Castlevania: The Arcade

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Castlevania: The Arcade
UK arcade flyer
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Hiroyuki Ashida
Tatsumi Sugiura
Producer(s) Masayuki Ohashi
Kazuya Tominaga
Artist(s) Noriaki Isogai
Composer(s) Masahiro Ikariko
Masayuki Maruyama
Goh Fujiwara
Series Castlevania
Platform(s) Arcade
Genre(s) Light gun shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Castlevania: The Arcade, released in Japan as Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade (悪魔城ドラキュラ THE ARCADE, Devil's Castle Dracula: The Arcade),[3] is an arcade game in the Castlevania franchise by Konami. The game was announced on July 23, 2008.[4] The game was released in Japan on October 2, 2009 and in Europe in 2009.[2]


The gameplay is similar to light gun shooters such as The House of the Dead.[5] Players utilize a special LED whip remote. The remote has two buttons. A top thumb button used to activate the whip, prompting players to swing the remote at the screen to damage enemies. A bottom button for the index finger is used to activate subweapons, such as knives or crosses.[5][6] Subweapons are refilled by collecting hearts (up to 25) strewn about each stage in the form of destructible candles and wooden crates.[6]

Up to two players can play the game at once. Characters in the game include the Vampire Hunter, the Lady Gunner, and the Little Witch.[6]


Castlevania: The Arcade's soundtrack was released on Akumajou Dracula Best Music Collections Box, an 18 CD box set containing music from many Castlevania titles. The Arcade's music was featured on Disc 17.[7]


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  2. ^ a b "ムチ体感アクション『悪魔城ドラキュラ THE ARCADE』2月稼働". January 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. (23 October 2007). Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. 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. 
  4. ^ Salcedo, Brandon (July 23, 2008). "Castlevania: The Arcade Revealed". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  5. ^ a b Ashcroft, Brian (July 23, 2008). "Castlevania Japanese Arcade Game Hands-On". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b c Spencer (September 29, 2008). "Castlevania The Arcade: Crackin’ the LED Whip". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ "GFCA-195~213 | Akumajo Dracula Best Music Collections BOX". VGMdb. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

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