* AnticlimaxBoss: Dracula, believe it or not. His only attack is easy to avoid if you know what you're doing, and unlike almost every other iteration of Dracula in the series, he has only one form.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Natch
** PublicDomainSoundtrack: A rendition of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fh1MDBi_sE Chromatische Phantasie]], which sounds amazing on the Gameboy's chiptune synth.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Whereas [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheAdventure the original gameboy game]] was panned by some for its overly difficult stage design, this game did the Castlevania series justice by making the difficulty more reasonable, adding subweapons back in and smoothing the frame rate.