Oh man I love it when Konami feeds off our nostalgia screaming “we still make games!” as they cram details for a new pachinko slot down the mouths of Japans gambling market. None the less I can say with glee that Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Vol 1) is the first Konami game I will purchase since Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain back during my freshman year of High School in 2015. As a child being exposed to retro gaming via emulators and retro consoles as a whole Castlevania as a series was interesting to me soley because of my introduction to it being at very young age in which I couldn’t comprehend the concept of a Metroidvania, but I could comprehend unlocking Mario in Super Mario 64 DS. The first game in the series for me was Dawn Of Sorrow, but I’ll leave that story for when they get around to releasing the teased Vol 2 of the collection. My first Classicvania was Super Castlevania IV on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I can’t recall my first impressions with it other then the fact that the game now is one of my favorite action/adventure platformers and what I regard as the best Classicvania in the series before Metroidvania and Linear Action Adventure of the remake/LOS timeline.
I am currently waiting for the release of the Collection here in America and plan on picking it up on my Xbox One console and probably my Switch, but I dunno yet. Castlevania is a series that is important for the sake of preserving my own childhood alongside Metal Gear Solid being the game that preserved my teenage years and seeing how it’s my turn to graduate I look at all these amazing games I played to get me through the melodramatic life of a youth trying to figure out his purpose in life ultimately fueling my imagination and artisitc capabilities within my Piano skills and writing skills. To conclude I can assure that I’ll be one of the many people today and hopefully not the only one on HMF who will dawn the Vampire Killer and fight off Draculas Hordes of enemys while getting the tanto knife in Hitman 2.