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[[Image:Castlevania - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
[[Image:Castlevania - NES - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
  
'''''Castlevania''''', known in Japan as '''''悪魔城ドラキュラ [Akumajo Dorakyura], "Devil's Castle Dracula"''''', is an action platformer by [[Konami]] released on the [[Famicom Disk System]] in 1986 and later ported to many other platforms. It is the first game in the [[Castlevania (Universe)|Castlevania series]].
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'''''Castlevania''''' is an action platformer by [[Konami]] released on the [[Famicom Disk System]] on 1986-09-26 and later ported to many other platforms. It is the first game in the [[Castlevania (universe)|''Castlevania'' series]]. In the game, you play the vampire hunter Simon Belmont who infiltrates the castle of Count Dracula in an attempt to slay him.
  
I don't remember when I first played this game, but I'm pretty sure I played [[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]] first, and then this game after, and found it a bit lacking in comparison.
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I don't remember when I first played this game, but I'm pretty sure I played ''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]'' first, and then this game after, and found it a bit lacking in comparison. As a classic Castlevania game, I want to be good at it, but the game has some serious flaws that make it unlikely I'll ever try to beat it.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 3/10
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{{Video Game Review|4|3|4|7|3|42%|NES}}
* '''Best Version:''' NES
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The designers made good use of all the common horror tropes.
 
* The designers made good use of all the common horror tropes.
* The game has a decent soundtrack.
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* The game has a good soundtrack composed by [[Kinuyo Yamashita]] and [[Satoe Terashima]].
 
* I like that Simon's weapon is a whip; kind of a unique choice.
 
* I like that Simon's weapon is a whip; kind of a unique choice.
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* For such an early game, it has a pretty good amount of variation between enemies, stages, and bosses.
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* The artists did a great job with the background scene approaching the final boss.
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* It was a good idea to hide items which can only be revealed when crouching ("searching") as well as items hidden in blocks that are revealed when whipped.
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* The Japanese manual is really informative.
 
* The game has great box art.
 
* The game has great box art.
* For such an early game, it has a pretty good amount of variation between enemies, stages, and bosses.
 
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The background graphics lack definition and are a bit off. They look as though they were drawn for a different resolution and then resized without being fixed.
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* Simon is extremely vulnerable on stairs because he moves so slowly on them and can't jump off. Unfortunately, you spend a lot of the game on them.
* Getting hit knocks you back and often kills you, and it happens at an annoying rate.
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* Despite having a large health meter, there are plenty of ways to instantly die including pits, water, and spikes.
* Simon is extremely vulnerable on stairs, and there are a lot to have to walk up.
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* The background graphics are really messy and lack color definition. They look as though they were drawn for a different resolution and palette and then ported without being fixed. Compare them to the backgrounds in ''[[Vampire Killer]]'' which use the same structure, but are much cleaner and properly colored.
* The medusa heads are obnoxiously difficult to deal with.
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* Several enemies are really annoying to deal with because the player's slow attack and movement. The medusa heads, hunchbacks, and ravens are particularly obnoxious.
* The game uses points, which have no bearing on the game.
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* The game has unnecessary arcade mechanics like points and time, even though they have no real bearing on the game. And, most of the hidden items are money bags and treasures which do nothing to help you.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* The game is annoyingly difficult to the point where I don't feel like every trying to get good at it.
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* The game is way too hard to appreciate. The game should have been easier and the [[unlockable difficulty levels|hard mode]] you see the replay should have been replaced with the game they actually shipped.
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* The game has terrible player control. Attacking is sluggish, you can't change direction mid-air, and getting hit knocks you back, often killing you. This makes the game annoyingly difficult to the point where I don't feel like ever trying to get good at it.
  
==Box Art==
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Castlevania - FDS - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese FDS box art. The painting is fantastic and sets the mood for the game.
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Castlevania - FDS - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese FDS box art. The painting is fantastic and sets the mood for the game. I also like the sharp edges on the text.
 
Castlevania - NES - USA.jpg|The North American and European art uses the same painting, but is partially obscured with the Konami gray frame. I love the Gothic Castlevania logo.
 
Castlevania - NES - USA.jpg|The North American and European art uses the same painting, but is partially obscured with the Konami gray frame. I love the Gothic Castlevania logo.
 
Castlevania - NES - Japan.jpg|The Japanese re-release in cartridge form uses the full painting, which looks the best.
 
Castlevania - NES - Japan.jpg|The Japanese re-release in cartridge form uses the full painting, which looks the best.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Documentation==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Castlevania - NES - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
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Castlevania - NES - USA - Manual.pdf|North American manual (Uses [[Eras]] typeface).
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Castlevania - NES - USA - Manual (Digital).pdf|North American manual (digital).
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Castlevania - FDS - Japan - Manual (Digital).pdf|Japanese manual (digital).
 
Castlevania - NES - Poster.jpg|A mostly-complete poster of the box art.
 
Castlevania - NES - Poster.jpg|A mostly-complete poster of the box art.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 079.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 1.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 079.jpg|[[The Official Nintendo Player's Guide]], part 1.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 080.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 2.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 080.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 2.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 081-082.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 3.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 081-082.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 3.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 083-084.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 4.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 083-084.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 4.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 085-086.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 5.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 085-086.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, part 5.
Nintendo Power - 1988-06 - 052-053.jpg|Nintendo Power, boss help.
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Nintendo Power - 1988-06 - 052-053.jpg|[[Nintendo Power]], boss help.
Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 145.jpg|Official Nintendo Player's Guide, blurb.
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Official Nintendo Player's Guide - 145.jpg|The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, blurb.
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Castlevania - VS - USA - Ad.jpg|Vs. System advertisement.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Maps==
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===Maps===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Castlevania - NES - Map.png|Map without spoilers.
 
Castlevania - NES - Map.png|Map without spoilers.
 
Castlevania - NES - Map - Spoilers.png|Map with spoilers.
 
Castlevania - NES - Map - Spoilers.png|Map with spoilers.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nealF8LlXxs youtube.com/watch?v=nealF8LlXxs] - NES Works.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOTUVXrAOE8 youtube.com/watch?v=mOTUVXrAOE8] - Longplay, all secrets.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || Castlevania || ||
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| Japanese || 悪魔城ドラキュラ || Akumajo Dorakyura || Devil's Castle Dracula
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/castlevania mobygames.com/game/castlevania] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/castlevania}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania_(1986_video_game) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania_(1986_video_game)] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania_(1986_video_game)}}
* [http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania_(NES) vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania_(NES)] - Music.
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{{Link|StrategyWiki|https://strategywiki.org/wiki/Castlevania}}
* [http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania] - NES Hacker Database.
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania_(NES)}}
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{{Link|NESHacker|2=http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php?title=Castlevania}}
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{{Link|TCRF|[https://tcrf.net/Castlevania_(NES)}}
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{{Link|TVTropes|https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/CastlevaniaI}}
  
  
 
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Revision as of 10:24, 16 October 2019

North American box art.

Castlevania is an action platformer by Konami released on the Famicom Disk System on 1986-09-26 and later ported to many other platforms. It is the first game in the Castlevania series. In the game, you play the vampire hunter Simon Belmont who infiltrates the castle of Count Dracula in an attempt to slay him.

I don't remember when I first played this game, but I'm pretty sure I played Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse first, and then this game after, and found it a bit lacking in comparison. As a classic Castlevania game, I want to be good at it, but the game has some serious flaws that make it unlikely I'll ever try to beat it.

Status

I own this game on the NES, but I have never even come close to beating it.

Review

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4 3 4 7 3 42%

Best Version: NES

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The designers made good use of all the common horror tropes.
  • The game has a good soundtrack composed by Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima.
  • I like that Simon's weapon is a whip; kind of a unique choice.
  • For such an early game, it has a pretty good amount of variation between enemies, stages, and bosses.
  • The artists did a great job with the background scene approaching the final boss.
  • It was a good idea to hide items which can only be revealed when crouching ("searching") as well as items hidden in blocks that are revealed when whipped.
  • The Japanese manual is really informative.
  • The game has great box art.

Bad

  • Simon is extremely vulnerable on stairs because he moves so slowly on them and can't jump off. Unfortunately, you spend a lot of the game on them.
  • Despite having a large health meter, there are plenty of ways to instantly die including pits, water, and spikes.
  • The background graphics are really messy and lack color definition. They look as though they were drawn for a different resolution and palette and then ported without being fixed. Compare them to the backgrounds in Vampire Killer which use the same structure, but are much cleaner and properly colored.
  • Several enemies are really annoying to deal with because the player's slow attack and movement. The medusa heads, hunchbacks, and ravens are particularly obnoxious.
  • The game has unnecessary arcade mechanics like points and time, even though they have no real bearing on the game. And, most of the hidden items are money bags and treasures which do nothing to help you.

Ugly

  • The game is way too hard to appreciate. The game should have been easier and the hard mode you see the replay should have been replaced with the game they actually shipped.
  • The game has terrible player control. Attacking is sluggish, you can't change direction mid-air, and getting hit knocks you back, often killing you. This makes the game annoyingly difficult to the point where I don't feel like ever trying to get good at it.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Castlevania
Japanese 悪魔城ドラキュラ Akumajo Dorakyura Devil's Castle Dracula

Links

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