Eurogamer: "Three, if De La Soul are to be believed, is the magic number. It certainly seems to be true of a lot of NES era games. Super Mario Bros. blossomed in its third outing. Mega Man 3, which is just up there, also found the groove of the series. And, lo, here be Castlevania's third effort - and true to form it's a game that expands its fairly humble origins into the form we know today."