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'Castlevania' Classic Revival?
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:48 AM

The Belmont clan's next legacy may possibly return to its roots, as Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi said to Wired that he is currently observing Capcom's classic take on Mega Man 9. "I'm watching [Mega Man 9] very closely to see how it does," said Igarashi. "I'm a big retro gaming fan, so if it is successful that definitely opens up doors for what I can do."

The original Castlevania for the NES was released back in 1987. The staple title featured a unique take on the nocturnal tale of Dracula, along with some classic monsters such as Frankenstein, Medusa and more. Gamers around the world are also familiar with its timeless tune (c'mon, you know you can hum the soundtrack to the first level).

Just like Mega Man, the classic Castlevania is a huge hit to retro gamers and it opened up to other masterpieces, such as Alucard's tale in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the PS One that was released in 1997 - a decade after its founder. Ever since Symphony, Castlevania games have been changed to a more Super Metroid style take where RPG elements are mixed in with awesome 2D action. It's not like Castlevania needed a retro take, but that's what we thought until we played Mega Man 9 - nostalgia can be a persuading factor. Check out our hands on demo of Mega Man 9.

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Posted by G4maniac14 - Friday, July 25, 2008 7:33 AM
Castlevania is an excellent series! a revival of the classic one would DEF be awesome!

Posted by Kadosho - Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:47 AM
Really curious of IGA can take us back. We've been held by the hand ever since Symphony. But it was definitely a fun venture. IGA's other foray with CV, was Dracula X (Super PC), a definitive yet challenging title.

For those of you with PSP's, I'm sure you've played Chronicles Drac X, and hope you enjoyed it. Perhaps there is a positive road ahead for the CV team, its just tough to rebound after Judgment's delivery during E3.

Posted by SithLordNitsu - Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:30 AM
Cant wait for some retro Castlevania... 1+2 I hope!

Posted by moose_ - Thursday, July 24, 2008 9:01 AM
Castlevania and Castlevania Symphony of the Night are my favorites in the series.

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