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Castlevania Games

Castlevania is one of the industry’s longest running franchises, enduring nearly 30 years since its inception.  Having never been tied to a console company like Mario and Sonic are/were, Castlevania titles have spanned nearly every major console and plenty of peripheral systems as well.  Konami has never been afraid to take the system to new and offbeat machines in order to maximize new technology, and unlike a lot of popular third-party titles, typically the same game wasn’t ported over and over to different systems.  Instead, Konami took specific advantage of each machine’s strengths and often released different games on multiple platforms (of the same generation) up until the 6th generation.

In what can already be a confusing and difficult to follow history of releases, matters are further complicated by games only available in Japan, the redacted and restored storyline offered up by Konami through the years, and differences between naming conventions not only between Japan and North America, but also in Europe!  Besides the same games having different names across different parts of the world, sometimes different games have the same names…

I’ve attempted to group together sets of games in a way that makes the most sense rather than offering up a huge clump of names.  The first list represents each title as it is most commonly referenced in North America.  Below is a more comprehensive and collapsible list detailing what names these released carried in other territories.

Castlevania Games, as Commonly Known in North America

  • Main Console Releases (US and Japan)

    • Castlevania
    • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
    • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
    • Super Castlevania IV
    • Castlevania: Bloodlines
    • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
    • Castlevania (Castlevania 64)
    • Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
    • Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
    • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
  • Lords of Shadow Series

    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
    • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Handheld Releases (US and Japan)

    • Castlevania: The Adventure
    • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge
    • Castlevania Legends
    • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
    • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
    • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
    • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
    • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
    • Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
  • Main Console Releases (Non-US)

    • Vampire Killer
    • Castlevania Chronicles (original Sharp X68000 release)
    • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
    • Castlevania: Nocturne in the Moonlight (Saturn version of Symphony of the Night)
  • Remakes and Re-releases

    • Castlevania: Dracula X (US version of Rondo of Blood)
    • Castlevania Chronicles (updated re-release of Japanese original)
    • Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP release with original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night)
    • Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (colorized re-release of The Adventure on the Wii Virtual Console)
  • Miscellaneous Releases (US)

    • Haunted Castle (arcade only)
    • Castlevania: Order of Shadows (mobile exclusive)
    • Castlevania Judgment (fighting game)
    • Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night (iOS exclusive)
    • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (XBL and PSN exclusive)
  • Miscellaneous Releases (Japan)

    • Haunted Castle (PS2 port of original arcade game)
    • Castlevania: The Arcade
    • Castlevania: The Medal
    • Castlevania Pachislot
    • Castlevania Pachislot II
    • Castlevania Pachislot III
  • Unreleased Games

    • Untitled 32X Game (dubbed “Castlevania: The Bloodletting” by fans)
    • Castlevania: Resurrection (cancelled Dreamcast release)

Detailed Game Information – including alternate titles, release dates, and systems.  Click each to expand.

  • NA = North America
  • JP = Japan
  • EU = Europe
  • AU = Australia
Main Console Releases (US and Japan)

Castlevania

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula (trans. Demon or Devil Castle Dracula) – Famicom – September 26, 1986
  • NA: Castlevania – NES – May 1, 1987
  • EU: Castlevania – NES – December 19, 1988
  • NA: Castlevania (part of Konami’s Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra) – PC – November 16, 2002
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – GBA – August 10, 004
  • NA: Castlevania – GBA – October 25, 2004
  • EU: Castelvania – GBA – January 7, 2005
  • AU: Castlevania – GBA – November 24, 2005
  • EU: Castlevania – Wii Virtual Console – March 23, 2007
  • NA: Castlevania – Wii Virtual Console – April 30, 2007
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – Wii Virtual Console – July 17, 2007
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – 3DS Virtual Console – October 17, 2012
  • EU: Castlevania – 3DS Virtual Console – February 14, 2013
  • NA: Castlevania – 3DS Virtual Console – April 4, 2013
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – Wii U Virtual Console – December 4, 2013
  • NA: Castlevania – Wii U Virtual Console – December 19, 2013
  • EU: Castlevania – Wii U Virtual Console – March 20, 2014
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

  • JP: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin (trans. Dracula II: The Accursed Seal) – Famicom – August 28, 1987
  • NA: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – NES – December 1, 1988
  • EU: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – NES – April 27, 1990
  • NA: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (part of Konami’s Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra) – PC – November 16, 2002
  • EU and AU: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Wii Virtual Console – October 19, 2007
  • NA: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Wii Virtual Console – October 29, 2007
  • JP: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin – Wii Virtual Console – October 28, 2008
  • JP: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin – 3DS Virtual Console – March 27, 2013
  • NA and EU: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – 3DS Virtual Console – January 16, 2014
  • NA: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest – Wii U Virtual Console – January 16, 2014
  • JP: Dracula II: Noroi no Fuiin – Wii U Virtual Console – March 4, 2014
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

  • JP: Akumajō Densetsu (trans. Legend of Demon/Devil Castle) – Famicom – December 22, 1989
  • NA: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – NES – September 1, 1990
  • EU: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – NES – December 10, 1992
  • NA: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (part of Konami’s Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra) – PC – November 16, 2002
  • EU: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – Wii Virtual Console – October 31, 2008
  • NA: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – Wii Virtual Console – January 12, 2009
  • JP: Akumajō Densetsu – Wii Virtual Console – April 21, 2009
  • JP: Akumajō Densetsu – Wii U Virtual Console – April 16, 2014
  • EU: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse – 3DS Virtual Console – April 17, 2014
Super Castlevania IV

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula) – Super Famicom – October 31, 1991
  • NA: Super Castlevania IV – SNES – December 1991
  • EU: Super Castlevania IV – SNES – November 23, 1992
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – Wii Virtual Console – December 2, 2006
  • NA: Super Castlevania IV – Wii Virtual Console – December 25, 2006
  • EU: Super Castlevania IV – Wii Virtual Console – December 29, 2006
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – Wii U Virtual Console – September 11, 2013
  • NA and EU: Super Castlevania IV – Wii U Virtual Console – October 31, 2013
Castlevania: Bloodlines

  • NA: Castlevania: Bloodlines – Genesis – March 17, 1994
  • JP: Vampire Killer – Genesis – March 18, 1994
  • EU: Castlevania: The New Generation – March 20, 1994
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight) – PS1 – March 20, 1997
  • NA: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PS1 – October 2, 1997
  • EU: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PS1 – November 1, 1997
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku – Saturn – June 25, 1998
  • NA, EU, and AU: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – XBL – March 21, 2007
  • NA: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PSN – July 19, 2007
  • AU: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PSN – July 20, 2007
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku – XBL and PSN – July 25, 2007
  • EU: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – PSN – December 12, 2012
Castlevania (Castlevania 64)

  • NA: Castlevania (known as Dracula 64 during development) – N64 – January 26, 1999
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula Apocalypse), sometimes known as “Dracula 3D” – N64 – March 11, 1999
  • EU: Castlevania – N64 – May 14, 1999
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness

  • NA: Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness – N64 – November 30, 1999
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula Mokushiroku Gaiden: The Legend of Cornell (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracual Apocalypse Side-Story: The Legend of Cornell) – N64 – December 25, 1999
  • EU: Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness – N64 – March 3, 2000
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

  • NA: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence – PS2 – October 21, 2003
  • JP: Castlevania – PS2 – November 27, 203
  • EU: Castlevania – PS2 – February 13, 2004
  • AU: Castlevania – PS2 – February 20, 2004
  • JP: Kyassuruvania – PSN – August 22, 2012
  • NA: Castlevania: Lament of Innocence – PSN – June 18, 2013
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

  • NA: Castlevania: Curse of Darkness – PS2 and Xbox – November 5, 2005
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Yami no Juin (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula: Shade of Night) – PS2 – November 24, 2005
  • EU: Castlevania: Curse of Darkness – Xbox – February 17, 2006
  • EU: Castlevania: Curse of Darkness – PS2 – February 24, 2006
Lords of Shadow Series

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

  • NA: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PS3 and 360 – October 5, 2010
  • EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PS3 and 360 – October 7, 2010
  • AU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PS3 and 360 – October 19, 2010
  • JP: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PS3 and 360 – December 16, 2010
  • NA: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PC – August 27, 2013
  • EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – PC – August 30, 2013
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

  • NA: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – March 5, 2013
  • EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – March 8, 2013
  • AU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – March 9, 2013
  • JP: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – March 20, 2013
  • NA, JP, and EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 360 – October 25, 2013
  • NA: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – PS3 – November 5, 2013
  • EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – PS3 – November 8, 2013
  • JP: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – PS3 – December 4, 2013
  • NA, JP, and EU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – PC – March 27, 2014
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

  • NA: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – PS3, 360, and PC – February 25, 2014
  • EU and AU: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – PS3, 360, and PC – February 28, 2014
  • JP: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – PS3, 360, and PC – 2014
Handheld Releases (US and Japan)

Castlevania: The Adventure

  • JP: Dracula Densetsu (trans. Legend of Dracula) – Game Boy – October 27, 1989
  • NA: Castlevania: The Adventure – Game Boy – December 1989
  • EU: Castlevania: The Adventure – Game Boy – September 28, 1990
  • JP: Dracula Densetsu – 3DS Virtual Console – March 14, 2012
  • EU: Castlevania: The Adventure – 3DS Virtual Console – July 5, 2012
  • NA: Castlevania: The Adventure – 3DS Virtual Console – October 25, 2012
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge

  • JP: Dracula Densetsu II (trans. Legend of Dracula II) – Game Boy – July 12, 1991
  • NA: Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge – Game Boy – August 1991
  • EU: Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge – Game Boy – November 26, 1992
  • EU: Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (part of the Konami Game Boy Collection Vol. 4) – GBC – July 26, 2000
Castlevania Legends

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Shikkoku Taru Zensōkyoku (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula: Dark Night Prelude) – Game Boy – November 27, 1997
  • NA: Castlevania Legends – Game Boy – March 11, 1998
  • EU: Castlevania Legends – Game Boy – 1998
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Circle of the Moon – GBA – March 21, 2001
  • NA: Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – GBA – June 8, 2001
  • EU and AU: Castlevania – GBA – June 22, 2001
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

  • JP: Castlevania: Byakuya no Concerto (trans. Castlevania: Concerto of the Midnight Sun) – GBA – June 6, 2002
  • NA: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – GBA – September 16, 2002
  • EU: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance – GBA – October 11, 2002
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

  • NA: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – GBA – May 6, 2003
  • JP: Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet (trans. Castlevania: Minuet of Dawn) – GBA – May 8, 2003
  • EU: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – GBA – May 9, 2003
  • AU: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow – Wii U Virtual Console – 2014
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Sōgetsu no Jūjika (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula: Cross of the Blue Moon) – DS – August 25, 2005
  • EU: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow – DS – September 30, 2005
  • NA: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow – DS – October 4, 2005
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth – DS – November 16, 2006
  • NA: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin – DS – December 5, 2006
  • EU: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin – DS – March 9, 2007
  • AU: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin – DS – March 22, 2007
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

  • NA: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – DS – October 21, 2008
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Ubawareta Kokuin (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula: The Stolen Seal) – DS – October 23, 2008
  • EU: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – DS – February 6, 2009
  • AU: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia – DS – March 12, 2009
Main Console Releases (Non-US)*

Vampire Killer

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula) – MSX2 – October 30, 1986
  • EU: Vampire Killer – MSX2 – 1987
Castlevania Chronicles (original Sharp X68000 version)

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula – X68K – July 23, 1993
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood) – PC Engine – October 29, 1993
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo – Wii Virtual Console – April 22, 2008
  • NA: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood – Wii Virtual Console – March 15, 2010
  • EU: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood – Wii Virtual Console – March 19, 2010
Castlevania: Nocturne in the Moonlight

  • See the Japanese Symphony of the Night release for the Sega Saturn.  The Saturn version was only available in Japan, and included 2 extra areas, a playable Maria Renard, and a playable Richter Belmont from the start.  These changes are significant enough where it is sometimes loosely thought of as its own game under the English translation of Nocturne in the Moonlight.
Remakes and Re-releases

Castlevania: Dracula X

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula XX (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula Double X) – Super Famicom – July 21, 1995
  • NA: Castlevania: Dracula X – SNES – September 1995
  • EU: Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss – SNES – February 22, 1996
  • AU: Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss – SNES – June 22, 1996
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula XX – Wii U Virtual Console – April 23, 2014
Castlevania Chronicles

  • JP: Castlevania Chronicle: Akumajō Dracula – PS1 – May 24, 2001
  • NA: Castlevania Chronicles – PS1 – October 8, 2001
  • EU: Castlevania Chronicles – PS1 – November 9, 2001
  • NA: Castlevania Chronicles – PSN – December 18, 2008
  • JP: Castlevania Chronicles – PSN – February 12, 2014
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

  • NA: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles – PSP – October 23, 2007
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle – PSP – November 8, 2007
  • EU: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles – PSP – February 18, 2008
  • AU: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles – PSP – April 9, 2008
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula X Chronicle – PSN – November 1, 2009
  • NA: Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles – PSN – December 9, 2009
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

  • JP: Dracula Densetsu ReBirth (trans. Legend of Dracula ReBirth) – Wii Virtual Console – October 27, 2009
  • NA: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth – Wii Virtual Console – December 28, 2009
  • EU: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth – Wii Virtual Console – February 26, 2010
Miscellaneous Releases (US)

Haunted Castle

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula) – Arcade – February 1988
  • NA: Haunted Castle – Arcade – September 22, 1988
  • EU: Haunted Castle – Arcade – November 1988
Castlevania: Order of Shadows

  • NA and EU: Castlevania: Order of Shadows – Mobile J2ME – September 18, 2007
Castlevania Judgment

  • NA: Castlevania Judgment – Wii – November 18, 2008
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula Jajjimento (trans. Demon/Devil Castle Dracula Judgment) – Wii – January 15, 2009
  • EU: Castlevania Judgment – Wii – March 27, 2009
  • AU: Castlevania Judgment – Wii – April 2, 2009
Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night

  • NA: Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night – iOS – July 16, 2010
  • NA: Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night – Windows Mobile – February 16, 2011
Harmony of Despair

  • NA, EU, and AU: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – XBL – August 4, 2010
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Harmony of Despair – XBL – August 4, 2010
  • NA: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – PSN – September 27, 2011
  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: Harmony of Despair – PSN – September 28, 2011
  • EU and AU: Castlevania: Harmony of Despair – PSN – September 28, 2011
Miscellaneous Releases (Non-US)

Haunted Castle

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula (under the title Oretachi Geasen Zoku Zono 15: Akumajō Dracula) – PS2 – May 25, 2006
Castlevania: The Arcade

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: The Arcade – Arcade – October 2, 2009
  • EU: Castlevania: The Arcade – Arcade – 2009
Castlevania: The Medal

  • JP: Akumajō Dracula: The Medal – Arcade – 2008
Castlevania Pachislot

  • JP: Pachi-Slot: Akumajō Dracula – Arcade – January 5, 2009
Castlevania Pachislot II

  • JP: Pachi-Slot: Akumajō Dracula II – Arcade – July 20, 2010
Castlevania Pachislot III

  • JP: Pachi-Slot: Akumajō Dracula III – Arcade – February 6, 2012
Unreleased Games

Untitled 32X Game (Castlevania: The Bloodletting)

  • Likely would’ve been planned for release in North American, Japan, and Europe.  Little is known about the game and it never got post its development stage.  Only a few sprites from the “game” were ever shown: Richter, Maria, and an unnamed rival.  Shortly after cancellation, much of the same team went on to work on Symphony of the Night.  The “rival” become Richter and Richter become the sprite used for “Fake Trevor.”  “The Bloodletting” is a name ascribed by fans.
Castlevania Resurrection

  • Planned for the Sega Dreamcast, rumors persist that Resurrection was up to 75% complete upon its cancellation.  A moderate amount of promotional material had been realized, including screen captures from actual gameplay.  Even the plot was fleshed out; the idea was to follow round Sonia Belmont from Castlevania Legends as she travels to the future to find a Belmont, Victor, who has disowned his family name.  Resurrection was plagued by delays throughout its short life and no one knows quite white the project was abruptly canceled.  Some say that Konami had little faith in the Dreamcast, others that they were wary of releasing another 3D game after the failure of the two N64 releases.
 

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