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Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, PSP

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a 2007 remake of the 1993 PC Engine CD game, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, with 3D graphics, but used in a 2D, side-scrolling manner.

Gameplay is identical to most other Castlevania games – even though it uses 3D graphics – and Konami must be given credit for not mucking it up, even though they could easily have done that.

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Super Castlevania IV, Super Nintendo

Released in 1991, Konami‘s Super Castlevania IV was one of the earliest releases for the Super Nintendo console – and one of the best.

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Castlevania, Famicom Disk System

The Famicom Disk System version of Castlevania was the very first Castlevania game ever released, it being published by Konami in 1986.

It began a long-running series of platform/horror-themed video games and set the template for the Castlevania series as a whole.

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Entombed, Commodore 64

Entombed was Ultimate Play The Game‘s first (and possibly only) hit game on the Commodore 64. It received rave reviews from most who played it back in 1985 and the gaming world was generally quite receptive of it.

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Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Game Boy Color

This colour remake of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge was released as part of the Konami GB Collection Vol. 4 compilation in 2000.

The extra colour does revitalise the game somewhat, although there is no difference in the gameplay. A classic Game Boy game given a gaudy make-over.

See also: Original black and white Game Boy version.

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Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Game Boy

Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge was first released in 1991 and is the sequel to Castlevania: The Adventure on the Nintendo Game Boy.

Castlevania II makes much better use of the Game Boy‘s hardware than its predecessor, and is considered to be one of the best titles on Nintendo‘s monochrome handheld.

This is a game I bought and spent hours playing back in 1991, when it first came out. And playing it now it has lost little of its appeal. Belmont’s Revenge is easy to play, but tough to master, and winning requires careful conservation of life energy and skillful use of a whip and other weapons.

As Castlevania games go, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge is no Symphony of the Night (a Sony PlayStation classic), although it is probably the best in its class.

There was also a colour remake of this released later, in the fourth volume of the Konami GB Collection compilation.

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Super House of Dead Ninjas, PC

This lovely ‘modern retro’ game has been made to look and play like a Super Nintendo game. And I mean that as a compliment.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, PlayStation

One of the best Castlevania games, Symphony of the Night on the PlayStation is a brilliant mix of platforming and Level-Grinding Role-Playing, with some wonderful graphical moments and evil gameplay touches.

Initially, after the game’s first release in 1997, Symphony of the Night was not a hit, but word of mouth and good reviews turned it into a cult success, and now a retro-gaming classic. The soundtrack in particular is very highly regarded.

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