History Franchise / Castlevania

15th Jan '18 8:06:14 PM Batman1016
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For over twenty years, Creator/{{Konami}} has been chronicling the adventures of the extended Belmont family and their neverending quest to rid the world of [[{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]] and his [[HauntedCastle eponymous castle]]. ''Castlevania'' (originally ''Akumajō Dracula'' -- "Demon Castle Dracula") is one of the longest-running franchises in the platformer genre, the co-inventor of {{Metroidvania}}-style gameplay, and one of the earliest adopters of [[RPGElements RPG elements in a non-RPG title]]. The series is notable for pursuing a Gothic approach to both the audio and visuals (the latter becoming more and more baroque as graphics engines advanced), and it's also respected for helping to define NintendoHard back in the day (an ideal occasionally upheld in newer entries of the series).

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For over twenty thirty years, Creator/{{Konami}} has been chronicling the adventures of the extended Belmont family and their neverending quest to rid the world of [[{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]] and his [[HauntedCastle eponymous castle]]. ''Castlevania'' (originally ''Akumajō Dracula'' -- "Demon Castle Dracula") is one of the longest-running franchises in the platformer genre, the co-inventor of {{Metroidvania}}-style gameplay, and one of the earliest adopters of [[RPGElements RPG elements in a non-RPG title]]. The series is notable for pursuing a Gothic approach to both the audio and visuals (the latter becoming more and more baroque as graphics engines advanced), and it's also respected for helping to define NintendoHard back in the day (an ideal occasionally upheld in newer entries of the series).
14th Dec '17 12:24:24 AM whateveryousay21
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* BroadStrokes: The Bram Stoker ''{{Dracula}}'' novel is supposedly canon with this series, as evidenced by the Morris family being present. The WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd compared the MindScrew of putting the two canons together, as feeling like two physical cannons being set off at the same time towards each-other.

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* BroadStrokes: The Bram Stoker ''{{Dracula}}'' novel is supposedly canon with this series, series(at least as far as Konami says- the Stoker estate does not seem to reciprocate the idea), as evidenced by the Morris family being present. The WebVideo/AngryVideoGameNerd compared the MindScrew of putting the two canons together, as feeling like two physical cannons being set off at the same time towards each-other.
14th Dec '17 12:21:52 AM whateveryousay21
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Quite a bit, obviously- one worth mentioning is that Dracula's goals were always in opposition to God, even when he was known as Vald the Impaler. The real Vlad, despite murdering thousands, believed he was doing what God wanted him to do.
30th Nov '17 3:55:25 PM RadiatedRonin
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*** The combination of Shield Rod and Royal Shield counts as well (the real one, not the fake which has no effect). This combination lends Alucard a ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrothers''-ish Star Power affect while doing massive damage to enemies by running into them with the shield. Takes down ''bosses'' with little effort, including Drac himself.
4th Nov '17 1:48:16 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" to refer to the former (as a bonus, it refers to ''Despair'' being on an HD-capable system while ''Dissonance'' is not) as a workaround.

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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" to refer to the former latter (as a bonus, it refers can refer to ''Despair'' being on an HD-capable system while ''Dissonance'' is not) as a workaround.
4th Nov '17 1:47:53 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" to refer to the former (as a bonus, it refers to the game being on an HD-capable system) as a workaround.

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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" to refer to the former (as a bonus, it refers to the game ''Despair'' being on an HD-capable system) system while ''Dissonance'' is not) as a workaround.
4th Nov '17 1:47:20 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''.

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* AcronymConfusion: There are ''two'' games that acronym to ''[=HoD=]'': ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]''. Fans usually use "HD" to refer to the former (as a bonus, it refers to the game being on an HD-capable system) as a workaround.
29th Sep '17 1:46:24 AM samfluture
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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Dracula and Lisa, with tragic results; ambiguously implied for Alucard and Maria.

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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Dracula and Lisa, with tragic results; ambiguously implied for Alucard and Maria.results.
16th Sep '17 10:15:12 AM nombretomado
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* RecycledTitle: Both the NES and N64 versions are just called ''Castlevania'', as is the European version of the [=PS2=]'s ''Lament of Innocence'' and the European version of the GameBoyAdvance's ''Circle of the Moon''. Also, about half the games in the series before the 32-bit era were called ''Akumajou Dracula'' in Japan.

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* RecycledTitle: Both the NES and N64 versions are just called ''Castlevania'', as is the European version of the [=PS2=]'s ''Lament of Innocence'' and the European version of the GameBoyAdvance's UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance's ''Circle of the Moon''. Also, about half the games in the series before the 32-bit era were called ''Akumajou Dracula'' in Japan.
11th Sep '17 5:19:40 AM jormis29
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** ''Lords of Shadow'' is chock full of these, though they are, in fact, shout outs to the ''Castlevania'' series at large. For instance, part way through the game, Zobek has this to say about the Combat Cross, your main weapon: "The Villagers called him 'God's Savior' and his weapon they called 'Vampire Killer'. Ah, Gandolfi, how that would make you smile." Also, before the fight with Carmilla: "Poor, beautiful Carmilla, you will cry bloody tears before this night has ended!" Many of the boss characters (Cornell, Malphas, Brauner, Olrox, Carmilla) are named after characters from other games. Even the song that plays in the Music Box level (Level 9-3) is the (in)famous theme from the original ''Castlevania'', "Vampire Killer." Mercury Steam went out of their way to include many different shout outs for their reboot.

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** ''Lords of Shadow'' is chock full of these, though they are, in fact, shout outs to the ''Castlevania'' series at large. For instance, part way through the game, Zobek has this to say about the Combat Cross, your main weapon: "The Villagers called him 'God's Savior' and his weapon they called 'Vampire Killer'. Ah, Gandolfi, how that would make you smile." Also, before the fight with Carmilla: "Poor, beautiful Carmilla, you will cry bloody tears before this night has ended!" Many of the boss characters (Cornell, Malphas, Brauner, Olrox, Carmilla) are named after characters from other games. Even the song that plays in the Music Box level (Level 9-3) is the (in)famous theme from the original ''Castlevania'', "Vampire Killer." Mercury Steam Creator/MercurySteam went out of their way to include many different shout outs for their reboot.
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