Retro Gaming 90’s- Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood (1993)

The Castlevania series has been around in the gaming world since its inception back in September 1986 when the very first game in the series appeared on the 8-bit NES. Ever since, the Castlevania series began in the mid-80’s Konami had produced installments within the series on both the NES and the Super NES that were considered to be memorable. Castlevania I-III which were released for NES between ’86-’89 are considered to be 8-bit classics. Also, Super Castlevania IV for the SNES was very impressive following its release in ’91 for special features in relation to Mode 7. Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood was originally released for the PC Engine CD exclusively in Japan before being ported for the SNES and released in various countries between ’95-’96 as “Dracula X”. Unlike Super Castlevania IV Simon Belmont is not the main character in Rondo Of Blood. In Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood players control Richard Belmont a descendant of Simon Belmont in the early 1790’s during a time where Dracula is resurrected. While Dracula is the main antagonist of Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood Simon Belmont must defeat all of his minions to rescue his love interest by the name of Annette.

While attempting to rescue Annette and various other women who were captured by Dracula’s minions players have to travel through nine different levels with a limited amount of weapons at his disposal. Some of the features included in Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood that was interesting included the alternative routes that players had the option of taking which rescuing maidens when traveling throughout castle. Players also had the ability to unlock Maria Renard who was considered to be a distant relative of Simon Belmont who also had her own unique set of attacks when combating enemies. As far as quality is concerned many people would definitely choose the PC Engine CD version of this game over the “Dracula X” port for Super Nintendo. However, the musical quality for the SNES “Dracula X” version of Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood was surprisingly great especially the “Bloodlines” soundtrack from Stage 1. While Rondo Of Blood was a very fun and adventurous 16-bit platformer for the SNES many people might not place it on the same level as Super Castlevania IV or even its ’97 successor Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night for the PS1 in relation to popularity. While its arguable which game within the Castlevania series was most popular back in the 90’s there is no question that Rondo Of Blood/Dracula X was a memorable side-scrolling 16-bit classic that would still hold up to this day.

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