Nerd Bacon is now on Flickr! Here's our chance to share awesome pictures with you guys: rare consoles, huge collections, and maybe a few other things you've never seen are in store. Visit Nerd Bacon @ Flickr now! And check back often as we continue to add new pics from our members!


Nerd Bacon is endeavoring to bring you more news than ever before! Visit our NEWS SECTION to stay up-to-date with the gaming world!


Bacon Bits

No updates in past 7 days!


Ever wanted to know what our senior members are up to in their spare time? Want to get to know our writers a little better? Then take a look at our brand new Bacon Bits: The Baconeer Blogs and see what they have to say!


MEMBERS AREA Updated August 1st.

 
Navigation by WebRing.
 
 

Read a Random Nerd Bacon Article!

 

Sponsored Links

 

What's Shakin' at the Bacon

AbyssalOblivionJMSutherland 
Three new reviews coming soon!
 

The WatchmanThe Watchman Owner
COO

Less than 3 weeks left until E3 2017. Are your souls ready?
 

PoseidonPoseidon 
Anybody else going to be participating in the CoD: WWII beta when it comes out?
 

JusticescoobyJusticescooby 
I finally got my hands on a Nintendo Switch yesterday, feeling excited.
 

Sign in to update your status
 

Recent Comments

  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: FANTASTIC article Dave! I agree on numerous things mentioned here. 1. Super Mario Odyssey WILL be a big hit and……
     
  • Poseidon
    Poseidon: :(…
     
  • Poseidon
    Poseidon: I'm excited. If the setting for FC5 is in the US, it would be a welcome change for me. All……
     
  • Sean Collins
    Sean Collins: I'm getting a creepy cult/polygamist vibe from these teasers....…
     
  • Sean Collins
    Sean Collins: IO, laid of some employees this week. :( Things are looking quite grim.…
     
  • Sean Collins
    Sean Collins: Honestly, I saw this one coming. It was nearly June and neither Rockstar or Take-Two had announced a release……
     
  • Nips
    Nips: Nooooooooooooo…
     
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: Man... the SNES was, and still is, an incredible gaming system!…
     
 

Sponsored Links

 
Castlevania – NES

Castlevania – NES

Castlevania NES Cover Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System

Developer: Konami

Publishers:  Konami

Release Date (NA): May 1, 1987

Genre: Platformer, Action/Adventure

Nerd Rating:  7 out of 10

Castlevania is the first of the many in the franchise. While not being the best, it was the building blocks for the fantastic series to come. Not many games have been able to take on the public as NES games and continue on to stay successful throughout the years with each next-gen console. That’s partially a lie, there are plenty, but for this review, I am right.CASTLEVA_009

This was probably the first game I ever became addicted to. I was 3 years old when I played it for the first time. My uncle had rented it from this guy who drove down the block, like the ice cream man, but with video games (I swear I’m not making this up). I played it for ages, well, only a few days, but I could not beat it. I never played such a hard game. Even as a 28 year old adult, this game is hard. But it’s awesome. I blame Castlevania for my love of vampires and anything related. Why am I writing this like I have ADD? Squirrels are cool.

CASTLEVA_001The main idea behind Castlevania is that you are this human dude who has ancestors that “kill” Dracula every hundred years. This gets more confusing as the series continues because some shit happens every century, while some shit seems to happen in between…it just gets real fucking quirky and I am too lazy to try to figure out the timeline.

In THIS Castlevania, the protagonist is Simon Belmont. He uses the inherited family heirloom, the Vampire Killer (it’s a fucking whip), to kill oodles of monsters as he tries to blast through Castlevania, all the way to Dracula’s chamber and “kill” him. Simon finds a few sub-weapons along the way such as Holy Water, a Cross, a Dagger, an Axe, and a Stopwatch.

CASTLEVA_007

These little guys can really make or break your chances of advancing. If you have the Stopwatch, you can fly past some areas that are just way too riddled with douchebags, but if you accidentally picked up a Dagger right before you walked through some shit, you’re fucked. Overall, the game is pretty sweetly designed and only has a few controlling flaws that stand out, i.e., holding the d-pad a little oddly, causing you to use your sub-weapon instead of whipping a faggot.

CASTLEVA_011

We are Anonymous. We are Legion.

The graphics are what got me enthralled as a child. When you’re 3 years old in 1988, there aren’t fantastical 3-dimensional images in the video game world. I’m not implying that the graphics in Castlevania sucked, but I’m not trying to claim that they were stupendous, either. But, for the wee lad I was, they were INCREDIBLE. In reality, they were only cool, more than anything else. The monsters look pretty decent (except that terrible rendition of Dracula), but, I mean, Simon looks like a dominatrix with the amount of leather he’s rockin’. Moving onward.

Nothing like a fresh pot roast in a brick wall.

Nothing like a fresh pot roast in a brick wall.

My favorite part, you guessed it, the music. I can’t really express how much I love the music in this series of games. But to be specific about THIS game, it is the least elaborate, but still stinking great! Besides the fact that, that remark makes no sense, the music fits the game perfectly. It screams, “monster whipping action goodness,” or something more clever.

When all is said and done, this Castlevania really starts off the series with good hope. While not being the best, it still has great qualities that make it an enjoyable game. The games in the series, as they progress, get better and better. If you start off with this one and you aren’t really digging it, don’t assume the rest are going to be the same. Give it a shot, you might end up being a Castlevania nut, like me!!

CASTLEVA_020

Be sure to check out Nerd Bacon’s other Castlevania reviews!

Reviewed by Doobs

Written by Nerd Bacon

Nerd Bacon

 
 

Share This Post

5 Comments

  1. Pingback: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PlayStation

  2. Pingback: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – NES

  3. Pingback: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – NES

  4. Pingback: Nerd Bacon Celebrates HALLOWEEN!

  5. Dude this game looks pretty sweet! The 1st in the series are often overshadowed by the sequels bc they get to fix all the crap u hated about the 1st one!

    Great review! Really funny too! Had me laughin

     

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *