’ third appearance following #12 Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and #26 Castlevania: Dracula X. Earlier this week we ranked all the Castlevania video video games available on Nintendo platforms, and despite earning our acknowledge, the principle N64 get right of entry to surely does now not stand alongside the greats in Konami’s hallowed, hammy horror franchise. Still, a game does now not need to be great to have great box art work.

Contrary to standard opinion, apparently like a beautiful night time to have a curse, so why no longer take a stroll once more to 1999, hmm?



Real Action Adventure“. None of that ‘fake movement adventure’ proper right here, you already know! The Japanese duvet provides an excellent first affect with Reinhardt and Carrie flanked by the use of skeletons and a blood pink, bat-filled sky providing the backdrop as the massive bad’s ugly mug pals into the middle distance. It’s got all the portions you wish to have for a perfect Castlevania duvet, in conjunction with a whip and a pointy-towered castle.

There’s an effective use of 3-D renders to succeed in a look similar to the painterly covers of earlier, despite the fact that each part becomes additional disparate the longer you look. Given the standard of the time when it were given right here to pre-rendered game covers, the compositing job on this one is totally commendable. It’s on occasion a vintage Tom duBois job, however it does a superb job of emulating one.



The European fashion takes all the expected portions (minus a few ominous vampiric eyes) and turns Reinhardt proper right into a Heath Ledger look-a-like. The indisputable fact that it does now not reflect the illusion of the game the least bit may be a minus for some, despite the fact that that wasn’t a subject matter when it were given right here to stunning Castlevania covers in the past.

We specifically like one of the simplest ways the whip needlessly flits around the logo and off in opposition to the spires of the castle inside the background. Say what you like regarding the game – this is top shelf stuff. No Dracula, despite the fact that. Bin it.

North America


The North American variant takes a leaf from the Japanese fashion, the use of renders for example the quilt. It employs the equivalent fetching logo for the reason that European fashion and we slightly similar to the render of Reinhardt (identical, despite the fact that no longer similar to the Japanese fashion), despite the fact that the fact that such a large amount of the quilt’s precise belongings is devoted to a blocky, low-poly castle is previous us. The alcoves inside the background to the left of Reinhardt’s whip hand, for example, are obviously part of the texture. In-game, from a distance, with a squint, on a cloudy day, it may well be ample. Something you might want taking up a superb chunk of your game’s duvet while sitting on a store shelf in 1999, despite the fact that?

It makes you marvel that Konami was once as soon as hoping to accomplish with this. On one hand it will neatly be regarded as as a valiant, honest attempt to give avid players a method of the visuals they are able to expect when they stir up the cart in their Nintendo 64 recreational device. On the other hand, crummy textures from the 32/64-bit era are not making for beautiful pictures. It’s moreover missing the crucial portions of bats and a vampire staring at you during the dark night time sky. Minus problems for that.

Despite the entire ones discussed faults, we however like this cover! Kinda like the game itself. Maybe it’s the luscious pink moon against the starry night time sky. Maybe it’s the needless-yet-classic white drop highlight around the castle. We suspect it’s in reality the protagonists magnificently bushy orange eyebrows. Whatever it is, we don’t envy the decision you lot want to make this round.

Them’s your choices this week, on the other hand which one whips you proper right into a frenzy of enthusiasm? Give your favourite a click on on underneath and then whipcrack that ‘Vote’ button.

So, which did you go for? Share your opinions and defences of this brave game underneath, and we can see you next time for round 34 of this most box art-iest of brawls.