Opinion: My Top 111, #30 – 32

32) Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Good: The finest example of “classic” Castlevania, refining the NES formula to a pristine sheen. Excellent remixes and new compositions. Branching level design provides variety in replays. Maria is a great secondary character to play through the game. Poor: Cutscenes have not aged well at all. Retains a bit of…

Opinion: Top 5 Official In-Game Remixes of Pre-Existing Songs

Okay, this one doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as smoothly as “Top 5 Ending Themes“, but bear with me here. By “Official In-Game Remix of Pre-Existing Songs” I essentially mean a professional cover of an earlier composition that appears in a later game as a character or stage theme in a later game utilizing…

Music: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood’s “Vampire Killer”

“Vampire Killer” gets the Turbo CD remix treatment here, and I have to admit it’s by far my favorite rendition of the iconic track. I’m not sure who did it; the four composers for Rondo are Akira Souji, Keizo Nakamura, Tomoko Sano, and Mikio Saito — all of them did a marvelous job on this…

Opinion: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

(Pardon the Chronicles art, but I like it much more than the anime-inspired stuff for the Turbo CD original) Rondo of Blood is the pinnacle of the traditional Castlevania experience, managing to capture the classic gameplay with (at the time) modern concessions. Gorgeous spritework, cutting-edge music, smooth controls, excellent level design with branching paths, two…