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Super Castlevania IV Is Coming To The North American Wii U eShop In Time For Halloween

Posted by Damien McFerran

The children of the night, what sweet music they make

Nintendo has confirmed that Konami's whip-cracking classic Super Castlevania IV is coming to the North American Wii U eShop on October 31st — just in time for Halloween.

Originally released in 1991, the game stars vampire killer Simon Belmont and is regarded by many Castlevania fans as one of the finest entries in the long-running franchise. The Japanese Wii U eShop release took place earlier this month.

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Gerbwmu

#1

Gerbwmu said:

Is this the beginning of the holiday rush on awesome VC and eShop titles? Or just a 1 off for Halloween before we jump back into almost Atari like NES titles on VC.

faint

#2

faint said:

This and the re revelations discount in one day? And to think I get so much hate here when I point out how much capcom has done to support the wii u.

WanderFan91

#3

WanderFan91 said:

That's good tidings indeed. I already have it on the Wii Virtual Console (though I should probably consider importing the SFC original Akumajo Dracula to experience how it was originally presented before it got localized), but I'm glad to hear that it's coming on the Wii U VC. :)

While I don't consider it a flawless game (imo it's a smidge overrated), I do think it's very solid entertainment and the music rocks! :) The gameplay is good, the visuals are great for a Generation One SNES game, and I like how there is a slightly more difficult second quest to play after you beat it the first time (unfortunately not many people are aware of it, since Konami thought it was such a good idea to just let it start after you press a button at the end of the credits, in which case most presume that it's just over when they see the final message; but that's just my personal observation talking, this is not meant to come across as rude); even though it's easier, the first quest is a lot better than the second quest. I have a few personal qualms with it, but I'll refrain from stating what they are right now; regardless, I think this game is very good in its own right. I think it's great that Super Castlevania IV is getting released just in time for Halloween; it's rather fitting considering its dark tone, the plethora of monsters that you fight on your way, and of course, Dracula. :)

sinalefa

#4

sinalefa said:

@faint

But this one is made by Konami, not Capcom. Still the RE discounts are great.

Anyway, I may pick this up. Played it back in the day but never finished it.

Aloth

#5

Aloth said:

Tennis and baseball are very simpleg games, they have a great library of games and they are re-releasing these!!! The Capcom approach is very nice indeed, releasing 3 games and giving discounts is very nice.
If it was done with Castlevania, I would buy them all!

Tasuki

#6

Tasuki said:

I just pulled out the SNES and decide to give this game another chance after picking up a cartridge at the local retro game shop.

I have to say back in the SNES era I didn't enjoy the game but back then I only played Castlevania III. Now after playing a bunch of the Metroidvania games I decided to go back and give this game another chance and I have to say what a gem this game is especially the music. Its amazing how well the music fits the elements of the levels and the first stage music definitely gets me pumped.

faint

#7

faint said:

@sinalefa oops your right I'm just so used to capcom being the only 3rd party with more than a game or 2 on the vc

Samurai_Goroh

#10

Samurai_Goroh said:

Is this like the first Konami game on Wii U? Are they acknowledging the console's existence? Wow. Never played this, but I hear it's such a gem.

LeVideoGamer

#12

LeVideoGamer said:

Cool. Konami has acknowledged the Wii U's existence.

Sigh Let's see what kind of garbage Europe has in store next week.

EarthboundBenjy

#13

EarthboundBenjy said:

One of my least-favourite Castlevania games? Hm, hmm.
I liked Rondo, Bloodlines and even Dracula XX better than I liked Super IV. Just seems like such a long slog to play through, for whatever reason.

HeroOfCybertron

#14

HeroOfCybertron said:

Awesome I liked playing that game on the Wii and next week I can upgrade it to the Wii U for $1.50 and play it with the Wii U Pro Controller.

Ryno

#15

Ryno said:

This is probably # 3 in my favorite games of all time list. I'm definitely spending $1.50 to upgrade on Halloween.:)

theberrage

#16

theberrage said:

%98 of wii u vc games have already been released on wii. Nintendo is really trying aren't they?

unrandomsam

#17

unrandomsam said:

It is regarded by most as a junk version of Rondo of Blood that is loads too easy. (Super Castlevania IV totally put me off the series).

unrandomsam

#18

unrandomsam said:

(Even the main creator of the series hates this and thinks it never should have been made).

Mahe

#19

Mahe said:

Very fitting title for Halloween. Now how about some new Castlevania, Konami?

EarthboundBenjy

#20

EarthboundBenjy said:

@unrandomsam
Well, even considering what I said just a few posts above, I don't think this is a bad game by any means. I just think it's not the greatest, and it doesn't really have much to offer compared to any of the others. Certainly better than Castlevania Legends, which is the worst attempt at making a Castlevania game I've ever seen. If any game in the series should never have been made, it's Legends and not Super IV.

Spuratis

#24

Spuratis said:

Finally, incentive to put some money on my eShop account. I've never played this and have been wanting to for a long time seeing as Castlevania is one of my favorite franchise. Hopefully they'll release ALTTP sometime before ALBW, I want to play that again, it's been to long.

unrandomsam

#26

unrandomsam said:

@Ryno @WanderFan91 I have played one of them and it was ages ago. Is this reasonable in terms of difficultly. (And you cannot beat the bosses by just going next to them and hammering the attack button). I never knew there were 2 games I thought Super Castlevania IV was the censored version of Dracula X.

unrandomsam

#27

unrandomsam said:

Is it as good as 1 or 3 (I don't expect it to be as good as Rondo) but I like the bosses in the first too still and the way that its not miles to easy.

Ryno

#28

Ryno said:

@unrandomsam: Super Castlevania IV is one of the easiest classic Castlevania's I would say. They dangle whip makes things easier for sure. Dracula X (Vampire's Kiss in Europe) is a recreation of Rondo of Blood for the SNES. TG16 had some strong policy about you couldn't produce the same game on a rival console so Konami created a new game based off of Rondo.

Ryno

#29

Ryno said:

@unrandomsam: To answer your next question, Super Castlevania IV is my favorite of the series. Yes, it's easy but it it is so dang playable and I enjoy the atmosphere and the music is top notch.

ogo79

#32

ogo79 said:

were working on getting bloodlines for wii u vc for all you no cart having people.
give us more time and be patient. the more you cry the longer ill suggest it gets held back. i will rock your world

DarkEdi

#34

DarkEdi said:

I downloaded it six years ago and the Wii mode can be played off-screen with the gamepad. I want new games not the same catalog from 6 years ago.

timp29

#39

timp29 said:

I've played maybe 3 or 4 castlevania titles (II, III, IV, Dracula x) and for me this is easily the best.

hcfwesker

#40

hcfwesker said:

Wait a minute. Does Nintendo realize this is actually a GOOD classic game being released on WiiU eShop? Do they allow that anymore?

JustinH

#41

JustinH said:

@Samurai_Goroh I think so, at least in North America and probably Europe. In Japan they've had a couple of the Goemon games, and I think something else as well although it's slipped my mind.

EDIT: It's this game, three Goemon titles, Gradius and TwinBee in Japan. They only jumped on the VC bandwagon a month or so ago though.

WaveBoy

#42

WaveBoy said:

Hurray, yet another Wii VC release that came out years ago. I'd understand the need to Skelabrate if this were Bloodlines. :P

EarthboundBenjy

#44

EarthboundBenjy said:

My personal ranking for Classic-vania titles goes a bit like this:

#1 Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (TG16)
#2 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
#3 Castlevania (NES)
#4 Castlevania Chronicles (X68000)
#5 Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (Wii)
#6 Castlevania: Dracula XX / Vampire's Kiss (SNES)
#7 Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (GB)
#8 Castlevania Bloodlines / The New Generation (MD)
#9 Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
#10 Haunted Castle (1988 Arcade)
#11 Castlevania: The Adventure (GB)
#12 Castlevania Legends (GB)

Yeah, it's in my bottom four. But it's just an opinion after all. I'm a huge Castlevania fan, so I think the more people who like ANY of the games in the series, the better! Everyone should buy this game and see for themselves!

DamoAdmin

#45

Damo said:

@unrandomsam How can it be a junk version of a game which came after it was released?

I think you're confusing it with the SNES sequel, Dracula X / Vampire's Kiss.

EarthboundBenjy

#47

EarthboundBenjy said:

@Damo
'Cause I was specifically comparing the games with similar or at least alike gameplay. I didn't mention any of the exploration-based Castlevania games on the DS or GBA, and I didn't mention the N64 or PS2 entries either. They're just in their own categories. I can't really compare Symphony to Super IV, they're just fundamentally too different.

retro_player_22

#48

retro_player_22 said:

A good offering but I already got this game on Wii Mode so I don't need to be it again. Hopefully they bring more Halloween goodness for VC like Demon's Crest and Castlevania: Bloodline.

FluttershyGuy

#49

FluttershyGuy said:

I'm with you, @Ryno . I've played too many games to have my top "X" games list solidifiedb but SCIV is in my top 10 games of all time! In my mind, it is the best of all Castlevanias, and the epitome of what Castlevania is. Huge, beautiful graphics/characters. Horror movie atmosphere and backgrounds. An incredible soundtrack that still puts game scores to shame 22 years later (it's like in my top 5 game scores).

Some will say "Symphony of the Night", others may say the "Lords of Shadow" reboot (sorry, to fans, but I detest it), but THIS is Castlevania to me, above all others. I hope the series one day returns to such greatness. I think if the original series hadn't strayed so far from what SCIV is, and become more of an anime (nothing against them, I love anime), there wouldn't have been a need to reboot the series!

My love of SCIV makes me feel guilty for being disappointed that it's not Bloodlines! Like so many others, I'm ready for many more VC games not already available for years on Wii VC (many NES games are now available on all 3 VCs... how about some variety???).

Now that Konami is supporting Wii U VC, I wonder if it'll get around to correcting the ultimate head-scratcher, that being the lack of the legendary NES Contra on VC?

WaveBoy

#50

WaveBoy said:

@Trainer_DJ

It's only real downside is the ho hum-difficulty, especially when you pair it against something like Castlevania III and Rondo of Blood. Otherwise SCIV, is a masterpeice for the reasons a few users have stated above. It's the definitive Castlevania to throw on for Halloween, the soundtrack reaks of atmosphere. Konami truley out did themselves. :D

Pod

#51

Pod said:

This game has a pretty bad rep among series veterans, but it does have its charms.
Probably a good idea to have it out as the first CV on the VC (see what I did there,) as people playing it as their first will only be happier with the series playing subsequent releases.

DamoAdmin

#52

Damo said:

@Pod What series veterans are these? It's one of the most acclaimed entries in the entire franchise!

BertoFlyingFox

#53

BertoFlyingFox said:

Yes! Super CV4 is awesome, here's hoping we get Bloodlines eventually too.

Im a huge fan of the CV series, the more of them on the WiiU VC, the better

unrandomsam

#54

unrandomsam said:

@Damo I am almost certain this was the one I played because the SNES Dracula X came out after I had stopped buying SNES games. (And I didn't import it). This is what put me off Castlevania for 20 years. (Everything that I like about Rondo/III/I is not in this - loads of slowdown - miles to easy - bosses are a joke)

Cohort

#57

Cohort said:

Fantastic game, one of the best Castlevania games ever. I remember when this came out, it was a big deal at the time.

Zeldalover

#58

Zeldalover said:

Rondo of Blood is my favorite. And nothing can top that kind of Classic-vania quality. The bosses weren't such a joke like in SCIV (excluding the end bosses like Slogra for example) and they were far more creative. I might agree that level design is better in SCIV, but there are no in-level branching paths, that you might discover from falling into something that you may think is a deadly pit, but instead it turns out to be a whole different area in the level that leads to another or the same exit. The alternate paths reward you with other bosses and levels to play. Also, visually.. there is no other like Rondo. It's right up there with Super Metroid in terms of atmosphere.

Wolf_Link

#59

Wolf_Link said:

One of my favorites entries. Even being somewhat easy, I still play it cause enjoyable gameplay and most of all awesome soundtrack!

WanderFan91

#60

WanderFan91 said:

I'm of the opinion that Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo is a lot superior to Super Castlevania IV, but to each their own. :)

@Zeldalover - if any boss was a joke in the latter, I think it would the dancing spectres (but to each their own). Just saying that should give an idea of how inane that is and it's actually an embarrassing choice for a boss fight in retrospect (I won't get into the names either). You have to admit though, it did have some cool original boss designs; such as the Zapf bat in Dracula's treasury.

Caryslan

#61

Caryslan said:

Now, can we please get Bloodlines on the VC or any download service Konami? I'll be honest, I liked Bloodlines more than both Rondo and Super Castlevania IV. All three are good games, but Bloodlines to me is an underrated classic.

Why does it never get a release on modern systems?

Still cool that the Wii U gets Super Castlevania IV.

Wildfire

#62

Wildfire said:

I'm one of those so called series veterans and Super Castlevania IV is definitely my all time favourite castlevania! Ever! So suffice to say that I really don't understand some of the complaints around here but anyway... I hope this comes also to Europe next week so I can make the upgrade!

SwerdMurd

#63

SwerdMurd said:

one of the greatest atmospheres ever to grace a game. This, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger. Hard to paint more engrossing universes considering the tech.

AtelierFan

#65

AtelierFan said:

@EarthboundBenjy

While I might arrange my list of CV games slightly differently, I do like the fact you have Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Castlevania III, Castlevania Chronicles and Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth so far up on your list.
Not to hate on fans, but I do feel that SCV IV isn't as great as I remember now that the graphics have lost their charm. The level design isn't that great, and the enemies are a rather genereic take on the series staples., IMO.
Still, the awesome sound track lends to the pleasing vibe this game gives off, and overall I'm glad I downloaded it on the Wii's VC.

SparkOfSpirit

#66

SparkOfSpirit said:

@Caryslan For some reason Konami refused to release any of their Genesis games on the Virtual Console for Wii. That's par for the course though, they still haven't released the NES version of Contra on a retro service either.

Anyway, will buy day one. This, Rondo, and III are my favorite classic style Castlevania games. I hope TG-16 gets re-added to the VC some day.

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