Konami is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with three collections, one of which is the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, which contains eight games from the series' history. The first four games in the collection had previously been announced, and now the remaining games have been revealed by Konami.
The first four games in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection that were revealed were Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and Super Castlevania IV. It has now been revealed that the last four games in the collection are Castlevania: The Adventure, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and Kid Dracula. (via. Polygon)
Castlevania: The Adventure is a Game Boy title that is notorious for how difficult and short it is. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest is probably best-known for helping to launch the career of the Angry Video Game Nerd, as his first video involved him venting his frustrations with the game. Castlevania: Bloodlines was released for the Sega Genesis and is considered to be one of the best 16-bit iterations of the series. Kid Dracula was released for the Famicom in Japan and was later remade for the Game Boy, which is the version that was released in North America. It's likely that the version of Kid Dracula in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection will be officially translated into English for the first time.
The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is composed of games from the 8-bit and 16-bit era of the series, which is likely to disappoint a lot of fans who were hoping to see the likes of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or the Game Boy Advance Castlevania games in the collection.
The quality of the lineup of games in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is mixed, with Castlevania: Bloodlines and Super Castlevania IV being the standouts of the group, while some of the other games are notorious for their poor quality, such as Castlevania: The Adventure and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. There are a lot of incredible Castlevania games to choose from and it's baffling that Konami would pad out the game with inferior titles when they have so many other titles to choose from.
Castlevania Anniversary Collection will be released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 16, 2019.