Castlevania sinks fangs into XBLA next week

Konami set to release Symphony of the Night on Wednesday for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

One of the most highly regarded PlayStation games ever made has a date with the Xbox 360. Microsoft today announced that Konami's Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of GameSpot's Greatest Games of All Time, will debut on Xbox Live Arcade this coming Wednesday at 2 a.m. PDT.

As the first title to be brought over to Live Arcade from another console, Symphony of the Night will feature "modernized" sound, widescreen support, achievements, and leaderboards. Players will be able to choose between the original graphics or altered visuals that address sprite pixelation when the game is played in high definition.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is rated T for Teen and will be available for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

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195 comments
DoctorFu
DoctorFu

thepalatinepoet: Was that really necessary? No need to get ruthless over classic games that get a great make-over. Oh and on that note, Rare is a great company that brought tons of great games to Nintendo until they were moved around. MS just helped themselves to a good deal. I would buy a 10 dollar Arcade remake of Goldeneye with improved graphics and controls. The Complex on XBL multiplayer is enough to make any fan salivate.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

@ thepalatinepoet: that was uncalled for. I mean heaven forbid someone should have a different opinion on a 10 year old game than you do.

zappa2001
zappa2001

If we could see The Simpsons on XBLA I would be in heaven. That game multi-player is just great! However don't limit our lives for the online play.

Captainintendo
Captainintendo

Great game. Too bad Microsoft bought the rights to it. A sad day for video games. "n64 games that have aged horribly(Zelda), " ummmm.....what?

thepalatinepoet
thepalatinepoet

"n64 games that have aged horribly(Zelda), " ....No comment. Idiot. I'm entirely pleased at how the classics are being bought up by Sony and Msoft while Nintendo pretty much just reaches into its great big bag of classic games (that I admit may or may not have aged respectably) and pulls out new stuff every week. Good going, guys. Way to try and beat Nintendo. I was hoping the VC would get it, too. But then again, you're the same company that tried to buy Donkey Kong. Proud, proud people.

ThrawnEternal
ThrawnEternal

I never got to play this game, but I've loved other Castlevania games. I'm getting this for sure.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Xbox Live Arcade continues to be the leader over PSN! Can't wait for this 2D action game! Go, Wii60!!:D

TheSlanger
TheSlanger

Cool, hopefully it's a good port.

GreggD
GreggD

From what I hear, Digital Eclipse is porting this title. They are VERY good at porting old games to new platforms, so if they screw it up, all hope for humanity may be lost...

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

Kudos to MS, and suck on that Nintendo. While the Big N only seems to do horrible 20 year old 8 bit games(Kid Icarus), or n64 games that have aged horribly(Zelda), MS auctully gets an awesome playable game. if I had an X360, and it weren'f for the fact that I have this for PS1 I would go for it in a heartbeat. But it would be better if they based it on the Saturn version, and not the PS one. The Saturn had two extra parts of the castle, and Maria playable.

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

Yet another classic to grace Xbox Live. Kudos Microsoft, and further kudos to Konami for yet another stellar port. If I had to make a request to Microsoft, or Midway rather, it's to follow in Ubisoft's footsteps in bringing Ninja Turtles to XBLA in commeration of the TMNT film (the modernized icons were a nice touch btw). While I think the movie is going to be absolute crap (given that the last 6 seasons have been barely watchable), please please PLEASE bring The Simpsons Arcade to XBLA in honor of the upcoming Simpsons Movie. Pull that off and you'd set yourself in a stratosphere unlike any other.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

enoslives...you are aware that is actually a Sony marketing campaign for the PS1 and that it had more games, good to amazing games than any other system during that period, right? Yeah...thought so.

enoslives7
enoslives7

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-SiiLeNCE-
-SiiLeNCE-

i don't see how everyone thinks TMNT was a godsend for Live Arcade. it sucked. it was boring, repetitive, and way too simple. hopefully they added something to this game before re-hashing it.

Jurenden
Jurenden

Awesome I can't wait. Also I hoping for some gamer pics and themes for this but mostly gamer pics so I can have a pic of Alucard on My gamer card, cause he the reason my gamertag is ALUCARD 9.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

KoruKinsha: [1]And to hell with the PS3/PSP getting Castlevania. They don't deserve the franchise anymore. [2]and it represented the completed product on the Saturn. 1) Konami begs to differ, enjoy spending upwards of $100 on Rondo. 2) DEAR GOD NO! Nocturne in the Moonlight for Saturn was crap compared to the original, it had more slowdown, crappy extra areas that if anything detracted from the game, no transparencies, worse effects all around aside from that and wasn't even made by the same team!

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

Somehow I don't think that SoTN would lend itself well..AT ALL to co-op to be quite honest. If you want co-op go help the guys making Castlevania Online its designed around that. In any case, somehow I seriously doubt this will be as good as the original. One of the strongest points of the original was atmosphere and with those borders enveloping everything I doubt it will come across nearly as well in this version. Also dtfann...I already own the original for PS1 and it can be bought for roughly the same price as this, so your argument is crap.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

I can't wait. Too bad they didn't find a way to do coop.

dtfann003
dtfann003

Ps3 who, what? Thats what I love about 360

towelie123
towelie123

wow tmnt and now this....the arcades are gettin better and better

jubail
jubail

goin to have 4 sure :p

BigB10123
BigB10123

TMNT and this game on arcade man you can't beat that.

painpas
painpas

This system keeps coming up with the goods. Great news love this series.

Omniel_YHVH
Omniel_YHVH

800 pts? Better than I expected. Awesome.

kalazm_2000
kalazm_2000

Wow, I can hardly wait. This is sick news.

pcgell
pcgell

I had the original, I loved it cant wait to play it again!!!

aet
aet

It's finally here, castlevania SOTN. I've been waiting for months for this day to come. I can't wait to play.

Lonewolftom87
Lonewolftom87

Anyone know if the UK will be getting this at the same time! Damn the Turtles now Symphony of the Night!!! Live Arcade heaven!! Now all we need is Double Dragon ^.^

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

This should set a landmark for the service. Not only is the download bigger than we are used to, but the game is of a level that most other games on XBLA are not. A full console game for $10? Sounds cool. One of the greatest games of all time, updated, with acheivements, and only $10? I'm staying up till 2 am to download this one...

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

i have always been a fan of the CASTLEVANIA series since NES and SNES. SOTN came out at a time during the early playstation days where 2D wasnt as popular anymore. me being old school, appreciate 2D games and the fact it was castlevania, but to my surprise at the time, the gameplay was changed (which is good). and this is one of my all-time favorite games ever and i still have my playstation copy. for those that have not played this game i hope u appreciate it cuz its a very cool game.

AbstractTerror
AbstractTerror

Wow thats a really cheap price for a game of this calibur.... and to think Bankshot Billards costs 1200 points and isn't even as much fun as Yahoo pool :(

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It's times like this I wish I had a 360. Nevermind aye.

joomen
joomen

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! been waitin forever XD

keyhunter
keyhunter

I played SOTN to death on my PS1 and Sega saturn...It seems I'll be buying it a 3rd time.

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

*hears Bloody Tears in his mind* And to hell with the PS3/PSP getting Castlevania. They don't deserve the franchise anymore. On another note...I too have my copies for the PS1 and the Saturn, both equally valuable in their own right. It represents the days when Sony meant something good, and it represented the completed product on the Saturn.

Sir_Crocidile
Sir_Crocidile

3 weeks of great games. Dang, this is awesome.

theKSMM
theKSMM

So does this mean that this game won't appear on the PlayStation 3 or the PSP? I was wondering why GameTap has four other Castlevania titles, but not this highly-regarded one. As far as consoles go, the XBOX Live! Arcade has some of the most faithful recreations of arcade classics. Naturally Nintendo's recreations of its older consoles is spot on, and the PlayStation Network downloads are cool, but the Live! Arcade games are doggone good games.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

I have the original ps1 version and I still cant wait to get this one. Im a Castlevania freak though I guess.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Don't care I still have my Cd copy of the game on ps1 and saturn and I don't see enough to make it woth buying again. wide screen is only 2 borders and the filter is not that impressive.

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

A great game, one of my favorites, of course. But I already own it and don't plan on being suckered into buying a game I already own. But if you never played it, then by all means go for it!! A true classic!

gertish
gertish

Good to hear. Wondering how the "modernized" sound is.

manolobrown2
manolobrown2

Wow I can't believe Castlevania is coming to XBLA and it's going to have achievements and leaderboards. This game is Awesome!

GAMECAMILLER
GAMECAMILLER

YES!!!! Keep 'em rolling XBLA, 'cause the games as of late have been awesome.

stephbm6
stephbm6

$10.00 that's all i'm there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

davahsa
davahsa

That makes 4 XBLA games in a row for me.....Alien Hominid HD, Worms, TMNT, and now this? Considering that Lives features get better with every season....spring should get Street Fighter 4! Mabey not but I can dream... Double Dragon? Heck Yeah! And since M$ upped the max memory for Arcade games Castle Crashers won't be out till 08... not a bad thing though 'cause they are gonna make it bigger 'n badder! sweeet