Main

Features

Hardware
 



Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
~Castlevania~
 
 
The very first Akumajō Dracula (1986) had all the ingredients necessary for a long-lasting series.
The crisp 2D arcade action blended perfectly with the gothic settings and mythology - and for the following ten years a dozen classic games cemented the series' iconic status.
While Symphony of the Night (1997) was a wonderful love letter to all that made the series so unique, it was also the death-knell: map exploration similar to Metroid (1996) and RPG-style experience points killed off the series' arcade roots in favour of 'grinding' and item collecting.
This 'Metroidvania' formula would plague the series for close to ten years - no less than 6 formulaic Symphony of the Night clones appeared on handhelds between 2001 and 2008, peppered by a few mediocre attempts at 3D.
The utterly pointless grind-fest Harmony of Despair (2010) and God of War copycat Lords of Shadow (2010) show that the series is in the midst of a severe identity crisis; and only time will tell if it will ever come back from the dead.
 

 
#1

26 Sep 1986
Family Computer
Akumajō Dracula
悪魔城ドラキュラ
(Castlevania)
#2

30 Oct 1986
#3

28 Aug 1987
Family Computer
Dracula II Noroi no Fūin
ドラキュラII 呪いの封印

(Castlevania II Simon's Quest)
#4

Feb 1988
#5

27 Oct 1989
Game Boy
Dracula Densetsu
ドラキュラ伝説

(Castlevania The Adventure)
#6

22 Dec 1989
Family Computer
Akumajō Densetsu
悪魔城伝説

(Castlevania III Dracula's Curse)
#SP

19 Oct 1990
#7

12 July 1991
Game Boy
Dracula Densetsu II
ドラキュラ伝説II

(Castlevania II Belmont's Revenge)
#8

31 Oct 1991
#9

23 July 1993
#10

29 Oct 1993
#11

18 Mar 1994
Mega Drive
Vampire Killer
バンパイアキラー

(Castlevania Bloodlines / The New Generation)
#12

21 July 1995
Super Famicom
Akumajō Dracula XX
悪魔城ドラキュラXX

(Castlevania Dracula X / Vampire's Kiss)
#13

20 Mar 1997
#14

27 Nov 1997
#15

11 Mar 1999
#16

25 Dec 1999
#17

21 Mar 2001
#18

6 June 2002
#19

8 May 2003
#20

27 Nov 2003
PlayStation 2
Castlevania
キャッスルヴァニア

(Lament of Innocence)
#21

25 Aug 2005
#22

24 Nov 2005
#23

16 Nov 2006
#24

8 Nov 2007
#25

23 Oct 2008
#26

15 Jan 2009
#27

Feb 2009
#28

27 Oct 2009
Wii
Dracula Densetsu Rebirth
ドラキュラ伝説 ReBirth

(Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth)
#29

4 Aug 2010
#30

16 Dec 2010
 


 
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 Best 2
悪魔城ドラキュラ ベスト2

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 5 Dec 1991
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7506~7
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
Second Dracula compilation, a double CD soundtrack set featuring the BGM collections for:
- Akumajō Dracula [SFC] (1991)
- Dracula Densetsu [GB] (1989)
- Dracula Densetsu II [GB] (1991)
This original 1991 print is very hard to find - the 1998 re-issue (listed below) is still widely available.
View [back] for track listing.

Double CD case, 2 x audio CD (CD1 28 tracks, CD2 35 tracks), 8-page booklet, spine card.

Akumajō Dracula MIDI Collection
悪魔城ドラキュラ MIDI コレクション

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 22 Oct 1997
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7809
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Interesting CD release that features a selection of various synthesizer-based remixes of tracks from the series, from the original Akumajō Dracula (1986) all the way through to the PlayStation Akumajō Dracula X (1997).
- Original Arrange (1-11)
- Game Sound Simulation (12-17)
- Piano Arrange (18-19)
- Kuheika Club Arrange MIDI Ver. (20)

CD case, 20-track audio CD (59:32), booklet, spine card.

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 Best 2
悪魔城ドラキュラ ベスト2

SOUNDTRACK (RE-ISSUE)
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 23 Sep 1998
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7902~03
Size (cm) 14.2 x 13 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Re-issue edition of the second 'Akumajō Dracula Best' compilation, a double CD soundtrack set featuring the BGM collections for:
- Akumajō Dracula [SFC] (1991)
- Dracula Densetsu [GB] (1989)
- Dracula Densetsu II [GB] (1991)

Twin CD case, 2 x audio CD (CD1 28 tracks, CD2 35 tracks), 4-page booklet with notes & track listing, spine card.


 



'Akumajō Dracula', 'Castlevania' and 'Konami' are registered trademarks of Konami Corporation
Akumajō Dracula / Castlevania TM & © 1986 Konami All Rights Reserved
Page content, design & layout © 2012 Arcade Gear