Castlevania Anniversary Collection Full Lineup is Revealed by Konami
Castlevania Anniversary Collection now includes Castlevania Bloodlines, Kid Dracula, Castlevania the Adventure, and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
2019 is the 50th anniversary of the storied games studio Konami, and to celebrate they are releasing three collections of their classic games on modern consoles. Today, the company released the Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, and they also announced the full lineup of games for the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, which is coming May 16.
Last month, the team announced the first four games in the collection: Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and Castlevania IV. Joining those four classic games are Castlevania Bloodlines, Kid Dracula, Castlevania the Adventure, and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.
Bloodlines was originally released on the SEGA Genesis. The platformer follows John Morris and Eric Lecarde as they seek to stop Dracula’s niece from reviving the vampire.
Kid Dracula was originally only released in Japan for the Famicom. The adorable, kid version of Castlevania visually stands out from the rest of the pack. You play as a pint-sized version of the head vampire in a comedic take on the Castlevania formula. And, as seen in the screenshots from the PlayStation Blog, Kid Dracula is being localized to English for this release.
Castlevania the Adventure was the first portable Castlevania game. It came out in 1989 for the Game Boy, which limits the gameplay slightly. Unlike console Castlevania games there are no sub-weapons, limiting your options for success. It will be interesting to see how it feels on a console.
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is a bit of a departure from the other Castlevania games of its time. Simon’s Quest uses some light RPG elements. Simon can interact with townspeople and buy new items from merchants. The game also uses a day-night cycle which changes up the game quite a bit, depending on what time of day it is.
These new additions make the Castlevania Anniversary Collection an intriguing product. You can check it out for yourself on May 16, 2019 when it releases on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.