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Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
26 Sep 1986




 
 
The very first Castlevania is a slice of pure, unadulterated video gaming circa 1986: guide a lone character through trap-laden environments and lash out at everything in your way.
It's the usual fare, but something special is going on here. Somehow the game hit all the right notes, ending up as one of the finest action / platform games of all time.
The game throws you up against the Prince of Darkness himself: Dracula. Ruler of the night, scourge of mankind... A beast who has claimed thousands of innocent lives by feeding on their blood and leeching on their very souls.
But at least he has manners - a trait seldom seen in these vulgar and slothful times. Truth be told he is a gentleman and an excellent host: the parties he holds in his 'Demon Castle' have become the hip place to be and be seen on those dank and dull Transylvanian weekends.
Problem is these always end up turning into crazed and debauched five-day orgies, where the guests regularly commit themselves to levels of excess that would even make Caligula blush. It was only a matter of time until the rozzas turned up - but instead of The Filth it's the legendary vampire hunter Simon Belmont who is crashing at the gates, and he definitely doesn't have an invite.
The setting is superb, but the core of Akumajō Dracula's appeal lies in its meticulous architecture and nigh-on perfect gameplay. The character responds flawlessly, and each level is brimful of tricks and traps.
It remains to joy to play even today, full of depth and intricacy. Not just that, like Gradius (1985) when you finish the game you're up against a tougher, tweaked 'second loop'.
Then a third, a fourth... The game really picks up further on, adding more and more enemies and bonuses along the way. Push this thing: it will take you as far as you can go.

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Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
FAMICOM DISK SYSTEM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 26 Sep 1986
Publisher Konami
Product ID KDS-AKM
Size (cm) 10 x 9 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The original Disk System release of Akumajō Dracula is still remarkably cheap for such an piece of gaming history. But hurry: it's getting more and more expensive by the day.

Standard Disk System packaging: disk, case, 42-page colour booklet exterior plastic box.

Akumajō Dracula Kanpeki Kōryaku Hon
悪魔城ドラキュラ 完ペキ攻略本

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 10 Oct 1986
Publisher Kosuka Shuppan
Product ID ISBN4-87651-001-4
Size (cm) 17.3 x 10.5 x 0.5
Weight (kg) 0.09
PRICE
STATUS
Antique 'All-inclusive Capture Book' for the original Akumajō Dracula.
Features gameplay strategies, boss tactics, and full stage layouts with screenshots illustrating the location of every secret item.

Becoming quite hard to find in good condition!

Akumajō Dracula Famicom Best
悪魔城ドラキュラ ファミコン・ベスト

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Mar 1990
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-1005
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Vintage soundtrack CD featuring the complete BGM collections of the first 3 Famicom Dracula games:
- Akumajō Dracula (1986)
- Dracula II (1987)
- Akumajō Densetsu (1989)
This original 1990 edition is now a VERY valuable item - it can often be found in specialist stores around the $100 mark (with no spine).
Please contact us if you're really after one, otherwise just go for the 1998 'Best' re-release (see below).

Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 5 Feb 1993
Publisher Konami
Product ID RV003
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Faced with the withdrawal of the Famicom Disk System and the growing popularity of the series, Konami re-issue the original Akumajō Dracula on Famicom cartridge - but only in limited numbers. Result? A ridiculously pricey item.
The game itself remains identical, but like the export NES version it lacks the Disk System's 'save' option & menus.

Large-sized FC packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Akumajō Dracula Best
悪魔城ドラキュラ ベスト

SOUNDTRACK (RE-ISSUE)
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 23 Sep 1998
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7901
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Re-issue edition of the 1990 'Akumajo Dracula Famicom Best' compilation listed above. Features the complete BGM collections of:
- Akumajō Dracula (1986)
- Dracula II (1987)
- Akumajō Densetsu (1989)
...with some spooky sound effects thrown in here and there for good measure.

CD case, 33-track audio CD (1:04:00), 12-page monochrome booklet, spine card.

Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ

FAMICOM MINI SERIES Vol.29
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Advance
Released 10 Aug 2004
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID AGB-FADJ-JPN
Size (cm) 8 x 10.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
Re-release of the Famicom version of Akumajō Dracula for the GBA.
Vol.29 in the Famicom Mini series.

Plastic case, miniature replica box, 32Mbit cartridge, two large fold-out instruction sheets.

 



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