Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Nintendo Entertainment System
|Released By||Vice Translations|
|Patching Information||No Special Requirements|
|Genre||Action > Platformer|
|Game Date||22 December 1989|
|Release Date||12 Oct 2003|
|Last Modified||12 March 2016|
Out of all the NES Castlevania games, this one has to be my favorite. Yes, everything you’d expect from a Castlevania game is there: A Belmont is attempting to destroy Dracula (this time, Trevor Belmont is the one wielding the Vampire Killer), you have your standard subweapons, and at the end of each stage is a boss.
What’s new, you say? Well, there are three bosses that you can actually turn into “party members” if you will: Grant DeNasty (a pirate who can climb walls and is an expert dagger user), Sypha Belnades (a magic user, with various types of magic sub-weapons and a staff) and Alucard (Dracula’s son, who uses Fireballs and can change into a bat). Do note that you can only have ONE of these people on your team, and if you want a different one you have to exchange him/her for your current party member.
Another new feature is the “Choose Your Path” feature. After each stage, most of the time you are given a choice between two new stages to go to next. This may not seem to be that great of a feature, but in Castlevania games, it’s a new feature. We’re used to being forced into the next stage, so it’s new, people!
Anyway, Castlevania III is definitely worth a try if you’re a Castlevania fan, or just an action fan in general. Yeah, it’s no SOTN and offers little to no RPG gameplay, but it’s still a great game.
I’m certain we have a hack of Akumajou Densetsu somewhere around here, but unlike that patch, which was just the English script cut-n’-pasted into the Japanese ROM, this one’s from scratch, translated from the original script. Of course, this also means the original names apply (Trevor Belmont is now Ralph Belmond), but also gone are the dubious errors (”Bad world full of evil”). But yeah, whether be it Trevor, Ralph, Bad world or evil, Akamajou Densetsu is a game to play. Only now there’s no Nintendo censorship to get in the way of things. Wee! Version 1.0 features a title screen replacement courtesy of BMF54123.
ROM / ISO Information:
- Akumajou Densetsu (J).nes - GOODNES 3.14
- CRC32: 2E93CE72
- MD5: 91FA26986B6C07C39FADBFAC61ADABD6
- SHA-1: A0F3B31D4E3B0D2CA2E8A34F91F14AD99A5AD11F