TVG: 2.20 – Castlevania Bloodlines (バンパイアキラー)

Matt’s been a bit of a rascal this week. He’s been staying up late, and consuming spiritual opium. Tisk tisk, Matt. Tisk tisk.

While our podcast kicks off on a bit of an aside on Video Games in China, the meaty center of this week’s audiophile unfriendly episode of The Vagabond Gamecast zones in on the Sega Genesis classic: Castlevania: Bloodlines (aka バンパイアキラー for those of you who may be dripping with curiosity over what they called this title in Japan).

Having both just completed our very first playthroughs of the game this week, we do a bit of a bookclub-like discussion and compare notes on what we loved (Michiru Yamane) and didn’t love with this game. Things we wish had been different (insert the VRC6 sound chip here), mostly revolved around the differences between the Japanese and North American versions of the game. Steve found it to be largely a grind due to the finite number of continues in North America, while Matt found it to be underwhelming due to the lowered difficulty of the levels (since when are the Japanese releases easier?).

Take a gander yourself at some of those version differences, while you spend some time with us and Castlevania Bloodlines.

The Vagabond Gamecast is a podcast by Stephen Tucker and Matthew Langille that covers gaming from the perspective of nomadic parents.
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TVG: 2.20 – Castlevania Bloodlines (バンパイアキラー)