X360 Friday, March 16, 2007 | 5:10 PM

Castelvania hits XBLA next wednesday !

Castelvania hits XBLA next wednesday !

Finally it's done and written, Castelvania Symphony of the Night will be available next wednesday on XBLA. Hell of a good news ! And because everything has to be perfect today, here are fourty screenshots of the beast. Nevertheless, shame on the lost soul who dared to capture these images in upgraded graphics mode...



Journey Into the Darkness With “Castlevania: Symphony of Night” on Xbox Live Arcade

Celebrate more than two decades of the Castlevania franchise by reliving (or experiencing for the first time) one of the series’ most highly regarded games. The legendary 2D side-scrolling action adventure game from Konami Digital Entertainment, “Castlevania: Symphony of Night,” will be available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, March 21 at 0900 GMT (2 a.m. PDT).

The Castlevania franchise is well known for delivering exceptional quality in all elements that make a great game – story, music, level design, character development, gameplay and controls. In “Castlevania: Symphony of Night,” the 12th iteration of the series, gamers take on the role of Alucard, the half-vampire son of the blood-drinker Dracula, as he ventures into his infamous father’s foreboding castle. Along the way, Alucard must collect items, weapons and armor to defeat the powerful boss monsters that block access to key areas of the castle.

“Castlevania: Symphony of Night” is the first full console classic to appear on Xbox Live Arcade and offers dozens of hours of non-linear action RPG gameplay. “Castlevania: Symphony of Night” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated T for Teen (Animated Blood and Violence).

Game Features

* Play the original version of the game or experience it in enhanced mode with improved graphics and modernized audio and sound effects
* New native widescreen and high-definition support
* Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade.

All comments

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Commented on 2007-03-16 17:28:24
mehh, I think everyone by now has played and finished this...
But Still a great game though
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:32:58
800 MPs, Bargain!
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:33:29 In reply to ApolloCreed
Posted by ApolloCreed
mehh, I think everyone by now has played and finished this...
But Still a great game though
Bah speak for yourself this is by far the most anticipated xbla game yet.
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:35:26
Although I have never played Castlevania since the old days and that was for a short time, I am gonna download a demo for it just for old times sake.
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:42:59
great news
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:48:54
Castlevania for N64 was better, but this is good too.
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:51:17 In reply to synce
Posted by synce
Castlevania for N64 was better, but this is good too.
Hahahahah...no. Most Castlevania fans will agree with me that Symphony of the Nights is the best CV game ever. Again: Hahahahahahah!
Commented on 2007-03-16 17:55:48 In reply to synce
Posted by synce
Castlevania for N64 was better, but this is good too.
Are you serious? Castlevania symphony of the night is the most supreme of all, the 64 was one of the worst ones.
Commented on 2007-03-16 18:34:45 In reply to ApolloCreed
Awesome news and only 800MP!

But what comes to the best Castlevania game this isn't it. Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo on the other hand...
Commented on 2007-03-16 18:38:44
By synce:Castlevania for N64 was better, but this is good too.

Yeah it sounds like someone has the "i want to be different attitude" and cant just buck up and say that the best one is the best one... the 64 version is one of the worst games ever and even konami said that it sucked...funniest thing ive heard all day!!!!!!!! No offense and im not trying to be rude but thats what i get from your post. Just calling it like i see it
Commented on 2007-03-16 18:46:45
already Sold!
Commented on 2007-03-16 18:47:28
Great news! not only a great title but also finally a real full game on XBLarcade!

Only thing I dont really get is... are these the enhanced graphics?
the kinda look like the old ones? either way geat game!

If you havent played this one before, make sure you doenload the demo and give it a try!
Commented on 2007-03-16 18:50:54 In reply to jaxcellent
Posted by jaxcellent
Great news! not only a great title but also finally a real full game on XBLarcade!

Only thing I dont really get is... are these the enhanced graphics?
the kinda look like the old ones? either way geat game!

If you havent played this one before, make sure you doenload the demo and give it a try!
Yeah those are from enhanced version.
Commented on 2007-03-16 19:32:41
Yeah, for the enhanced graphics they didn't redo any of the artwork. I think they made a filter that sort of tries to guess things are supposed to be curves or diagonal lines and uses the higher resolution to draw a better curve/diagonal.

I've seen a feature like that in some emulators before, too. So it still looks like the same sprites, but a little less blocky.
Commented on 2007-03-16 19:42:30
800MS for an offline game? abit steep dont you think? might as well just buy the ps1 original.
Commented on 2007-03-16 20:34:05
Graphic improvements? Was that a touch of irony? Looooovvvvvved castelvania IV on my old snes, completing it was mental hard but it was such a great game. If i ever get live im up for a quick whipping.
Commented on 2007-03-16 20:51:09
hmm, the enhanced mode's filtering looks a bit too much. then again, on an hdtv w/o this filtering it would look a bit too pixelated.
looking real forward to this one, since i've only played the DS games in the series. was going to play on an emulator(ps1&ps2 broke), but now there's this :)
Commented on 2007-03-16 21:13:21
This will be good. I can get the achievements easy since I know the game like the back of my hand.
Commented on 2007-03-17 00:02:22 In reply to samhain81
Posted by samhain81
800MS for an offline game? abit steep dont you think? might as well just buy the ps1 original.
Game goes for like 35 bucks or more on ebay soooo, I'd imagine 10 bucks to have easy access to the game on your 360 is not a bad deal.

I'll buy it because this is my favorite game ever made and thusly I must buy it like a blind fanboy. Though with some of Konami's recent efforts on XBLA games, I'm a touch worried about it. The "enhanced graphics" don't look like anything more than supereagle filtering turned on.
Commented on 2007-03-17 01:54:46
i'd buy it just for the music.. it's a must buy
Commented on 2007-03-17 02:04:26
I'll buy it because trying to get this game in the UK, is madness. It goes for at least £50 here, most likely higher, especially with the sound track CD too. (That's what, $100+?). £7 is small-fry compared to £50 ;P

Plus it finishes off my Castlevania collection too.
Commented on 2007-03-17 02:17:27 In reply to ApolloCreed
Posted by ApolloCreed
mehh, I think everyone by now has played and finished this...
But Still a great game though
I never played it and I'd rather play it on my 360 with my HDTV uh have you ever hooked your PS1 to a HDTV? Its just wrong! Barf!
Commented on 2007-03-17 03:18:10
SOTN was like the best castleroid type of game for me. As for the classic platform style castlevania, dracula x for the pc-engine was the best IMO. I wonder though, will this game include the few extras that were in the saturn version?
Commented on 2007-03-17 07:28:15
Its about time, SOTN yay.Best castlvania ever made.Cant wait.My 800 points are ready.
Commented on 2007-03-17 13:10:02
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