Actually, this game's proper name is merely ''[[RecycledTitle Castlevania]]''; [[SuperTitle64Advance the "64" is only added]] to differentiate it from [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI the oft-remade adventure of Simon Belmont]]. For clarity's sake, however, we'll stick with tacking on the "64" moniker.

''Castlevania 64'' (Japanese: ''Akumajō Dorakyura Mokushiroku'', "Demon Castle Dracula Apocalypse") was the first 3D entry in the franchise, one that was later given an UpdatedRerelease known as ''Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness''. Most players think they hit the PolygonCeiling really hard, especially in light of the recent release of the critical darling, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. [[WordOfGod Koji Igarashi]], himself, effectively struck them from the official canon at the same time he disowned ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegends'', but he seems to have warmed up to them significantly in later years -- they were both included in the more recent publications of the ''[=CV=]'' timelines (though [[BroadStrokes minus the descriptions]]), and ''Legacy of Darkness'' star Cornell has roles in both ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment Judgment]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow Lords of Shadow]]''.

Both games chronicle the adventures of Reinhardt Schneider, a member of a Belmont branch family who inherited the Vampire Killer, and Carrie Fernandez, related to the Belnades clan, as they enter Dracula's castle to take the vampire out. In addition to these stories, ''Legacy of Darkness'' also follows a werewolf named Cornell eight years prior who enters the castle to rescue his sister Ada; he also finds and liberates a boy named Henry Oldrey, who grows up to become a soldier for the church who -- wait for it -- enters Dracula's castle, only his mission is to rescue children there.

!! ''Castlevania 64'' and ''Legacy Of Darkness'' provide examples of:
* AnachronismStew: Skeletons on motorcycles... in the 19th century. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C0xI41RtaU And this is lampshaded by]] WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.
** The Castle Center has models of many things not invented until way after 1852, Nevermind the high tech level, the Tower of Science. Could Dracula know the future of mankind?
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Both games let you unlock an alternate outfit for the available characters except Henry; Reinhardt's and Carrie's in ''64'' ShoutOut to previous games by letting them dress as [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI Simon Belmont]] and [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Maria Renard]], respectively.
** ''Legacy Of Darkness'''s alternates let you scoff at the redesigns by playing in characters' original ''[=Cv64=]'' oufits, [[MythologyGag including Cornell's]].
* AnotherSideAnotherStory
* {{Badass}}: Cornell, especially when shapeshifted.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Noted 15th century soldier and child killer Gilles de Rais appears as a vampire and servant of Dracula.
* BroadStrokes: Reinhardt and Carrie's games in ''Legacy of Darkness'' travel through Cornell's variations of the levels and omit lines of dialogue they had in the original, so there's still some merit in owning both games if you want the '''whole''' story.
** It is debated whether these games are part of IGA's official timeline. IGA, in a 2008 interview with ''Nintendo Power'' magazine (covering ''Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia''), considers these games [[GaidenGame side stories]] and [[CanonDiscontinuity not part of his timeline]], as they're unmentioned on [[http://www.konami.jp/gs/game/dracula/product/data.html the Japanese timeline]] (updated as of 2007's ''The Dracula X Chronicles''), though they were shown in the timeline that came with pre-ordered copies of ''PortraitOfRuin'', minus the descriptions.
* CameraScrew: Almost a given for early 3D platforming.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: [[spoiler:Malus to Carrie, in Carrie's bad ending. After she accepts, he ominously says, "Now we have a binding contract..."]]
* CreepyChild: Malus. [[spoiler:He's actually Dracula himself.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Buy too much stuff from Renon and you'll have to fight him later when he comes to collect his "payment".
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Behemoth in [[ThatOneLevel Castle Center]].
** [[GuideDangIt Will be the final boss if you play the game on]] {{Easy Mode|Mockery}}.
* FastForwardMechanic: The Sun and Moon cards can be used to advance the current time so you can (among other things) have certain timed encounters and battle vampires during the day when they're weaker.
* GuideDangIt: The game doesn't really tell you that the ending is in fact impacted by how much time you took to get there.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The vampire hunter Charles Vincent warns you against trying to defeat Dracula in his place. Take too long, and he himself will be vampirized. Win quickly enough, and [[TheCavalry he'll come through for you when you need it]].
* KickTheDog: Carrie is made to fight her vampirized cousin (who was originally supposed to be Sypha herself).
** Reinhardt being forced to attack Rosa counts as this.
* KidHero: Carrie is 12 years old.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler: Malus is actually Dracula, the one you fight in the Castle Keep is just an impostor]].
* LoveRedeems: The vampire Rosa appears in everyone's plot, but it is Reinhardt who comes to know her, stops her SuicideBySunlight attempt, [[spoiler: and refuses to kill her in battle later. She eventually [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices herself to save him from Death]], and [[DeusExMachina she is reborn as a human at the end]].]]
* MultipleEndings: Depends on how fast you make your way through the castle or, in Legacy of Darkness, on how many children you rescue (as Henry).
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Cornell tries to rescue his sister, [[spoiler: it leads to Dracula getting resurrected early]].
* NitroExpress: If you have played this game, you know this as the [[FakeDifficulty worst part of the game]].
* OminousLatinChanting: The game's version of "Dance of Illusions" has a (synthesized) choir as part of the music.
** There is also a track called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWENQZlkrgU Stairway to the Clouds]]", that plays before entering the Castle Keep. It is made of nothing but an ominous male choir and [[ForDoomTheBellTolls bells]].
* OneWingedAngel: Dracula's final form. A definite OhCrap moment.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The [=N64=] games are, thus far, the only games in the franchise to have vampires as common {{Mook}}s, and vampirism is even a [[StandardStatusEffects status effect]]. If you contract it and it's not healed in time, you get a NonstandardGameOver after watching your character sprout an angry face and fangs.
* TheResenter: Ortega, Cornell's rival, who envied Cornell's mastery of his alternate form and sought Dracula's help to match him.
* SchizoTech: Henry wields a gun as his primary weapon [[note]]While revolvers did exist during the time period in which the story takes place (1852), cartridge rounds did not, only coming into existence four years later[[/note]]. And let's not get started on the robotic chainsaw-wielding Frankenstein's monster in the hedge maze. Or the motorcycle-riding skeletons armed with machine guns.
** And let's also not forget the Tower of Science, with its giant formaldehyde canisters, futuristic motif, electric shock currents and guard robots with infrared beams and machine guns.
* SchrodingersPlayerCharacter: Reinhardt, Carrie and Henry all go to Dracula's castle in the year 1852 for their respective missions, but they never encounter one another.
** Henry is actually a case of being late to the party. He arrives well after Reinhardt and Carrie have passed through the areas he visits.
* ShockAndAwe: The Vampire Killer's final powerup grants it lightning properties in ''Legacy of Darkness''; this replaced the weak fire effect from ''64''.
* StockSoundEffects: Every metal gate in the game seems to suffer from [[http://www.entertonement.com/clips/glnvyhrndp--metaldoor The Creaky Metal Door]] syndrome.
* SuperMode: Cornell's werewolf form enhances his strength.
* UnlockableContent: With each child Henry frees, a new option is made available to the player.
* UpdatedRerelease: ''Legacy of Darkness'', though it would be better to call it a complete version of the first game.
* WickedWitch: Actrise.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Carrie, Malus and Actrise.