Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

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 28th, 2009 for the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is a remake of Castlevania: The Adventure, which came out 20 years prior on the Nintendo Game Boy. Christopher Belmont, the forefather to the legendary Simon Belmont is on a quest to destroy Count Dracula. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth takes place in the year 1576, which is 100 years after the events of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and over 100 years before Simon Belmont takes on Dracula in the original Castlevania game. The Adventure ReBirth is a 2D side scrolling game, like the original Castlevania titles for the NES, SNES, and Game Boy. The Adventure ReBirth improved upon it's Game Boy predecessor, Castlevania: The Adventure in many ways. The game play and character maneuverability is much easier than the difficult controls from the original. The traditional Castlevania Sub-Weapons, which were left off the Game Boy version, were brought back on ReBirth. There are now 6 stages instead of 4, making the game go on a little longer. The additional stages call for more enemies, and ReBirth has nearly 3 times the amount of enemies than the Game Boy title, including bringing in the classic ones that were left off the old game like Zombies, Medusa Heads, and Skeletons. There are also double the amount of bosses including Death and Frankenstein, who were added this time around.

The graphics are the biggest change in the remake, as expected since the original version was released for the Game Boy. Like some of the old school Castlevania games, there is not a huge storyline, or dramatic cut scenes. You basically work your way through all 6 stages killing anything in sight, before you do battle with Dracula. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth costs 1000 Wii points, or $10.00, which is actually a bargain considering all that you are getting. And what you are getting is a classic throw-back Castlevania game which is reminiscent of the original NES titles. If you are a fan of the old style Castlevania games, or even if you are a newer fan of the series and want to see how it originated, this game is for you. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is a challenging journey that should be experienced by any Castlevania fan who owns a Nintendo Wii. Playing the game will give you a better appreciation of the series, and it's dynamic history.