Japanese video game developer Konami has revealed the full details for its upcoming Castlevania Anniversary Collection. First announced at the company’s recent 50th anniversary, the digital-only bundle includes the eight oldest titles in the franchise. Included are the first four main storyline titles: Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, and Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Castlevania IV from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Also included are the GameBoy games Castlevania the Adventure and Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge, plus the often-overlooked Sega Genesis entry Castlevania Bloodlines, and the Japanese-only NES spinoff title Kid Dracula.
Check out screenshots & descriptions from each of the eight games below:
Castlevania (1987, Nintendo)
Enter At Your Own Risk! If you think it’s scary on the outside, wait till you see the basement. You’re in for the longest night of your life. Ghosts, goblins, demons, wolves, bats – creatures lurking around every corner. Better pick up a weapon or two, because when you finally meet the Count, you know he’ll be going for the jugular.
Castlevania II Simon’s Quest (1988, Nintendo)
This title tells the tale of Simon’s subsequent adventures following the events in Castlevania. Unlike the previous installment, this one was developed as an action RPG. It maintains the action elements of its predecessor but mainly focuses on exploration and puzzle solving within a far more expansive game world.
Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse (1990, Nintendo)
Led by the immortal Count Dracula, the greatest army of evil ever assembled is poised to bury mankind in a tomb of terror. Destroying His legions will be the supreme challenge for the mightiest warrior. 100 years before Simon Belmont’s birth, Dracula is young at heart and it will take more than a stake to penetrate his evil. Luckily, you command the role of Trevor – Simon’s forefather and the original vampire slayer.
Super Castlevania Ⅳ (1991, Super Nintendo)
A century of Transylvanian tranquility is about to come to a shocking end. Once again the mortifying screams of helpless villagers shake the ground as they shrink from new horrors unleashed by the Duke of Darkness, Count Dracula. And this time he has a tombstone with your name on it, Simon Belmont.
Castlevania The Adventure (1989, Gameboy)
This is the first title in the series to be released on the Game Boy handheld game console. The variety of power-ups available for the whip added depth to the strategy of the gameplay.
Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge (1991, GameBoy)
Fifteen years after vanquishing the evil Count Dracula, Christopher Belmont now faces a vampire swearing vengeance. Drac’s back. And he’s turned your son, Soleil Belmont, into a deadly demon to do his dirty deeds. To rescue him from the Count’s clutches, you must first track him down through four creep packed castles.
Castlevania Bloodlines (1994, Genesis)
Unlike the medieval setting of the other titles, this installment takes place during World War I. It introduces new elements to the series, such as the ability to choose one of two characters when starting the game. Huge bosses with dynamic, multi-jointed limbs that move erratically are just one of the many examples of the cutting-edge effects the game had for the time.
Kid Dracula (1990, NES, Japan-only)
With its laugh-inducing content and world full of gags, this spinoff is unlike anything else in the series. Players take control of Dracula’s son (or so he says…), Kid Dracula, as he goeson a hilarious adventure filled with laughs that also satisfies as a full-fledged action game.
Also included is the bonus ebook “The History Castlevania: Book of the Crescent Moon”, featuring orignal box art, storylines, control schemes, character bios, maps, design sketches , and more:
The Castlevania Anniversary Collection will be released digitally on Thursday, May 16th for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for just $19.99.