Castlevania was released in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The name Castlevania is derived from Dracula’s castle, Castel del Vrue. The game’s story focuses on a vampire hunter named Simon Belmont who enters Castlevania to defeat its owner Dracula. Why he does this is because Dracula has kidnapped his girlfriend. Castlevania gained critical acclaim for its level design, gameplay, multiple player character options, and music. The game’s success led to Castlevania being ported to many different gaming consoles. Castlevania was created by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo (KCET).
The soundtrack of Castlevania was composed by Konami Kukeiha Club. Castlevania’s music has been described as being “dramatic” and that it reflects Castlevania’s setting well. Castlevania was the first video game soundtrack to be recorded with a symphony orchestra, which was done by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Castlevania sold very well, leading to the continuation of its franchise. Castlevania is also one of the most popular video game franchises spanning several Nintendo gaming systems. Castlevania was inducted into GameSpy’s Hall of Fame in 2002, and was inducted into IGN’s Greatest Games of All Time in 2007.
Castlevania’s gameplay consists of platforming through Dracula’s castle while fighting various monsters. Castlevania uses a password system so players can restart at the exact point where they are after dying. Castlevania follows the Castlevania sub-series of the Castlevania video game series. Castlevania is also available in various collections, such as Castlevania Collector’s Edition for GBA and Dracula X Chronicles for PSP. Castlevania was one of the most influential video games in history. Castlevania is a mix of platforming and role-playing elements, with the player being able to use different swords.