Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)

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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
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Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
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For other Castlevania games see Castlevania.

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest takes place after the destruction of Dracula. It turns out that his remaining body parts are still causing terror and evil in the land. You must find his the remains of his corpse and bring them together to destroy them. Much like the first Castlevania (NES), Simon's Quest is a side-view platformer where you swing your whip to kill thousands of the Count's henchmen. However, unlike the first game, Simon's Quest is more of an action adventure that doesn't have a liner storyline. Although many fans that liked this style more, the bulk of the American market was annoyed by it (although the terrible translations making the game impossible without a hint guide couldn't have helped).

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The title screen.

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The forest during the day time.


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Music

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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest has great music for its time; especially the track Bloody Tears which anyone who played the game back in the day will remember. Several of Castlevania 2's tunes have been remixed in later Castlevania games. The music is eerie, but it still gives the strength that any action game needs. The titles come from the remixes that were named in later games. The NES release has a more limited range of instruments than the original Famicom Disk System release, but makes up for this with stronger percussion synthesis and refinements to some of the compositions.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Message of Darkness Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:41
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02 The Silence of Daylight Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 1:09
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03 Bloody Tears Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 1:10
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04 Monster Dance Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:57
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05 Dwelling of Doom Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:59
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06 Within These Castle Walls Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:48
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07 Last Boss Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:26
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08 Game Over Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 0:05
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09 A Requiem Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima 1:31
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Credits

(Sources: 1, 2)

The western NES release does not have any in-game credits, but the Famicom Disk System release, Dracula II: Noroi no Fuuin (FDS) does have a staff list, which credits Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima, Kouji Murata and Yoshiaki Hatano. None of them are credited with any specific role, however, so it's unclear who contributed what (although Hatano likely didn't work on the music, as his other credits are for sound effects), or who rearranged the FDS soundtrack for the NES release.

Kinuyo Yamashita has said that she was originally assigned to compose the game's music, but was moved over to another project before actually writing any songs for it. She has also said that Kenichi Matsubara only wrote music and was not involved in coding it to run on the NES, meaning that one of the other credited sound designers likely arranged his music in-game for the original FDS release.

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Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ドラキュラII 呪いの封印 (Dracula II: The Seal of the Curse)
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Released: 1987-08-28
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-12-??
Publisher: Konami, Inc.
  France.svg   France
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-04-27
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-04-27
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Konami Europe, GMBH
  Belgium.svg   Belgium
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
  Luxembourg.svg   Luxembourg
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
  Netherlands.svg   Netherlands
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Title: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Konami Industry Co. Ltd.

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