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Some Castlevania Wall Art

It’s been a while since I made the Mega Man Wall art, but I’ve been meaning to make more and I have a few different sets of Nintendo games just begging to be made into art. I had decided to go with Castlevania since before the new Season of the Netflix show came out. Then I busied myself with buying a shadow box, background cloth, and glue. There were a couple failed attempts to assemble this and, of course, some procrastination in between.

For the first attempt, I had a nice shiny piece of gray cloth for the background. However, this cloth was either too thin or Elmer’s glue was the wrong glue for the job, because where the glue touched the fabric it went dark. So, this fabric was scrapped as was the glue. I found some thicker gray fabric and glue sticks for round two. I don’t remember specifically what went wrong here. Pretty sure in Round two I forgot to bring some of the supplies. I don’t own an iron to smooth the cloth before it’s glued down, so I’ve been seeking to work on this with the help of others and particularly use of their iron and ironing board. (Thanks if you’re reading this)

For Round Three I partnered up with a different friend and their iron. This time we bungled the position of the game cartridges. Particularly, the middle game is up a bit from the others. This “mistake” I decided to keep. Simon’s Quest was my favorite of these three games and we still have symmetry.

For those who are unfamiliar, Castlevania is about Dracula. Once every one hundred years his castle, named Castlevania, appears in the Transylvania countryside full of Halloween themed monsters(the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster, Medusa, the Grim Reaper, etc), ready to unleash evil into the world. However, the Belmont family has made it their work to hunt vampires, and they return time and again to battle Dracula. Simon Belmont is the hero of the first two games, Castlevania and Simon’s Quest. Simon defeats Dracula in Castlevania, but then five years later he discovered that there was a curse left on the country. Simon’s Quest has him gather up relics to resurrect and defeat Dracula once more in such a way to lift the curse. While the Castlevania I and III follow your normal platformer gameplay which you are familiar with if you’ve played most any Mario game, Castlevania II helped pioneer a type of gameplay eventually known as Metroidvania. In this style more of the game is opened by gaining more items that open access to new areas and involves backtracking through other areas sometimes. Then finally, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse was actually a prequel set 200 years previous. The hero is a great great grandfather of Simon named Trevor Belmont, who is also the first Belmont to defeat Dracula. This game allowed you to switch to one of three companions that traveled with Trevor, Alucard, Sypha, or Grant, each with neat unique abilities like climbing walls or magic. Netflix has released a pretty badass Castlevania series based mostly on this game.

Super Castlevania IV

Super Castlevania box art

I fell into a bit of a Castlevania rabbithole with the release of the Netflix show. Read Wikipedia articles about it. Listened to music from the games. Sometimes listened to Orchestra renditions of the music, or sometimes metal renditions. Then on a day off from work, uncertain with how to spend my day, I saw my Super NES Classic and remembered I’d always liked Super Castlevania IV, but never beat the game. So, it was about time.

This game is a retelling of the original game for the NES featuring Simon Belmont, but for the Super Nintendo.  Basically, Dracula has a magical castle full of all the monsters you might find in a horror movie which appears every 100 years, and every time a member of the Belmont clan rises to the challenge of defeating Dracula and saving the rest of us. The SNES Classic having a save state system definitely helped in me seeing this to the end. The Super Nintendo version had a password system, but it was cumbersome and I’m too lazy for that!

One of my favorite pieces of Castlevania music, “The Theme of Simon,” comes from this game:

Found throwbacks to other favorites in later levels than I’d ever made it to. The song from the original Castlevania, “Vampire Killer”:

And, “Bloody Tears,” from Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest:

 

The song from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, “Beginning” was found in Level B-2 while climbing some hellishly annoying stairs that fall away while climbing them:

I was also interested to run into Gaibon and Slogra. These two appear together as the first boss in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night(the game that made me love this franchise). It never occurred to me that they might appear previously, but then I ran into them in this game. They appear separately, but back to back near the end of the game. This was a nice surprise for me.

Took a couple sittings and about 8 hours of gameplay to beat the game. In the final fight with Dracula when he’s low on health the music switches to “the Theme of Simon” again, which I thought was a pretty bad-ass touch. The ending of classic platformers usually aren’t anything special, maybe just a slideshow of images from the game while rolling credits. As it is, I don’t actually remember the ending, but I’m glad I finally beat this one.