‘The Retro Play Show’ #22: “Castlevania” (NES)

By all rights, Castlevania is a game that should need no real explanation. It is a well-known game that sparked a well-known series, and even today it is fantastic to fire it up and take a look at the roots of the series. This game, which was released in North America on the NES in 1987 is a game that has received several remakes over the years, including Super Castlevania IVCastlevania on the Sharp X68000 computer in Japan, and then in 2001 as Castlevania Chronicles on the PlayStation (in time for the 15th anniversary celebration of the game’s 1986 debut in Japan).

It had been years since I played this game, and all things considered this playthrough went pretty well. It took me a couple tries (and a little save-state abuse) to figure out Dracula’s patterns, but all in all this was a fun, concise session and I had a lot of fun doing it and talking to those who showed up in the chatroom on Twitch.

Since I am trying to build up my Twitch following, I would love it if you guys would set up accounts and “follow” me there. It really makes it feel all that much more worth it if we can get more on board. I’d really love to have 100 followers there and then 200-250 subscribers on YouTube soon if we can make it happen!

Jessica Brown

Retro Games and Technology Editor. She'll beat pretty much every Mega Man game without breaking a sweat.