Take a journey to the very beginning, when Dracula first rose up to terrorize the good people of Transylvania. None dared challenge him, and the people of the country lived in fear and terror - until a young girl rose up and decided to take matters into her own hands. That young girl was Sonia Belmont, the first in the line of the legendary Belmont clan.
While Castlevania Legends
plays similar to the earlier Castlevania titles (the protagonist is only armed with a whip and needs to fight her way through five stages plus a hidden stage), there are also some unique features. While it is impossible to roam the stages freely, quite often the player can choose to go one way or another and in doing so skip some areas or find valuable items, collecting all of which will unlock the best ending. Sonia also possesses special power called Burning mode: once in a level (and once per life) she can boost her speed and attack power and become invincible for a short period of time.
Each of the game's bosses leaves behind an orb with a Soul weapon inside. Sonia can collect five of these weapons: Wind, Ice, Flame, Saint and Magic. Similar to previous games these are activated by pressing up+attack, and require a certain number of hearts. The player can switch to any Soul Power at any moment at a weapon select screen. Sonia's whip can be upgraded three times, the third upgrade adding a fireball-like projectile.
- "Akumajo Dracula: Dark Night Prelude" -- Japanese title
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Alucard, protagonist of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
, makes a guest appearance in Castlevania Legends
...but not as a friend, rather as the Boss of Stage 4! Apparently he's Sonia's lover, and is testing her will before she confronts Dracula. This also seems to be a (sort-of) nod to Maria's testing of Alucard's will in the Sega Saturn version of Symphony Of the Night
was removed from the series main timeline along with Circle of the Moon
, Legacy of Darkness
, and Castlevania 64
. As of 2006, this is the only one of those four titles to not be re-inserted into the series canon.Information also contributed by
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Satoshi Kunsai (1823)
on Jul 22, 2001.