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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

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Just downloaded this of the Wii Store. I loved this game back on the NES and so far it hasn't disappointed. This mainly aimed at the slightly older crowd, but who amongst the vastness that is gDNA has memories of this game they'd like to share?
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)

Genre/Style: Action/Side-Scrolling Platform
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Is it a sad thing that, even though I haven't touched Castlevania in years, that I can still hum the theme music?
Don't tell anyone that I have never played a Castlevania game. But I'm a gonna, I swears.
@arislyn It's not sad, just a sign of great music.
@pragmacat Don't worry about it. I'd start with the original (NES) (or Super Castlevania IV, which is basically a remake of the first one), then move to Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles (PSP) and then on to the magnum opus, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. That's a short tour through Castlevania. There are many others (including three excellent games on the DS: Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin and Order of Ecclesia) but you've got to start somewhere. A word of warning: the older ones can be a touch on the difficult side.
I never played any of the Castlevania games. :( Well, I played a demo on my Xbox 360, but I don't even remember which one it was. (You start playing the last few seconds of the final boss fight of the previous game before you start the game proper.)

I did download some music from OverClocked ReMix that I listen to every now and again.

I played the tiniest of bits of Super Metroid as well, so can't really say a lot about that either, but apparently those game(type)s are similar enough to be grouped into the Metroidvania genre (I discovered maybe two weeks ago), which includes Cave Story, a game I do like. :) It's free on PC, so try it!

I'll try to play an actual Castlevania game sometime too...
That demo was Symphony of the Night, my favorite Castlevania. I've lost track of how many times I've beaten that game. The first part (contained in the demo) was the finale from Castlevania: Dracula X (Only recently released in the US, not certain about a European release). SoN took a lot of design cues from Super Metroid (one of the best games for the SNES), and was thus dubbed "Metroidvania", a style continued in both GBA entries and the DS games. Try any of them, you can't really go wrong. Although the difficulty in Order of Ecclesia is definitely a lot higher than the previous games, and is quite similar to Castlevania II:Simon's Quest (NES) in that regard.
Damn, I had so much fun with this game when I was a kid. Also, the debut of Alucard!
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