Castlevania was one of those franchises from the old days of gaming I never latched on to. I never owned any of the original NES games and my only experience with the franchise came through playing the game at a friend’s house or renting Super Castlevania IV on the Super Nintendo from the local rental store. I did really enjoy the Super Nintendo game and I have become at least minimally knowledgeable about the franchise (I know the second one the weak link in the NES library, for example) but even as the franchise has continued to release title after title and receive plenty of praise for the efforts throughout the years on various consoles, I just have never crossed paths with the franchise for some reason.
Now, Castlevania is coming to Netflix for an animated series that is said to take the premise and the plot from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. The series will drop on Netflix on July 7, with a second season tentatively planned for 2018. The miniseries is expected to air in segments with four 30-minute episodes in each season, and it is being hyped as “America’s first animated series for adults,” as I wrote on The Comeback in February. With the new series approaching in a little more than a month, the promotion for the series is underway with some stunning art that is growing up from its source material.
The promo art shown above is inspired by the cover art for the original NES classic, the first in the series. The color scheme is updated, but the overall theme of the promo art is unmistakable to fans of the franchise.
It’s a nice touch. At least they didn’t go with the infamous Nintendo Power cover for Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, which had the phone lines at the Nintendo offices ringing off the hook thanks to an image of a decapitated Dracula on the second issue of the magazine publication…
I do plan on watching the Castlevania series after it drops on Netflix, and I will be sure to share my thoughts with you as well. In addition, on my Twitch and YouTube channel, The McGuire Code, I hope to be able to do some playthroughs of some of the games in the Castlevania franchise to lead up to the launch of the new Netflix series. This will be my chance to really dig into the franchise’s roots a little more, return to Super Castlevania IV for the first time in at least 25 years and, with any luck, dip my toes in some of the titles I have missed since the Super Nintendo release. There are too many games for me to play, but I will try to play as many as I can. This effort will tentatively start in early June.
Will you be watching Castlevania on Netflix? What’s the next video game franchise you would like to see attempted for a Netflix series (excluding The Legend of Zelda)? Let me know in the comment section.