Castlevania (video game)
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Castlevania, known as Akumajō Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ Akumajō Dorakyura , officially translated Devil's Castle Dracula) in Japan, is a console video game developed and published by Konami for the Family Computer Disk System in Japan in September 1986. A year later, in May 1987 it was ported to cartridge format and released in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) followed by a European release in 1988. It was re-released for the Family Computer (FC) in cartridge format in Japan in 1993. It is the first game in Konami's Castlevania video game series. It was considered a hallmark of videogame potential in the NES era.
Castlevania is a typical platform game of the 8-bit era: the game is composed of six levels, which are played in a strictly linear progression. The player controls Simon Belmont throughout the game. The A button allows Simon Belmont to jump just like other platformer games, such as Super Mario Bros., but he can only jump straight up, left, or right; there is no midair control. There are many stairs located throughout the levels, but rather than simply pressing left or right to step up them, the player must initially press up on the directional pad. His primary mode of attack is via his whip by pressing the B button, which can be upgraded twice by obtaining special items throughout the course of the game which change it into a chain whip and extend its length. In addition, various "sub-weapons" can be obtained which provide different means of attack. By breaking candelabra and certain other items located throughout the castle, Simon collects "'hearts," which are then used as ammunition for the sub-weapon that he possesses. Simon can carry only one sub-weapon at a time. The player can use a sub-weapon by simultaneously pressing "up" and B on the controller. Whenever Simon receives damage, he is knocked back a distance, increasing the challenge as this may lead to him falling down into a pit below. He is not knocked back when on stairs.
Each of Castlevania's six levels conclude with a boss fight: these bosses are generally taken from horror literature or legend, and include a giant bat, Medusa, a pair of mummies, Frankenstein's Monster and Igor, the Grim Reaper, and finally Dracula (who transforms into a second and more powerful monster form after his first form is defeated).
Versions and re-releases 
Castlevania has been ported to a variety of different video game consoles, handheld game consoles, home computer systems, and mobile phones. The NES release of the game was adapted for video arcades both as a part of Nintendo's Play Choice 10 series and (with the addition of a two-player competitive play mode) the Nintendo Vs. System.
A ROM version of the game was released for the Japanese Family Computer in 1993. The port omitted the name registration screen from the original Famicom version (as well as saving) and included an "Easy" mode. In this mode, Simon begins with ten lives and thirty hearts, enemies do less damage, the player is given more time, and, most notably, he is not knocked back by enemy's attacks: the player simply momentarily freezes.
Also in 2002, Upstart Games ported a mobile phone version of the game from the original Japanese mobile game. That version was upgraded in 2004 with improved graphics, and was subsequently released in North America and Europe for multiple handsets. A third mobile phone version was produced in late 2004, with even better graphics, but has only been released in Japan as of early 2005.
In 2004, Castlevania was released for the Game Boy Advance as part of the Classic NES Series published by Nintendo. The mock ending credits of the game, which are mostly puns on the names of veteran horror movie stars, were removed in this version. However, it does have the stage select feature.
In 2012, it was released through the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Japan and will be released in Europe on February 14, 2013 and later in North America on April 4, 2013 to coincide with the release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.
The same plotline and setting are in other different games in the series on different platforms. This includes Vampire Killer, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania X68000, Castlevania Chronicles, as well as the arcade game Haunted Castle. While all of these games have similarities with Castlevania for the NES, including the original Japanese title, Akumajo Dracula, they are all completely different video games.
|Akumajō Dracula Best Vol. 1|
|Soundtrack album by Kinuyo Yamashita, Kenichi Matsubara, Yoshinori Sasaki, Jun Funahashi & Yukie Morimoto|
|Released||September 23, 1998 (Japan)|
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Castlevania was rated the 22nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. In August 2008, Nintendo Power listed it as the 14th best Nintendo Entertainment System video game. The re-release of the game on the Virtual Console for the Nintendo Wii was rated a 7.5 by IGN, saying that the graphics show their age after 20 years, but the soundtrack is famously creepy and the game is still atmospheric and challenging.
Game credits 
The final credits of the game show puns of names, parodying names of personalities related to monster/horror films and media.
- Director: Trans Fishers
- Screenplay: Vram Stoker
- Music: James Banana
- James Bernard, the composer of the 1958 film Dracula
in order as the ending credits shows
- Christopher Bee as Dracula
- Christopher Lee, who portrayed Dracula many times.
- Belo Lugosi as Death
- Boris Karloffice as Frankenstein
- Love Chaney, Jr. as Mummy Man
- Barber Sherry as Medusa
- Mix Schrecks as Vampire Bat
- Love Chaney as Hunch Back
- Green Stranger as Fish Man
- Cafebar Read as Armor
- Oliver Reed, English actor
- Andre Moral as Skeleton
- André Morell, British actor
- Jone Candies as Zombie
- John Carradine, who portrayed Count Dracula in the 1944 film House of Frankenstein and the 1945 film House of Dracula
- Konami Industry Co., Ltd.. Vampire Killer. (Konami Industry Co., Ltd.). Scene: staff credits. (30 October 1986)
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- Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.). (23 October 2007) "Japanese: 悪魔城の城主、邪心の神、ドラキュラ伯爵の復活であった。 Konami translation by Ken Ogasawara: Dracula, lord of darkness, master of the devil's castle, walks among us."
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