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GiantBoyDetective GiantBoyDetective Dec 03, 2018. 5 comments

Gaming History Podcast Challenger Approaching is Live!

Gaming History Podcast Challenger Approaching is Live!

Hey Kotaku and TAY folks! Just a heads up the first episode of the my gaming history podcast, Challenger Approaching, is live on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Each episode explores the background behind a different series featured on the Smash Bros. roster. The premiere episode has been dubbed “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” and focuses on Castlevania. Give it a listen and...

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Ishamael Ishamael Nov 03, 2018. 13 comments

Netflix's Castlevania Season 2 is a Hellishly Good Time

Netflix's Castlevania Season 2 is a Hellishly Good Time

The first “season” of Netflix’s Castlevania stretched the word to the very limit of its meaning, being little more then an introductory film to the main event. Major characters such as Dracula and his son Alucard were barely introduced or left purposefully vague. It was clear from the limited run time there was more to this story. As such a lot was riding on its sophomore season to make up...

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cdax cdax Aug 17, 2018. 6 comments

Symphony of the Night is a Sumptuous Feast

<i>Symphony of the Night</i> is a Sumptuous Feast

Every now and then I’ll pick up a classic game from twenty years ago and be really blown away. “Wow,” I’ll think. “Does anyone else know about this? I’ve got to tell everyone!” I’m a little slow on the uptake.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one such game. It was one of the first games I ever downloaded, along with Bioshock and Dead Space. I was doing a lot of catching up after forgoing...

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J. Acosta J. Acosta Jul 06, 2018. 3 comments

Konami Releases A New Trailer For The Ultimate Castlevania Experience

Konami Releases A New Trailer For The Ultimate <i>Castlevania</i> Experience

The Pachinko Castlevania of course! Now showcasing the cast of characters, new gameplay features and a brief overview of the games that inspired this new entry.

During the last two decades, Konami has struggled with the Castlevania series, specially in the transition to 3D, first with the Castlevania 64 games and recently with the Lord of Shadows arc. The Osaka-based corporation...

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Brian White Brian White Nov 14, 2017. 11 comments

Game of the Week-Of Eclipses and Puffy Coats

Game of the Week-Of Eclipses and Puffy Coats

Hello all! Last week took us to the far reaches of space , where we fought for the other side for a change.

Game of the Week-"Evacuate? In Our Moment of Triumph?"

Hello all! Last week, we looked at a battle between good and evil set to the best soundtrack ever.

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This week, we revisit the Castlevania franchise with a look at my favorite game in the series, apart from Symphony of...

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Brian White Brian White Oct 26, 2017. 21 comments

I Played Bloodstained at NYCC. It Was Pretty Cool.

I Played <i>Bloodstained</i> at NYCC. It Was Pretty Cool.

I had the opportunity to try out an early demo of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the highly successful Kickstarter project from Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, at New York Comic Con. A side-scrolling Metroidvania and a spiritual successor of sorts to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Bloodstained follows Miriam, who is suffering from a curse that is slowly turning her to...

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UI 2.0 UI 2.0 Oct 14, 2017. 11 comments

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter [Updated]

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Kickstarter [Updated]

Koji Igarashi’s spiritual success to Castlevania, kickstarter launched today. Iga will be working with Inti Create to make the game.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

IGAVANIA (n): A gothic, exploration-focused action platformer, designed by one of the godfathers of …

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The game will be available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Physical Copy will only be available through kickstarter.

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Scouting For Zen Scouting For Zen Oct 06, 2017. 10 comments

Netflix's Castlevania Doesn't Have Crucifixes (and What That Means)

Netflix's Castlevania Doesn't Have Crucifixes (and What That Means)

Symbols are tricky things. They can represent the most vital aspects of a person’s identity and culture, or just look like a flower to others. Nowhere are symbols more important than in matters of faith. Spaghetti, fish, a lotus, a cross: all these and more contain concepts, beliefs, and histories of humanity and its relationship with the cosmos. Whether or not you believe in God (or...

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Neryl Neryl Aug 20, 2017. 14 comments

[NSFW] Konami Ruins Everything Starting... Now! 

[NSFW] Konami Ruins Everything Starting... Now! 

Konami has heard the demand for a proper Castlevania sequel loud and clear after the success of Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained. Some people didn’t think they would have a good answer for it, but oh boy, did they prove you all wrong. And not only did they prove you wrong, but they did it with a pachinko machine, complete with a trailer that looks like it could’ve easily come from...

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Ishamael Ishamael Aug 18, 2017. 18 comments

Castlevania (Netflix): A Too Quick Ride to the Maw of Hell

<i>Castlevania </i><i>(Netflix): </i>A Too Quick Ride to the Maw of Hell

As a lapsed fan of Konami’s Castlevania series I did not really know what to expect from this Canadian-American, anime inspired, R rated animated project. Honestly I am quite glad I came in blind as I expect this is a part of why I enjoyed the “series” so much. As the basic outline of the “series” is provided by Castelvania III: Dracula’s Curse however it was adorned by thing I assumed must...

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Brian White Brian White Aug 17, 2017. 13 comments

Game of the Week-The Hedge Maze Still Scares Me

Game of the Week-The Hedge Maze Still Scares Me

Hello all! Last time I was here, I talked about D, not so much a horror game as it was more of an interactive movie. It was pretty unique for its time. It’s kind of unique now, though a bit tough to actually play.

Today brings me to a somewhat unpopular, divisive entry in a long running series.

Castlevania 64, as it’s known (it’s just called Castlevania, technically) was the first 3D entry in...

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