24 Facts About Castlevania


Castlevania, known in Japan as Akumajo Dracula, is a gothic horror action-adventure video game series and media franchise about Dracula, created and developed by Konami.

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Castlevania is largely set in the eponymous castle of Count Dracula, the main antagonist of the Belmont clan of vampire hunters.

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Castlevania is one of Konami's most successful and prominent franchises; several of its entries are ranked among the best video games ever made.

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Many Castlevania titles have been released for markets in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia on various video game consoles, personal computers and mobile phones, with additional remakes and re-releases.

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The first console title, Castlevania, was released on the Famicom Disk System in 1986 and then in North America in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System .

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Franchise's first 16-bit home console game, Super Castlevania IV, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.

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The first Castlevania produced for a CD-ROM, Rondo of Blood featured Red Book audio and fully voiced dialogue.

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Castlevania has spawned numerous spin-offs, the first being the 1990 platformer, Kid Dracula for the Famicom, a parody which stars the eponymous character.

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Castlevania, released for the NES in 1986 is a typical platform game in which the player takes the role of Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters.

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Vampire Killer, released in 1986 for the MSX 2 computer and developed alongside the original Castlevania, departs from the more straightforward platforming gameplay of Castlevania, instead introducing an open-ended, exploration-heavy form of gameplay.

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Alucard, first introduced in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, is a reference to the character of the same name from the 1943 film, Son of Dracula.

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Castlevania mainly takes place in the castle of Count Dracula, who resurrects every hundred years to take over the world.

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In Castlevania: Bloodlines, the whip has been inherited by John Morris, the son of Quincey Morris, who is a distant descendant of the Belmonts.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is a reboot of the franchise, with its first game set in Southern Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Castlevania was directed and programmed by Hitoshi Akamatsu for the Family Computer Disk System in 1986.

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In 1993, three Castlevania games were in parallel development, which included Akumajo Dracula, Rondo of Blood, and Bloodlines.

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Castlevania's would be the character designer for several future Castlevania titles.

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KCEK's last Castlevania game was the acclaimed Circle of the Moon, released as a launch title for the Game Boy Advance in 2001.

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Castlevania left in March 2014 to independently create Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to Castlevania.

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Recent Castlevania titles released under Konami's recent business model include pachinko and slot machines based on the IP.

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The music for the first Castlevania game was composed by Satoe Terashima and Kinuyo Yamashita, of Konami's Kukeiha Club of composers, shortly after graduating from college.

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Super Castlevania IV was named the 11th best game of the SNES by ScrewAttack on their "Top 20 SNES Games".

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Castlevania was a member of the N-Team, a group of mostly video game characters who defended Videoland against the antagonist Mother Brain from Metroid.

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Several other Castlevania monsters had minor roles, including Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, and the Skull Knight.

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