Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Ghoul Patrol, And Princess Tomato Whip Up Virtual Console Release

By Spencer . January 25, 2010 . 6:05am

imageVirtual Console isn’t dead yet! Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is whipping its way to North America.


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the precursor for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, was a Japan-only PC Engine game. This lost classic stars Ricther Belmont who kills Dracula the beginning of Symphony of the Night. OK so, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood wasn’t totally lost. We got Dracula X, a shoddy Super Nintendo port, and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, a PSP remake which included the original game. And soon you’ll be able to purchase it as a Virtual Console download.


The ESRB spoiled the announcement by rating Castlevania: Rondo of Blood “T” for teen, but didn’t say if the game will be translated or not. Would be really neat if this was a fully localized Virtual Console import.


Other games coming out, according to the fine folks at the ESRB, are Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom and Ghoul Patrol a Zombies Ate My Neighbors follow up from Lucasarts. Here are descriptions for those.


Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom

This is a "point-and-click" adventure game in which players control Sir Cucumber on a quest to rescue a Princess, save Salad Kingdom, and become king of the land. Violence is minimally depicted, presented as "rock, paper, scissor"-style standoffs between fruits and vegetables. Some 2D still-screen images depict banana enemies breaking into pieces (via a "nut bomb"), or other fruit enemies getting punched. One sequence discusses a "torture room . . . filling up with water," but no fruit, or vegetable, or person gets hurt. The game includes a brief depiction of an an unlit cigarette in an ashtray.


Ghoul Patrol

This is an arcade-style action game in which players control Julie and Zeke, a "Ghoul Patrol," who walk through themed levels to collect coins, keys, power-ups, their neighbors (tallied as "Victims"). The victims must be found before time runs out, before monsters attack and cause them to dissolve in a wisp of flame, a skeleton image. Scattered across levels, the monsters look 2D and cartoonlike: small ghouls, ghosts, sprite-like spirits, plants that sometimes eat flesh, zombies that don’t eat their neighbors. The game’s slightly top-down perspective, side-scrolling action, and somewhat minimal graphics (mid-90s renderings), make the violent acts seem more detached, less immersive than a "beat-’em-up" or shooter—though plunger arrows, ray guns, and plasma projectiles can be used to defeat the monsters. Also, a handful of boss battles may depict more protracted one-on-one fighting. Overall, the tone of the game is best summarized this way: Players may encounter "possessed" copy and fax machines that can and should be destroyed.

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  • Oooh, Zombies Ate My Neighbors! That needs to be redone with some good four player action implemented.

    • Kris

      Definitely. Shame that Ghoul Patrol is such an inferior sequel, though. :(

      • This is what I get for reading in a hurry while at work. I misread the part where it was the follow up and not actually ZAMN itself.

        *big disappointed kitty face*

  • To bad Rondo never had the Castlevania name in the title.

    • Not on PC Engine, but they actually did go so far as give the PSP version the full Castlevania treatment.

  • I got Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles just to play the original Rondo. Not to sound morbid, but the first level with the town on fire in the background looks so beautiful! Reminds me of the second level in Ghouls ‘N Ghosts.Not being one of those people that grew up with the Castlevania games this is a good opportunity for me to play catch up. I also just played Rebirth on the WiiWare and it’s excellent. I love playing through several levels, die, then start over from scratch and do better in the next round. It’s simple in execution, but puts up a solid challenge. I just love whipping fools and ghouls after getting hit on the face with bricks- stop me if I’m sounding like a sadist/masochist.

  • *hugs original PCE copy*

    • kupomogli

      Want to sell it? Jk. Also. You know what I just noticed? You translated and posted the trailer for Brandish 2 the Mother Fu**ing Planet Buster. I thought it was just coincidence that you also had an Adol picture as your name.I was talking about Brandish with a friend the other day and showed him the trailer and happened to remember the name so I just checked now to make sure you were the same person.Thanks for the translation as well as the other person. Falcom is an amazing company. I don’t go to the Romhacking forums just have the page favorited, would have thanked you on the forums otherwise.

  • Chow

    If this is a full-on localization of the original game, I wonder if they’ll just slap on the translation they did for the PSP. (the original version within the PSP remake was translated, right? I can’t remember)

  • kupomogli

    Zombies Ate My Neighbors > Ghoul Patrol

    Also. With Rondo of Blood. Pay $8 to get it on the Virtual Console or pay $14(Amazon) to get Dracula X Chronicles, Symphony of the Night, Rondo of Blood, and Dracula X Peke(if you didn’t have the card to support RoB which is one enemy.)

    They took their time releasing Rondo of Blood and people are getting ripped off if they buy it as they’re getting nothing with it.

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