History VideoGame / CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight

7th Jun '16 11:41:52 AM 59Efra
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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Dracula is the page image of this trope.
3rd Jun '16 8:25:53 PM youngbond007
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''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Symphony of the Night'' (''Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight'' in Japan), a UsefulNotes/PlayStation game released in 1997 (and later re-released in Japan with extra content on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn), has since become regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the highpoints of the ''Castlevania'' series. ''Symphony'' helped coin the term "{{Metroidvania}}", provided the earliest known entry in the series to avert the ExcusePlot trope (well, first [[NoExportForYou released outside of Japan]]), and contained a number of [[MemeticMutation oft-repeated lines]] about the [[NarmCharm nature of mankind]] that helped seal its place in gaming history.

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''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Symphony of the Night'' (''Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight'' in Japan), a UsefulNotes/PlayStation game released in 1997 (and later re-released in Japan with extra content on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn), has since become regarded by critics and fans alike as one of of, if not the highpoints of absolute best game in the ''Castlevania'' series. ''Symphony'' helped coin the term "{{Metroidvania}}", provided the earliest known entry in the series to avert the ExcusePlot trope (well, first [[NoExportForYou released outside of Japan]]), and contained a number of [[MemeticMutation oft-repeated lines]] about the [[NarmCharm nature of mankind]] that helped seal its place in gaming history.
1st Jun '16 2:01:01 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* PoisonMushroom: Literally with the Toadstool, a consumable that inflicts poison status on you. GenreSavvy players might think to equip the circlet that converts poison damage into HP and then try eating it, only to find [[UselessItem the Toadstool heals a whopping 1 point]].
28th May '16 9:35:54 PM nombretomado
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* The PSP game ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles'' [[EmbeddedPrecursor included]] ''Symphony'' to round out the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo]]'' saga. The ''Chronicles'' version included additions from both the Saturn and Japanese PS1 versions, including Maria as a SecretCharacter (although her moveset wasn't as close to her ''Rondo'' self in the Saturn version) and the ability to have the Fairy sing to you in the Library. A number of fans didn't like the new voice acting and updated script, though.

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* The PSP game ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles'' [[EmbeddedPrecursor included]] ''Symphony'' to round out the ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo]]'' saga. The ''Chronicles'' version included additions from both the Saturn and Japanese PS1 [=PS1=] versions, including Maria as a SecretCharacter (although her moveset wasn't as close to her ''Rondo'' self in the Saturn version) and the ability to have the Fairy sing to you in the Library. A number of fans didn't like the new voice acting and updated script, though.



* InUniverseGameClock: The game clock in the menu and the Marble Gallery is actually a 24-hour clock; the game starts at midnight and continues from there. Relevant in that the status buffs of the Moonstone and Sunstone are affected by the time on the clock. In the Saturn version, the current time is instead taken from its system clock, since it had one while the PS1 doesn't.

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* InUniverseGameClock: The game clock in the menu and the Marble Gallery is actually a 24-hour clock; the game starts at midnight and continues from there. Relevant in that the status buffs of the Moonstone and Sunstone are affected by the time on the clock. In the Saturn version, the current time is instead taken from its system clock, since it had one while the PS1 [=PS1=] doesn't.
28th May '16 10:04:00 AM nombretomado
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Since ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' was on hiatus at the time, ''Symphony'' introduced a generation of new gamers to [[{{Metroidvania}} an innovative gameplay style]]: Alucard could wander to any point on the map that he wished, but he had to find specific relics to explore new areas. Most of these relics had bosses guarding them, which forced players to [[LevelGrinding level up]] to increase [[RPGElements Alucard's stats]]. Alucard could also find equipment to change his attacks or cast spells. Anyone who's played any ''Castlevania'' game after this one will likely find this formula [[FollowTheLeader familiar]] -- back in 1997, however, this game became a KillerApp for the PlayStation ([[ExecutiveMeddling whether Sony liked it or not]]) and it was ''this'' title that cemented Castlevania's place in the zeitgeist for an entire generation of gamers.

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Since ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' was on hiatus at the time, ''Symphony'' introduced a generation of new gamers to [[{{Metroidvania}} an innovative gameplay style]]: Alucard could wander to any point on the map that he wished, but he had to find specific relics to explore new areas. Most of these relics had bosses guarding them, which forced players to [[LevelGrinding level up]] to increase [[RPGElements Alucard's stats]]. Alucard could also find equipment to change his attacks or cast spells. Anyone who's played any ''Castlevania'' game after this one will likely find this formula [[FollowTheLeader familiar]] -- back in 1997, however, this game became a KillerApp for the PlayStation [=PlayStation=] ([[ExecutiveMeddling whether Sony liked it or not]]) and it was ''this'' title that cemented Castlevania's place in the zeitgeist for an entire generation of gamers.



Gamers seeking the original version of ''Symphony'' can find it on both XboxLiveArcade and PlaystationNetwork.

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Gamers seeking the original version of ''Symphony'' can find it on both XboxLiveArcade UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade and PlaystationNetwork.
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25th May '16 4:47:36 AM erforce
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->''"[[ChaosArchitecture This castle is a creature of chaos. It may take many incarnations.]]"''

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->''"[[ChaosArchitecture This ->''"This castle is a creature of chaos. It may take many incarnations.]]"''"''



'''''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Symphony of the Night''''' (''Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight'' in Japan), a UsefulNotes/PlayStation game released in 1997 (and later re-released in Japan with extra content on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn), has since become regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the highpoints of the ''Castlevania'' series. ''Symphony'' helped coin the term "{{Metroidvania}}", provided the earliest known entry in the series to avert the ExcusePlot trope (well, first [[NoExportForYou released outside of Japan]]), and contained a number of [[MemeticMutation oft-repeated lines]] about the [[NarmCharm nature of mankind]] that helped seal its place in gaming history.

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'''''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: Symphony of the Night''''' Night'' (''Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight'' in Japan), a UsefulNotes/PlayStation game released in 1997 (and later re-released in Japan with extra content on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn), has since become regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the highpoints of the ''Castlevania'' series. ''Symphony'' helped coin the term "{{Metroidvania}}", provided the earliest known entry in the series to avert the ExcusePlot trope (well, first [[NoExportForYou released outside of Japan]]), and contained a number of [[MemeticMutation oft-repeated lines]] about the [[NarmCharm nature of mankind]] that helped seal its place in gaming history.


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* NotCompletelyUseless:
** The Red Rust is the more useless of the first two weapons you pick up, doing pitiful damage. However, it can inflict the cursed status on the [[MirrorBoss doppelganger]], rendering it helpless and making for an easy win against a WakeUpCallBoss.
** The Cat Eye Circlet offers "Big HP restore by cat damage". Only one enemy in the game does "cat damage", and that's Salome, a rather dangerous witch enemy found in parts of the castle that upon being killed turns into a pesky cat that can do additional damage to the player, making her a real pain in the ass. Unless you're wearing the Cat Eye Circlet, in which case you get healed for most or all of your HP by touching the cute kitty. Everywhere else, the item is likely useless compared to other available equipment.
25th May '16 1:08:02 AM SneaselSawashiro
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** The many swords to pick up and collect in the game have rather notable names in Japanese via various nods to mythology in general, only to be swapped out for [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien lore-based]] names (such as for Icebrand, Thunderbrand, Sword of Hador and so forth); one example is the Crissaegrim, where its actual name is the Valmanway (again, the original name stays in later titles), while another is the Vorpal Blade's original name being the Sonic Blade (the weaker version of the aforementioned weapon).

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** The many swords to pick up and collect in the game have rather notable names in Japanese via various nods to mythology in general, only to be swapped out for [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien lore-based]] names (such as for Icebrand, Thunderbrand, Sword of Hador and so forth); one example is the Crissaegrim, where its actual name is the Valmanway (again, the original name stays in later titles), while another is the Vorpal Blade's original name being the Sonic Blade (the weaker version of the aforementioned weapon).
25th May '16 1:07:18 AM SneaselSawashiro
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* DubNameChange: Towards several enemy names and food items via Japanese-to-English; the latter names stick on in later games as of this series.
** One item in particular is the "Green Tea"; it was named that way out of censorship since the original name for it was "Sake".
** The many swords to pick up and collect in the game have rather notable names in Japanese, only to be swapped out for [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien-based]] names; one example is the Crissaegrim, where its actual name is the Valmanway (again, the original name stays in later titles), while another is the Vorpal Blade's original name being the Sonic Blade (the weaker version of the aforementioned weapon).

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* DubNameChange: Towards several enemy names and food items via Japanese-to-English; the latter former names stick on in later games as of this series.
** One item in particular is the "Green Tea"; it was named that way out of censorship since the original name for it was "Sake".
"Sake/Osake" (the alcoholic drink).
** The many swords to pick up and collect in the game have rather notable names in Japanese, Japanese via various nods to mythology in general, only to be swapped out for [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien-based]] names; Tolkien lore-based]] names (such as for Icebrand, Thunderbrand, Sword of Hador and so forth); one example is the Crissaegrim, where its actual name is the Valmanway (again, the original name stays in later titles), while another is the Vorpal Blade's original name being the Sonic Blade (the weaker version of the aforementioned weapon).
24th May '16 6:19:50 PM SneaselSawashiro
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* DubNameChange: Towards several enemy names and food items via Japanese-to-English; the latter names stick on in later games as of this series.
** One item in particular is the "Green Tea"; it was named that way out of censorship since the original name for it was "Sake".
** The many swords to pick up and collect in the game have rather notable names in Japanese, only to be swapped out for [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien-based]] names; one example is the Crissaegrim, where its actual name is the Valmanway (again, the original name stays in later titles), while another is the Vorpal Blade's original name being the Sonic Blade (the weaker version of the aforementioned weapon).
16th May '16 9:06:55 PM Nicoaln
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The "What is a Man? A Miserable little pile of secrets" quote is actually a ShoutOut to André Malraux.
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