Box Art Brawl: Castlevania: Bloodlines

Image: Nintendo Life

Hey guys, and welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl!

Before we get into this week’s fights, let’s think back to last week. We looked at Sonic CD for the Sega CD, and unsurprisingly the more action-packed box art for North America won the poll by a decent margin, pulling in 48%. Europe came in second with 30%, and the weird squishy title Japanese box art finished with 22%.

This week we’ll stick to Sega’s console line and take a look at Castlevania: Bloodlines. The game was released back in 1994 and was known in Japan as ‘Vampire Killer’ and in Europe which ‘Castlevania: The New Generation’while North America took on what would arguably become the game’s most famous title, ‘Bloodlines’.

The game was well received by critics at the time of release, praising its faster pace and more action-focused gameplay, but criticism was leveled at the visuals, which were seen as inferior to the SNES title Super Castlevania IV.

Two of our competitors this week share similar designs for their respective box arts, but we’re going to go with a three-way fight, if only for the stark difference in game titles.

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first, let’s check out the box art designs themselves.

North America

Bloodlines - NA
Image: Konami

Along with the title, the North American box art design is probably the most familiar among fans. We see our protagonist in the lower half of the composition and a whole bunch of nasty creatures surrounding him. The ‘Bloodlines’ title itself is quite macabre, with blood dripping from the letters to look like something straight out of RL Stine’s Goosebumps or something! We are big fans of this one.


New generation - EU
Image: Konami

Europe’s “New Generation” design is perhaps a little more ominous, with significantly darker colors and an eerie red tone in the background, with bats flying around and a blood-red moon looming in the sky. The characters here are very well designed and their positions in the composition make for quite an impactful piece of art.


Vampire Slayer - Japan
Image: Konami

Japan’s design is more or less the same as Europe’s, except everything has been zoomed in significantly to remove some of the empty black space. The main difference here is of course the title itself. We have ‘Vampire Killer’ which looks like it’s written in blood and it’s quite striking; certainly more so than the rather dull ‘New Generation’ title seen on Europa’s cover.

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

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