Review by RyoJubei

"They make it just like original, only smaller."

Castlevania for the NES is the game that started that Castlevania craze. Nintendo and Konami decided to rerelease this game for the Gameboy Advance. This is a perfect conversion of the original NES game. Let's take a look why

Graphics 10/10
The graphics are exactly like the original, maybe even better with the Gameboy screen. There was nothing extra added in or taken away. The game has lots of colors but still maintains the gothic feel.

Sounds 10/10
The music and the sounds are exactly the same as the NES version. Simon still makes the famous grunt sound when hit by an enemy and when you whip it has the same classic sound. The classic music of Simon walking up to the castle and the first stage music “Vampire Killer” are untouched. The programmers didn't take away any of the original music or add any in. This is very important because any tweaks here or there to the game might ruin the experience and wouldn't give you the feel that you're playing a re-released version of the original.

Control 10/10
If you have played the original game for NES you used a controller. One would think with putting this game on a portable that the control would be difficult. The programmers did a great job of making the control flawless for this game. Simon responds to the controls perfectly. The controls are exactly like the original NES version. The B button whips, A button jumps. The directional pad moves you in those directions. There are L and R buttons on top of the Gameboy Advance and the programmers didn't make use of these. In the game you get special weapons and to use these in the original NES version you need to press up and the B button. The programmers could easily used the L or R button to use your weapon but instead to keep the tradition of pressing up and the B button for your special weapon. Would using the L or R button be easier then pressing up and B for your special weapon? Of course but Konami wanted to keep the same exact game.

Challenge 10/10
Konami did a great job with the challenge. The game is still a challenging game just like the NES original. The programmers decided to have a save option for the game. The original didn't have a save or password feature; so you had to sit down and beat the game at once or when you would quit you would have to start all over again. Now someone who has played the original might not like this idea because it's one of the few things Konami added in and takes away from the game being exactly the same as the original. With saying that it might sound like saying this game is a perfect conversion is a contradiction but you don't have to use the save option. You can start from the beginning just like in the original.

Replay Value 10/10
This game has lots of reasons to come back. If you beat it once, and want to play it again. If you want to see how fast you can beat it or using the save option you can work on a stage that gives you trouble.

Overall 10/10
The game goes for $20 and is worth it. It's almost a perfect conversion of the NES original with a save option that you don't have to use. It's a great starter if you never played the NES original or any of the other games in the Castlevania series. It's great even if you have played the original and other games in the Castlevania series. This game would go great in any gamer's collection. Don't pass this game up, go out and get it. You'll be glad you did.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/04


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