Castlevania: The Adventure

Sheer terror is at hand...
Now you're in the misty midst of Dracula's less than welcoming lair. There's no place to hide, no place to run. The only direction you can go is "dead" ahead into the darkness that is Castlevania.

With the taste for sweet revenge on the tip of his fangs, the blood thirsty prince of darkness hungers for a succulent delicacy, and your throat is definitely on his menu. But before you reach this host of horrors, you must risk your neck against multitudes of unearthly evils that lurk around every corner.

Released on December 15th, 1989 for the Nintendo Game Boy, Castlevana: The Adventure is the story of Christopher Belmont, the forefather to the legendary Simon Belmont, and his quest to destroy Count Dracula. It is the year 1576, well over 100 years before Simon's historic battle with the Count, and Christopher Belmont must go through 4 difficult stages which feature enemies and bosses never before seen in the Castlevania series. Castlevania: The Adventure was released just a few months after the Game Boy, Nintendo's first venture into the world of handheld gaming was brought to the United States. The Adventure is very limited in terms of game play, graphics, design, and even sound effects when compared to the Castlevania Game Boy Advance and DS releases. The Adventure is a very short game, 4 stages in total. There are no stairs to climb, no special sub-weapons like the Axe or Knife, and while it does have whip upgrades, your character loses them each time he gets hit in battle. Most of the classic Castlevania enemies like Medusa, Death, or even Skeletons and Zombies can be found in this game.

Playing Castlevania: The Adventure on the Game Boy Advance looks much better because it automatically colorizes the game, as does playing it on the Game Cube. However the only way to use the Game Genie codes, which are almost necessary to beat the game is to play it on the Game Boy. Castlevania: The Adventure was highly criticized throughout the years, and also has been quickly forgotten by many fans of the series. The game was remade 20 years later and released on the Wii Virtual Console under the name Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. The remake is far superior to the original in graphics and game play.