Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo
From NEC Retro
|Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo|
|System(s): Super CD-ROM², Virtual Console (Wii)|
|Publisher: Konami, Limited Run Games (US)|
|Number of players: 1|
Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (悪魔城ドラキュラX血の輪廻) is an action platform game for the Super CD-ROM² that is part of Konami's long-running Castlevania series. It is the only game in the series to see a release on a NEC platform. Later localisations and ports to the West would title the game as Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
Due to the game's initial release in Japan, it was relatively unknown outside of its home country until the release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night four years later on the PlayStation. A localised release for the TurboDuo was announced by Limited Run Games in June 2021.
Rondo of Blood is set in 1792, nearly a century after the events of the original Castlevania, and continues the conflict between the vampire hunters of the Belmont Clan and Count Dracula, who has once again been resurrected, this time by the dark priest Shaft. Simon Belmont's direct descendant and heir to the "Vampire Killer" whip, Richter Belmont, must make his way through Dracula's castle and rescue four women who were kidnapped by Dracula to feed him, including Maria Renard (who becomes a playable character), Terra, Iris, and his beloved Annette, then defeat Dracula himself.
jumps, attack, + uses the subweapon, uses the item crash and pauses the game. Unlike its predecessors, gameplay now uses a new item system, along the player to use more powerful attacks based on what item they have on hand. This was also the first game to employ the use of voice acting and cutscenes.
Rondo of Blood allows the player to control a non-Belmont as their playable character once the required conditions are met, a feature previously seen in the Nintendo Entertainment System title Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.
|Standard Belmont-style character, uses the classic subweapons|
|Uses animals to attack with rather than the traditional subweapons.|
|Level 0: Prologue - Path Through the Woods|
|Level 1: Village Ruins|
|Level 2: Entrance to Castlevania|
|Level 2': The Lake Bridge|
|Level 3: The Chapel|
|Level 3': The Cemetery|
|Level 4: The Inner Halls of Castlevania|
|Level 4': The Mountain Range|
|Level 5: The Ghost Ship|
|Level 5': The Hidden Docks|
|Level 6: The Guardians|
|Level 7: Clocktower|
|Level 8: Dracula|
Rondo of Blood would be followed up with a direct sequel, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the PlayStation in 1997, and later for the Sega Saturn in 1998. The game also opens with an abridged recreation of this game's final battle with Dracula.
Two remakes of the game were later made. The first, titled Castlevania: Dracula X, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995, featuring a different art style, redesigned levels and certain features being cut (such as Maria as a playable character). The second, titled Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, was released for the PlayStation Portable in 2007, which also includes a port the original Super CD-ROM² game and Symphony of the Night as bonus games. The Super CD-ROM² game has been fully localised for this collection, with the option to use English voice acting for cutscenes. This localisation was also rereleased alongside Symphony of the Night as part of Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood for the PlayStation 4.
The original game would further see ports to other systems internationally, albeit untranslated for western markets. These include a release on the Wii's Virtual Console service for Japan in 2008 and for the west in 2010, and its inclusion on all regional models of the PC Engine mini.
Richter Belmont would later become a playable fighter in the 2018 Nintendo Switch fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as an Echo Fighter of his ancestor Simon Belmont.
- Main article: Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo/Magazine articles.
|Super CD-ROM², JP|
ROM dump status
- https://limitedrungames.com/blogs/news/limited-run-games-reveals-30-games-during-lrg3-2021 (Wayback Machine: 2021-06-14 20:52)
|Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo|