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 >Castlevania: Dracula XX (Vampire’s Kiss)

Box art by Akihiro Yamada

Japanese artwork, first published by Konami, in 1995.

Designed for the worldwide market. Super Famicom version pictured.

Also available on: SNES.


Castlevania: Dracula XX would nestle between two distinct periods of the series’ artistic direction.  


Before, Konami had the Belmonts as brawling and anglicised, and their box art’s reminiscing 1980’s action movie posters (Castlevania/ II/ III on the NES, Super Castlevania IV - SNES, Castlevania X68000 and the Game Boy series).  After, saw Ayami Kojima’s delicate, effeminate and fine art take on horror, starting with Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night.


Akihiro Yamada artwork would bridge these two periods with his unique style of heavy inking combined with pastel tones, retaining the muscle-bound hero but giving the cover art a more distinct Japanese-anime look.


Dracula XX would see an international release in the form of Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss and with artwork intact, (the EU and NA box arts being the most sought after in the series) but unfortunately due to the SNES’s landscape box dimensions much of Akihiro’s portrait original would be cropped.





Other notable Akihiro Yamada box arts.

1993

>Ancient Magic: Bazoo! Mahou Sekai (JP) Super Famicom.

1995

>Mystic Ark (JP) Super Famicom.





1997

>Terra Fantastica (JP) Saturn.








If you like Castlevania: Dracula XX you’ll love…

1989

>Skyfox (EU/ NA) Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64.

2001

>Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (worldwide) Game Boy Advance.

>Super Street Fighter II X Revival (JP) GBA.



Sources and further reading:

>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihiro_Yamada


Related BOX=ART pages.



2003

>Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (worldwide) Game Boy Advance.



Posted - 1/11/13, by Adam Gidney

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