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Release year: 1986 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami

Castlevania (NES)

Castlevania (AKA 悪魔城ドラキュラ Akumajō Dorakyura) is a 2D side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom) in 1986-1988. It is the first game of the vampire killers saga and was followed by Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest. Are you ready to defeat Dracula?

When the first Castlevania NES was released, it gave the users a new platform for entertainment. The spooky yet cartoon-like animation of this Konami’s game offers more serious and mature gameplay. You will notice gothic feel in the series while excellent music plays on the background. However, what is the most unique feature of this retro video game that makes people keep on playing Castlevania?

In Castlevania, Simon Belmont kills bats, flying Medusa heads, Mermen, dragons, and other morbid appearances. Originally, he is equipped with leather whip to help him slay enemies. But you can upgrade the leather whip to morning star for more kills. There are many upgrades, special items, and health points hidden in the candlesticks and bricks. Another interesting item is the holy water that can freeze enemies within a specific time. The cross allows players to eliminate all enemies on the screen.

Castlevania US Cover Box

Castlevania Cover (NES)

Often, players need to implement conceivable upgrades and items due to incessant attack of enemies on Simon. To avoid demise, you need all these weapons and health points to keep fighting. Controls may be limited such as the player can only whip an enemy that’s in front of them or the inability to jump off the stairs. Some players find it difficult to defeat the final boss. But with the right techniques and items, you can win against all the enemies.

It’s hard not to feel the tension when playing Castlevania on the Nintendo Entertainment System console. This retro video game may also leave you breathless as you continue your journey to slaying enemies and evil bosses. But overall, this classic all-time favorite franchise will entertain you while improving your gaming skills in every level. This is a preparation if you plan to play the SNES version called Super Castlevania IV.

Castlevania game has been ported to almost all gaming systems and computers like NES (this version), Commodore 64, Amiga 500, PC MS-DOS, Windows, Game Boy Advance (GBA), Virtual Console, and many more.

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