Ignoring Heraclitus I'm stepping into the same river twice and releasing once again a facelift patch for Castlevania. The rules are the same - the NES version of the game is updated with KONAMI-authored graphics. But this time most of the graphics are taken from the third generation of Castlevania for mobile phones.
The patch is available here:https://yadi.sk/d/XXkso2kp3U7sjz?lang=en
As in the previous patch some of the graphics come from Vampire Killer for MSX to honor that great game which started it all for me 30 years ago in 1988.
This time the patch does not come as a hacked Nestopia. Instead it is in a form of an "HDPack" for the excellent Mesen NES emulator. Many thanks go to its author Sour! Without his support this pack would've never existed.
Using his emulator allowed me to replace not just the graphics, but also the music of the game. The tracks are taken from various sources indicated in respective ogg tags. If you do not like these exact tracks, you may replace them with your own.
In order to use this patch you have to download the latest Mesen emulator (0.9.5 and up) from http://www.mesen.ca
Then you should unzip and run it. Mesen will greet you with a configuration window. Pay attention what folder will be specified there as a "Data Storage Location". You need to place the contents of this HDPack zip file into the
[Data Storage Location]\HdPacks\[CastlevaniaRomName]\ folder
(e.g "HdPacks\Castlevania (USA)\" if you are loading "Castlevania (USA).nes")
Please note that unlike my previous patch which was compatible with any Castlevania or Akumajou Dracula ROM (and even with some custom level hack ROMs) this patch requires exactly the Castlevania (USA) ROM (SHA1 a31b8bd5b370a9103343c866f3c2b2998e889341)! Even Rev.A won't work.
After extracting the HDPack you should enable HDPacks in Mesen. Tick the box at
Options->Video->Enable HDNes HD Packs.
Now load the ROM into Mesen. If the game retains the original look, something went wrong. Check the location of the pack. Check the version of your ROM.
Note that you have to run the pack on a more or less powerful modern PC or laptop. Don't try it on your Celeron or Atom. If you have got a modern quad core CPU, I recommend enabling VSync for a silky smooth scrolling (Options->Video->Enable vertical sync).
Please drop me a line on kya199 at yandex.ru, if you ever stuble upon a part 2 or 3 of the mobile phone Castlevania generation II:http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/screen-cvcphone2.htm