Flashback Fridays: Castlevania

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It’s that time once again to take a look back at the past in a segment that we like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today I am going to share a story that is not as upbeat and lively as the others have been up to this point, and is more or less one of the more messed up moments from my experiences as a gamer. The game I am going to talk about is probably one of the more notable experiences that I never got a chance to fully play on the NES, Castlevania.

Now before all of the hatred starts to pour out from our readers, please remember one thing, this is not meant to be a hate filled article aimed at dissing the title specifically, but more or less a look back at an event that prevented me from having the chance to go on a great adventure. It all started on a day just like any other (back in the early 1990’s), with a couple of brothers hanging out and playing the NES. After not being able to progress any further in Castlevania, the older sibling got extremely frustrated, and then ended up hurling the cartridge against a wall in order to relieve his frustation. Little did he know that this action made the game completely unplayable.

Not knowing what would happen, the younger brother decided to pick this broken piece of  technology up off of the floor and give it a second chance. Upon picking it up however, our little guy noticed that something was wrong. For some reason (which we already know), the inside of this cartridge sounded like a baby’s rattle. Unsure of what problems would lie ahead, he put the title into the system, and what happened next could only be explained as downright ridiculous.

At first everything was fine, the main title screen was in working order, and every single button he pressed responded with a clear action from the character onscreen. Upon completing stage 1 however, something strange happened, the game froze, and to make things worse, there was a loud buzzing noise coming from the TV. This poor soul tried just about everything imaginable in order to remedy the situation, but each effort ended up with the same result, staring at a frozen screen and being able to do absolutely nothing. After blowing into the cartridge, using q-tips to clean dust, and unplugging and replugging the system back in countless times, our friend decided to give up, and it all honesty, it was probably for the best.

Castlevania was a part of my gaming history that I never got to finish, and hopefully someday I will have the chance to do just that, but as it stands right now, my experience with the game is incomplete.

That concludes my story on Castlevania, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is some gameplay footage I found on youtube. Enjoy!

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