Konami's Castlevania Anniversary Collection launches on May 16

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – April 18, 2019 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled the eagerly anticipated final four games in the first Castlevania Anniversary Collection with Castlevania The Adventure, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania Bloodlines, and Kid Dracula. The full collection, containing eight hit titles in the Castlevania series, will be available starting May 16 at SRP $19.99.

Additionally, the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, with eight retro hit games including Haunted Castle, A-JAX, Nemesis, Vulcan Venture, Salamander, Thunder Cross, Scramble, and TwinBee, is now available through the PlayStation® Store, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch™ eShop, and Steam for PC at SRP $19.99.

The follow-up to Castlevania, Castlevania: II Simon’s Quest displayed the evolution of the franchise by including RPG elements encouraging world exploration throughout Transylvania. The franchise continued through the 1990s with Castlevania Bloodlines, known for its faster pace and powered-up weapons, departing from the main Belmont clan following blood relative John Morris.

Castlevania The Adventure, released in 1989, was the first game in the franchise made for handheld devices introducing inventive gameplay mechanics for players to explore the world of Transylvania as Christopher Belmont.

Previously unreleased outside of Japan, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection will also include Kid Dracula. Released as Boku Dracula-kun in 1990, Kid Dracula is a cute and quirky spin-off of the Castlevania franchise and is the first official English version of the game to appear from the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The complete list of content for the Castlevania Anniversary Collection will include:

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Super Castlevania IV
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge
Castlevania The Adventure
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania Bloodlines
Kid Dracula
Bonus Book

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is part of KONAMI’s 50th anniversary celebration and compiles titles from its beloved franchises and retro games. To bring the Castlevania Anniversary Collection to life, KONAMI partnered with game developer M2 to expertly adapt these classics for modern gaming systems. Packaged together with Bonus Book extras including an interview with Adi Shankar, one of the producers of the animated series, this digital exclusive collection provides an entertaining and comprehensive history of Castlevania’s beginnings.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is part of KONAMI’s 50th anniversary celebration compiling titles from its beloved franchises and retro games including the Contra Anniversary Collection, coming Summer of 2019.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Castlevania: Spirit Nocturne' Spirit Board event announced

What a wonderful night for a Spirit Board event

Time for another Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event. This week will kick off the Castlevania: Spirit Nocturne' Spirit Board event, which will be chock-full of Castlevania spirits. The full list of Spirits appearing can be found below.

Trevor C. Belmont, Alucard, Shanoa, Jonathan Morris, Kid Dracula, Gabriel Belmont, Charlotte Aulin, Hector (Catlevania), Leon Belmont, Juste Belmont, Nathan Graves, Marla Renard, Medusa Head, Hugh Baldwin, Reinhardt Scheider, Shaft, and Carmilla.

Classic interview reveals why Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow was made for the GBA

Back when Konami actually made Castlevania games...

The wonderful gang at Shmuplations has translated another classic interview. This time we're diving all the way back into 2003 to check out an interview in Nintendo Dream. The ND gang sat down with Koji Igarashi to talk about the release of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. In the snippet below, Igarashi explains why the GBA was chosen for the game.

Partly it’s because Circle of the Moon sold very well for the GBA, and before that I had guessed that this would be the era of the GBA. Those were the main two reasons. In today’s world, if you try to release a 2D game on something like the PS2, it’s going to get lower ratings (compared with 3D titles). The hardcore fans still love 2D, but to the general market, it’s seen as something “lesser” than 3D, unfortunately. Symphony of the Night was a Playstation game, and many wanted to see a sequel for the PS2, but it turns out that making a 2D game for the PS2 is more difficult than you might think.

For the GBA, on the other hand, 2D is the standard assumption, and graphically it has similar capabilities to the Super Famicom, and the scale of the development isn’t too unwieldy. It’s nice, because a game released on the GBA gets reviewed and appreciated fairly as a 2D game. So yeah, taking all that into account, I can’t imagine making a 2D game on a different system. And I love 2D games, personally.

Funko releasing line of Castlevania 'Pop' figurines based on the Netflix series

The next line of Funko Pop figurines has been announced, and they're based on the characters from Castlevania's Netflix. You can check out the full lineup above, which are set to launch sometime in May 2019. The lineup includes Trevor Belmont, Vlad Dracula Tepes, Adrian Tepes, Blue Fangs, and Sypha Belnades. Grab your preorders here.

Netflix's Castlevania executive producer says the series 'really over-performed,' third season got greenlit immediately

Adi Shankar is the executive producer on Netflix's Castlevania series, and a couple weeks back, we learned that Season 3 is on the way. In an interview with IGN, Shankar talks about just how successful the series has been thus far.

"It really over-performed. It did crazy well. We immediately got greenlit for Season 3. I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the fans."

The art of Netflix's Castlevania

Netflix's Castlevania is pitch-perfect in a lot of ways, and one of those is the art direction. The series has some fantastic character design and backdrops. Some of that content doesn't appear on-screen for more than a few seconds, but it's well worth giving a good once-over. If you're looking to get a better peek at some of that content, including backgrounds and animation tests, make sure to check out this post.

Castlevania showrunner explains why season 3 of the show will have 10 episodes

Season 2 of the Netflix Castlevania series just came out a few days back, and we're already talking about Season 3. The existence of Season 3 was confirmed shortly after Season 2 debuted, and we learned it would feature 10 episodes. Why was 10 the magic number? Showrunner Adi Shankar explained in an interview with Kotaku.

For season three we specifically, asked for ten episodes because we knew we needed that to tell the story we want… I can’t stand those shows that have ideas for new seasons but you get there and go “What? You should have got there four seasons ago!”

Second season of Castlevania sneaks in a reference that any long-time fan can appreciate

Someone spotted a reference in the latest season of Castelvania that's sure to make longtime fans of the series laugh. If you can't see what's up in the image above, hit the jump for a closer look.

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Netflix renews Castlevania for a third season

Castlevania's first season on Netflix was reviewed quite well by fans and critics alike. Season 2 has been even better received by both. It's obvious Netflix is a fan of the series as well, as they've just confirmed a third season for the series. While there's no release date, we do know the third season will include 10 episodes.

GameSpot Video - The History Of Castlevania

2018 is proof there's still a lot of love for the Castlevania series, so we explore its entire history, from the NES to the PS4, in our latest video.