The most recent version of Simon Belmont's assault on Dracula's castle in 1691.Originally titled Akumajo Dracula (same as the original Castlevania) and released solely in Japan in 1993 for the Sharp X68000 computer, it was rereleased worldwide on the Sony PlayStation in 2001 as Castlevania Chronicles. It had two modes: "Arrange Mode" with updated graphics, music and sound effects and selectable difficulty, and "Original Mode" which was a port of the Sharp X68000 version.
Castlevania Chronicles provides examples of:
Anachronism Stew: Dracula keeps M. C. Escher's Relativity and Salvador Dali's Persistance of Memory (or pretty good copies of them) in his private art gallery!
A.I. Breaker: The dolls in the tower freeze up and stop homing in on you when you climb the stairs, but they'll still move relative to your climbing. Reposition yourself and whip them as you see fit.
Beastess: This is the only female werewolf in the series to date. How does she compare? The typical series werewolf uses charging attacks, fireballs and a ground pound. This werewolf rips the clock tower apart trying to kill you.
Bilingual Bonus: The dolls shout at you in Japanese. When activated, they say either "Kaerinasai!" (Get out!) or "Omae Wa Dare?!" (Who are you?!). When they evade your attacks, they shout "Yamete!" (Stop it!) or if they're whipped, "Iyaa!!" (No!!)
Boss Room: Every boss has one, and Dracula waits you in his, which is in the highest floor of the castle.
Creepy Doll: What do you expect from the place called Tower of Dolls?
Each New Game+ tweaks the obstacles you face. For example, by the second loop, the black panthers in Dracula's Castle can jump at will, and the ninja maids can roll at you ala Blanka. By the third loop, the animated patrol armors get aggressive when you occupy the same platform as them.
Difficulty Spike: Stage 7 starts off with an infinite fleet of eagles carrying Fleamen, and you can only take 4 hits before you die (which you don't experience in the NES original until you hit Stage 13). And then, there's those hard-to-avoid bubble enemies and the statues that shoot arrows at you...
Ninja Maid: Unlike the later vacuuming martial artists, these lithely leap around and throw knives. Some of them turn wild and shoot homing fireballs at you if you strike them.
Nintendo Hard: Thankfully, the remake tones down the difficulty for the Arrange Mode. But if you're a sucker for punishment, try taking on the original mode and all its New Game Pluses.
No Fair Cheating: The first stage closely resembles the first stage of the original Castlevania. Thus, you might know exactly where the wall meat is hidden. Nope, it's been moved. In its place, how about an infinite supply of fleamen?
Scenery Gorn: Stage 7 is given a much bloodier overhaul from the original Castlevania's Stage 5, complete with hanging, partially dismembered corpses and gory body parts left on several operating tables.