castlevania’s most reluctant skeleton

I love most things about Super Castlevania IV, from the music to the cheeseball localization that had a dancing ghost boss pair renamed to “Fred Askare” and “Paula Abghoul.” Even the box art is great, but I think the version we got edited out one crucial element: Castlevania’s most reluctant skeleton.

The US box art:

Now look at this version:

Notice anything?

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I like the idea that this one skeleton saw all this madness going down and was like “nope.”