Want to feel old? Konami's Castlevania series has now been going for 30 years.
The franchise began life on the Japan-only Famicom Disk System as Akumajou Dracula. This title was released in North America as Castlevania in May the next year and was followed by two NES sequels - 1987's Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and 1989's Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
Across the past three decades Castlevania has appeared on numerous formats, including the SNES, Game Boy, N64, PC Engine, Mega Drive, PlayStation, Saturn, PlayStation Portable and - most recently - 3DS, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The last mainline entry in the franchise was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, with the last Nintendo outing being the spin-off Mirror of Fate, based in the same "rebooted" storyline.
Throughout the history of the franchise there have been many classic titles, including Super Castlevania IV on the SNES, Belmont's Revenge on the Game Boy and two critically-acclaimed trilogies on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS which explored the "Metroidvania" blueprint popularised by the seminal Symphony of the Night. The franchise is famous not only for its tight 2D gameplay and gothic setting, but also its excellent music and character design.
Since the Lords of Shadow sub-series came to a close, Konami appears to have put the Castlevania franchise out to pasture, with only pachinko games being produced.
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