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Videogame: Castlevania 64

Actually, this game's proper name is merely Castlevania; the "64" is only added to differentiate it from 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 Updated Re-release known as Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness. Most players think they hit the Polygon Ceiling really hard, especially in light of the recent release of the critical darling, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Koji Igarashi, himself, effectively struck them from the official canon at the same time he disowned Castlevania Legends, 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 minus the descriptions), and Legacy of Darkness star Cornell has roles in both Judgment and 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:

CarmageddonNintendo 64 Chameleon Twist
Castlevania: Symphony of the NightAction AdventureCastlevania Resurrection
Castlevania: Symphony of the NightCreator/KonamiCastlevania: Circle of the Moon
Castlevania LegendsFranchise/CastlevaniaCastlevania Resurrection
Castlevania LegendsHorror Video GamesCastlevania Resurrection
Castlevania LegendsVideo Games of the 1990sCarmen Sandiego
Castlevania: Symphony of the NightUsefulNotes/The Fifth Generation of Console Video GamesChrono Cross

alternative title(s): Castlevania Legacy Of Darkness; Castlevania64; Castlevania Legacy Of Darkness
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