I'm working on a small Castlevania 3 rom hacking project called Aperture of Corruption. Our goal is for this project to stand out as a love letter to Castlevania, as well as a thank you note to Konami, for 34 years of gothic goodness.
Using the MMC5 chip to its fullest potential we have room to almost double the games original content. The plan is to totally convert Castlevania 3 into a whole new game with brand new levels, story, music, bosses, and so much more.
However we need help from the community, we are looking for more people looking to make this project a reality. If your interested in helping work on the project or have any questions about it, feel free to PM me or post about it below, I will try and answer as much as I can.
What we have done so far with the games original ROM:
-extended the original CHR and PRG banks
-built in instant character swapping on the fly
-added extra mid air control
-created instant weapon swapping (allowing for more than one sub-weapon to be used)
-and introduced slightly faster stair climbing
What we currently need help with
-Background art and stage design
-New sound engine
-Boss sprite work
Basic Lore Summary:
Aperture of corruption is a prequel to CV3, following the mother of Trevor Belmont, Sonia. Lore wise, this project looks to answer; why the Belmont were feared by the start of CV3, solving the mystery behind the time traveler Saint Germain, the disappearance of the Belmont clan after 1792, Dracula's forgotten resurrection in 1897, how Quincey Morris defeated Dracula and the bizarre time stopping pocket watch found throughout the series.
[After Ricther defeated Dracula in 1792, the Belmont legacy/lineage slowly fell into obscurity and eventually became nothing but a legend. Without the Belmont Clan to stop him; Dracula returned in 1897, (following the 100 year curse) and Translevania was once again thrown into chaos. Dracula enlists the help of a brilliant scientist; Claudia, to strengthen his forces and help him erase the Belmont Clan from existence. Using Draculas forbidden knowledge, and dark magic, Claudia crafts a device (like a distance mirror) that allows objects to be pulled from the past called the Aperture of Corruption. Dracula used this device to pull Sonia Belmont; a descendant from the far past, into the future. Can you collect the fragments of the aperture entrusted to Draculas baddest bosses, free the cursed citizens of Translevania, all while saving the future AND the past?]
Plot points from legends that will be ironed out in Aperture of Corruption:
Why Alucard is not Trevor's father
Why Sonia isn't the first or last to fight Dracula
and why Sonia is still important to the lore as a whole.
Title/Stage Mock up:
Screenshot of new sprite and re designed vanilla enemy type in the ROM: