Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
astlevania: Rondo of Blood was first released in Japan for the PC Engine Super CD under the title Akumajo Dracula X: Chi no Rondo on October 29, 1993. It is the game that started the Dracula X sub-series, which includes Castlevania: Dracula X on the Super Nintendo, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. The Dracula X saga narrates the exploits of Richter Belmont and his friend, Maria Renard, in the late 18th century. Rondo of Blood shares a similar story, music (albeit of a far lower quality) and some characters with Dracula X on the Super Nintendo, but they are different games.
Due to being on a compact disc, Rondo of Blood is also the first Castlevania game to have redbook audio, allowing for electric guitars and very high quality synths. Other advancements consist of many alternate routes, alternate bosses, and more secrets within stages, as well as the ability to unleash spectacular attacks through the traditional Castlevania sub-weapons.
Rondo of Blood was withheld from all audiences outside Japan for fourteen years. Konami was adamant about not allowing emulation of it to circulate on the internet, making it even more difficult for fans outside Japan to experience until it was ported to the PSP in 2007 as an unlockable on the Dracula X Chronicles, where it was also remade with new graphics, music, and numerous extras. It was then that the North American and European title of the game was dubbed Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Rondo of Blood was also released on the Wii Virtual Console on April 22, 2008.