Welcome to October! It looks like Nintendo is celebrating the spookiest month of the year (at least for those who don't do their own taxes) by releasing a bunch of classic Castlevania games onto Virtual Console. And that means... I'm going to be streaming a bunch of Castlevania games this month.
They're kicking things off in fine style today by publishing Dracula X: Rondo of Blood for Wii U, so that seems the best place to start. The debut of Rondo is pretty cool for a few reasons. One, Rondo is fantastic. Two, it was never officially released in the U.S. until a few years ago. Three, it's the first PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 game to hit Wii U Virtual Console, which hopefully means it's the first of many. And four...
...well, of course, Rondo was the predecessor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, a game that I've already tackled (twice!) on USstreamer. Of course, Rondo is a very different game, pure hardcore action rather than gentle exploratory role-playing. And it doesn't have a cool tweak like the luck code I used for Symphony; that code instead opens up a level select screen. But hey, it's cool to keep it in the family.
A few caveats about this stream, though. I haven't played Rondo in about five years, so I'm a little fuzzy on some of the specifics. I'm also fuzzy in general thanks to a combination of jet lag and some sort of illness I picked up while traveling abroad. So let that be the equivalent of the luck code modifier: Rondo of Blood, Ebola Version.
Join me at 5 p.m. Eastern Time aka 2 p.m. Pacific Time (or 11 a.m. for you cool dudes in Hawaii) to see how I fare against the forces of darkness. Will I triumph over Dracula's minions, or am I destined to be nothing more than vampire kibble? Let's find out... together.
Edit: Alas! I misunderstood the wording of Nintendo's press release. Today's VC release is Dracula X for Super NES — a very different version of the game. Which is kind of cool, since that's never been released on VC and sells for almost as much as Rondo on the aftermarket. But it's not nearly as good. Thankfully, I already have Rondo on Wii Virtual Console, so I'll be working from that version. Christmas is saved! Or Halloween. Whatever.