The PT History Lesson Vol. 1 – Castlevania: Bloodlines


The PT History Lesson Vol. 1 – Castlevania: Bloodlines

Castlevania: Bloodlines, also known as Vampire Killer in Japan and Castlevania: The New Generation in Europe, is a videogame developed by Konami for the Sega Genesis and released in March of 1994. Produced by Tomikazu Kirita, written by Toshiki Yamamura, and with music by Michiru Yamane, it’s a bit of a forgotten gem in the venerated franchise.

The reason it first piqued my interest was the release year: 1994. If you line up a list of notable releases from 1994 it’s not unlikely that it isn’t included. There’s stiff competition – Mother 2, Super Metroid, NBA Jam, Sonic & Knuckles, Donkey Kong Country, Ridge Racer, Final Fantasy VI, and Doom II, just to name a few.

It was a year where we had Tekken, King’s Field, and a bloodless Mortal Kombat II on the SNES. It is a year overflowing with excellent stuff. (Every time I try and finish this list I find a new one; Tokimeki Memorial! System Shock! Contra Hard Corps!). Castlevania: Bloodlines is sidelined next to all that videogame excellence.

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