*Cue Dracula’s Castle*
When I say that Castlevania Requiem is among my most-wanted games coming out before the end of the year, I’m not even slightly exaggerating. It’s a chance to revisit Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood on a modern platform, and while there are a handful of big-name releases left in 2018, I’m feeling worn down by triple-A gaming. I’m in a total “chill with old Castlevania games” mood right now.
Like most fans, a huge part of my love for the Castlevania series at large stems from its music. It slaps. These games couldn’t have reached the lofty heights they did without their scene-setting music. A killer soundtrack can help make a good game great, and turn a great game into an all-time classic.
I’m smiling just thinking about “Dracula’s Castle” kicking in as Alucard’s adventure begins in earnest.
Castlevania is no stranger to vinyl releases, and if you’re looking to grow your collection, Wednesday’s the day. Mondo is planning two new vinyls — one for Symphony of the Night, one for Rondo of Blood. They’re $35 each and ship out in early November; pre-orders open October 24 at 10:00am Pacific.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (2XLP)
This double LP features 41 tracks from the game (including 7 bonus tracks from the Sega Saturn version of the game) all remastered for vinyl and featuring all new original artwork by Jasmin Darnell. Available on three different colorways: 2X 180 Gram Black, Gold, and Bone (limited to 1,000 copies), 2X 180 Gram Bone / Silver Swirl with White Splatter, and 2X 180 Gram Translucent Red colored vinyl.
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood / Dracula X (2XLP)
Featuring artwork by Oliver Barrett and pressed on 2X 180 Gram vinyl (Disc 1: Blue with Black Splatter and Disc 2: Red with Black Splatter).
Wednesday will also mark the return of the vinyl soundtracks for the Nintendo Entertainment System trilogy: Castlevania ($20), Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest ($20), and Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse ($30). Mondo expects these vinyls to ship in early November as well. Good luck getting your order in!