Castlevania Collection Will Bring The Adorable Kid Dracula To The U.S. For The First Time

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When Konami releases its Castlevania Collection on May 16, it will include eight classic games from the venerable series, including one that has never been released before outside Japan: Kid Dracula, a comical action game in which you play as a pint-sized version of the vampire king.

Released in 1990 for the Famicom (NES) in Japan, Kid Dracula is Castlevania but funny, with goofy versions of classic characters and familiar settings. A Game Boy version of the game did come to the U.S. (and it’s quite rare and expensive now), but the original NES version never came here, even though the series was quite popular.

Castlevania Collection will rectify that, and even better, the game will actually be translated into English. Check out where it says “Normal, Level 1" on the screen above. That reads「ノーマル 1 ステージ」in the original Japanese version. The game uses a good amount of text between its main stages, so having it in English will be awesome. Even though ROM hackers and fan translators have localized hundreds and hundreds of Japanese classic games into English and other languages, it’s still exceedingly rare and exciting to see a publisher do an official translation of an old game.

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Screenshot: Konami (VGMuseum)

And, uh, while they’re hacking around in the ROM, they’re probably gonna want to change the design of the boss character above. Just saying. (Japanese players would see this character as a “spooky ghost with a manji symbol on its hat.” Maybe not so much in the U.S.)

Other games in the collection, which will be released for Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, include Castlevanias I, II, III (NES) IV (SNES), Bloodlines (Genesis), and the first two Castlevania games for Game Boy, Adventure and Belmont’s Revenge. It will cost $20.

Today, Konami released a similar collection known as Konami Arcade Classics for the same platforms, which also includes a Castlevania game—the arcade version, known as Haunted Castle. And in “early summer,” it will release a Contra collection along the same lines.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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Interesting! This collection includes the first 8 Castlevania games made, period. It may not have the newer titles starting with Rondo of Blood and up, but that actually gives me hope for a potential Castlevania Collection 2 to be released later that includes the later games. Kind of like how they split the Mega Man Legacy Collection into 2 separate bundles. And throwing in Kid Dracula on top of all that is very nice!

I’m sure some people are disappointed about the lack of more modern Castlevania, but to them I say chin up.  If this does well, we might see them in the next collection.