Joe Shaffer states, "Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth does everything it should. It revives old school Castlevania with all of the right fixings the franchise is known for, and its only sins are that it doesn't stand out much from the rest and there's no password feature. These aren't damning qualities, though. It's great to have an old-style Castlevania without all the in-depth exploration or cutscenes; a side-scroller with no frills and properly developed intense action from start to finish. M2 and Konami deliver, but there's still a nagging feeling in the back of my head wondering why they didn't go the distance. Perhaps in the future these two can reunite and give us a Casltevania for the ages: another 2D masterpiece as fleshed out as Bloodlines, Dracula's Curse, or Rondo of Blood. We can only hope."
"Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth released for Nintendo's WiiWare service on December 28, 2009 in the U.S., at 1,000 Wii Points (which is $10). The game was developed by M2 and published by Konami, and received an ESRB rating of "TEEN" with "Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence" listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.
A brief description for the game on its Nintendo Channel page reads, "The classic Castlevania game is reborn for the Wii with all-new upgrades."
How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!", writes CoffeeWithGames.
(Editor’s note: From Castlevania to Turtles in Time, everyone’s got at least one videogame tune stuck in their heads. Enter Liner Notes: a Pixelitis feature in which our writers discuss their favorite videogame music.)
"If you were a kid of the 80s and early 90s, then you were no doubt exposed to the musical phenomenon known as the “orchestral hit.”
For the uninitiated, the orchestral hit (or stab depending on your lingo) is a sound created by layering several orchestral instruments that play a sole staccato note or chord. In other words, it’s a quick note followed by a quick rest or pause. Its use by hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa in 1982 set off a whirlwind in the music business where every pop album had to use it.
And so did Konami.
The orchestral hit (particularly the “Fairlight Orch5” sample of it), to quote Joshua Kopstein, is “the musical equivalent of the Wilhelm Scream,” and boy did Konami have quite the field day with it."
- Patrick Kulikowski
The Castlevania series has been one of Konami's flagship series for over 20 years, so does this game meet the high standards that the series has set for excellent gameplay? Let's find out!