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Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録
11 Mar 1999

 
 
The Nintendo 64 'Apocalypse' was the Akumajo Dracula series' very first attempt at 3D - and that alone is the most poisoned of chalices.
For 13 years the series had been firmly set in the 2D realm; and the inevitable move into 3D was always going to be problematic. But in all truth, Mokushiroku is far from being the disaster so many make it out to be. If anything it is a valiant (but flawed) attempt at exploring what 3D has to offer.
This is a Nintendo 64 game after all, and considering how few good action games there are on the format this is a perfectly respectable effort; whose qualities (eerie atmosphere, superb music, linear arcade style gameplay) easily outweigh its faults (awkward camera, dragged-out stages).
It's not a bad game, far from it. Those who believe it is have rarely played it for that long, while those who have agree that it does have its fair share of good moments. It's a different direction, for which you must shed all preconceptions.
It might even be a success of sorts - it still plays quite well, and many of its ideas would be even better implemented in the superior Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden (1999).
Seriously - give it a try. The jury is still out.

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Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録

NINTENDO 64
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Format Nintendo 64
Released 11 Mar 1999
Publisher Konami
Product ID NUS-ND3J-JPN
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS

Konami's fumbling but entertaining attempt at bringing the Akumajō Dracula series kicking and screaming into the 3D age.

Standard N64 cardboard packaging, 96Mbit cartridge, colour manual.


Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Kōshiki Guide
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録 公式ガイド

KONAMI OFFICIAL GUIDE - KŌSHIKI GUIDE SERIES
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Format Guide Book
Released 11 Mar 1999
Publisher Konami / NTT
Product ID ISBN4-7571-8044-6
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.7 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
First of three different 'Official Guide' books from Konami.
This one was released on the same day as the game itself. It features a large illustrated 'Characters' section, a stage by stage walkthrough with rendered 3D layout maps, and a bonus 'Secret File'.

128 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Original Game Soundtrack
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録
オリジナル・ゲーム・サントラ
SOUNDTRACK
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Format Audio CD
Released 26 Mar 1999
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7942
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official soundtrack release for the N64 Akumajō Dracula.
Easily one of the game's strong points: this is a superb score, one of the best the series has to offer.
(view back)

CD case, audio CD (39 tracks, 73:22) booklet, spine card.

Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Perfect Guide
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録 パーフェクトガイド

KONAMI OFFICIAL GUIDE - PERFECT SERIES
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Format Guide Book
Released 27 Mar 1999
Publisher Konami
Product ID ISBN4-88317-743-2
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.9 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.28
PRICE
STATUS
Improved 'Perfect Series' version of the first 'Official Guide'.
Features the same 3D maps, but with a more spaced-out page layout, a more intricate item feature and an extensive monster glossary.

144 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Kōshiki Guide Book Kanzen Ban
悪魔城ドラキュラ 黙示録 公式ガイドブック 完全版

KONAMI OFFICIAL GUIDE - KONAMI KANPEKI KŌRYAKU SERIES
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 20 Apr 1999
Publisher Konami
Product ID ISBN-575-16161-6
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.7 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.24
PRICE
STATUS
Third and final 'Complete Edition' Konami official guide, more compact this time, but with even clearer 3D stage maps. The walkthrough focuses more on gameplay tactics than just simple guidelines, and has even more detail (like enemy HP and drop items etc.)

112 pages, full colour, Japanese.

 



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