NOTE: I know that most of the Castlevania games are Side-scrollers and thats fine with me and so are the 3D action ones.
So I just beat Castlevania Lords of Shadow for 360 and I loved it. It got me back into Castlevania I now I want to play them again. I'm not a newcomer to Castlevania, I've played Castlevania 1 (NES), Castlevania 3 (NES), Super Castlevania, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS).
My first question is:
What is the timeline of the castlevania games? If there is a story I'd like to follow if and start from the beginning. A link to a timeline or something similar would be nice. And I know Lords of Shadow is not canon.
Secondly, what are the best castlevania games overall? I have access360, Wii, DS, PSP, GBA, NES, SNES, PS1, and N64 so I can play any castlevania from what I know. I'd prefer to play them in order of story, but if there are some that do not fall into the story whatsoever then what are the best of those?