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Castlevania - Balanced Difficulty

Hack of Castlevania

Description:

Castlevania on NES is notorious for its difficulty, the battle against Death in particular.

In order to rebalance the game, this hack makes the following changes:

  • A multiplier is hidden on the way to Death. This was unavailable on the first loop in the unmodified game
  • Player damage has been reduced by 1, which means that in the last levels, the player can sustain 5 hits before dying instead of 3.
  • Pork chops now give 8 units of health instead of 6.
  • One pork chop is hidden before the battle against Dracula.

An alternative patch is provided where the player loses 3 health units by any hit instead of 2, 3 or 4 depending on the level. Compared to the unmodified game, this means that level 1 and 2 are more difficult, 3 and 4 the same, 5 and 6 less difficult.

Finally, a bonus patch is included, that fixes the hitbox of the spike traps in stage 2.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania (USA) (Rev A)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: 7A20C44F302FB2F1B7ADFFA6B619E3E1CAE7B546
  • File CRC32: 856114C8
  • ROM SHA-1: 3DCB69A8C861C041AEB56C04E39ADF6D332EDA3A
  • ROM CRC32: B668C7FC

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
upsilandreHackingPress_Hitbox_Fix

User Review Information

Great hack, though I have one complaint.

Reviewed By: Masked Dedede on 08 Sep 2020

This hack made the spike press section and later stages more tolerable and less unfair, it’s great!

One complaint that I have is that this isn’t compatible with NaOH’s Improved Controls hack, which is a bummer, since I prefer playing with modernized controls. The spike press fix works fine, though.

Other than that, it’s a very good hack for people who don’t want to have to deal with early NES game difficulty!

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great hack, though I have one complaint.Masked Dedede08 Sep 20201.0Yes