Today is the 25th birthday of the Castlevania series. It all began when Konami released a game called Devil’s Castle Dracula, or Akumajou Dracula for the Famicom Disk System, which soon saw a port for the MSX2. Later the game was ported to the NES in the west. Castlevania is one of the oldest game series still alive and belongs among the classic series like Mario, Mega Man and Ys. Those who had NES most likely played a Castlevania game at some point, thou exceptions are not uncommon. The series was known for it’s difficulty and gothic themes, until it got a complete facelift in 90’s with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the first Metroidvania / Castleroid. Since then the games have been trying to find their place in the modern world of games with varying success.
Whether or not the future of Castlevania will bring on a new 2D or 3D adventure, the only thing we can be sure of is that the future is uncertain. The latest Castlevania game wasn’t the success Konami had hoped for, and the lack of any kind of celebration from Konhami’s part only makes the doubts grow even more.
Castlevania isn’t an outdated series, it is a series that’s been treated badly. While we have a divided fandom between the classic style, the new style and the 3D fans, we could use full blown back-to-the-basics game with the same development budget as the latest 3D Castlevania had.