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Castlevania (NES)

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Back of Box - GBA (US):
    Defeat the Count and his bloodthirsty minions in this Classic NES adventure for the Game Boy Advance!

    Castlevania's ominous setting and chilling cast of characters made it a long-standing fan favorite, and now you can play this eerie Classic NES game on your Game Boy Advance! You're in for the longest night of your life - before you battle the Count in a duel to the death, you must overcome his ghoulish army of ghosts, mummies, bats, and zombies. So keep your courage up and your stake sharp, because when you finally meet the Count, he'll be going for the jugular.

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jun 11, 2005.

Back of Box – NES (US):
    Enter At Your Own Risk!

    If you think it’s scary on the outside wait’ll you see the basement. You’re in for the longest night of your life. Ghosts, goblins, demons, wolves, bats–creatures lurking around every corner. As you descend deeper and deeper, they get thicker and thicker. Better stick close to the cavern floor–it’s your only chance of finding a weapon or two. You’re gonna need ‘em. Because when you finally meet the Count, you know he’ll be going for the jugular. So keep your courage up and your stake sharp. And say your prayers.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Mar 24, 2005.

www.nintendo.com - Game Boy Advance:
    The classic vampire-hunting game returns!

    The games that defined an era are ready to go on your Game Boy Advance!

    Before you can undo the curse of the evil Count, first you must battle his ghoulish army of ghosts, mummies, bats and zombies. Use your Magic Whip and other weapons if you want to make it out of the castle alive.

    Be sure to check out all the games in the second Classic NES Series: Castlevania, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Metroid and Dr. Mario. Each will be available at a special MSRP of $19.99.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66237) on Dec 25, 2004.

www.classicnesseries.com - GBA:
    Night of the living undead

    A lone hero ventures into a mysterious castle infested by armies of the night and, most horrifyingly of all, Count Dracula. Although Simon Belmont’s only constant companion is a whip, on his daring journey he will find crosses, fire bombs and other weapons necessary for subjugating the forces of the night.

    Moody graphics and some of the most memorable game music ever complement a classic balance of puzzle and action elements. Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Nintendo is very proud to introduce this masterpiece to a new generation of gamers.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Nov 07, 2004.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (1987):

    THE VAMPIRE STRIKES BACK



    Over a hundred years ago when vampires boldly roamed the Earth, y our ancestor drove a stake through the heart of an Evil Count. But he didn't die! Enraged, the bloodthirsty Count placed a curse upon your ancestor and his descendants. As the evil Count's next victim, you have a choice. Accept your fate. Or fight! The duel, of course, is to the death.

    GAME PLAY: Steel yourself for battle and seek out the Count in his own dark, dank lair--Castlevania! Malevolent creatures and myriad deadly traps block y our passage through a six-story deathrap riddled with secret doors, and horrible surprises--the den of the villanous Count. Take courage! Crack a magic whip, and master a variety of effective weapons concealed in the cavern floor and walls. You can destroy the Count, and rid your house of the curse. But first, you must overcome rabid bats, zombies, ghosts, and other slimy nasties that no one has yet lived to describe!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on Mar 25, 2004.

From the back cover:

    Within this box your fate may be sealed.



    Beyond the twisted iron gates of Castlevania there lurks an unearthly terror who stalks the night in search of revenge... and blood.

    With darkness and fear slowly engulfing the town, village elders are calling on you, Simon Belmont - the one hero with the power to forever entomb that death defying demon - Count Dracula.

    To survive you'll need the strength to wield weapons like the whip, dagger, hatchet and fire bomb. You'll also need a ferocious intellect to find the option that renders you invisible and the clock that suspends time, both of which are hidden in a maze of cobwebs and torture chambers.

    But before you sharpen your stake, know that behind these purgatory walls are dungeons, tombs and haunted hallways filled with hundreds of creatures who have escaped from the grave. These gothic horrors include the Ax Man, the Skele-Dragon, the Mummy Man, the She Worm and that cursed "dead-head" - the Grim Reaper.

    At every turn these occult obstacles will become more vicious. And, as you step deeper and deeper into the darkness, their point values will slowly pale in comparison to the value you'll place on staying alive.

    So grab your cross of gold and prepare to confront the blood thirsty Count in a deadly adventure that will surely leave you drained.

    For 1 player only.

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Oct 12, 2001.