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Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻
29 Oct 1993

 
 
Konami waited until late 1991 before getting involved with the PC Engine. Released at last from Nintendo's contractual grip, Gradius (1985), Salamander (1986) and Parodius Da! (1990) were all given superb treatment on HuCard, while Snatcher (1988) and Gradius II (1988) excelled on the CD-ROM².
But all of these titles were just conversions of existing titles, so it came as a relief to hear that an exclusive entry in the Akumajō Dracula series was in the pipeline.
Dracula X is not just the tenth chapter of the series, it's also a re-boot of sorts (in Japan 'X' can be a symbol for 'rebirth'). Gone are are the days of Simon's slow-paced adventures on the Nintendo - enter Richter Belmont, a young and agile vampire killer who must hack his way through a half-a-dozen colourful stages full of meticulous detail, scored by an entrancing CD soundtrack and blessed with some of the smoothest gameplay you're ever likely to come across.
Seriously, it's that good.
 

 
 
 
 

 
Everything comes together perfectly: drama, atmosphere, action, durability - it's all here.
The PC Engine's CD-ROM add-on turns out to be a massive boost for the series - the trademark gothic atmosphere is infinitely increased; and the PC Engine's signature characteristics (animated introductions, CD soundtrack, smooth playability) are all out en force.
Maybe it was because the game was to be hosted on hardware that is distinctively inferior to the Super Famicom that the development team chose to look back at the best that the series had to offer, and build upon those foundations.
To boot: restrictive yet coherent gameplay, multiple routes and stages, and an extra playable character (Maria Renard). Essentially, Konami took what is arguably the best entry of the series so far, Akumajō Densetsu (1989) and pushed the envelope even further. The result is a masterpiece of the action game genre that not only marked a major turning point for the series, but also a wonderful final peak for the NEC PC Engine - a machine that up until this point was usually dismissed with a shrug and a frown by the mainstream gaming public, and referred to as the 'Turbo Doo-Oh'.
The success of the PlayStation's direct sequel Symphony of the Night (1997) even further enhanced the game's cult status, causing it to become one of the most in-demand titles of the series. More recently still, the game was re-issued as a part of the PSP compilation Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle (2007).

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Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻

PC ENGINE SUPER CD-ROM²
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 29 Oct 1993
Publisher Konami
Product ID KMCD3005
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
A fantastic game, and one of the most valuable PC Engine games there is.
Truth is it's really not that rare, it's simply a victim of excess publicity and unfortunate attention from the 'collector' crowd - those lonely attention-seeking types who seek fulfilment by keeping it on a shelf and occasionally posting pictures of it online.
Oh well. These things happen.

CD case, PC Engine Super CD-ROM² disc, 16p colour manual, spine card.

Akumajō Dracula X
悪魔城ドラキュラX

SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 3 Nov 1993
Publisher King Records
Product ID KICA-7622~23
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg) 0.21
PRICE
STATUS
Double-CD soundtrack set that covers the complete BGM collections of:
- Akumajō Dracula X [PCE] (1993)
- Akumajō Dracula [X68000] (1993)
- Vampire Killer [MD] (1994)
Another nice selection, another very valuable Dracula item!

Double-CD case, 2 x Audio CDs, colour booklet, spine card.

Akumajō Dracula X Kōryaku Guide Book Jōkan
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 攻略ガイドブック 上巻

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide
Released Nov 1993
Publisher PC Engine Fan
Product ID (no ISBN#)
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 0.1 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
First in a set of two 'Capture Guide Book' mini-guide supplements given away with PC Engine Fan magazine.
Features a basic introduction to the game & its setting, and full coverage of stages 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
(view contents)

36 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Akumajō Dracula X Kōryaku Guide Book Gekan
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 攻略ガイドブック 下巻

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide
Released Dec 1993
Publisher PC Engine Fan
Product ID (no ISBN#)
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 0.2 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Second half of the PC Engine Fan Dracula X guide.
Covers the remaining stages (5-6-7-8 and 1-2'-3'-4'-5').
(view contents)

52 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Akumajō Dracula X Kōshiki Guide Book
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 公式ガイドブック

GEKKAN PC ENGINE TOKUBETSU HENSHU MOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 10 Dec 1993
Publisher Shogakukan
Product ID (no ISBN#)
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Super-rare 'Official Guide Book' for the PC Engine Dracula X.
Covers every last stretch of Richter's quest, lavishly illustrated with screenshots, hints, strategies, and random photos of European landscapes and churches.
This has to be one of the most expensive books on the site!

114 pages, 96 in colour, Japanese.

 



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