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It’s the perfect way for the Castlevania series to leave the NES; in the end, Dracula’s Curse is actually a blessing.
If you're a Castlevania fan, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't own this game. It's everything the original title was and so much more. While some Simon's Quest fans might be a bit disappointed with the return to the standard Castlevania platforming experience, there's no denying how amazing Dracula's Curse truly is and just how well it carries on the tradition set by the original title. It's easy to see why so many Castlevania fans consider this to be the pinnacle of the series as Dracula's Curse is truly an amazing game from start to finish and a worthy addition to the Virtual Console service.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is an excellent game, and one of the best adventures the 8-bit NES had to offer now nearly two decades ago. Its age will be made apparent to modern players through its challenge level and the stiffness of its control, which could be frustrating for fans only familiar with the more modern, smoother installments of this same series -- but its innovative inclusion of multiple playable characters and branching paths through levels more than make up for any negative aspects. Its soundtrack, too, is one of the best you'll ever here from an 8-bit title. For only 500 Wii Points, Castlevania III is one of the best options for your money on the Virtual Console. Download it to complete your digital collection of 8-bit Castlevania hits, or just grab it on its own -- its quality stands alone, even without its predecessors.
Dass Castlevania auch auf dem NES erstklassiges Action-Gameplay bietet, muss man ja eigentlich schon nicht mehr erwähnen. Etwas schade ist es dann aber schon, dass man dem dritten Teil nicht noch etwas Feinschliff in Sachen Steuerung verpasst hat, denn ansonsten gibt' s am dritten Teil nicht mehr viel zu meckern. Der Sound ist großartig, das Leveldesign bis auf wenige Ausnahmen top und das gesamte Castlevania-Flair ist sowieso wundervoll packend. Wer noch keinen der drei NES Castlevanias gespielt hat, kann ruhig direkt zum dritten Teil greifen und macht damit nichts falsch.
This release is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that the more impressive SNES sequel, Super Castlevania IV, has been on the Virtual Console for almost two years, but this wonderful entry isn't just for completists.