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Akumajou Densetsu - Localization / Title Screen Redone

Hack of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Description:

Based on the Akumajou Densetsu Translation hack originally made by Vice Translations.

The previous hack was edited to create a new custom title screen to have the USA name of the game. Original graphics were created by user Vanya.

Also, this hack changes most of the names used in the translation project of Vice Translations, making this a localization project.

Some examples, the name from the previous hack had “Ralph Belmondo”, this was changed to Trevor Belmont to make it as closely related to it’s USA counterpart. Other changes include Sypha Velmundes (or something like that) to Sypha Belnades, and Grant Danusty to Grant Danasty.

This was intended to make it as closely related to the original canon as possible, making this the real worthy successor of the original 2 Castlevanias with proper difficulty and a great sound!

Oh and if that’s not enough, the hack has a separate patch with a new Alucard sprite which closely resembles his Symphony of the Night look!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Akumajou Densetsu (J)
  • Country: JAP
  • CRC32: 2E93CE72
  • MD5: 91FA26986B6C07C39FADBFAC61ADABD6
  • SHA-1: A0F3B31D4E3B0D2CA2E8A34F91F14AD99A5AD11F
  • SHA-256: 958A4B5E95E80ACB2C71A43E9EF2E91444F3D097AE9D4EEB747F0DAC8ABE7A28

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
ShadowOne333HackingGraphics & Hacking
VanyaDesignConcept, Graphics & Hacking

User Review Information

The (99.5%) Definitive Castlevania III Experience

Reviewed By: Mr. Pennington on 03 Jan 2020

Along with Contra, Castlevania III is one of the more egregious examples of Western gamers getting shortchanged in the 8-bit era. We still grew up with an outstanding game, but meanwhile, Famicom owners were enjoying an epic, enhanced version of the soundtrack, less obnoxious difficulty, better story, more animations, and 100% less censorship. At last, now that we’re finally old enough to see 8-bit statue boobies, we can experience arguably the best Castlevania in all its original glory.

Any gripes I have are mostly cosmetic. The new title screen looks great, but it also looks just a bit too modern to my eye and reminds me right away that I’m playing a hack. I missed the ghoul rabbits; I thought they were much cooler than the fleamen and added some nice variety to the enemy roster. Also, I found Grant’s use of the word “bastard” a bit jarring. Censoring classical statues was silly on Nintendo of America’s part even back then, but I can’t imagine they’d have let any sort of strong language slide in 1990, so that momentarily broke the illusion for me.

These things are easy to look past. This is absolutely the way to play Castlevania III. The superior translation coupled with the original soundtrack restores this classic’s full punch. Excellent work!

Version 7.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
The (99.5%) Definitive Castlevania III ExperienceMr. Pennington03 Jan 20207.1Yes
Best Version of Castlevania IIIKIL91306 Aug 20197.1Yes
Definitive version, however....Ar8temis00804 Oct 20177.1Yes
Thank you for making thisAnimation Guru25 Jul 20166.1Yes