Castlevania (universe)

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Logo from 1986-2002.

Castlevania, known in Japan as 悪魔城ドラキュラ, Akumajo Dracula, "Devil Castle Dracula" is a game universe by Konami that spans dozens of games, manga, television cartoons, and more. The first release was in 1986 and it began the majority of the themes in the series including the horror setting with a vampire nemesis, wielding a whip, and collecting hearts. Although all of the latest titles in the series use an action adventure genre (called a Metroidvania), most of the early titles used an arcade style staged-based genre.


The first Castlevania game I played was Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse which I bought shortly after it came out. I knew that the series was well-received because I had read about the original Castlevania in the The Official Nintendo Player's Guide and had seen Castlevania II: Simon's Quest in Nintendo Power. However, I found the game to be too difficult to really appreciate and stopped caring for the franchise. It wasn't until about 15 years later when I saw someone playing Castlevania: Circle of the Moon at a LAN party that my interest in the franchise was re-piqued. I played the game and absolutely loved it, so I went back and started playing all the previous 2-D Metroidvania style games, and enjoyed them.


Video Games

Released Title Genre
1986-09-26 Castlevania Stages
1986-10-30 Vampire Killer Adventure
1987-08-28 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Adventure
1988-??-?? Haunted Castle Stages
1989-10-27 Castlevania: The Adventure Stages
1989-12-22 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Stages
1991-07-12 Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Stages
1991-10-31 Super Castlevania IV Stages
1993-10-29 Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Stages
1994-03-18 Castlevania: Bloodlines Stages
1997-03-20 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Adventure
1997-11-27 Castlevania: Legends Stages
1999-03-11 Castlevania Adventure
1999-12-01 Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness Adventure
2001-03-21 Castlevania: Circle of the Moon Adventure
2002-06-06 Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Adventure
2003-05-06 Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Adventure
2003-10-21 Castlevania: Lament of Innocence Adventure
2005-08-25 Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Adventure
2005-11-01 Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Adventure
2006-11-16 Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Adventure
2008-10-21 Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Adventure
2008-11-18 Castlevania: Judgment Fighting
2009-12-28 Castlevania: The Adventure - ReBirth Stages
2011-09-27 Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Adventure
2011-09-27 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Adventure
2014-02-25 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Adventure






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