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Deal of the Day: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for $19

If you're one of the few who have a PSP and do not have Castlevania: The Darcula X Chronicles, then we advise you to definitely avail of this bargain. Amazon lists the game at $18.99; back in January the price dropped down to $20 but steadily went back up. We're glad to see the deal return.

Anyway, this is a really good deal considering you're actually getting two games. The first game is a remake of the former Japan-only Rondo of Blood, and the second is a port of the uber-popular Symphony of the Night. Need more convincing? How about we sink our vampiric teeth into your neck. How 'bout that?

[Via CAG]

Deal of the Day: Castlevania for $20 at Amazon

We haven't heard much about Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles as of late, but that's probably because everyone's been hunkered down playing it. For those who haven't, however, have we got a deal for you! Right now, Amazon has slashed the price on the game to only $20 with free shipping.

Our very own Nick Doerr gave the game an 8.5 when he reviewed it, and even said, "If you love Castlevania, this is the definitive game to get." Well, there you have it; if you're a Castlevania fan, this should definitely be in your library.


A closer look at Japan's awesome Castlevania package

Japan continues to get the primo packaging for its games. The Dracula X Chronicles comes with a fancy art book, keychain, PSP pouch and more in the deluxe Japanese release. PSP GadgetZ was able to get their hands on the incredible package and they have a ton of pics right here. It may be pricey at $100, but the hardcore Castlevania fans may want to lay down some cash.

PSP Fanboy review: Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles

Konami finally released Rondo of Blood to the global audience -- the one Castlevania that eluded us (legally) for many years. It's the title that takes place four years prior to Symphony of the Night, making the two essentially part of a chronicle. Thus the title Dracula X Chronicles -- a 3-in-1 deal with the original RoB, the new 3D/2D remake, and SotN all in one place. Sounds like the definitive collection for a Castlevania fan, right?

For the most part, it is. You get the best of both worlds -- the classic Castlevania gameplay that veteran gamers will immediately recognize from Rondo of Blood, and the revamped gameplay Symphony of the Night brought to the stage with multiple weapons, skills, leveling up, and the castle map. However, getting to experience everything this game has to offer can sometimes be a chore and once done, there's little left to keep you around. That said, everything up until that point is well executed and incredibly enjoyable, if sometimes infuriating.

Gallery: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Continue reading PSP Fanboy review: Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles

Pre-order Castlevania, get a free Belmont figure

Chances are most PSP owners are chomping at the bit to get ahold of Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles as soon as it's available, but Gamestop's making that decision even easier. People who pre-order the game before it releases Oct. 23 through Gamestop's website will get a free "8-bit Simon Belmont figure."

We couldn't imagine passing up on Dracula X Chronicles as it features an enhanced Rondo of Blood version as well as unlockable versions of Symphony of Night and the original Rondo of Blood for a mere $30, but the old-school Belmont figure is just icing on the cake.

If you're looking to get in on this deal, you better hurry as it's only good until supplies last.

[via Gamingbits]

German Castlevania trailer features boobies / human sacrifice

Gametrailers has a new German/Japanese trailer for Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles and it features some gratituous cleavage as well as a bit of the ol' virginal human sacrifice. The trailer appears to be the opening CG scene from the game and it looks appropriately gorgeous. It's only a couple more months until the game is released and vids like this don't make the wait any easier.

Castlevania producer autograph signing in LA

Castlevania fans in the Los Angeles area, grab your trusty whip and holy water and get them signed by Koji Igarashi! Not too sure how you sign holy water, but Igarashi can figure that out. Konami is sending the Dracula X Chronicles producer to the Universal CityWalk EB Games this Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00PM. Check out this poster for more details.

[via Kotaku]

Dracula X Chronicles could be only Castlevania game on PSP

In a revealing interview with Koji Igarashi, 1UP's Sam Kennedy found out that the upcoming Dracula X Chronicles may be the first and last Castlevania game to grace the PSP platform. Why? "When I first started on this project, everyone around me strongly suggested that PSP could be the best platform for Castlevania. But unfortunately, PSP's market has been shrinking as of late, so I will have to watch the sales of the game." Considering Konami's significant support of the PSP through its Metal Gear series, we hope that they'll see sufficient reason to continue developing for our favorite handheld.

The next game Igarashi will work on will be on the DS.

New Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles trailer released at Leipzig

The Leipzig Games Convention keeps pouring on the goodies, this time in the form of a brand new trailer for Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles from Konami. It's a pretty slick trailer, showing off a ton of different aspects of the game. You see both playable characters, a huge range of different environments and quite a few boss battles. Also you get to see some of the nice in-game cutscenes, which are looking pretty sharp. Castevania ships out on October 24th, just in time for some Halloween vampire killing fun.

Konami considering reviving more classic titles in the future

Don't you love Castlevania? Konami's own Ken Ogasawara loves it more than you probably do -- he recently sat down to discuss the upcoming PSP title Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles as well as Konami's plans for bringing more titles back. Ogasawara thanks the online marketplaces like the PSN, Xbox Live, and Wii's Virtual Console for bringing back classic arcade titles, hoping the revival continues with fan favorite games like Rondo of Blood, a Castlevania title never before released in the US.

Because of our extensive coverage of this game already, hands-on and all, we've nothing new to say from a gameplay standpoint (though it bears mentioning again that all the Symphony of the Night voice-overs were re-recorded to sound less cheesy/campy), but we would like to point out Ogasawara's open-mindedness to bring further classic titles back into the spotlight -- not as remakes, but released over the PSN or Xbox Live. Hopefully these will be downloadable to our PSP's. We'd love to try our hand at Castlevania III again. We got angry and busted up our NES cartridge because we always took the very, very difficult paths.

Retro Review: Castlevania Symphony of the Night

File Size: 356 MB
Price: $9.99
Developed By: Konami
Published By: Konami
Original Release Date: October 2, 1997

Short Review

One of the most frequently requested PS1 titles finally hits the PlayStation Store, with Konami releasing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The title holds its age remarkably well and clearly shows why it is considered one of the finest titles of the original PlayStation era. The graphics look surprisingly sharp and colorful on the PSP and hold up nicely even when displayed on a 52" HD TV via the PS3. The gameplay is the real selling point here though, as you romp through a fairly non-linear castle, with a full RPG-like leveling system, magic, special moves and colorful monsters, the lengthy campaign is well worth paying the higher-than-normal cost of this retro title. Overall, Castlevania: SotN is a fantastic addition to the PlayStation Store's lineup and should not be miss by any Castlevania or 2D platformer fans.

Continue reading Retro Review: Castlevania Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night now downloadable

PS3 owners can now download the PS1 classic, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from the PlayStation Store for only $10. The downloadable game will play on both PS3 and PSP systems. For those without PS3 systems, players can find a version of Symphony of the Night included in the upcoming Dracula X Chronicles.

See also:
Our most wanted PS1 games

Hands-on: Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles

At long last, we were able to get our hands on Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles at Konami's E3 booth. This upcoming PSP-exclusive remake of Rondo of Blood is easily the best-looking handheld Castlevania to date. Although far away from being the best looking PSP title to date, the game offers a visual feast for those that have become accustomed to the excellent, but somewhat visually underwhelming DS offerings.

The old roots of the game can be easily seen in the game's somewhat antiquated controls. Richter feels stiff, missing the quick movement of recent Castlevania stars. Regardless, we found ourselves compelled by the classic Castlevania gameplay. The creatures are well-designed, and the music is even more stunning.

As revealed earlier, Dracula X Chronicles will include three games: the new 3D remake, the original 2D game, and a newly enhanced Symphony of the Night. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to see Symphony of the Night in action. But even without that, it appears that Dracula X Chronicles will offer a significant, meaty adventure. There are multiple paths through levels, and at completion, another character will be unlocked. Eventually, players will be able to remix the music of the game, reassigning levels with songs of their choice. From what we've seen, we can say the game is drawing close to completion. Expect Dracula X Chronicles before the end of the year.

Gallery: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

PSA: Richter can't swim in Castlevania

High-Score has posted yet another video of Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles in action. This time, we see Richter crossing a bridge ... but watch out! That kid can't swim ... Certainly, a shaky boat ride will mean his doom.

The fifth stage of Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles

High Score's Castlevania week is unfortunately over. Thankfully, their latest video of Dracula X Chronicles is the best yet. You can see some of Richter's more capable moves in today's video, and a hint at an upcoming boss battle. High-Score is promising even more content next week, so don't put your whips away yet.

See also:
The fourth stage of Castlevania
The third stage of Castlevania
The second stage of Castlevania
The first stage of Castlevania

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