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Castlevania: Dracula X
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Japanese Name
悪魔城ドラキュラXX
Akumajō Dracula XX
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)
Release Date(s)
SNES
Flag of Japan July 21, 1995
Flag of the United States September, 1995
European flag February 22, 1996
Flag of Australia June 22, 1996
Wii U Virtual Console
Flag of Japan April 23, 2014
Flag of the United States October 2, 2014
Media(s)
16-megabit cartridge
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB K-A K-A (Kids to Adults)
Director(s)
Kouki Yamashita, Kuniaki Kinoshita (producer)
Designer(s)
Akihiro Yamada
Composer(s)
Tomoya Tomita, Masanari Iwata, Harumi Ueko, Masahiko Kimura
Genre(s)
Platform game
Mode(s)
Single player

Castlevania: Dracula X is a port of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[1] The game is known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula XX (Double X), and in Europe under the title Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss. The original version of the game was previously released only in Japan for the PC Engine. Despite being labeled as a port, the contents of the game were drastically altered from the original. Castlevania: Dracula X is considered to take place in a different universe than the official Castlevania timeline.[2]

StoryEdit

"The country of Transylvania in the Middle Ages...

In the land which gave rise to countless legends of Dracula, a pitch-black evil has once again come...

Hundreds of years have passed since the time of Simon Belmont, the legendary hero said to have sealed away Count Dracula, and the people have grown used to peace, and corrupted it.

Now, once more, the wickedness in the hearts of some men has resurrected the Dark Lord of evil, Count Dracula.

Count Dracula, now revived, plotted revenge against the descendant of the Belmont line that sealed him away, Richter Belmont.

To lure Richter to the Demon Castle, he lead his new servants in an attack on the town, abducting Richter’s lover, Annet, her younger sister, Maria, shutting them up in the Demon Castle.

To rescue Annet and Maria, and to seal away Count Dracula once again, Richter, mourning his fate, took up his ancestral holy whip and headed for the Demon Castle."
—Official Japanese manual description for Castlevania: Dracula X. Translation by Solar Boy

CharactersEdit

Akumajo Dracula XX Art Richter 1

Richter Belmont


Akumajo Dracula XX Art Annet 1

Annet


Descendent of Simon Belmont and renowned vampire exterminator. Age 19 years. Has a strong sense of justice and unwavering will.


Richter's girlfriend. Age 17 years. Was kidnapped by Dracula and is imprisoned somewhere within his evil castle.  

Akumajo Dracula XX Art Maria 1

Maria

Akumajo Dracula XX Art Dracula 2

Dracula



Younger sister of Annet. Was kidnapped along with Annet, and is imprisoned somewhere within Dracula's castle.


Proprietor of the evil castle and origin of all wickedness in the world. Believed to be about 800 years old. Cruel and heartless, he at the same time possesses refinement and grace that would be expected only of nobility.


Comparison with Rondo of BloodEdit

When the Super NES port of Dracula X was first announced, Castlevania fans were excited to see that the popular Japanese PC Engine game would make it to the console and be released internationally. However, gamers were disappointed to see that the game was very different from Rondo of Blood. This turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments in the entire series. The levels were completely different (yet still contained many sprites, enemies, bosses and elements from the PC Engine game), the non-linear gameplay was toned down drastically (instead of four alternate levels, as in Rondo of Blood, Dracula X features only two), and even the difficulty was increased. While Maria can be still be saved on Stage 4, she was unplayable and demoted to just another damsel in distress in the remake, thus making Richter the only playable character in this game. It is also said to be one of the toughest and most frustrating Castlevania action games.

There were a few things thought by many fans to be better than the original Rondo of Blood. Often cited are changes to the music tracks, better graphics for the background flames in Stage 1, more defined and colorful sprites in general, and increased difficulty in the final Dracula battle, which was far too easy in the original version.

A few notable alterations to the plot of Rondo of Blood were also made. Maria and Annet were made sisters, although they weren't blood relatives in the original version. It also should be noted that neither of them is said to have the surname "Renard", Maria's family name in Rondo of Blood. Maria also doesn't display signs of any magical abilities, whereas they were awakened in Rondo of Blood, which she uses to fight enemies in the game. In Dracula X's manual and opening it is said Simon Belmont defeated and sealed away Dracula "several hundred years before", while at least one source related to Rondo of Blood places it exactly one hundred years after Simon instead.[3] The character Shaft has been omitted from the story as well.  

For unknown reasons, the Super NES remake was made radically different. It has been speculated that this was due to differences between NEC and Konami. Also, the official artwork used for the original Japanese release and for the PAL region releases is in a completely different style. However, the North American release still uses the artwork from the original PC Engine version for unknown reasons.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.konami.jp/gs/game/dracula/product/1995.html
  2. IGA: 悪魔城ドラキュラX -血の輪廻- と悪魔城ドラキュラXXですが、XXは血の輪廻の移植として制作されたわけですが、血の輪廻のスタッフの意思をまったく反映しておりません。 私としては、先に作った人の意思を優先しますので、XXが外伝扱いと考えております。 Translation: Regarding Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Castlevania: Dracula X, though Dracula X was created as a port of Rondo of Blood, it does not reflect the intentions of the Rondo of Blood staff at all. For myself, I give priority to the intent of the original creators and treat Dracula X as a separate continuity.
  3. Akumajo Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Advertisement

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