- For other Castlevania games see Castlevania.
Castlevania is one of the earlier action platform games for the NES that continues to maintain its popularity to this day. You play as the vampire hunter, Simon Belmont, who is seeking out the evil Count Dracula so that he may put an end to his unlife. As a rather unusual weapon, Simon wields a whip which becomes more powerful as you pick up power-ups. You also have the use of other weapons like the dagger, axe, boomerang, holy water, and a couple others. Each will aide you best in different areas of the game. The enemies are staples to the horror genre including skeletons, ghosts, zombies, vampire bats, and mummies. The game is a lot of fun, presents quite a challenge to beginners, and retains its replay value for many years.
All of the releases of Castlevania use the same music including the NES, Famicom, Famicom Disk System, and the Vs. arcade game. The "Name Entry" track comes from the original FDS version of the game, but is not played in the NES or Famicom releases.
The original music of Castlevania was composed by both Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima. According to Yamashita, the two worked on their songs separately and did not collaborate on any of them. The specific tracks credited to an individual come from an interview with Yamashita on The Legacy Music Hour #36. For the songs credited to both composers, it is still unknown who which composer wrote them. In an interview with 1 Up, Hidenori Maezawa claimed that Castlevania was the first project that he worked on, however he didn't do any audio for the game, he just learned to program for the Famicom audio chip during the game's development. Nobody was credited in the game, as the designers opted for authors and actors of the horror genre, but the audio team did a great job with the music. The soundtrack stands well on its own, and went on to inspire countless other composers to update and remix the tunes for later games. The track titles come from albums released for the later Castlevania titles.
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- mobygames.com/game/nes/castlevania - MobyGames.
- gamefaqs.com/nes/578318-castlevania - GameFAQs.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania_%28video_game%29 - Wikipedia.