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Castlevania

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Simon Belmont

Simon Belmont, the main character of the series.

Castlevania, known as Akumajou Dracula (Demon Castle Dracula) or sometimes just Dracula in Japan, is a horror-themed platformer video game series by Konami.

Video Games

  • Castlevania (September 26, 1986). NES. Also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition. Known as Akumajou Dracula in Japan.
  • Vampire Killer (October 30, 1986). MSX. Known as Akumajou Dracula in Japan.
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1987). NES. Also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition in North America and Europe. Known as Dracula II: Noroi no Fuuin in Japan.
  • Haunted Castle (Feburary 1988). Arcade. Known as Akumajou Dracula in Japan.
  • Castlevania: The Adventure  (October 27, 1989). GameBoy. Known as Dracula Densetsu in Japan.
    • Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (October 27, 2009). Remake for WiiWare. Known as Dracula Densetsu ReBirth in Japan.
  • Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (December 22, 1989). NES. Known as Akumajou Densetsu in Japan.
  • Super Castlevania IV (October 31, 1991). SNES. Known as Akumajou Dracula in Japan.
  • Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (July 12, 1991). GameBoy. Known as Dracula Densetsu II in Japan.
  • Castlevania Chronicles (July 23, 1993). Sharp X68000 and PlayStation. Known as Akumajou Dracula in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (October 29, 1993). PC-Engine. Known as Akumajou Dracula X Chi no Rondo in Japan.
    • Castlevania: Dracula X (July 21, 1995). A remake for the SNES. Known as Akumajou Dracula XX in Japan and Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss in Europe.
    • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicle (October 23, 2007). A remake of Rondo of Blood for the PlayStation Portable. Includes the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night.
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines (March 17, 1994). SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. Known as Vampire Killer in Japan and Castlevania: The New Generation in Europe.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (March 20, 1997). Playstation, Sega Saturn, and Tiger LCD. Known as Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku in Japan.
  • Castlevania Legends (November 27, 1997). GameBoy. Known as Akumajou Dracula: Shikkoku Taru Zensoukyoku in Japan.
  • Castlevania (December 31, 1998). Nintendo 64. Known as Akumajou Dracula Mokushiroku in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness (November 30, 1999). Nintendo 64. Known as Akumajou Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden in Japan.
  • Castlevania:  Circle of the Moon (March 21, 2001). GameBoy Advance.
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (June 6, 2002). GameBoy Advance. Known as Castlevania: Byakuya no Kousoukyoku in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (May 6, 2003). GameBoy Advance. Known as Castlevania: Akatsuki no Enbukyoku in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (October 21, 2003). PlayStation 2. Simply known as Castlevania in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (August 25, 2005). Nintendo DS. Known as Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (November 1, 2005). PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Known as Akumajou Dracula: Yami no Juin in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (November 16, 2006). Nintendo DS. Known as Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Order of Shadows (September 18, 2007). Mobile Devices.
  • Castlevania Judgment (November 18, 2008). Wii. Known as Akumajou Dracula Judgment in Japan.
  • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (October 21, 2008). Nintendo DS. Known as Akumajou Dracula Ubawareta Kokuin in Japan.
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula (January 5, 2009). Pachislot. Later released on iOS and Android.
  • Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night (July 2010). iOS and Windows Phone.
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula II (July 20, 2010). Pachislot.
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (August 4, 2010). PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (October 5, 2010). PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
  • Pachislot Akumajo Dracula III (February 6, 2012). Pachislot.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (March 20, 2013). Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Feburary 15, 2014). PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
  • CR Pachinko Akumajo Dracula (October 19, 2015). Pachinko.
  • Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls (September 20, 2019). iOS. Includes the first three NES games, Super Castlevania IV, Bloodlines, the two Game Boy titles and Kid Dracula.

Compilations

  • Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra (November 16, 2002). A compilation including the first three NES Castlevania games and the NES ports of Contra and Super C.
  • Castlevania: Double Pack (January 6, 2006). Game Boy Advance. Includes Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow.
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night/Rondo of Blood (October 26, 2018). A PlayStation 4 digital title including the two games as featured in The Dracula X Chronicles.
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection (May 16, 2019). PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC through Steam. Includes

Publications

  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (1990). A novelization of the NES game published by Scholastic, part of the "Worlds of Power" label.
  • Akumajō Dracula: Akuma no Chi, Chi no Akumu (1992-1995). A serialized novel written by Ichiro Tezuka and illustrated by Masaki Takahashi. Six chapters were released before being discontinued.
  • Akumajō Dracula: Yami no Juin - Fukushū no Jokyoku. A prequel short comic included as a pre-order bonus with the Japanese release of Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (2005-2006). A two-volume manga by Kou Sasakura, prequel to the game of the same name.
  • Akumajō Dracula: Kabuchi no Tsuisōkyoku (November 2008). A sequel to Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow by Ryohgo Narita.
  • Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy (March 30, 2005 - July 20, 2005). A comic book adaptation of Castlevania The Adventure by IDW Publishing.
  • Akumajō Dracula: Lament of Innocence. A cellphone digital comic book released through Konami's "Weekly Konami" online service.

Audio

  • Akumajō Dracula X: Tsuioku no Yasōkyoku (2008). A Japanese internet radio drama, first broadcast in the Akumajō Dracula: Radio Chronicle online radio, and later released in CD form in March 2010.

Anime

  • Castlevania (July 7, 2017). A 4-episodes Netflix Original Anime. A 2nd season of 8 more episodes aired in October 26, 2018.

Links to other series

Mascot Links:Konami Man appearance in various Castlevania games.

Direction Series Date Description Type


4Arrow L Gradius19860926 September 26, 1986Moai heads and the Vic Viper from the Gradius series appear as items in several Castlevania games, while the boss Bat Company from Dawn of Sorrow can assume the form of the giant Moai boss from Gradius.2
5Arrow R Famicom Funji1987 1987Castlevania is featured in Famicom Funji.1
5Arrow R Famicom Rocky1987 1987Castlevania is featured in Famicom Rocky.1
5Arrow R Konami Wai Wai World19880114 January 14, 1988Simon Belmont is a playable character in the series.1
5Arrow R Nester198811 November 1988In episode 3 of the Howard & Nester comic, Nester disguises as Simon and plays through Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.2
5Arrow R Hai no Majutsushi1989 1989Simon Belmont from Castlevania is one of the opponents in Hai no Majutsushi.
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5Arrow R Captain N19890909 September 09, 1989Simon Belmont and Dracula from Castlevania are recurring characters in the Captain N TV show.1
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Kid Dracula19901019 October 19, 1990Kid Dracula is a spinoff of Castlevania.1
4Arrow L Ganbare Goemon1991 1991Goemon visits the world of Castlevania in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigenjou no Akumu OVA, Simon Belmont is a playable character in Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihō, a vampire hunter look-alike makes a cameo appearance in Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shōgun Magginesu, and Simon's grandfather appears in the Ganbare Goemon: Jigoku-hen manga. Goemon appears as an item in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.1
5Arrow R Zombies Ate my Neighbors19930924 September 24, 1993Zombies Ate my Neighbors features an enemy named "Vlad Belmont the Vampire".3
5Arrow R Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles199312 December 1993There's a minor reference to Castlevania in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters for the SNES.3
5Arrow R Robotrek1994068 June 8, 1994A character in Robotrek is named "Count John Paul Belmont Prinky".3
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Contra1994088 August 8, 1994The secret boss Simondo Belmont from Contra: Hard Corps is a parody of Simon Belmont, including the use of a whip and hitting candles for power ups. In Order of Eclessia, the boss Arthroverta is inspired by Shadow Beast Kimkoh from the NES port of Super Contra.3
5Arrow R Tokimeki Memorial19940527 May 27, 1994One of the selectable cursors in Tokimeki Memorial is based on Maria Renard, while Tokimeki Idol features a medley of themes from Castlevania.2
5Arrow R Snatcher19941130 November 30, 1994People dressed like Simon Belmont and Dracula can be seen in "The Outer Heaven Show Pub" in the Sega CD and later ports of Snatcher, and at one point the main character makes a comment about the gameplay in the first Castlevania.2
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Parodius19963 March 1996Sexy Parodius features a stage based off Castlevania, while Aitsu and Koitsu from Parodius make a cameo appearance in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Harmony of Despair.1
5Arrow R Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling1996913 September 13, 1996Richter Belmont from Castlevania is a selectable character in Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling '96: Max Voltage.1
4Arrow L JoJo's Bizarre Adventure1997327 March 27, 1997The recurring item "Stone Mask" from Castlevania is a reference to a similar mask in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The boss Zephyr from Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin has an attack referencing Dio Brando's Time Stop.3
5Arrow R Konami GB Collection1997925 September 25, 1997Castlevania: The Adventure is included in Konami GB Collection Vol. 1, while Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge is included in Vol. 3.2
5Arrow R Battle Tryst19982 February 1998Battle Tryst was planned to feature Simon and Richter from Castlevania.51
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Metal Gear19980903 September 03, 1998Metal Gear Solid features a reference to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Solid Snake's bandanna and Solid Eye from Metal Gear Solid 4 are hidden items in Castlevania: Lord of Shadows.2
5Arrow R Mitsumete Knight19981126 November 26, 1998A sticker of Alucard from Castlevania can be seen in printstations from Mitsumete Knight R.2
5Arrow R Konami Krazy Racers20010321 March 21, 2001Konami Krazy Racers features Dracula from Castlevania as a selectable racer.1
4Arrow L Rakugakids20010321 March 21, 2001The item "Bear Ring" from Castlevania: Circle of the Moon transforms Nathan Graves into Beartank from Rakugakids.1
4Arrow L Metroid20020606 June 06, 2002Skulls similar to Crocomire's from Super Metroid can be seen in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.3
5Arrow R Evolution Skateboarding20021009 October 09, 2002There is a stage called Dracula's Castle which features Dracula, Skeletons, but most important to the series to link these two as type 1 is a Brachyura. The character, Vampire Hunter is unlockable in the game who is similar to Simon Belmont.1
5Arrow R DreamMix TV World Fighters20031218 December 18, 2003Simon Belmont is selectable in DreamMix TV World Fighters.1
5Arrow R Pyū to Fuku! Jaguar20040429 April 29, 2004Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar: Byuu to Deru! Megane-Kun for the GameBoy Advance features a stage based off Castlevania.1
5Arrow R Yu-Gi-Oh20050504 May 04, 2005The Yu-Gi-Oh cards "Infernalvania" and "Vampire Hunter" ("Vampire Killer" in Japan) are references to the Castlevania series.3
5Arrow R Van Helsing20040506 May 06, 2004There's a minor reference to the Belmont family in Van Helsing: The Game.3
5Arrow R Angry Video Game Nerd20040516 May 16, 2004The first episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd is a review of Castlevania 2; he then reviews many games from the series in the four-part "Castlevania" episode.2
5Arrow R The Sword of Etheria20050630 June 30, 2005Leon from The Sword of Etheria has a costume based off Leon Belmont from Castlevania: Lament of Innocence.2
5Arrow R Dance Dance Revolution20051115 November 15, 2005The song "Akumajou Dracula Medley" from Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 is a remix of Castlevania themes. Dance Dance Revolution Universe features a remix of the "Vampire Killer" theme. Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2 features a remix of the "Bloody Tears" theme and background images from the intro of Curse of Darkness.2
5Arrow R World of Darkness20041116 November 16, 2004In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines there's an enemy unit known as the "Belmont Squad", in reference to the family clan from Castlevania.3
5Arrow R GameCenter CX20061115 November 15, 2006Arino plays Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse in Episode 38 of GameCenter CX.2
4Arrow L Indiana Jones20061116 November 16, 2006The Fedora item from Portrait of Ruin and Harmony of Despair is a reference to Indiana Jones.3
4Arrow L Kinnikuman20061116 November 16, 2006There are two techniques in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin which references techniques from Kinnikuman.3
4Arrow L TwinBee20061116 November 16, 2006Twinbee appears as an item in three games of the Castlevania series.2
5Arrow R Pop'n Music20070425 April 25, 2007Simon Belmont appears in Pop'n Music 15 Adventure when playing a Castlevania music arrange, while Trevor Belmont appears in Pop'n Music 18 Sengoku Retsuden.1
5Arrow R Captain S20070516 May 16, 2007Captain S enters the world of Castlevania.2
5Arrow R Eternal Knights2008 2008The "Vampire Hunter" class in Eternal Knights 2 includes references to Castlevania characters.3
5Arrow R Track & Field20080620 June 20, 2008Simon Belmont is selectable in New International Track & Field.1
4Arrow L Fist of the North Star20081028 October 28, 2008The boss Goliath from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia features references to the Fist of the North Star villain Raoh.3
5Arrow R Bishi Bashi2009729 July 29, 2009THE ★ BishiBashi features an avatar of Death from Castlevania.3
5Arrow R Robot Chicken200982 August 2, 2009Castlevania is parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "Maurice Was Caught".2
5Arrow R 3D Dot Game Heroes2009115 November 5, 20093D Dot Game Heroes features loading screens based on Castlevania and Castlevania 2.3
5Arrow R Konami Classics20091215 December 15, 2009Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is included in Konami Classics Vol. 1.2
5Arrow R JonTron2010914 September 14, 2010JonTron reviews Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness.2
4Arrow L King's Valley2010927 September 27, 2010Vick XIII from King's Valley II appears as an item in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. The enemy Elgiza from Portrait of Ruin is inspired in a similar enemy from King's Valley II, and Portrait of Ruin also features two remixed tracks from the series.2
5Arrow R Shantae2010104 October 4, 2010Shantae: Risky's Revenge features a dialogue reference to one of the obtuse hints in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.3
4Arrow L Zelda2010105 October 5, 2010Castlevania: Lords of Shadow features a reference to the Zelda series.
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5Arrow R Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle2010105 October 5, 2010Monster Retsuden Oreca Battle features Simon, Alucard, Dracula and the Grimm Reaper as playable characters.1
5Arrow R Super Meat Boy20101020 October 20, 2010The World 2 intro in Super Meat Boy is a parody of the intro from the NES Castlevania.3
5Arrow R Scribblenauts20110127 January 27, 2011The Japanese version of Scribblenauts features Alucard from Castlevania as a spawnable object.1
4Arrow L Getsu Fūma Den20110202 February 02, 2011A skeleton enemy in Getsu Fuma Den is named Shimon and attacks with a whip, referencing Simon Belmont from Castlevania; while Getsu Fuma and a map based on his game are DLC content in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.1
5Arrow R Rock of Ages20110831 August 31, 2011Rock of Ages features a parody based on the Castlevania series.3
5Arrow R The Binding of Isaac20110928 September 28, 2011When Eve turns to her cursed self the text box and words come out from "Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest" saying "What a Horrible Night To Have A Curse.".3
5Arrow R Otomedius20111115 November 15, 2011Kokoro Belmont from Otomedius Excellent is inspired by the Castlevania series.3
5Arrow R The Elder Scrolls20120626 June 26, 2012The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard features a display case referencing Dracula's Relics from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.3
5Arrow R Frogger20120706 July 06, 2012Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition features a game mode based on Castlevania.1
5Arrow R Dust: An Elysian Tail20120815 August 15, 2012The item "Red Orb" from Dust: An Elysian Tail is a reference to a similar item found in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.3
5Arrow R Adventure Time20121120 November 20, 2012Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!! features a minor reference to the Castlevania series.3
5Arrow R KPE Dream Master20121122 November 22, 2012Several cards of Castlevania characters and monsters are featured in KPE Dream Master.2
4Arrow L Mario2013320 March 20, 2013Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate features a reference to Luigi.3
5Arrow R My Little Pony20131130 November 30, 2013The fourth season episode "Castle Mane-ia" from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a reference to the Castlevania series.3
5Arrow R Kingdom Dragonion20150610 June 10, 2015Kingdom Dragonion featured Simon Belmont and Alucard as playable characters.1
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Bloodstained20180524 May 24, 2018Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a spiritual successor of Castlevania.3
5Arrow R Bomberman20180919 September 19, 2018A DLC bomberman from Super Bomberman R (added in Ver.1.4) known as "Simon Belmont Bomber" is based off Simon Belmont from Castlevania, while Ver.2.0 added "Dracula Bomber", based on the series' main antagonist, and Ver.2.2 added "Alucard Bomber" and three stages based on the Castlevania series.1
5Arrow R Super Smash Bros.20181207 December 07, 2018Simon and Richter Belmont appear as playable characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with a stage based on the series.1
5Arrow R Bombergirl20181227 December 27, 2018The "Evangelist of Love Advent Gacha" limited event from Bombergirl features an unlockable new character called Sepia Belmont, with her biography establishing she's a descendant of the Belmont Clan. A later event also included a Rondo of Blood BGM.1
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Anniversary Collection (Konami)20190418 April 18, 2019Haunted Castle is included in the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, while the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is part of the series.3
5Arrow R Death Battle!20191016 October 16, 2019Dracula has been a subject for Death Battle!2
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