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Year introduced1986
Genre(s)Action, Metroidvania

Castlevania is one of Konami's longest running series, with games from the NES to the PS2. The series (normally) revolves around the Belmont family and their eternal mission of defeating Dracula whenever he reappears, with occasional help from the Belnades clan and Alucard, the son of Dracula.

There are two types of Castlevania games: the traditional level-by-level action games and the newer, so-called, "Metroidvanias", which involves more exploration, item/key collecting, and going through areas multiple times. There is an official chronology that was created several years ago, and involved retconning several plotlines from games, as well as removing four games from the official timeline. Games are not released in chronological order, and several games are direct sequels to previous ones. Most games take place decades or even centuries after the previous entry, but some (Simon's Quest, Curse of Darkness, Dawn of Sorrow, Symphony of the Night, and Castlevania 64) take place a few years later and involve the same characters.

Castlevania games[edit]

The original title of the series is Akumajou Dracula, where Akumajou is Japanese for Devil Castle. Metroidvania is a term referring to 2D video games where the exploration is non-linear; its earliest famous example is the Metroid series, hence the name Metroidvania.

Notes about some sub-series:

  • First chapter: five games, in Japan, share the Akumajou Dracula name.
  • Legend of Dracula: full-color versions are included in Konami Collection Vol. 1 and Konami Collection Vol. 3 for Super Game Boy (Japan only) and Game Boy Color (Europe only).
  • Castlevania X: original and 2.5D version are included in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP.
  • Alternate universe: four titles were removed from the official continuity because later titles openly contradicted their plot:
    • Castlevania Legends (1997) was replaced by Lament of Innocence (2003);
    • Castlevania 64 (1999), Legacy of Darkness (1999) and Circle of the Moon (2001) were replaced by Order of Ecclesia (2008).

After 2010, the Castlevania series was rebooted. The games are then titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (plus number or subtitle) in both the original and localized versions.

Original title Localized title Year Genre Systems
First chapter and retellings
Devil Castle Dracula
Castlevania 1986 Globe.svg NES,
C64, Amiga
Devil Castle Dracula
Vampire Killer 1986 Metroidvania Globe.svg MSX2
Devil Castle Dracula
Haunted Castle 1988 Globe.svg Arcade
Devil Castle Dracula
Super Castlevania 4 1991 Globe.svg SNES
Devil Castle Dracula
Castlevania Chronicles 1993 Flag of Japan.svg X68000
Globe.svg PS1
Main series (part 1)
ドラキュラII 呪いの封印
Dracula II: The Seal of the Curse
Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest 1987 Role-playing Globe.svg NES
Devil Castle Legend
Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse 1989 Globe.svg NES
Vampire Killer
Castlevania: Bloodlines (NA)
Castlevania: The New Generation (EU)
1995 Globe.svg SMD
Legend of Dracula sub-series
Legend of Dracula 1
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 Flag of Japan.svg GB, SGB
Flag of the United States.svg GB
Flag of the European Union.svg GB, GBC
Legend of Dracula 2
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge 1991 Flag of Japan.svg GB, SGB
Flag of the United States.svg GB
Flag of the European Union.svg GB, GBC
Castlevania X sub-series
悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻
Devil Castle Dracula X: Reincarnation of Blood
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles 1993 Flag of Japan.svg TG-16
Globe.svg PSP
Devil Castle Dracula XX
Castlevania: Dracula X (NA)
Castlevania: Vampire's Kiss (EU)
1995 Globe.svg SNES
悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲
Devil Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 1997 Metroidvania Flag of Japan.svg Saturn
Globe.svg PS1, PSP
Alternate universe titles
悪魔城ドラキュラ 漆黒たる前奏曲
Devil Castle Dracula: Dark Prelude
Castlevania Legends 1997 Globe.svg GB, SGB
Devil Castle Dracula Apocalypse
Castlevania 64 1999 3D Globe.svg N64
悪魔城ドラキュラ黙示録 外伝 〜レジェンド オブ コーネル〜
Devil Castle Dracula Apocalypse: Legend of Cornell
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness 1999 3D Globe.svg N64
悪魔城ドラキュラ Circle of the Moon
Devil Castle Dracula: Cirle of the Moon
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon 2001 Metroidvania Globe.svg GBA
Soma Cruz sub-series
キャッスルヴァニア ~暁月の円舞曲~
Castlevania: Minuet of Dawn
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 2003 Metroidvania Globe.svg GBA
悪魔城ドラキュラ 蒼月の十字架
Devil Castle Dracula: Cross of the Blue Moon
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow 2005 Metroidvania Globe.svg NDS
Main series (part 2)
キャッスルヴァニア 白夜の協奏曲
Castlevania: Concert of Midnight Sun
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance 2002 Metroidvania Globe.svg GBA
Castlevania: Lament of Innocence 2003 3D Globe.svg PS2
悪魔城ドラキュラ 闇の呪印
Devil Castle Dracula: Curse of Darkness
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness 2005 3D Globe.svg PS2, Xbox
悪魔城ドラキュラ ギャラリー・オブ・ラビリンス
Devil Castle Dracula: Gallery of Labyrinth
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin 2006 Metroidvania Globe.svg NDS
悪魔城ドラキュラ 奪われた刻印
Devil Castle Dracula: The Stolen Seal
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia 2008 Metroidvania Globe.svg NDS
悪魔城ドラキュラ ジャッジメント
Devil Castle Dracula: Judgement
Castlevania Judgement 2008 Fighting Globe.svg Wii
悪魔城ドラキュラ ハーモニー オブ ディスペアー
Devil Castle Dracula: Harmony of Despair
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair 2010 Metroidvania Globe.svg PS3, X360

Cancelled games[edit]

  • Castlevania: The Bloodletting for the 32X
  • Castlevania Resurrection for the Dreamcast
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the

Spin offs[edit]

Heroes and chronological order[edit]