Castlevania Release Info

Famicom Disk System
Japan – September 26, 1986

Nintendo
United States – May 1, 1987
Europe – December 19, 1988

PlayChoice-10 and Nintendo VS. System
United States – 1987

C64, Amiga, MS-DOS
United States – 1990

Famicom
Japan – February 5, 1993

Windows PC – Konami Collector’s Series
United States – 2002

Mobile Phone
Japan – 2002
United States – July 7, 2004
Europe – 2004

Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Japan – August 10, 2004
United States – October 25, 2004
Europe – January 7, 2005
Australia – November 24, 2005

Wii Virtual Console
Europe – March 23, 2007
Australia – March 23, 2007
United States – April 30, 2007
Japan – July 17, 2007

3DS Virtual Console
Japan – October 17, 2012
Europe – February 14, 2013
Australia – February 14, 2013
United States – April 4, 2013

Wii U Virtual Console
Japan – December 4, 2013
United States – December 19, 2013
Europe – March 20, 2014
Australia – March 20, 2014

NES Classic Edition
Japan – November 10, 2016
Australia – November 10, 2016
United States – November 11, 2016
Europe – November 11, 2016

PlayStation 4 – Castlevania Anniversary Collection
United States – May 16, 2019
Japan – May 16, 2019
Europe – May 16, 2019
Australia – May 16, 2019

Nintendo Switch – Castlevania Anniversary Collection
United States – May 16, 2019
Japan – May 16, 2019
Europe – May 16, 2019
Australia – May 16, 2019

Xbox One – Castlevania Anniversary Collection
United States – May 16, 2019
Japan – May 16, 2019
Europe – May 16, 2019
Australia – May 16, 2019

PC/Steam – Castlevania Anniversary Collection
United States – May 16, 2019
Japan – May 16, 2019
Europe – May 16, 2019
Australia – May 16, 2019

Notes
In Japan it is known as Akumajo Dracula, which translates to Demon Castle Dracula.

In 1987 the game was ported to Arcade, where it was known as Vs. Castlevania.

In 1990 the game was ported to 3 different computer systems: Commodore 64, Amiga Home Computer, and IBM PC.

On November 16, 2002 it was released on the Windows PC as part of the Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra. All 3 of the NES Castlevania games were part of this compilation, along with Contra and Super C.

It has been released several times for play on cell phones since 2002.

Was included with the NES Classic, released on November 11th, 2016.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection also includes the Japanese version of the game.

Remakes/Alternate Versions
Vampire Killer, which is very similar to Castlevania was released in Japan on the MSX2 in October 1986.

Released on Arcade in 1987 in the United States as Vs. Castlevania.

An arcade version titled Haunted Castle was released in 1988. It has an alternate storyline, but there are many similarities between that and Castevania.

Super Castlevania IV on the SNES is considered to be a retelling and expanded version of the original Castlevania game, as it takes place in the same year, 1691.

Castlevania was re-released with improved graphics in 1993 as Akumajō Dracula, for the Sharp X68000 hardware.

Castlevania Chronicles was released on the Sony Playstation in 2001. It contained an arranged version of the game, as well as a port of Akumajō Dracula from the X68000.

Ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2004, on that version you can save the game in between levels.
Updated: December 22, 2020 — 2:41 pm