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Japan To Get Dracula X And Metal Slug Next Tuesday

Posted by Damien McFerran

Even the most optimistic Nintendo fan would be hard pressed to deny that this week’s European Virtual Console update was a tad underwhelming. Just to make you feel even worse about it, not only is Japan getting four (count ‘em) games this coming Tuesday (22nd), but two of those releases are Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood and Metal Slug.

Envy is a terrible thing, isn’t it?

Rondo is widely regarded as one of the defining moments of Konami’s illustrious Castlevania franchise and has only recently been released outside of Japan, appearing alongside a 2.5D update on the recent PSP Dracula X Chronicles collection. Games are often hyped due to their lack of worldwide availability or perceived rarity, but in this case all the hot air spouted by hardcore fans is most definitely justified. Time will tell if a Western release is forthcoming, but the existence of the aforementioned PSP collection bodes well; the game is, after all, rated and ready for publication in both the US and Europe.

Metal Slug may have come as part of the excellent Wii Metal Slug Anthology but it’s still worth looking into, especially if it supports the classic controller – something the Anthology inexplicably failed to do.

Here’s the Japanese update list in full:

  • Hercules no Eikou IV (SFC)
  • Phelios (MD)
  • Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (PCE)
  • Metal Slug (Neo Geo)

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Link79 said:

This sucks. We are getting screwed here in the U.S. I know Rondo has a good chance of a western release but I bet it takes a long time.
I sure hope not though. That's the one game I want more than anything on VC. They still haven't even given us Castlevania 3 yet.
They sure are taking their sweet time.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Ah well, Metal Slug is a new Neo Geo game, so why complain? Also, first timers can try the first one by downloading the first, rather then shell out for all of em in the collection...



D00M said:

I'm sure I can hear the sound of mocking laughter from Japan

And if you need RoB so bad, I suggest forking out for the PSP version while you wait. If you're into Castlevania that bad, chances are you'll have it already.



slangman said:

Heres hoping Rondo of Blood gets announced in europe the last minute before the upcoming Hanibi Festival.



Manicfatty said:

Great! It's not bad enough those bastards get theatrical release tentacle porn, and underwear from vending they have the unmitigated gall to release games that Japanese Gaming companies created and released first run on Japanese consoles...IN JAPAN?!?!?!?! Before the rest of the world?

Next they'll be trying to tell us they saved the video game industry from some kind of (air quotes) Crash (air quotes)! That they somehow brought video games 'back from the dead'! Pfft...

The nerve!



firebrand said:

Rondo. Rondo. Rondo. Castlevania III is the best entry in the series. Even Iga admits as much. Of course I want Rondo, but I want Castlevania III more.



Shiryu said:

Man, oh man, they get Rondo and the SNES joypad add-on. Color me green of jealousy, but hey, thats life...



MrPoo6321 said:

I would download Rondo of Blood if it came to America... I never really played any of the Castlevania games except for one that was on the PS2... I think it was called Lament of Innocence? or maybe it was Dawn of Sorrow? It was the one where you play as Leon Belmont, and I might be mistaken, but I think it was the first 3D Castlevania game. I've been debating downloading Super Castlevania IV, but I think I might just wait for Rondo of Blood.



MrPoo6321 said:

and why do they get 4 games??? we've had a steady 2 games here in the US for all of '08... man, thats some bullshizz.... they should just have 2 weeks where they give us games that have taken forever to come out here like Vectorman and Megaman... maybe they'll do that with the long-awaited River City Ransom.... although we didn't have to wait as long for that one as we are for the other 2.



jg233 said:

Lucky son of a.... maybe after Wiiware is out, they will start to up the number of games again.



blackknight77 said:

According to IGN's podcast our Wii Ware line up will be better than Japan's line up. Ha take that Japan



Mika said:

I have never played a Castlevania game, but if Rondo gets released here, I might download it.



Jockolantern said:

I've never been a fan of the Castlevania series... I simply don't get the appeal at all. Thus, I can't say as I'm too jealous of Japan getting Dracula X. Metal Slug is fun, but certainly not worth getting jealous about; besides... Metal Slug Anthology, anyone?

Am I also the only one who's getting really fed up at people whining about getting two games instead of three or four? Screw that, I'm fed up with the whining in general. The VC has over twice the content of the 360 Live Arcade and we always get another couple games on top of the current roster each week. Not to mention we have WiiWare on the way! Give Nintendo the time it needs to give us the gold; they'll... get... there. I swear people have no patience anymore. Used to be I had to wait months or even years to see these games released back in the days of the NES and SNES. I think you gripers can afford to wait a few months yourselves. Find another way to fill your time rather then whining about how your favorite game isn't on the VC yet.



KCar said:

To MrPoo6321:

Oh man, you really couldn't be more wrong, on several levels, in several ways. Keep trying though! We'll be patient.



thewiirocks said:

especially if it supports the classic controller – something the Anthology inexplicably failed to do.

Not so inexplicably. The Anthology developers are on record as saying that the specs for the Classic Controller were not available to them. Apparently, Nintendo had decided that the classic controller was ONLY going to be used for VC games. (A decision backed by those two holes in the back of Classic Controllers. A plastic Wii Remote attachment was supposed to clip in there, but was canceled sometime during development.)

Nintendo later reversed this decision and began shipping specs for the controller to developers. By then, though, Anthology was already released.

The good news is that the original Metal Slug was the best in the series. If you don't have Anthology, just download it from VC and be happy. It should be plenty of fun to play on the CC or GCN controller.



benja86 said:

I have to say jackolatern says what i have thought of saying for a long time.

oh well japan gets their game first, and the problem is?? you bought a japanese created console from a japanese company. you want it now then i gues you have got two choices buy a japanese wii or you can go with the american alternative and get your games before japan, 360, but i think we chose the wii because we didn't want to send it back in 2 months.
Look at it this way. At least Nintendo takes the time to makes sure their products work before they release them to the public.
I remember reading in NP mag. a long time ago that they dropped GBAs from 15 ft. to test their durability.( don't know if i got the FT. right )
so before you whine and whine .. consider your alternatives
wich are like... Mexican food from Indiana(360) or Mexican food from Mexico(Wii)



whalleywhat said:

The PSP RoB has issues and Metal Slug Anthology has stupid motion controls and no Classic Controller support. So basically, me wanteeee........



whalleywhat said:

"Rondo. Rondo. Rondo. Castlevania III is the best entry in the series. Even Iga admits as much. Of course I want Rondo, but I want Castlevania III more."
That's Iga's opinion. I don't see what it has to do with "admitting." For people who like modern style, SotN type Castlevanias, Rondo is much closer to that type of game, with branching paths and huge levels.



Nintendude1 said:

i think theyre holding back and they will release alot of good games during the summer drought



jg233 said:

"i think theyre holding back and they will release alot of good games during the summer drought"

Me too



rarson said:

Metal Slug is a great game but there's no way that I'm paying money for it again. Metal Slug has to be about as profitable as Mega Man, given the number of times it's been re-released. I think if you bought every single different release of it (including the uber-pricey original Neo Geo carts), you'd easily have spent over a thousand dollars.



CopyofCopyX said:

I really wonder if and when Castlevania Dracula X: Rondo of Blood will come out in the rest of the world.



Laxiom said:

it bothers me that Nintendo of japan gets 4 games (2 great games) in one week, while the rest of the world gets, for lack of a better word, scraps. i dont care that much about RoB, and i own the metal slug anthology. but the quality of that weeks releases could be compared to the US getting Perfect Dark and Chrono Trigger on the same week with a couple more games thrown in for good measure. I would love that level of weekly quality in the US, and im sure im not the only one. but i suppose ill just have to settle for scraps.
i believe there are road blocks due to lisencing and rating issues when it comes to EU and US VC releases that keep us from getting amazing releases.

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