Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is an action adventure platformer by Konami released on the Famicom Disk System in 1987 and later ported to the NES in 1988. It is the second game in the Castlevania series and changes format slightly to be more of an adventure game, making it the first Castlevania title to be a Metroidvania. In the game's story, though Simon Belmont has vanquished Dracula, his body parts remain scattered throughout the land allowing his spirit to cause mayhem, especially at night. You must gather his body parts to bring him back and destroy him once an for all.

I had seen Castlevania II in video game magazines, and even found the game's manual in the snow while walking home from a friend's house, long before I had a chance to play the game. When I finally did play it, I was very disappointed. I died very quickly from being knocked into pits, and had no idea what I was doing. From everything I read about the game, it was pretty much unplayable without a walk-through, so I never bothered to get very far.

Years, later, I remember telling a friend of mine that I was sure someone made a translation patch for the game fixing all of the terrible dialogue, but, unable to find one, I decided to make one myself, which I did. It was even featured on The Angry Video Game Nerd.

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I do not own the game, nor have I beaten it.

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  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: NES

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