EU VC Update: NES Halloween Trio
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
This week's update falls right on Halloween - Nintendo of Europe would be fools not to take advantage of this! Thankfully they are aware of it - All three games released today have a horror theme.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the final NES installment of the Castlevania series. After the rather mediocre Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Konami decided to make a game closer to the original Castlevania - The result is easily one of the greatest NES action games, as while the gameplay is largely the same as the original game, there are now additional playable characters, much better control and loads of other improvements. This is a really nice game to have on the VC - It's somewhat rare, and it was never rereleased until now!
Devil World is a bit of an oddity. The game was developed and published by Nintendo, but for some reason, while practically every single other Nintendo game became popular, this game stayed obscure. The game itself was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto himself - It's a bit of a Pac-Man clone, but with its own unique twists. It's actually pretty good! And yes - This is the game the Devil from Super Smash Bros. Brawl was originally from.
Ghosts 'n Goblins is today's last new game. It's a bit weird that the final VC-eligible game in the Ghosts 'n Goblins/Ghouls 'n Ghosts series was actually the first of the three to be released originally, but we can't blame Capcom. It's easily the hardest game in the series, but unlike the other two games, it doesn't feel "hard but fair" - It's downright cheap! If you enjoy hard games you'll definitely like this, but be prepared to lose sleep, and hairs!
No Secret of Mana or Mario Golf this week - But can you really say no to games developed by Nintendo, Capcom and Konami?