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 >The Guardian Legend

Box art by Naoyuki Katoh

Japanese artwork, first published by IREM in 1988.

Designed for the Japanese Famicom market.

Also available on: na.


The Japanese exclusive box art by famed illustrator Naoyuki Kato would prove an artistically complex and mature effort within the Famicom’s catalogue.  


The Guardic cyborg’s design would take inspiration from the fetish, steampunk world of H. R Giger and Europe’s pantheon of artist’s that made up the roster of 70’s magazine, Métal Hurlant.  It would interestingly pay little homage to the in game character design, and because of this, could well have been a recommisioned job rather than an original.


The title banner’s vibrant pallette and metallic sheen added to the composite well, but would have benefited from being smaller and not drawing the eye so much.


North America and Europe would both adopt a different box art on release - probably due to the different publisher in each region - with the later's characterisation crossing the game’s heroine and Katoh’s design.  Neither would compare to the Japanese original.


Special mention is due for the original artwork (that the manual does a better job of replicating) and the sad loneliness it conveys.

Other notable Naoyuki Katoh box arts

1988

>R-Type (JP) MSX, X68000.

1990

>Galaxy Hero Legend II (JP) MSX.







1992

>Super Aleste (JP) Super Famicom.






If you like The Guardian Legend you’ll love…

1991

>Turrican (NA) Game Boy, Genesis, Turbografx.

1998

>Sol Divide (JP) Saturn.




Sources and further reading:

>http://blog.hardcoregaming101.net/2011/03/guardian-legend-across-world.html

>http://ourstarblazers.com/vault/527/

>http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/kato_naoyuki









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1999

>Elemental Gimmick Gear (JP) Dreamcast.



Posted - 10/8/15, by Adam Gidney

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