About Castlevania

Initial Release Date
May 01, 1987 (35 years)
First Entry
Castlevania
Country of Origin
Japan
Main Developer
Konami
Main Publisher
Konami
Main Genre
Metroidvania
Published on January 1, 2021    Updated on July 21, 2022

All Castlevania Games Ever Released (1986-2022)

The Castlevania franchise has been around for so long that it's quite difficult to forget about it. This is why we've made a list of every Castlevania game ever released!

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Today, we are doing an article about all Castlevania games ever released. This list will contain every game from the franchise except the abundance of mobile games Konami has been spilling over the years.

Konami’s masterpiece is, and forever will be, my 2nd favourite franchise of all time (the first is Onimusha). It’s insane how influential the series was, and surprisingly, It’s still influencing other titles along with Metroid. Some of the games the latter influenced were the God of War and Devil May Cry series. You may not believe it, but if you dig deep enough, you’ll stumble across a handful of developers that pay tribute to the franchise.

It’s sad how this franchise ended since Konami has decided to pull the trigger and turn it into a pachinko series. And as such, whenever they feel like it, they would release a compilation of the classic games. However, lucky for you, we can always dive back into all Castlevania games ever released. Bear in mind that the list will only showcase mainline games in the series and several mobile titles.

Table of Contents

Main Games In The Series

A section dedicated to every main canon game in the Castlevania series. Starting from old to recent.

Castlevania


1987 悪魔城ドラキュラ (Akumajō Dorakyura)

About
Release Date
May 01, 1987
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Remakes
Castlevania
(1987 Original Release)
Haunted Castle
(1987 Remake)
Castlevania Chronicles
(2001 Remake)

The first game in the series ignited the fuel to everything and marked the beginning of an unforgettable journey. The entry that introduced many to this beloved franchise. It’s noteworthy to mention that nobody was expecting such a game to become this successful. The series has brought impressive elements to the gaming industry, and frankly, it hurts to see the state it has turned to.

The game’s story starts with Simon Belmont, who enters the vampiric castle seeking to defeat Count Dracula. The gameplay is pretty straightforward with Simon equipped with a whip and a few magical attacks under his belt. These magic attacks can be activated by destroying things that contain hearts. At the end of each level, players will have to tackle a boss in order to progress. Dying in this game will force anyone to start all over again. A gameplay mechanic that was common in the era.

The success of the first game would go on to spawn several sequels, remakes, and also spin-offs that were pretty much appreciated during their release.

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest


1988 ドラキュラII 呪いの封印 (Dorakyura Tsū: Noroi no Fūin)

About
Release Date
December 01, 1988
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The second game to come on the NES after the original game in 1986. The aforementioned was one of the games which inspired Koji Igarashi to create Symphony of the Night and Harmony of Dissonance. Two of the best juggernauts to land in the Metroidvania genre.

The player once again assumes the role of the legendary Simon Belmont. He is on a journey to annihilate a curse placed on him by Dracula. Unfortunately, Dracula’s body is split into pieces, and it’s up to Simon to find them and defeat him once in for all. One could argue that Simon’s Quest was an inspirational game as it introduced a couple of Metroidvania elements that would go on to be adapted into several games in the future.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse


1989 悪魔城伝説 (Akumajō Densetsu)

About
Release Date
December 22, 1989
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The third entry of the series to land on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Dracula’s Curse is a prequel to the original much like The Adventure entry.

Players take control of Trevor Belmont, the predecessor of the legendary Simon Belmont. the Catholic Church seeks his help after they banished him for having godly powers. His mission is to defeat the vampire lord Count Dracula and restore peace to the land. The game may look nothing special compared to its predecessor, but the gameplay in the third game is non-linear. Trevor can be accompanied by up to three possible companions.

There are six stages in the game to go through and in addition, players can obtain multiple endings depending on the branching path they end up following. Such feature would also go on to be adopted by upcoming Castlevania sequels, most notably, Symphony of the Night.

Castlevania: The Adventure


1989 ドラキュラ伝説 (Dracula Densetsu)

About
Release Date
October 27, 1989
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The first entry series to come to the Game Boy. The aforementioned is a 2D platformer that was released to mixed responses from the media. Similar to Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom,  The Adventure made many feel the game was difficult at times, with long levels and only three lives before playing the second cycle.

The game’s setting is set a century before the original title, where the player controls Christopher Belmont who must vanquish the vampire Dracula from the face of the earth.

Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge


1991 ドラキュラ伝説II (Dracula Densetsu II)

About
Release Date
July 12, 1991
Developer
Konami
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The second title in the series to set foot on the Game Boy platform. additionally, it serves as a sequel to Castlevania: The Adventure.

The latter takes place fifteen years after the events of its predecessor where Dracula returns to life and kidnaps Christopher Belmont’s son, Soleil. After kidnapping him, he turns him into a devil. To save his son, Christopher Belmont has to confront Dracula and take revenge upon him matter what the cost.

Super Castlevania IV


1991 悪魔城ドラキュラ (Akumajō Dracula)

About
Release Date
October 31, 1991
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Genre
2D Platformer
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

One of the best entries in the series to ever come out on the SNES. The aforementioned took what made the original game a great experience to play and sprinkled some new mechanics on it, as well as, enhanced graphics and a great collection of soundtracks to jam to. All of which brought new life to the franchise.

The game takes place in 1691 Transylvania, where the vampire hunter Simon Belmont must defeat the vampire Dracula and regain peace in the land. Gameplay is addictive and fun. Each attack players perform with the whip feels satisfying, but what’s more satisfying is latching onto rings to swing over areas that are too far or dangerous for the player to jump across. Simon quickly became a Tarzan brother in this game thanks to the swinging.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (1993)

Release Date:  October 29, 1993
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PC Engine CD
Genre: Platforming
Timeline: Canon

The prequel to Symphony of the Night was released in Japan on the PC Engine CD-ROM back in 1993. Thanks to its humble success on the PC Engine, the game would go on to receive a sort of a remastered port on the SNES, along with a full-blown remake on the PSP later on.

The game puts you in the shoes of Richter Belmont who goes to save his beloved Annette, who was kidnapped by  Count Dracula. In terms of reception, the game received very well from critics and fans, but it’s unknown whether the game has met Konami’s expectations in terms of sales or not.

Castlevania: Bloodlines


1994 バンパイアキラー (Vampire Killer)

About
Release Date
March 17, 1994
Developer & Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concepts
Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Castlevania: Bloodlines ( also known as Castlevania: The New Generation in Europe) is the only entry in the series that came out on the Sega Genesis. It is also one of the hardest, if not, one of the most brutally difficult entries in the series.

The game’s storyline concerns a legendary vampire named Elizabeth Bartley, who is Dracula’s niece, suddenly appearing in the 20th century. Plotting a sacrificial war in order to bring her uncle back to life. As a result, the three warriors vow to unite their strength and fight against impending evil. Together they manage to prevent Dracula’s full awakening.

Castlevania: Dracula X (1995)

Release Date: July 21, 1995
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: SNES
Genre: Platforming
Timeline: Canon

This entry is an adaptation of the original Rondo of Blood for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Despite being merely a remastered port, the contents of the game are drastically different from the original.

The aforementioned’s story takes place in a different universe than the official timeline. Players take the role of one of the Belmonts, Richter, who is on a quest to rescue Annet, as well as, Maria and to seal away Count Dracula once again.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


1997 悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲 (Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku)

About
Release Date
March 20, 1997
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami
Genre
Metroidvania
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

The game that introduced the Metrdoivania genre to the table, and the game that welcomed newcomers to the series in masses.

The game’s story takes place during the year 1797, 5 years after the main events of Rondo of Blood and begins with Richter Belmont’s defeat of Count Dracula, Yet, despite Dracula being defeated, Richter vanishes without a trace. The notorious castle rises again strangely five years later. Alucard, the son of Dracula, awakens from his self-induced sleep and seizes the opportunity to investigate what transpired during his slumber.

The game’s commercial performance was initially mediocre, but it later gained considerable sales because of the support of fans, selling over 700,000 units in the United States and Japan.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance


2002 キャッスルヴァニア 白夜の協奏曲 (Castlevania Byakuya no Concerto)

About
Release Date
June 06, 2002
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Harmony of Dissonance was produced by Koji Igarashi. His intention was to create something that emulates the Symphony of the Night, and it’s safe to say, he succeeded at his attempt.

The game’s story puts you in the shoes of Juste Belmont and his quest to rescue a kidnapped childhood friend who is sadly possessed by dark powers. The game has three endings which are the results of the player’s actions.

The gameplay is extremely similar to Symphony of the Night. Juste Belmont possesses a bunch of powers which gives him the advantage to wipe every enemy he encounters. If you’re looking for something similar to the likes of Symphony of the Night, or Bloodstained, this one is for you.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow


2003 キャッスルヴァニア ~暁月の円舞曲~ (Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet)

About
Release Date
May 06, 2003
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concept
Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The third instalment in the series to land on the Game Boy Advance. Producer Koji Igarashi, who had led the production teams for previous titles, led Aria of Sorrows development as well. Michiru Yamane returned to compose the music for the game, and thanks to her efforts, players will enjoy a banger of a soundtrack selection.

The game’s story is set in the future. specifically, the year 2035 when Dracula has been sealed away after a battle that occurred in the past. Meanwhile, the plot follows the journey of Soma Cruz, a teenager who possesses obscure powers for being a potential vessel for Dracula’s reincarnation. As he battles dark figures who wish to inherit Dracula’s powers, players will also have the choice to either become the new dark lord or cast the dark powers away. It all depends on the player’s choice.

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence


2003 キャッスルヴァニア (Kyassurubania)

About
Release Date
October 21, 2003
Developer & Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan

The first instalment of the series on the PlayStation 2 and technically the fourth game to make use of the 3D technology. Lament of Innocence recounts what started all of the conflicts between the Belmont clan and count Dracula.

Lament of Innocence is chronologically the first game in the series. Set in 1094, it focuses on the origins of the series plot. It follows Leon Belmont, a legendary vampire hunter, as he seeks the vampiric castle in search of his kidnapped love, Sarah. Amidst his journey, a friend dear to him will betray him and that’s where the drama begins.

The gameplay in the aforementioned game is a blend of everything you would expect from a Castlevania game. It takes advantage of the PS2’s capabilities and introduces full 3D environments similar to Rygar: The Legendary Adventure on the PS2.

Leon Belmont is equipped with his legendary whip which is capable of inflicting considerable damage depending on the materials ( fire, ice, poison). In addition, Leon is also capable of performing magical attacks, but these will cost some of his heart points. However, hearts can be found by destroying stuff scattered around the game.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow


2005 悪魔城ドラキュラ 蒼月の十字架 (Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika)

About
Release Date
August 25, 2005
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Dawn of Sorrow is the sequel to the Game Boy Advance game, Aria of Sorrow, and incorporates many previous elements from its predecessor, as well as introducing new mechanics that takes advantage of the DS capabilities.

The game’s story continues from where Aria of Sorrow left off. After Dracula’s death, it is said that Soma Cruz will inherit his demonic powers. Soma’s friends will do anything under their sleeve to stop Soma from becoming the new dark lord.

Dawn of Sorrow was commercially successful. It sold more than 15,000 units in its first week in Japan and 164,000 units in the United States during the three months after its debut. Hence, considered a successful sequel to Aria of Sorrow.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness


2005 悪魔城ドラキュラ 闇の呪印 (Akumajō Dorakyura: Yami no Juin)

About
Release Date
November 01, 2005
Developer & Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Hack & Slash
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Curse of Darkness is technically considered the fifth 3D game in the franchise if we count the cancelled Castlevania: Resurrection. The former is a completely different game than Lament of Innocence, featuring a different gameplay style, graphics and a revamped Role-playing system.

The aforementioned introduces a new character called Hector who is filled with anger and revenge against Isaac after he betrayed him and was the main reason for the death of his beloved wife. His revenge leads him to encounter Dracula at the end where the ultimate battle will begin. It is said that the events of Curse of Darkness are linked to the third game on the NES.

Curse of Darkness introduces some unique gameplay elements not seen in any other Castlevania game. Hector is capable of summoning innocent devils which will help him throughout his journey. These monsters can evolve depending on your actions, and how you follow the instructions of the game.

In addition, Hector is capable of wielding seven different kinds of weapons. An axe, spear, sword, blade, hatchet, knuckles, and rapier. Levelled-up weapons allow Hector to perform a string of combos. Meanwhile, low-level weapons are restricted to basic attacks. All of these features, make Curse of Darkness a fresh gaming experience.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


2006 悪魔城ドラキュラ ギャラリー・オブ・ラビリンス (Akumajou Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth)

About
Release Date
November 16, 2006
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The first entry in the series to ever feature a cooperative multiplayer gameplay mode and the first handheld CV game to have English voice-overs, which is pretty nice for those who don’t like to read stuff all the time.

The game’s story is kind of linked to Bloodlines since both centre around World War II. Similar to the case with other entries, the plot revolves around the eternal conflict between the Belmont and count Dracula.

Game Informer awarded it “Handheld Game of the Month” for January 2007. and listed it as one of the “Top 50 Games of 2006”.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia


2008

About
Release Date
October 21, 2008
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The third Nintendo DS instalment of the franchise. It was directed by Akihiro Minakata, with producer Koji Igarashi on board. Upon playing it, you’ll notice there are countless similarities to Symphony of the Night as well as Harmony of Dissonance. However, that is not to say the game isn’t innovative. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Order of Ecclesia introduced a new female character called Shanoa, who is part of an organization set to defeat Dracula after the Belmont clan has vanished. Unlike its predecessors, Order of Ecclesia features only one ending in the game.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night (2010)

Release Date: July 16, 2010
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: iOS | Windows Phone
Genre: Puzzle
Timeline: Canon

I tend to imagine how to making this entry came into existence. Maybe someone from Konami’s headquarters was in love with Tetris and wanted to develop something similar? That’s the only explanation there is.

The story features Alucard from Symphony of the Night and it pretty much shares the same plot as the latter. There’s really nothing else to say about this other than being similar to Tetris.

Spin-offs & Reboots

This section is dedicated to every spin-off as well as a reboot in the series that is not part of the main timeline. Starting from oldest to newest.

Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun


1990 悪魔城すぺしゃる ぼくドラキュラくん (Akuma-jō Supesharu Boku Dorakyura Kun)

About
Release Date
October 19, 1990
Developer
Team Murata Keikaku
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Remakes
Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun
(1990 Original Release)
Kid Dracula
(-0001 Remake)

Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun is a peculiar take on the Castlevania series as it’s a spin-off to the series, and also way too different from any other game in the franchise. Originally, the game was released exclusively in Japan. However, thanks to the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, you can play this on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The game puts you in the shoes of Kid Dracula once again who has awoken from a long sleep. He awakes only to discover that the demon Galamoth has once again challenged him. Now it’s up to Kid Dracula to destroy the monster and retake his throne.

Kid Dracula


-0001 Remake 悪魔城すぺしゃる・ぼくドラキュラくん (Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun)

About
Release Date
November 30, -0001
Initial Release: October 19, 1990
Developer
Team Murata Keikaku
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
GB Releases
1993-03
1993
1993-01-03

Kid Dracula which is a remake, is also a sequel to the original game released back in 1990. Unlike its predecessor which was stuck in Japan for decades, the remake was available to obtain in Europe and North America at the time.

The story is quite simple; The evil Galamoth has returned and it is up to Kid Dracula to stop him once again. However, he seems to have forgotten the way to use his spells. Also, many of his minions have turned against him and joined the villain. Luckily, Death remains by his side and gives him tips and heirlooms from his father along the way. It’s unlike the other entries in the series since it’s cute and kind of childish.

Castlevania Legends


1997 悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲 (Akumajo Dracula: Dark Night Prelude)

About
Release Date
November 27, 1997
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The third title in the series to land on the Game Boy. The game was originally considered canon to the series until it was no more. I think if the cancelled Resurrection title came out to life, it would have acted as a sequel to this one.

The game’s plot follows Sonia Belmont, a vampire hunter battling the first incarnation of Count Dracula. Throughout the course of her adventure, she meets Alucard who seeks revenge against his father as well.

Producer Koji Igarashi pulled this particular entry from the series timeline, claiming that it conflicted with the timeline of the main games. He has also stated that “Legends” is an embarrassment to the series.

Castlevania


1998

About
Release Date
December 31, 1998
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Kobe
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Castlevania (usually referred to as CV64) is the first 3D entry in the series. This entry took advantage of the Nintendo 64 console capabilities and attempted to bring the franchise through the 3D portal. While it retained some of the aspects of the traditional 2D games, it also brought new features to the table.

The game’s story focuses on Carrie and Reinhardt as they set out on a quest to halt Count Dracula’s close return to power after a hundred years of dormancy. The characters travel to and explore Dracula’s castle and defeat his dark servant.

This entry garnered quite a positive response during its launch, but it is unclear whether it sold well. However, thanks to this positive response, Konami released a sequel called Legacy of Darkness.

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness


1999 悪魔城ドラキュラ黙示録外伝 ~レジェンドオブコーネル~ (Akumajou Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden: The Legend of Cornell)

About
Release Date
November 30, 1999
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Kobe
Publisher
Konami
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Dark Fantasy, Vampire, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The second entry in the franchise to enter the 3D realm, and take advantage of the N64 technical capabilities. The gameplay is pretty clunky for today’s standards, and so are the graphics. Yet, if you’re someone who enjoys hunting old entries from a series, Legacy of Darkness is worth the discovery, although it’s highly advisable you lower your expectations.

The overall story is a bit similar to Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. It stars the man-beast Cornell in his quest to prevent his adoptive sister, Ada, from becoming a sacrifice to resurrect Dracula. His quest will be imbued with danger and fiends along with skeletons driving motorcycles. Yes, you heard it, skeletons….driving……motorcycles.

Castlevania: Resurrection (2000-Cancelled)

Cancellation Date: March 30, 2000
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: Dreamcast
Genre: Action-Adventure
Timeline: Linked with Legends

The planned seventh entry in the series was sadly cancelled, and it went down along with Sega’s Dreamcast back in 2000. If this game was released, it would’ve been the third 3D CV game.

The game was to focus on Sonia Belmont and a new character, Victor Belmont, an 1800s vampire hunter who had abandoned his lineage. The story is set in 1666, directly before Simon Belmont’s adventure in the original game.

The reason for the cancellation of this entry is often credited to many things, including the dispute between the Japanese and American Konami teams, and the death of the Dreamcast after the official announcement of Sony PlayStation 2. Although cancelled, you can now get your hands on the E3 pre-demo by going to archive.org and downloading it. You will need a Dreamcast emulator for it to work, tho.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon


2001 悪魔城ドラキュラ (Akumajou Dracula: Circle of the Moon)

About
Release Date
March 21, 2001
Developer
Konami Computer Entertainment Kobe
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Fantasy, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Circle of the Moon was published as a launch title for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001. Unlike other parts of the series, this one isn’t canon.

The game’s plot is set in 1830 when the worshipers of chaos attempt to revive the Lord of Darkness, Count Dracula. When it seems that all hope is lost, Nathan Graves and Hugh Baldwin learn about this upcoming threat. To stop Count Dracula’s resurrection, they both head over to his Castle to finish him once and for all.

The game sold very well and was a critical hit. Journalists and fans praised many aspects of it including soundtracks, the level design, and the overall story. However, on the other hand, it received criticism from Koji Igarashi himself. He cited in an interview several flaws he felt should have been corrected in Circle of the Moons design, specifically its controls and the dark appearance of the graphics on the Game Boy Advance. He additionally criticized the DSS card system which he said holds no value.

Castlevania: Order of Shadows (2007)

Order of Shadows is another entry in the franchise which is considered a side story to the official timeline but is not part of IGA’s chronological timeline.

The game puts you in the shoes of one of the Belmonts called Desmond. Similar to any Belmont that came before him, he sets off on an epic adventure to stop a mysterious cult known as the order along with his two sisters to stop them from resurrecting count Dracula.

The gameplay is pretty similar to Super Castlevania IV. Desmond Belmont is equipped with the Vampire Killer whip and a few sub-weapons under his belt. The game also features experience points similar to games such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. There exist some downloads of this game on the internet, but unfortunately, we can’t provide them. However, I’m sure if you’re familiar with emulators, you will have no problems at all.

Castlevania Judgment


2008 悪魔城ドラキュラ ジャッジメント (Akumajō Dorakyura Jajjimento)

About
Release Date
November 18, 2008
Developer
8ing
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
3D Fighting
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The first game in the series to ever come out on the Wii, and also the first to have a one-on-one versus 3D fighting mode. (and the first to ever have a character resembling Yagami Light)

The wicked Galamoth plots to send the Time Reaper to the past to destroy his deadly rival Dracula, and change history once in for all. Luckily, Aeon discovers this and decides to put together champions from different timelines into a time rift. The winner will be the chosen one to fight and defeat the Time Reaper from 10.000 years in the future.

Judgment was heavily criticized by journalists and fans all over the globe. The main issue is how it is a fighting game that is not really connected to other entries from the franchise.

Castlevania: The Arcade (2009)

Release Date: February 2009
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: Arcade
Genre: Light Gun Shooter
Timeline: Not Canon

After Konami made a Silent Hill Arcade game, they decided to make an arcade title set in the Castlevania timeline. Castlevania: The Arcade is the second entry in the series to come out on the Arcade. However, this one was merely a light gun shooting game. Furthermore, it is also one of the most obscure entries in the series which is difficult to find any relevant information about.

The gameplay is similar to Silent Hill: Arcade. Instead of a gun, you can use a whip to slash your enemies using the two remote buttons. The top thumb button is used to activate the whip. Meanwhile, the bottom button is used to equip sub-weapons such as knives and crosses. Similar to other entries, these sub-weapons can be refilled by collecting hearts.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair


2010 悪魔城ドラキュラ ハーモ二オブディスペアー (Akumajō Dracula: Harmony of Despair)

About
Release Date
August 04, 2010
Developer & Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Co-Op, Online Co-Op, Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is one of the few titles in the franchise to incorporate a large portion of well-known characters from the series.

The game plays like the Boss Rush Mode of previous 2D games, but with several rooms and items to find, culminating in a boss to fight. It also includes a versus mode, with battles occurring between players.

The game was met with a mixed reception. But for the most part, it was generally positive. However, sales, on the one hand, did not please Konami.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


2010 キャッスルヴァニア ロード オブ シャドウ (Kyassuruvania Rōdo obu Shadō)

About
Release Date
October 05, 2010
Developer
Mercury Steam
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Hack & Slash
Concept
Dark Fantasy
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Spain

The prequel to the Lords of Shadow series was first released by Konami back in 2010 for various consoles and PC. The game was developed by MercurySteam and Kojima Production.

The game’s story focuses on Gabriel Belmont and his quest to defeat an order known as the Lords of Shadow and resurrect his dead wife. His journey won’t be easy, but he’s up for it.

Lords of Shadow breaks free of the previous gameplay seen in earlier games. Players control Gabriel in a 3D world where he has to battle fierce enemies his Combat Cross. The chain whip allows the player to perform many things. Such as, performing a different set of combos once upgraded, defending against enemies’ attacks, and jumping from one corner to another.

Upon its arrival, the game sold very well and was critically acclaimed. It is praised for the new elements that it provided to the franchise, although others criticized it for being entirely different from its predecessors.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate


2013 キャッスルヴァニア ロード オブ シャドウ 宿命の魔鏡 (Castlevania Lord of Shadows: Magic Mirror of Destiny)

About
Release Date
March 05, 2013
Developer
Mercury Steam
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Spain

Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is the direct sequel to the original rebooted game which was originally released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS back in 2013.

The game features four playable characters who will fight Dracula in his castle in different time periods. The game begins 26 years after the events of the original game with Simon Belmont, who is on a quest to avenge the death of his father, Trevor, unaware that the vampire Dracula is his own grandfather.

Mirror of Fate is a 2.5D side-scrolling adaptation of the series and is an attempt to return to the roots of the original by sprinkling some changes while also retaining the gameplay from Lords of Shadow. While many may consider Mirror of Fate to be a mediocre Metroidvania experience, the game is worth the shot for those seeking a fun action hack and slash.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD


2013 Content Update

About
Release Date
October 25, 2013
Initial Release: March 05, 2013
Developer
Mercury Steam
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Spain
X360 Releases
2013-10-25
2013-12-04

Seven months after, Konami would go on to release an updated release titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD. The latter was published for Xbox 360 on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3  on the PlayStation Network and later on Steam.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2


2014 悪魔城ドラキュラ ロード オブ シャドウ2 (Akumajō Dorakyura Rōdo obu Shadō Tsu)

About
Release Date
February 25, 2014
Developer
Mercury Steam
Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Hack & Slash
Concept
Dark Fantasy
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Spain

Lords of Shadow 2 is the sequel to Lords of Shadow with a surprise. You play as Dracula himself this time, slaughtering his enemies and feasting upon their flesh.

The game continues from where the original game left off. You play as the weakened Dracula who is on a quest to defeat his former opponent, Satan. The sequel brought several changes, including the open-world system which broke free of the traditional Devil May Cry/God of War III camera style. Moreover, the gameplay mechanics were improved along with the addition of new weapons and abilities.

Unlike the prequel, this one received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Many labelled it as nothing but a God of War clone which on the other hand angered the developers. As a result, Konami cut ties with MercurySteam because of low sales.

Revelations (2014)

Release Date: March 25th, 2014
Developer: MercurySteam
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 | PC
Genre: Action-Adventure, Hack and Slash

Lords of Shadow 2’s first DLC was released back in 2014 for various consoles and PC. Players take control of Dracula’s son, Alucard, and go on to discover what happened to him during Dracula’s final moments. Unlike his father, Alucard is quicker, deadlier, and stylish. You’d be crazy not to fall in love with his charismatic character that resembles Vergil from the Devil May Cry series.

Castlevania Grimoire of Souls (2019)

Release Date: September 20, 2019 (Canada exclusive)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: Mobile Phones (Android, iOS)
Genre: Action-Role-Playing
Timeline: Not canon

Just when you thought Castlevania could make a comeback, Konami releases Grimoire of Souls. This entry is a mobile game and part of the series which was unfortunately released only in Canada. To play it, people had to use a VPN. It was until 2021 that the game would return to be available worldwide

This entry contains a variety of single-player and multiplayer modes. It also incorporates whatever you would expect from a Castlevania game. Additionally, the game includes the dreadful microtransaction which destroyed this franchise to shreds.

Sadly, the game was discontinued on September 9, 2020, for unknown reasons. It could be because of the lack of players, but nobody knows.

Remakes

A section dedicated to every remake in the Castlevania series. Bear in mind that many of the mentioned games below are considered canon.

Haunted Castle


1987 Remake 悪魔城ドラキュラ (Akumajō Dorakyura)

About
Release Date
December 26, 1987
Initial Release: May 01, 1987
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS2 Releases
2006-05-25

Haunted Castle is a remake of the original title released to the arcades back in 1987 and is also considered canon in the series. Haunted Castle runs on custom JAMMA-based hardware.

In short, the game puts you in the shoes of Simon Belmont once again who embarks on a journey through a ruined castle to rescue his beloved wife Serena from the hands of Count Dracula. Simon must dive through six stages in order to reach the Count’s hideout.

Castlevania Chronicles


2001 Remake 悪魔城年代記 悪魔城ドラキュラ (Akumajō Nendai-ki Akumajō Dorakyura)

About
Release Date
May 24, 2001
Initial Release: May 01, 1987
Developer & Publisher
Konami
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concept
Vampire
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
PS1 Releases
2001-05-24
2001-10-08
2001-11-09

Before Chronicles, Konami released a remake entry titled after the original which was initially released on the Sharp X68000 back in 1993. However, after 8 years, when Koji Igarashi joined Konami, the latter decided to develop another 2nd full-blown remake of the original. The latter incorporated several features, including an Arranged Mode, better visuals, and other extra features.

In case you’re wondering, the game’s story centres around Simon Belmont who is on a journey to defeat Count Dracula. Those seeking to experience this remake can download it digitally from the mentioned platforms above.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (2007)

Release Date: October 23, 2007
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PSP
Genre: Platformer
Timeline: Canon

The 2.5D remake of Rondo of Blood for the PSP. It also includes the original PC Engine Super CD-ROM version of the aforementioned as well as a port of Symphony of the Night and surprisingly even a mini-game titled Akumajyo Dracula Peke.

Unfortunately, these cannot be accessed straight from the beginning. They can be unlocked first by meeting certain requirements in the main game before they can actually be played.  On the other hand, the game’s story centres around the eternal conflict between the vampire hunters of the Belmont Clan and the immortal vampire Dracula, who has once again been awakened.

The Dracula X Chronicles is graphically superior to the original title since the visuals have been improved to match the PSP look. Additionally, it adds several changes which are not available in the original. For example, New dialogue scenes, a barrier made of red skeletons, and a barrier made of crystal. Lastly, a Boss Rush mode is also included.

Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (2009)

elease Date: October 27, 2009
Developer: M2
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: WiiWare
Genre: Side-Scrolling
Timeline: Canon

The Adventure ReBirth is a side-scrolling action platform game developed by M2 and released by Konami for the Wii in 2009 as a WiiWare title. This one is actually a remake and a sequel to the 1989 Game Boy title and incorporates several changes to what you would expect from a remake.

The game’s setting is a century before the original title, where the player controls Christopher Belmont, who must vanquish the vampire Dracula from the face of the earth.

Collections

A section dedicated to every compilation of the Castlevania series. Starting from newest to oldest this time.

Castlevania Advance Collection


2021

About
Release Date
September 23, 2021
Developer & Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
Metroidvania
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

Similar to the Anniversary collection, this collection is a gateway for old fans to re-experience Castlevania once again, and a portal for newcomers to experience this masterpiece for the first time. The collection features four games: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Aria of Sorrow, Harmony of Dissonance, and Dracula X.

All of these games come enhanced with high-definition visuals which makes these games superior when compared to the originals. In addition, the bundle is packed with interesting features that will surely please everyone. Check below for the whole set of these features:

  • Gallery: Browse through scans of the original package designs and discover incredible artwork never shown to the public before.
  • ROM Region Select: You can now choose between the Japanese, American, and European versions for each game at any time.
  • Encyclopedia: Learn more about all three games thanks to their dedicated encyclopedia.

These are some interesting features that really help expand the lifetime of the franchise as a whole, but the best features of the bundle are going to be shown below.

  • Save/Load State: You can now quickly save and reload at any point in the game. Even right before that deadly attack from Dracula himself.
  • Rewind: Seen on other collections such as Mega Man X Collection, you can now rewind the state of the game for a few seconds for a second chance.
  • Replay: You can record and replay your runs. This feature will surely help streamers and speedrunners.

Castlevania Advance Collection is a must-have experience collection that you shouldn’t miss. We can only hope that Konami will one day port other titles from the franchise in the foreseeable future.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection


2019

About
Release Date
May 16, 2019
Developer
Konami
Publisher
Konami Digital Entertainment
Franchise
Castlevania
Genre
2D Platformer
Concepts
Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Players
Single Player
Monetization
Buy to Play
Country of Origin
Japan
Available On

The Anniversary Collection is a set that contains eight classic titles from the franchise. the latter is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. Each game contains its own story and its own protagonist with its own unique gameplay elements.

To summarize, here is a compilation that includes the following games:

  1. The NES Castlevania Trilogy
  2. Super Castlevania IV
  3. Castlevania: The Adventure and Belmont’s Revenge
  4. Castlevania: Bloodlines
  5. Kid Dracula

Castlevania Requiem (2018)

Release Date: October 26, 2018
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platforms: PS4
Genre: Action Platformer
Timeline: Collection

Requiem: Symphony of the Night/Rondo of Blood is a collection pack that contains two games. Rondo of Blood and the direct sequel, Symphony of the Night.

Both of these games are based on the PSP remake. Meaning that the versions included in this compilation feature the updated scripts, as well as, the new voice acting present in that bundle and not the ones from the original PlayStation.

This marks the end of the “All Castlevania Games Ever Released” article. The list will also include games released on the Pachislot soon. Thank you for reading.

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