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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Box artwork for Castlevania: Rondo of Blood.
Japanese title悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻
Developer(s)Konami
Publisher(s)Konami
Release date(s)
TurboGrafx-CD icon.png TurboGrafx-CD
Wii icon.png Wii
Genre(s)Action-Platform
System(s)TurboGrafx-CD, Wii
ModesSingle player
Rating(s)
CERO: CERO B.jpg Ages 12 and up
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
PEGI: PEGI 12.png Ages 12+
Preceded byCastlevania Chronicles
Followed byCastlevania: Bloodlines
SeriesCastlevania
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For the SNES game, see Castlevania: Dracula X.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (悪魔城ドラキュラ X 血の輪廻ロンド Akumajō Dorakula X: Chi no Rondo?, lit. Demon Castle Dracula X: Samsara (Rondo) of Blood) is a Japanese action-platform game developed by Konami for the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² system. The game was directed by Toru Hagihara. The game was released in Japan on October 29, 1993. It was the 10th installment in the Castlevania series, and the X in the title was specifically chosen to be ambiguous with the Roman numeral.

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.

Plot[edit]

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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