|Castlevania: Rondo of Blood|
|Preceded by||Castlevania Chronicles|
|Followed by||Castlevania: Bloodlines|
|Japanese title||悪魔城ドラキュラＸ 血の輪廻|
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (悪魔城ドラキュラ X 血の
An alternate telling of the game was released on SNES as Castlevania: Dracula X, which had similar gameplay but entirely different levels and a slightly different story. It was also remade on the PSP as Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, which included a port of the original. The latter actually included two games: the first release of the Rondo of Blood with the official English title, as well as an enhanced port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, its direct sequel. The original version of Rondo of Blood was also released for the Wii's Virtual Console service in Japan in 2008 and worldwide in 2010.
Taking place in 1792, Rondo of Blood is set in the fictional universe of the Castlevania series. The premise of the series is the eternal conflict between the vampire hunters of the Belmont clan and the immortal vampire Dracula.
The protagonist is 19-year-old Richter Belmont (Jin Horikawa), heir to the whip Vampire Killer and Simon Belmont's direct descendant. He comes to the castle after his beloved Annette (Atsuko Honda) is kidnapped by Dracula's servant Shaft. Two times throughout the game, Dracula's trusty lieutenant, Death, attempts to stop Richter before he reaches Dracula. Along the way, Richter may attempt to rescue some other prisoners hidden away in the castle.
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