If you are wondering why Castlevania Crypt hasn't been updated as much lately, don't worry the site is not closing, or going idle, or anything like that. Instead it is getting a redesign, all that can be said about the redesign is that it is going to be amazing.
The general layout and style of the site wont be changing much, meaning each game will still have it's own main menu links on the left side of the screen. But there are many other enhancements coming, including a few major ones that will make the site much, much better.
The redesign is already on progress, but it will take awhile since every single page is being redone due to old coding, but once it's complete you will find yourself addicted to it. There probably wont be any updates on the site till then, but once the redesign is finished the site will go back to being updated all the time.
The redesign should be done sometime this summer.
Scans of the Nintendo Power Guide for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest have been added to the site. This guide appeared in issue #2 of the Sept-Oct 1988 edition of the magazine. The classic cover of the magazine showing Simon Belomont holding Dracula's head actually caused children to have nightmares, leading their parents to complain to Nintendo. Click here to view the guide.
Vampire Killer, which was the 2nd Castlevania game ever made is coming to Japan on the Wii U Virtual Console next Wednesday, December 17th. This will mark the 1st time that Vampire Killer has been released since it's debut in 1986 on the MSX.
Unfortunately MSX games are only released on the Japanese Wii U at this time, so as of right now it is doubtful that Vampire Killer will be coming to North America. The game has never been released in the United States, as it was only available in Europe and Japan. However the original version of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was released on the Wii in the U.S. in 2010, so perhaps Vampire Killer can one day make it to North America as well.
According to this brochure from a 1995 Consumer Electronic Show, Castlevania: The Bloodletting was briefly being marketed as a Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn game. Was this before or after the game was supposed to be made for the Sega 32X? We may never know the answer to that, but this is interesting news that the game was being advertised for PlayStation and Saturn at one point.
Also did Konami ever say the game was going to be called The Bloodletting? Because previous reports state the game was never given an official title and became known as Bloodletting by fans, however this Brochure from 1995 clearly states Bloodletting as the title. Thanks to James for the scans.