- Number of Players
- 1 (Single Player)
- Release Date
- 1st May 1987
- 19th Dec 1988
Wii (Wii Shop)
- 30th Apr 2007, 500 points
- 23rd Mar 2007, 500 points
- 17th Jul 2007, 500 points
3DS (3DS eShop)
- 17th Oct 2012, ¥500
- 14th Feb 2013, £4.49
- 4th Apr 2013, $4.99
Wii U eShop
- 19th Dec 2013, $4.99
- 20th Mar 2014, £3.49
- Also Available On
- Controller Support
Just like Dracula, it keeps coming back to life...
Konami, admittedly following the lead of others such as Nintendo and Capcom, sure likes to remind us it was making awesome games way back in the 1980s. "Hey", it says, "remember how great Castlevania was on the NES?" We sure do, Konami and, oh look, now we can buy it again on the Wii U! It's one of...
A while back we were "graced" with the arrival of Castlevania: The Adventure on 3DS Virtual Console, an overly simplistic attempt to bring the series to handhelds. Now the NES original has arrived on the service as well, but is it still worth going batty over? If you've played almost any other "classic-style" Castlevania game, you'll be...
The first NES Castlevania was like a breath of fresh air when it was first released. Capcom's spooky, but cartoon-like Ghost 'n' Goblins was the closest thing on the market, but Konami's game was a little more mature and serious. The gothic feel for which the series has become famous for is all present and correct, and the...
"I realised he wasn’t fit to be a team leader"
The creator of Castlevania, Hitoshi Akamatsu, is a notoriously difficult person to track down. Despite creating one of Konami's most well-known franchises, the director of the three main NES / Famicom games has all but vanished from the industry. Never prone to interviews even back in the day,...
Live now on Kickstarter
Developer Angel Dorantes has launched a Kickstarter for side-scrolling adventure title Kraino ReAnimated, a game inspired by Castlevania, Mega Man X, and Ninja Gaiden that features handcrafted levels, slick combat, and fearsome bosses. Angel is an ex-dev at Wayforward and is the sole developer of Kraino ReAnimated, having...
What a bargain...
Whether you love or hate NFTs in gaming, it seems some companies are intent on monopolising on this new trend. One, in particular, is Konami, who decided to celebrate Castlevania's 35th anniversary with a special 'Konami NFT Memorial Collection' auction. It's now sold off all '14 unique artworks" which consisted of game scenes,...
The game giant pivots back to... games
For a few years now, Konami has been pretty quiet on the premium games front, preferring to focus on their presumably lucrative pachinko content instead. Back in 2015, it all blew up spectacularly with the cancellation of Silent Hills, the removal of spooky and beloved teaser
A multi-format menagerie
Nintendo’s handheld console upgrades were so common for so long you could practically set your watch by them: the leap from Game Boy to Game Boy Color via the Pocket; the GBA’s evolution from its original battery powered form to the blazing intensity of the Micro’s beautiful screen; the more recent range of DSis, XL
"Konami placed profits above all else"
The Castlevania series is one of gaming's most famous franchises and has spawned a long line of video games as well as TV shows, albums and loads of associated merchandise. However, fresh insight into the development of the original NES / Famicom trilogy – unearthed by shmuplations.com – reveals that the...
The artist obviously never finished the game in five hours or under
Occasionally a piece of concept art for a treasured icon of gaming pops up and we all gawp and have a laugh at how off-model the initial sketches looked before the character was established. Even official takes on characters can be vastly different from the versions we know and love...
Wall chicken is the best chicken
For anyone who wasn't confident the talent behind the Castlevania animated series on Netflix was respecting the source material, this should put any concerns to rest once and for all. An eagle-eyed viewer of season two has spotted a cartoon chicken bone poking out from one of the walls within Dracula's castle during...
Two NES games in one
Castlevania fever is running high at the moment, with Simon and Richter Belmont arriving in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December, a new season of the Netflix series airing next week, and this month's release of Castlevania Requiem (which
A home for all things Castlevania
Konami has launched a brand new website dedicated to the Castlevania franchise, giving fans a look at the series' history, a chance to check out the newest release, and perhaps hinting at more games to come. As it's currently in its infancy, the site is relatively small in terms of content at the moment, but it...
Enter at your own risk! If you think it’s scary on the outside, wait till you see the basement.
You’re in for the longest night of your life. Ghosts, goblins, demons, wolves, bats – creatures lurking around every corner. The further you delve into the castle, the worse they get... Better explore every nook and cranny - it's your only chance of finding a weapon or two. You’re gonna need ’em. Because when you finally meet the Count, you know he’ll be going for the jugular. So keep your courage up and your stake sharp...and say your prayers.
Castlevania marked the beginning of Konami’s world famous and critically-acclaimed vampire hunter series.