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North American NES box art.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Castlevania
Director(s) Hitoshi Akamatsu
Producer(s) Akihiko Nagata
Programmer(s) Nobuhiro Matsuoka
Artist(s) Noriyasu Togakushi
Composer(s) Kinuyo Yamashita
Satoe Terashima
Release date September 26, 1986
Famicom Disk System
JPSeptember 26, 1986
NES / Famicom
NAMay 1, 1987
PALDecember 19, 1988
JPFebruary 5, 1993
Game Boy Advance
JPAugust 10, 2004
NAOctober 25, 2004
PALJanuary 07, 2005
AUNovember 24, 2005
Genre(s) Action, platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Ratings E for Everyone
Platform(s) Family Computer Disk System, NES/Famicom, Arcade, C64, Amiga, MS-DOS, Windows, Game Boy Advance, Mobile

Castlevania also known in Japan as Akumajō Dracula (悪魔城ドラキュラ), is an action-platformer video game developed and published by Konami for the Family Computer Disk System video game console in Japan in September 1986. It was ported to cartridge format and released in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in May 1987 followed by a European release in 1988. The game was developed in tandem with the MSX2 game Vampire Killer, which used a similar premise but different game mechanics.

The game takes place in 1691 where players control Simon Belmont who is tasked with defeating the vampire Dracula. It was re-released for the Family Computer (FC) in cartridge format in 1993. It is the first game in Konami's Castlevania video game series; it was followed by two more NES games titled Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (released for the NES in 1988) and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1989). A fourth game, retelling the events of the original, was released for the Super NES and titled Akumajō Dorakyura. Another remake, Castlevania Chronicles also released for the PlayStation. It is a port of a game originally released for the Sharp X68000 home computer in 1993 as simply Akumajō Dracula.

In the Super Smash Flash series


Simon, who originates from this game as its main protagonist, appears in Super Smash Flash 2 as a playable character.


Most of Simon's moveset in SSF2 makes use of the Vampire Killer, a powerful long-ranged whip that originates from this game as his main weapon. Additionally, several items he uses in this game are used in his special moves: the powerful arcing Axe is thrown in his neutral special move, the Cross that boomerangs back after being thrown is thrown in his side special move, and the Holy Water that creates a flame pillar on the ground is thrown in his down special move.


One of the stages featured in SSF2 is Dracula's Castle, a recurring location in the Castlevania series that first appeared in the original game. The whole game takes place in the castle, which Simon enters to slay Dracula.


Vampire Killer, the theme that plays during the first level of this game, is featured as one of the songs in Castlevania Retro Medley, a music track featured in SSF2. Additionally, the victory theme for the Castlevania universe in SSF2 is a remix of the flourish that plays whenever Simon clears a stage in this game.

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