(Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

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It is the year 1792, and Dracula is revived by the Dark Priest Shaft.

After building up his dark forces, he sets out to destroy the village inhabited by 19-year-old Richter Belmont, heir to the Vampire Killer whip. Moreover, Dracula's minions kidnap Richter's 17-year-old girlfriend named Annette, Annette's younger sister (a 12-year-old vampire huntress named Maria Renard), and two other local villagers; a nun known as Tera, and Iris, the daughter of the village doctor. Wielding the whip of his ancestors, Richter heads off toward Castlevania.

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

The PC Engine classic finally arrives on the Virtual Console

The Castlevania titles have seen releases on a variety of game consoles over the years, but it's this PC Engine release that's garnered a lot of attention and focus among diehard game fans and collectors over the years. Since the game was only released in...

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User Comments (55)

astarisborn94

#1

astarisborn94 said:

Thanks to an OFLC rating, we should expect the game at any time. And to think that some people thought we would never see this game.

I'm expecting this to be one of our very few TurboGrafx-16 titles next year.

Rapadash6

#2

Rapadash6 said:

Ditto that SSBF1999. It's cool for me because I can't really think of many others I'd want anyway. Great to see this game page back up too!

KeeperBvK

#3

KeeperBvK said:

"Thanks to an OFLC rating, we should expect the game at any time."

Tell that to the people waiting for games like Beetle Adventure Racing, Aerofighters Assault, Earthbound, Dr. Mario etc. that had been rated ages ago.

astarisborn94

#5

astarisborn94 said:

@KeeperBvK: Sometimes, a game takes a long time to be released once they get an rating. By any time, I don't mean just weeks from now, I mean it could happen next Monday, next year, or even be our last game ever for the Virtual Console.

WanderFan91

#7

WanderFan91 said:

Akumajou Dracula X Chi no Rondo is a decent PC-Engine game. I love Richter's backflip move, and Maria makes the game a lot easier, imo. The soundtrack is well composed (as is as the SNES game Castlevania: Dracula X/Vampire's Kiss/Akumajou Dracula XX, imo), the parallax scrolling is dazzling, and the anime cutscenes are awesome. It can be quite hard at times (as Richter). I loved the fact that you could continue from a save file, and all the replay value. I once completed this game 100%.

EDIT

Now that I think of it, I haven't noticed Dr. Mario not being available. It's a good puzzler (but not as good as Columns, imo), and busting out those virus enemies is fun.

Kevin

#8

Kevin said:

Glad to see this rated again. Dr. Mario was ESRB rated a long time ago but probably got removed thanks to the excellent wiiware one.

Rawk_Hawk

#9

Rawk_Hawk said:

This game looks amazing and the soundtrack is incredible. Divine bloodlines is such a good song.

KeeperBvK

#11

KeeperBvK said:

@ Drake: Dr. Mario had been rated by the ESRB ages ago, but they removed it after DSiWare emerged and the portable Dr Mario was conceived.

WanderFan91

#12

WanderFan91 said:

Oh, well. There's always the NES, Game Boy, SNES, and Nintendo 64 versions of Dr. Mario. :) Now which one to play?

WanderFan91

#14

WanderFan91 said:

The few encounters you face with Death is epic!
But, I don't want to spoil anything. :( So, I won't spoil anything, in case no one has played this game.

WanderFan91

#17

WanderFan91 said:

@JJ - you'll be missing out on a true classic, then. But, if you won't get it, then I won't force you.

Zork2

#19

Zork2 said:

This is the best Castlevania game of the 16-bit generation, a masterpiece comparable only to its sequel - Symphony of the Night. I don't understand why Konami is holding back. They should flood the VC with Castlevania, Gradius, Contra, Parodius, etc. Give us the games!

WanderFan91

#20

WanderFan91 said:

The PC-Engine was an 8-bit console, with 16-bit qualities. But yeah, I agree, it is the best Castlevania game. :) Symphony of the Night is all right.
I'm interested to see how good Parodius and TwinBee are, considering I like SNES Gradius III and Detana! TwinBee (on VC). Oh, and Contra Hard Corps, seeing as to how much I like Contra III: The Alien Wars. Oh, and Castlevania Bloodlines/A New Generation. :3

Kevin

#21

Kevin said:

If this is coming out they better release Bloodlines. Sure its a short game but its a lot of fun.

WanderFan91

#22

WanderFan91 said:

By the way, is Castlevania Bloodlines/A New Generation that great? I've been interested in that game for years!

darklinkinfinite

#23

darklinkinfinite said:

I actually have this game for the Turbografx, though I don't own the console myself. Its just in my Castlevania collection along with Bloodlines (I've never owned a genesis) which I'd also love to see on the Virtual Console.

While Rondo is definitely a great game, I think I much prefer Super Castlevania IV on the SNES because of stuff like the eight-way whip controls, the moonwalking, and the fact that it didn't lead the series down the Medroidvania path (I know Rondo isn't, but its direct sequel, SotN was, which is what I mean with my comment).

My personal favorite Castlevania of all time has to be Legacy of Darkness, though. I loved that despite it being 3D, it still had more in common with the classic Castlevanias (1-Rondo/Dracula X) than the 2D RPG Metroidvanias that started with SotN. I also thought it had the best told story. Unlike Symphony which is oddly applauded for its story despite it being just two character portraits having conversations that don't really connect with anything else, Legacy had great characters like Malus, Ortega, and Actrise, and a great twist that connects Cornell's game with Reinhardt and Carrie's instead of just "here's the castle again, except upside down," or "yeah just play as Richter just cuz."

WanderFan91

#24

WanderFan91 said:

Item Crash FTW!!!! This is the first game from the series to utilize the Item Crash.
Although, the anime cutscenes are the best thing about this game, other than the epic soundtrack. :)

WanderFan91

#27

WanderFan91 said:

I didn't notice this myself the first time, but it's amazing how Richter looks like Ryu from the Street Fighter games.

Rawk_Hawk

#28

Rawk_Hawk said:

I think the fans are mostly responsible for this game coming to EU and NA. Our voices have been heard.

WanderFan91

#31

WanderFan91 said:

If it's one thing I don't know, is why there are only thirteen songs in the Sound Test, when the game's got more than that many songs.
Anyway, gotta love saving over passwords. :)

cheetahman91

#32

cheetahman91 said:

Pass unless it's on a similar difficulty level as SCIV.
Edit: Actually, I might get this game. If it's the hardest of the non-Metroidvanias though, it'll be a long time 'till this is sittin' on my Wii.

Zweck36

#33

Zweck36 said:

I cannot wait for this to come out. I have been waiting my whole life to get my hands on this. I should pick-up the ReBirth too.

cheetahman91

#34

cheetahman91 said:

I read somewhere that this game was really hard. Not sure if if this game is for me. It'll probably be forever and a day until we get this game since the VC releases everywhere are slowing down pretty badly.

Bass_X0

#36

Bass_X0 said:

Is Richter as agile as he is in SotN with all his various attacks and special moves?

Slionr

#38

Slionr said:

@Bass X0 no. He plays pretty much the same as Simon did in his first game=) Though, he has "item crash" and the backflip =)

Link1002

#43

Link1002 said:

I Want it so bad, kind a weird that nintendo says they will release it last friday in europe and now it hits the american Vc. You got really lucky. Hope we're getting it this friday.

deggs

#45

deggs said:

anyone get this yet? how much japanese is in it or did they translate some of it (as hudson was rumoured to have done)

fxtek76

#46

fxtek76 said:

I keep hearing how great this is but I do still have Dracula X on SNES is it worth getting this. How much of a difference is there. Just curious.

SNK

#50

SNK said:

this is a class game but its very hard,the snes version is good aswell, much easier than this version,hopefully we will see the snes version on the VC soon.

WiiFreedom

#51

WiiFreedom said:

Maria is so cute and she is much easier to play with! ^^
...Although her defense needs to build up...

HolyBlade

#52

HolyBlade said:

Don't be afraid of the price tag and all the "moonspeak" in this.

Rondo of Blood and Super Castlevania IV are the 2D Castlevania games you want to own.

Ryno

#53

Ryno said:

I love how the cover looks like Richter is giving Dracula the finger!

TheMagicEmperor

#54

TheMagicEmperor said:

This game is great but, man, I hate the fact Richter can't whip in eight direction like Simon. Super Castlevania 4 is better, but this one is good, too.

ShawnAustin

#55

ShawnAustin said:

Just grabbed this a week ago, great game but I do prefer the feel of Super Castlevania IV. The music is superior in the SNES game and the 8-direction whip would have been a big plus here.

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