Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden ~Legend of Cornell~
悪魔城ドラキュラ黙示録外伝 ~レジェンド・オブ・コーネル~

25 Dec 1999

The furore surrounding the first Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku (1999) barely had the time to die down when Konami suddenly released an update, Mokushiroku Gaiden ('Side Story').
Released as 'Legacy of Darkness' outside of Japan, the game itself remains essentially the same as its predecessor; but a number of extra features, alternate stages and characters have been thrown into the mix to spice things up a little.
The main game is presented as a 'prequel' and features Cornell, a half-human man-beast who confronts Dracula shortly before the events of the first Mokushiroku.
As a character Cornell is fast and playable; and the stage layouts are far more linear and easier to manage this time, giving the game even more of a genuine Castlevania feel. Upon completion Reinhardt & Carrie become playable, and a 4th character Henry eventually opens up along with his own 'Side Story' mini-game.
Update? 'Finished' more like... A lot of the problems that hampered the original have been discreetly ironed out (shorter stages, more variety, extra characters) and the package feels a lot more polished this time, with special mentions going out to the superb soundtrack and intertwining storylines.
As games in the Akumajō Dracula Series go, the two Mokushiroku titles are definitely oddball outsiders. But do give them a try - in terms of (non-Nintendo) N64 action games, this is as good as it gets.




Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden

Format Nintendo 64
Released 25 Dec 1999
Publisher Konami
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.20
An horrendously under-rated title both as a N64 game and as a respectable part of the Akumajō Dracula series.
Go for it blindfolded, then take the blindfold off.
Expansion pack compatible.

Standard N64 packaging, 128Mbit cartridge, 36-page colour manual.


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