DescriptionEvery hundred years, the dark vampire known as Dracula resurrects and terrorizes the land. A vampire hunter named Simon Belmont bravely ventures into the Count's mansion in order to defeat him. Along the way he'll have to defeat skeletons, bats, fishmen, medusa heads and other evil creatures.
Castlevania is a side-scrolling platform action game. The player takes the role of Simon Belmont, who is able to jump and crack his whip directly in front of him. Power-ups can be obtained by defeating enemies or by whipping candles that appear in the castle. One such power-up increases the power and length of Simon's whip. Different weapons can be gathered which consume hearts when used, these hearts can also be collected from monsters and candles. Additionally, some walls will hide secrets such as the health-restorative turkey or the Double and Triple shot abilities for the weapons Simon has collected. At the end of each section of the castle is a boss, which must be defeated. Progression through the castle eventually leads to a confrontation with Count Dracula himself.
- "悪魔城ドラキュラ" -- Japanese spelling
- "Vs. Castlevania" -- Arcade title
- "アーケードアーカイブス VS. キャッスルヴァニア" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 spelling
- "Castle Vania" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
- "Arcade Archives: Vs. Castlevania" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title
- "Akumajō Dracula" -- Japanese title
Part of the Following Groups
- Arcade Archives series
- Castlevania / Akumajō Dracula series
- Classic NES / Famicom Mini / NES Classics releases
- Fictional character: Count Dracula
- Games made into TV series
- Theme: Vampires
|Just leave it to Simon Belmont, vampire hunter!||NES||Adzuken (854)|
|Hurts So Good||NES||TheoryOfChaos (55)|
|An okay, if a somewhat shoddy conversion||Commodore 64||Wurtzly (1138)|
|Whip it, baby!||NES||Katakis | カタキス (42793)|
|The whip-wielding franchise-starter||NES||Multimedia Mike (20636)|
|its you versus the count in a thrilling duel to the death!||NES||benjamin grimes (10)|
|Whip it good, this is an excellent action/adventure(?) game for the NES!||NES||OlSkool_Gamer (102)|
|Not scary, not original, not fun, not good, very bad.||DOS||Jim Fun (243)|
|This port could have been much better...||Amiga||powerstone05 (348)|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||NES||May, 1989||857 out of 1000||86|
|Power Play||NES||Mar, 1989||82 out of 100||82|
|Lens of Truth||NES||Apr 26, 2009||8 out of 10||80|
|HonestGamers (Staff reviews only)||NES||Dec 31, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|NES Times||NES||Aug 05, 2010||8 out of 10||80|
|NES Fanz||NES||Jan 03, 2005||4 out of 5||80|
|64 Power / big.N / N Games||Game Boy Advance||Mar, 2005||75 out of 100||75|
|Retro Archives||Commodore 64||Oct 19, 2018||11.5 out of 20||58|
|Retro Archives||Amiga||Oct 19, 2018||9 out of 20||45|
|Indie Hive||NES||Jun 06, 2019||Unscored||Unscored|
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Game Boy Advance versionThe Game Boy Advance version of the game has some different names for certain items and characters. For instance:
- Count Dracula is now simply called "The Count".
- The Holy Water item called "Fire Bomb" in the manual.
- The Vampire Killer (Simon's whip) is now called a "Magic Whip".
- Even though the game takes place in Transylvania, there is no mention of this anywhere in the game or the manual.
- There is also no mention of the hero's name, Simon Belmont.
RemakeThis game was remade a decade after, but this time for PSX, known as Castlevania Chronicles.
ReferencesBeat the game once and head to the second part of level two. Climb the stairs, get to the top of the screen and jump on the first moving platform. A blinking treasure will come out of the ground. If you examine it closely, it's a Moai head! Devoted Konami fans will recognize this Easter Island statue from the Gradius series, which seems to be obsessed with them for some odd reason.
TranslationsAkumajo Dracula means "Demon Castle of Dracula".
Unused spritesThere are a number of unused sprites found in the NES Castlevania ROM, most notably a cross, a cupcake, and a love letter, and a basket with kittens inside(?!).
Version differencesThe Famicom version has an optional easy mode which is neither present in the original Disk System release nor the international releases. It features several differences in game balance, for example no knockback and less received damage.
- Game Informer
- August 20012 (Issue #100) – #48 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Related Web Sites
- Castlevania Dungeon (Fansite dedicated to everything and anything Castlevania)
- Classic NES Series for the Game Boy Advance (Covers the line-up of the new Game Boy Advance series of NES Classics.)
- History of Castlevania (Comprehensive info on all the Castlevania series from its beginnings)
- OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Castlevania, including the album "Sonata of the Damned".)
- Video review of the Castlevania series (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews games in the Castlevania series. Part 1 is entirely devoted to the first Castlevania on NES.)
NES Credits (17 people)
Hitoshi Akamatsu (Trans Fishers)Screenplay by:
Hitoshi Akamatsu (Vram Stoker)Music by:
Boris KarlofficeMummy Man:
Love Chaney Jr.Medusa:
Barber SherryVampire Bat:
Mix SchrecksHunch Back:
Love ChaneyFish Man:
Jone CandiesThe Hero: