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Castlevania 3: Improved Controls

Hack of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Description:

This hack modernizes the control scheme of Castlevania 3 to make it less frustrating to people used to tighter controls, including giving the player more control while jumping.

Complete list of changes:

  • Enables all characters to control their x-velocity in mid-air while jumping (including while jump attacking); Grant’s jumping controls remain unchanged.
  • When releasing the jump button, one immediately starts falling again; this allows the player to make smaller hops if desired. (Does not apply to Grant.)
  • After being knocked back, the player regains control after a split second and can angle their fall.
  • When walking off an edge, the player retains control instead of dropping straight down.
  • All characters can jump off of stairs at any point in the climb (however, it is still impossible to land on stairs, so be careful jumping from long flights of stairs over pits)

Compatible with the English translation of Akumajou Densetsu located here.

Similar to the Castlevania Improved Controls hack here.

Use Lunar IPS to apply the hack to your Castlevania 3 ROM file.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Akumajou Densetsu (Japan)
  • Country: JAP
  • ROM size: 393.216 kb
  • ROM SHA-1: BEB7E005BCBAC031CE61613FA47DF24AD151E9AB
  • ROM CRC32: E349AF38
  • ROM MD5: 75DBDF8D0DE9B472EED5065BC0FE4129

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
NaOHHacking

User Review Information

WARNING: This hack almost ruined a certain level

Reviewed By: mariosmentor on 29 Apr 2019

Please be aware, the changes in this hack are indeed a definite improvement, don’t get me wrong. However, it unknowingly leaves a serious problem as a side effect.

In the Sunken City of Poltergeists (the lower path in the Alucard Route), after fighting the Bone Dragon King, the level begins to flood, and your character moves himself to the right side of the screen. However, this requires jumping, and due to how this hack changed how high you can jump, Trevor and Alucard are no longer able to make the necessary jumps, leaving you with an instant death. Grant, thankfully, can still make it, but if you skipped him, or swapped him with Alucard, your only option is to reset the game.

Aside from this, the hack is overall a must for playing CV3. Just be sure to bring Grant along.

Version 1.4 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Improves the game balance rather than damages it.Haz26 Feb 20211.4Yes
WARNING: This hack almost ruined a certain levelmariosmentor29 Apr 20191.4Yes
The Stairs are No Longer a Cursechuckingdice15 Feb 20191.4Yes
So nicetelmo13 Feb 20181.4Yes
What we needed!WebSlinger09 Aug 20171.4Yes
Character Control feels great!bogaabogaa28 Jul 20171.2Yes
A MInor Improvement That Makes All The DifferencePROTOBlues28 Jul 20171.2Yes