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Castlevania 2 Rev Edition

Hack of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Description:

This hack mainly changes the graphics for Castlevania 2 for the NES. Other tweaks have also been done. This includes palette changes, and dialogue and minor map changes.

The main goal was to connect Castlevania 2 more to Castlevania 3. Some sprites are straight from cv3, others are modified versions of cv3, and cv2 ones. A few have been done from scratch.

Simon’s new sprite is similar to his Chronicles look. Boss sprites have been changed or updated. Orlox from SOTN now replaces Death. Carmilla now rides upon her mask like in other CV titles. Death replaces Dracula at the end… his sprite always looked closer to Death than Drac.

The prologue, general story, and ending have been modified for the above changes. In the wake of Dracula’s defeat, Death has cursed the land and now controls the remaining hordes of Dracula’s Army. In order to rid the curse, Simon must seek out relics from the past of those who have defeated Death before. This includes weapons and objects from Trevor Belmont and his companions.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • BASE ROM USED INFO
  • Database match: Castlevania II - Simon's Quest (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: D6B96FD98AE480C694A103FE9A5D7D84EEAFB6F7
  • File CRC32: A9C2C503
  • ROM SHA-1: 2447D6133573F7ED2CC49DC95B3130427BD4DC35
  • ROM CRC32: C471E42D

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User Review Information

Bisqwit's hack is vastly superior, and this isn't compatible

Reviewed By: bgrunge on 12 Apr 2020

As a graphics and story update, this is a great hack. The conversion of Simon to his Kojima look is greatly appreciated (Although Simon’s hair needs to be more red, as in Ultimate Castlevania), and the whole Death curse thing makes more sense than having it’s source be Dracula. If Bisqwit’s patch didn’t exist, I’d heartily recommend this one. The problem is, it does, and that means playing this patch means foregoing:

  • A save feature
  • A map
  • A better translation
  • A hint tracker
  • Selectable whips
  • Better controls (with the bisqwit compatible better controls patch)

etc.

Had this patch been built using the Bisqwit patch as a foundation, it would get a 100% recommendation from me, as I vastly prefer Kojima’s Castlevania art, and I think theming Death as the source of the curse is narratively much more tasteful. But as good as those things are, they are nowhere near as good as the other features brought to the table by Bisqwit, and as such I cannot recommend this patch over that one. You miss out on too much.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Chronicles and Iga style art and story make this feel like a true Metroidvaniatimeisup12 May 20201.0Yes
Bisqwit's hack is vastly superior, and this isn't compatiblebgrunge12 Apr 20201.0No
CV Chronicles 2, Great Job!ChandlerS0414 Dec 20191.0Yes