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Konami Confirms Japanese Versions Coming to Castlevania Anniversary Collection Post-Launch

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Konami Confirms Japanese Versions Coming to Castlevania Anniversary Collection Post-Launch

Prepare to face Dracula once again by discovering the series’ influential gameplay and arming yourself with battle tips.

As part of the Konami 50th Anniversary series, Konami’s Castlevania Collection assembles for the first time many of the early ground-breaking titles into a single, cohesive themed collection. When the developers created Castlevania in 1986/1987, little did they know that the franchise would span three decades and inspire generations of game designers! The vampires versus hunter story was a fresh take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with the first game set in 1691 starring protagonist Simon Belmont — and a new family of Vampire Killers was born!

One of the earliest platformers, Castlevania puts heavy emphasis on player control, attack timings and is known to have a fun-but-challenging learning curve. With limited ability to gain health via the famous wall chickens, pacing yourself is key to beating challenging levels and enemy patterns.

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest hints at what the franchise would become. Breaking away from convention with a day/night cycle, quest lines and character leveling, it showcased that platformers could be more than just linear adventures and set the stage for future innovations. Beware — townspeople may be liars and give misdirection! Best tip: once you get a certain Crystal, go back to the graveyard with said Crystal selected and kneel at the unpassable wall. Trust us, it will make sense later.

In Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, player choice is paramount. Branching options feature now-famous playable characters: Alucard, Sypha, and Grant join Trevor Belmont’s quest to defeat Dracula. With only one companion for Trevor available at a time, better choose wisely! Alucard’s bat form improves access and mobility. Grant’s ability to climb walls and change direction mid-jump creates a unique playstyle. Sypha boasts an arsenal of spells that can render powerful enemies nearly harmless. During development, entire levels and enemies had to be re-evaluated and designed around these unique abilities. The beautiful cover art was created by Tom duBois, who provided both Castlevania and Konami with many other pieces of astounding artwork!

Super Castlevania IV finally allowed the Belmont clan to wield their whip in, shall we say, non-standard ways. Players should make sure to experiment with all the new movement and attack options along with the ability to control their jumps more tightly.

In a light-hearted parody, Kid Dracula shows up to challenge the demon hordes for the right to rule them all! A first-time release in the West, Demon Castle Special: Kid Dracula originally launched in Japan only in 1993.

As portable titles, Castlevania: The Adventure and Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge are known for their challenging designs and quality music tracks.

Finally, in Castlevania Bloodlines — titled The New Generation in Europe — the game is set in the modern surroundings of the first World War. With added guns and a generally much more grim and bloody setting, the player controls John Morris and Eric Lecarde. Mastering both of their unique play styles is critical to battling through stages uniquely designed for their skill set. These new stage designs are incredible, with the engine pushed to accommodate evolving world geometry like the infamous Tower of Pisa level. It also introduced music by Michiru Yamane, whose haunting themes would continue into the franchise for years to come.

Lastly, important news: we heard your calls and Konami will add Japanese title variants as a free update shortly after launch. Keep your eyes peeled for more details!

For fans and new players alike, the Castlevania Collection is an exciting and special window into the history of gaming. Players will learn patience and when to time their jumps. There is a tempo to the gameplay, with enemy patterns to memorize and buttons to mash at just the right time. Be patient and remember; Dracula is immortal, and he is waiting for you.

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  • Thank you. But what we all really want is ALL old school retro TMNT games including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES video game)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade game)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Missions
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

    Thanks.

  • JayBizzle311

    Awesome!!! Hopefully this shows that people are still very interested in Castlevania!!!

    We want a completely new Castlevania game and we have for years!

    • Xiaolinstyle

      That would be the soon to be released Bloodstained : Ritual of the Night and it’s 8 bit spin off Curse of the Moon which is already out.

  • Vanillamagic

    I am uber excited for this. Question though. Is it digital only?? Or will there be a disk?

  • justin_0862

    So there’s a platinum trophy for the first arcade collection, but not the Castlevania collection. What gives there?!

  • This is huge, but not including Rondo of Blood from the PCE CD is really disappointing :-(

    • Xiaolinstyle

      Isn’t that already in a collection?

    • That’s already in the recently released Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood. You should get that, it’s GREAT!

  • Super excited to see this news about the Japanese title updates coming post-launch. I really hope you look at a second volume as there are a TON of misses here that should make future compilations (Some of the GBA entries, like Soma’s Aria & Dawn of Sorrow, PS2 entries Lament of Innocence, Curse of Darkness, etc.).

  • xxnike629xx

    As excited as I am for this collection, I think it’s weird how they’re not releasing this on disc as well. I think more fans would like that.
    I also hope that we get a Vol 2 that packs in the GBA and PS2 entries on disc for the PS4.
    Then, I’d like to see a Vol 3 that packs in the ‘Lord of Shadows’ games on disc for the PS4.

  • Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS I’M SO EXCITED TO PLAY THROUGH CASTLEVANIA III WITH THE VRC6 SOUNDTRACK.

    Secondly, and I’m sorry to nag, but it’d be great to see the Japanese versions of the games in the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection come to the American release in an update, too. Hope I’m not pushing my luck, there.

  • AriesWarlock

    The Japanese voices are cool. But the collection is missing Castlevania Legends from Gameboy.

    • Lord_Malachite

      Castlevania: Legends was decanonized by Iga, which is very likely the reason it was not included.

  • midnightshade

    Wasn’t this supposed to b e coming out today? Where is the game? I am so ready for this!!

  • MrPonuraski

    Please tell me there are scaling options in this. I want that pixelated, nearest-neighbor scaling look, with no smearing like SaI scaling.

  • xxnike629xx

    You know what would’ve been really nice? If you guys also released this on disc as well.

  • RangoTheMerc

    Japanese CV3 was much better than the western release.

  • Sure, Japanese versions’re coral, but what I’d like to see is a retranslation of the games, a la the Requiem (or, Dracula X Chronicles) releases, primarily for Simon’s Quest. As a toggle-able option, off course.

    …And inclusion of the WiiWare remake The Adventure: ReBirth.

  • Please fix the controls! You have X as whip and square as jump, with no way to change them in-game!!

  • Mercenary09

    Can’t believe you guys didn’t include a Platinum trophy in this collection. So much more could’ve been done with the trophy list to encourage replayability.

  • MrPonuraski

    Hey, guys! Some people noticed that the English ROM of Castlevania 1 is Revision 0 and that version has a bug which crashes the game when there’s a lot of sprites. Can you please patch in the Revision 1 version of the ROM?

    There’s also some beeping in Castlevania 1.

  • MiguelitonsUS

    Controls should be fixed that jump is with the cross button and whip with the square button. Or add an option to change the controls how the player likes.

  • Zoryu_of_Setsuna

    Well, I know what is on my buy list now.

  • PuppetShoJustice

    Why do Capcom and Komani keep releasing collections with no platinum trophy? Castlevania 3 is one of my favorite games of all time and Kid Dracula looks fun but I really enjoy being able to trophy-hunt games from my childhood but here you deny me that. Even the Rondo of Blood / SotN release had a platinum. No plat no purchase.

  • So they can patch in a title for these, but they can’t patch in the classic “what is a man” script for Symphony of the Night. So sad…

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