A Visual Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Comparison

By Spencer . October 21, 2009 . 4:55pm

On Tuesday, Konami will release Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth on WiiWare, which is also the twentieth anniversary of the Game Boy game its based on. Like all of Konami’s ReBirth titles, Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth is a remix of the source material.


Here’s how the original game looked back then…



… and now.



Interesting to see stage two in the WiiWare version with a gothic castle background. I believe the same stage in the Game Boy game had a cave-like setting with lots of rolling eyeballs on rickety bridges. Seems like the level order or design was changed. Sub-weapons, as seen in the heads up display, are another new feature.


What’s the same? The timer and the plot which has players face Dracula as Christopher Belmont. I suppose the controls should be familiar too since you can play Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth with a Wii remote, remote/nunchuck combination, classic controller, or Gamecube pad.

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  • I didn’t like the original too much. There’s lots of stuff added to this remake so I may enjoy this one more.


    Can’t wait to see what Chibi-Tech had to do with this.

  • thaKingRocka

    even back in the day, i thought the game boy was the most craptastic piece of hardware. i’m impressed with the my own discerning tastes as a youngster. the only reason i ever played game boy was to play metroid 2, and my bastard friend took it back because i got further than he did. i never got to finish it. as much as i love castlevania, i get my fill of 2d castlevania titles on ds. i certainly wouldn’t mind a remake of metroid 2, though.

    • Oh I’m with you. I always thought the GB’s screen was shite**. Then again I used to own a GameGear and a TurboExpress (SO XTREME)

      ** had some really cool games, still.

      • thaKingRocka

        i passed on the game gear, but i had a lynx and a turbo express portable. i couldn’t get enough of surfing in california games while watching 21 jump street, and the number of times i played through bonk and bloody wolf was ridiculous.

    • Aoshi00

      Same here, really didn’t play the original GB (or subsequent “color”) much.. well the Mario and Megaman games were good, and Tetris. The Game Gear was really beyond its times back then for a portable.

      I take it whis would have the same stiff control (press up to walk up the stairs), like Castlevania Chronicles on the PSX? We need Kojima Ayami…

      • thaKingRocka

        i bought a game boy color when i had this summer job that allowed a lot of waiting and doing nothing. that was the summer of 99, and i bought it with this relatively new fantastic and original rpg that got 10s from some reviewers … pokemon.

        • Aoshi00

          I really never played any Pokemon games (except the pinball game on GBA), the anime was kind of fun to watch and the critters were cute. I guess it would be cool to play it on TV w/ the Super Gameboy hooked up to the SNES. Still, I never saw any colors on the GB color since there was no backlight, like the original GBA which you need to hold under the light or attach a dangling accessory to have a clear picture…

    • While the screen was bad, the games? Amazing. Zelda: Links Awakening, Metroid II, Kirby, FF Adventure & Legends I-III [Which is really Seiken Densetsu and Romancing Series respectively]. Of course, a lot of the other games were addicting to me because of nostalgia: Fist of the North Star, Castlevanias, etc.

      This is going to be a purchase for me once I finish Final Fantasy IV: The After Years!

  • cowcow

    Can I use the wiimote as a waggle to simulate whip??

  • Dasuzero

    where did you get the clear screen of Rebirth from?

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