Return to Castlevania’s roots with Arcade Archives’ Haunted Castle


Simon Belmont makes the leap to coin-op

This week’s launch from the nice of us over at Hamster returns to the childhood of certainly one of gaming most-loved franchises, as Konami’s whip-crackin’ journey Haunted Castle joins the Nintendo Switch Arcade Archives vary.

Released in arcades again in 1988, Haunted Castle was the primary Castlevania title developed particularly for the coin-op market, following the house console success of 1986’s Castlevania and Vampire Killer, and 1987’s Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. A hodge-podge of lore and options from the monster-hunting collection, Haunted Castle sees Simon Belmont battle by six phases so as to rescue his spouse Serena from the evil Count Dracula. Oh, we additionally get to see our boy Simon getting married in a slick white tuxedo… in the course of the middle-ages.

Check out the motion within the video under, courtesy of YouTuber NintendoComplete.

Despite the punch-up in tech energy, Haunted Castle options quite a few mechanics and parts acquainted to Castlevania, from its areas and monsters, to its use of whips, morning stars, and throwable sub-weapons. Haunted Castle additionally incorporates each remixes and debuts of a number of common Castlevania themes. For many, Haunted Castle was an entry into the Castlevania franchise, and whereas it is hardly up there as one of many collection’ finest iterations, its significance in bringing the legendary model to a wider viewers can’t be discounted.

Haunted Castle is now accessible to obtain on Nintendo Switch, priced at $8. It was beforehand launched on PS4. It must also be famous that Haunted Castle is out there as a part of the Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, though the Hamster launch permits gamers the selection of Japanese, U.S., or European ROM units.






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