Konami, as soon as considered bowing out of video video games nearly solely after all of the Hideo Kojima drama, has been supporting its library of legendary retro video games and its Professional Evolution Soccer collection. Whereas Tremendous Bomberman R was an superior new title as effectively, it benefited from the Nintendo Change launch to wring it out of its relative area of interest. Since then, Konami has seemingly bounced from that to the success of Netflix and Adi Shankar’s Castlevania animated collection and has leveraged Tremendous Smash Bros. to maintain that model consciousness alive. Now, for the corporate’s 50th anniversary, a collection of collections has been introduced for each main platform. Life is fairly good should you’re into the Konami legacy, even when model new video games aren’t trickling out usually.
Three units have been introduced for 2019: One for arcade video games, one for traditional run and gun Contra, and one for my favourite, the venerable Castlevania. That collection bought the brief finish of the stick, again within the weird “Japanese video games aren’t cool sufficient for giant budgets” period of the earlier era, however right here we’re with a celebration of the great previous days. What’s intriguing about these units is that every one seems to have eight slots, however the Castlevania and Contra units haven’t been totally revealed.
In my opinion, whereas I’m no Contra historian, I can go exhausting on some Castlevania nonsense. These 4 empty slots are akin to mind torture. In an train to harness a few of that nervous power, I figured, why not take a stab at what these unannounced titles is perhaps? At the least considered one of them might be apparent, however that leaves loads of room for the opposite three to be who is aware of what.
Right here’s what I believe.
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Right here’s the apparent one. We see the primary and the third recreation already introduced, and admittedly, these are the 2 you completely must see upfront for a Castlevania Anniversary Assortment. However the second recreation is a little more divisive and doubtless not an instantaneous vendor. It’s a bizarre recreation and, regardless of its soundtrack being “the Bloody Tears one,” doesn’t lend itself effectively to a number of runs exterior of probably the most devoted followers.
Nonetheless, it’s a part of the Simon Belmont story, and Castlevania has a principally linear lore to it that have to be revered. Simon’s Quest is a straightforward first reveal to maintain that hype constructing.
This set must have this recreation specifically or I will probably be sorely upset. We haven’t seen Bloodlines because it landed on the dang ol’ Sega Genesis, and it’s an necessary piece of the Castlevania timeline! Ultimately, we is perhaps revisiting the “Metroidvania” a part of the collection, for the reason that assortment’s web site says that is the “first” one. Castlevania: Portrait of Break is a literal sequel to this.
As wacky because it sounds, Bloodlines tries to combine Bram Stoker’s authentic Dracula into Castlevania, bringing the Morris household from the novel into the Belmont bloodline. Except for the lore stuff, that is additionally an superior, basic Castlevania expertise and is frankly method higher than Tremendous Castlevania IV. However actually, the actual fact Bloodlines has by no means earlier than been re-released makes it a should right here for historical past’s sake.
Castlevania: The Journey ReBirth
You’ve most likely observed that Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge is a part of the Castlevania Anniversary Assortment video games checklist already. However that isn’t the “actual” Castlevania II, as we’ve demonstrated above. It’s a (canon) off-shoot, a sequel to early Sport Boy catastrophe Castlevania: The Journey. It’s a direct sequel too, persevering with the story of Christopher Belmont from the primary recreation.
Konami is aware of the primary recreation is unhealthy, however Konami can be sitting on a superb remake of it, known as Castlevania: The Journey ReBirth. This remake was launched as a part of the WiiWare market, which was just lately shut down. Now it’s inconceivable to play this recreation legally, which is a crying disgrace. However look! Right here we’re with a chance to proper that mistaken. This is a vital piece of the Belmont puzzle, so hopefully the inclusion of the sequel is an indication that is on the checklist as effectively.
At this level, we go into territory that doesn’t really matter as “basic” Castlevania anymore. That is the entire eight to 16-bit storyline that doesn’t embrace video games erased from the official canon, equivalent to Castlevania Legends. Dracula X is an choice, however that’s only a bizarre model of Rondo of Blood, which is already represented in its full glory in each Castlevania Requiem and Dracula X Chronicles, each of that are playable now. As a substitute, let’s use the final remaining slot for one thing enjoyable and foolish, however nonetheless a reputable a part of Castlevania historical past. Child Dracula is precisely that.
Initially a Famicom recreation that by no means left Japan, Child Dracula is a pseudo remake/sequel that was launched on the Sport Boy and isn’t financially viable to come up with on the secondary market. Since we have already got a Sport Boy recreation on the checklist formally, and the opposite two Castlevania Sport Boy titles aren’t any good, why not drop the foolish spin-off in right here for the tremendous hardcore followers?
That’s all for now! We would be capable of revisit this matter someday down the road, if a second Castlevania Anniversary Assortment comes rolling alongside, however I believe this might be probably the most logical and environment friendly use of these final 4 slots. It tells the entire Castlevania story of that period, and leaves just a little room on the finish to have enjoyable as effectively. Certain, it isn’t complete, however whereas video games like Bloodlines are forgotten in a tragic method, a number of the video games we’re leaving out could higher be left to a bigger assortment, or the secondhand market.
What do you suppose, PlayStation Life-style readers? Am I a idiot for not together with Castlevania 64? Or do you suppose Dracula X is one thing that must be included? Let me know within the feedback, as a result of I’m hankering to speak to some people about Castlevania. Hell, whereas we’re at it, what might the long run units appear like?