Fangs for the memories

Castlevania fans will be pleased to know that NES classic Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse — one of the best entries in the entire lineage — is hitting the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console next week, which means a western release shouldn't be far behind.

Originally released in Japan in 1989 — the North American launch would follow a year later, with Europe getting the game in 1992 — Dracula's Curse reverted back to the platforming action of the original title after Konami experimented with a free-roaming approach in Simon's Quest. However, there are plenty of improvements to speak of; the game has a branching level structure and multiple playable characters, including fan favourite Alucard, who makes his series debut in this game.

Also coming to the Wii U Virtual Console next week are Super Famicom RPG Mystic Quest, PC Engine shooter Gradius and PC Engine Zelda-clone Neutopia. Meanwhile, the 3DS will be getting Donkey Kong Land: Diddy Kong's Quest for the Game Boy.

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