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Castlevania - Death Counter

Hack of Castlevania


This hack repurposes the life counter in Castlevania into a death counter. You begin the game with zero deaths, and each time you die the counter increases by 1 (up to 99). This effectively gives you infinite lives but more than just a simple cheat code, it also modifies the in-game UI to help players keep track of deaths and encourage trying to have as few deaths as possible.


  • Repurposes the lives counter as a death counter.
  • Death counter starts at 0.
  • Dying increases the counter.
  • Getting extra lives (either from points or the hidden 1up) plays the jingle but has no effect.
  • Added a little skull icon to the UI to indicate deaths instead of lives.
  • At 256 deaths the counter loops back to 99 to prevent a Game Over caused by an overflow.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania (USA) (Rev 1)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 7A20C44F302FB2F1B7ADFFA6B619E3E1CAE7B546
  • File CRC32: 856114C8
  • ROM SHA-1: 3DCB69A8C861C041AEB56C04E39ADF6D332EDA3A
  • ROM CRC32: B668C7FC



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