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Konami's new Castlevania collection has lots of variety

Konami selects some interesting Castlevania games for its anniversary re-release bundle

By Derek Strickland from Apr 18, 2019 @ 12:43 CDT

Today Konami announced the remaining games featured in its new Castlevania Anniversary Collection, confirming some interesting choices like Kid Dracula.

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Castlevania is one of the best franchises of all time, and helped define a unique niche of macabre platforming. Back in the day, these games taught us the true meaning of difficulty with their impossible jumps, sweat-inducing boss fights, and zero tolerance for mistakes. Now a new generation can experience the original Dark Souls of NES gaming with the Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

The collection bundles eight classics across a variety of different platforms like NES, SNES and Game Boy, and includes some surprises. The SEGA Genesis-exclusive Castlevania Bloodlines made the cut for the first time, and Konami's even bringing an English translated version of the Kid Dracula NES game to boot.

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Save states might not be included, though, so you'll need to muster your courage and summon that Tiger strength AVGN is always talking about to defeat each boss. This is a shame because these games are seriously tough, and save states would make the more accessible.

If you're looking for recent Castlevania games, Konami just released Dracula X: Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night in a two-pack collection on PlayStation. I definitely recommend picking this one up.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection releases on May 16, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch for $19.99. It includes the following games:

  • Castlevania (NES)
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
  • Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
  • Kid Dracula (NES)
  • Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
  • Castlevania Bloodlines (SEGA Genesis)
  • Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy)
  • Castlevania The Adventure (Game Boy)
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