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10th Anniversary of CastleKeeper's Chronicles - The World of Castlevania

Yesterday, on 1st June, 10 years passed since I created CastleKeeper's Chronicles - The World of Castlevania website. That's quite an anniversary, time surely flies by quickly. Since 2005 new Castlevania trilogy came out for Nintendo DS, series went through an impressive reboot and (among other things) recently Koji Igarashi returned to making "IGAvania" games with his Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, which met with a fans' huge joy. Konami as a company undergoes big changes and it's still unclear how it will influence its famous brands, Castlevania included. Who knows, maybe new IGA creation will become a worthy successor. It definitely has a potential to be one, with Michiru Yamane and Robert Belgrade on board. It's a shame Ayami Kojima was busy with other projects, but who knows what the future holds. This game is absolutely something for Castlevania fans to wait for.

Usually my anniversary entries are full of excuses, so lets be honest - from a technical point of view the website right now is a garbage. Scripts are old and adding any content is a pain, that's why I prefer to publish more on FB and Twitter than on the website itself. One day I want to move everything to a database and recreate the site using WordPress but it will be a very time consuming process. After that I still wouldn't have much spare time to make this hobby project updated more often, I guess, but it would definitely make it easier for me and effect would be more enjoyable for you.

Looking at the bright side - thank you for your interest and support. It encourage me to work on the site even knowing there are a lot of better places for you to gather information about the series. Take care and keep enjoying the games you love.

02.06.2015, 20:28 (CET) by Nox_A15 in Updates




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1.000.000$ Pledged for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Already!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Hunters everywhere rejoice! We have pledged 1.000.000$ for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Kickstarter already! The initial goal was 500.000$. There are more than 13.000 backers by now. Great job everyone!

12.05.2015, 05:22 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Koji Igarashi's New Game is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Behold, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by Koji Igarashi! What a beautiful night to have a Kickstarter! The stream on www.swordorwhip.com is still live (soon IGA will play Axiom Verge with Tom Happ and Colin Moriarty), so lets have some fun!

12.05.2015, 01:24 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Castlevania's Spiritual Successor will be Revealed on 11th May?

What is a teaser? A miserable little pile of secrets!

It looks like Koji "IGA" Igarashi's spiritual successor to Castlevania series will be revealed on Monday, 11th May. I was absent on CastleKeeper for two months, so lets sum up some of the recent developments in the matter. Producer of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (among other titles in the series) left Konami more than one year ago and all fans expected to see from him an independent metroidvania game in the near future. He teased his new creation during PAX 2014 and recently opened a mysterious site "Sword or Whip" that leaves no place for doubt - some kind of "IGAvania" is in the making. It looks like we will learn something more during Kinda Funny Games stream on Twitch on Monday, 11th May. Can't wait!

09.05.2015, 17:22 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Koji Igarashi in Devs Play
Koji Igarashi talking about Symphony of the Night in "Devs Play" show (with a glass of a red wine). Enjoy!



09.05.2015, 02:04 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Operation: Akumajo Needs Your Help
Operation: Akumajo is a group of Castlevania fans who join forces on Facebook to show Konami how much the series community want classic Castlevania and "Metroidvania" games back. On 25 February they plan to publish an open letter to the company, in which results of three huge polls will be included. If you want to help and make your opinion on the future of Castlevania matter, then this is the last call to do so.

https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/castlevania-poll-1
https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/castlevania-poll-2
https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/castlevania-poll-3

PS Some questions are an overkill in my opinion or lack some options, but the polls are impressive regardless. I especially enjoyed answering the first one.

21.02.2015, 03:40 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Fanwork Spotlight - Castlevania: Spectral Interlude for ZX Spectrum
I have been contacted recently by the creators of something truly special. A group of fans was working on a "demake" of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest for... ZX Spectrum, but eventually decided to mix the game with new ideas and extend its plot. That's how Castlevania: Spectral Interlude was born. You will find a lot more information on the official site, including awesome soundtrack, gameplay video, screenshots and of course the game itself. If not for my master's thesis on my mind, I would play it right away. I hope you have more free time today - have fun!



15.02.2015, 16:03 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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James Rolfe and Mike Matei play Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
James Rolfe (aka Angry Video Game Nerd) and Mike Matei play Japanese version of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood on original hardware. Their reactions on many Dracula's traps are priceless. Fun watch if you have 30 minutes to spare. I hope James and Mike will try to finish the game some day and show us how it went. :)



02.02.2015, 23:40 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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"Requiem for the Gods" from Castlevania - The Concert
Do you remember Castlevania - The Concert in 2010? David Westerlund uploaded today "Requiem for the Gods" on YT to let us relive a few memories.



26.01.2015, 19:31 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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Symphony of the Night Soon at AGDQ 2015!
Ninja Gaiden Relay Race just now was one of the best things I have ever seen at AGDQ! Great job runners! And three player Castlevania: Symphony of the Night speedrun race is coming in one and a half hour! Enjoy!

Erratum: It actually will be a four player race.

08.01.2015, 20:32 (CET) by Nox_A15 in From the world




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