It's been a rough time for the Castlevania franchise. Whilst one of the oldest still-running franchises in the history of gaming (beaten only by Mario and Zelda) its performance outside of the DS has been slowly going down-hill. Most of this comes from the difficulty Konami has had in attempting to turn a primarily 2D franchise into 3D. No 3D Castlevania has ever hit a large measure of success, and it's no wonder why. From bad visuals, extremely hard to handle controls, grating soundtracks and a lack of exploration elements, they've all been poor attempts to translate the series into 3D.