When I look back on the Castlevania franchise from my childhood, I look back on the greatest puzzles, most challenging levels, greatest soundtracks, and mind blowing graphics of any game series ever released. If you know me at all, you know that my fondest memories of the series are from the 8-bit/16-bit era where nearly every game released in the series was a perfect 10 out of 10. While I do think that a great Castlevania game or two have been released since the SNES days(which we'll get into later) I will say the series has died down on my radar over the past 10 years. Castlevania in 3D? It's just ... not Castlevania man!
We had to revisit the original and take down that bastard!! How could we live with ourselves with beating Castlevania II but not the original?!?! We couldn't. Rob actually had asked for the original for a Birthday gift and received it. ((If you're wondering about why Rob keeps getting all these games, its because at this time, I didn't own my own NES yet. I would soon remedy this the next holiday season (1989)) I had grown up with a Tandy CoCo2, and had acquired a Colicovision from a rummage sale for $20, so my parents thought I had enough video games) So we had finally gotten our hands on the original. During this time, Rob spent a majority of the time playing through to Dracula, because I just couldn't get my act together (That's right, I wasn't as good a gamer as Rob was... sue me). Rob had once again defeated Dracula and went on to fight the Monster that emerged from the flames. I remember this time so well, that I actually started to play the boss music on a little play piano that I had, and I was getting pretty good at it!! Finally Rob was able to defeat the bastard, and we were able to see the ending to one of the most difficult video games in existence. It was bitter sweet, because the ending was good, but it paled in comparison to Castlevania II's ending(which actually had multiple endings by the way).
Next- Castlevania III and the idea of a 16-bit trilogy!!
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