Closer Look: Akumajō Densetsu

Akumajō Densetsu or Castlevania 3 to us North Americans.

Nintendo commonly made changes to Japanese releases for the NES while preparing it for the North American market. Those changes didn't stop at translating a game into english.

Some noticeable differences between the NA and JP versions:

-The female statues in stage 8 are partially nude in the Japanese game. Like other castlevania games, statues were covered up for the American releases.

-The final form of Dracula is more challenging in the North American release. His attacks are more frequent and from more varied angles.

-Several enemies are colored different, have altered sprites, or have slightly different attack patterns.

-Instead of stabbing with his dagger, Grant throws daggers as his main attack

-The more expensive VRC6 chip sound chip used on the Japanese cart.

Akumajō Densetsu Cart Label Art

Collectors who have a Japanese Famicom to play on can also find Akumajō Densetsu available from American sellers:

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Before you go, enjoy some Akumajō Densetsu OST (The original Japanese cart contained a specialized music chip as mentioned above)

Some Info Via: http://castlevania.wikia.com



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