Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was originally a Commodore 64 PC title, and never actually had an official Western release until it was ported to the PSP. It’s now available on the Wii Virtual Console, download it and it’ll be obvious why American Castlevania fans have long clamored for this game to get a wider US release. Starring Richter Belmont, it kicked it off a series tradition of subtitles named after musical movements (Symphony of the Night, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow…), its gigantic monsters, awesome soundtrack and colorful graphics make for a game that’s still fun to play today. It also had anime-style cut scenes, which blew minds back in 1993.
Rondo of Blood had a pseudo remake of sorts, Castlevania: Dracula X, which ported the game to Super Nintendo. For some reason though, the game’s art style, level design and music were all tweaked, mostly for the worse, making it more of a knock-off than a port.