Opinion: Castlevania Anniversary Collection’s Full Lineup!

Nintendo Life reports the remaining titles for Konami’s upcoming multiplatform Castlevania Anniversary Collection: Castlevania (1987, NES) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (1988, NES) Castlevania: The Adventure (1989, Game Boy) Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES) Kid Dracula (1990, NES) Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991, Game Boy) Super Castlevania IV (1991, SNES) Castlevania Bloodlines / New Generation…

Opinions: Konami IS READYING COMPS! Let’s Discuss!

In what might be the quickest turnaround from me writing speculation posts to actual confirmation posts, Konami just revealed that they are releasing several digital 8-packs of their back catalog this year for their 50th anniversary. As of today there are three on tap: one full of arcade titles, one of Castlevania, and one of Contra (with a…

Opinions: Konami seems to be readying some comps…what I want!

UPDATE – Well that was prescient of me. I’ll react appropriately tomorrow. The past month has seen two mysterious ratings appear on worldwide rating board websites; one for Konami’s 50th Anniversary, and another for Castlevania specifically. Both of these are exciting news, and while Digital Eclipse has already outed themselves from the potential developer list,…

Opinions – A Dual Life Perspective, 2018 (Pt. 2)

The second half of 2018 was more stable in contrast to the first, although that is not to say it was all smooth sailing. Two horrific fires tore through northern California where I live — one coming dangerously close to my city — giving multiple weeks of bad air, upending the lives of thousands of…

The Best of the Worst: Halloween Special #2 – Medusa Heads (Castlevania series)

Medusa Heads (Castlevania series) Some enemies earn their fame not for their designs, but for their mechanic design. For instance, in Castlevania Medusa’s discarded hair (which, as might be obvious if you know her mythology, are animate snakes) regenerate their skulls and flesh and gain the ability to levitate and phase through walls. Brainlessly they…

The Belmont Chronicles – The History of Castlevania’s Legacy Bosses Part 1

Castlevania from the very beginning has established its bestiary as one of the gaming medium’s finest — this article will focus on some of the iconic bosses Konami created, particularly ones that have multiple appearances throughout the series. This will be a multi-part set of posts to help facilitate my writing them. Dracula will have…

Culture Clash! – Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom)

Study 31: Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom, Konami) As I recently documented on LVLS, the origins behind Konami’s Akumajō Dracula, localized as Castlevania in North America and Europe, is very murky. Since I detailed as much background that I am aware of in that post, we’ll go ahead and just right in to the comparisons here. The original…

Opinion: The Belmont Chronicles – An Attempt to Detail the Series’ Origins

It’s embarrassing that Castlevania‘s creators are mostly unknown. How one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time — despite its relative quiet in the past several years — could have its staff remain mostly anonymous despite over 30 years is dumbfounding. So I am taking on the impossible task to compile disparate information…