You'll Need a New 3DS to Play Super Castlevania 4 On the Go

The SNES Virtual Console on New 3DS adds Super Castlevania IV to its library.

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The SNES classic Super Castlevania IV is now available on the 3DS eShop, though it's only playable on the New 3DS. It costs $8.

Super Castlevania IV released on December 4, 1991, and was developed and published by Konami--yes, the company made more than just pachinko machines once upon a time. It was the first Castlevania on the Super Nintendo and featured the same character and setting from the very first game in the series.

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The Wii U already has Super Castlevania IV on its Virtual Console, though buying it on one platform won't get it for you on the other. The eShop doesn't support cross-platform playing or buying, so you'll have to purchase the game on both platforms if you want to play it on both.

GameSpot reviewed the Wii Virtual Console version of Super Castlevania IV and gave it a score of 7.8/10 for flawless emulation, gameplay, and "diverse, visually interesting levels." Critic Brad Shoemaker said that if you don't mind pushing through its trying difficulty, "Super Castlevania IV is probably a worthwhile download for you."

The New 3DS is the only Nintendo handheld with SNES games available on its Virtual Console. There are a bunch of great, classic games available including Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, in addition to Donkey Kong Country, EarthBound, and Super Punch-Out.

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I don't care. I haven't bought the kids DSs since they got so expensive. They break for no reason too. I mean that really. Kids just look at them and poof broken. No thanks.

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@arcangelgold: My Grandma broke 4 of them, yet she still has a working Gameboy. It's the flimsy hinges and clicky buttons that are the first to go. You have to be REALLY careful with DS's.

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@arcangelgold: ....or maybe teach your kids how to NOT break things? They absolutely do not just break anywhere near that easy sorry to tell ya.

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@mentalrevolt: Or they could make things designed foe KIDS more kid proof. As I already said, my son literally did nothing to it and it broke.

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@arcangelgold: it's mostly because of bad parenting. Teach your kids to value what they have. Hell I've got 311 cds from 20+ years ago that still play just fine. Between myself and wife we have at least one of every ds model that has come out, all of them with scratches and other signs of use, we've taken them on vacations and to countless other places and not one has broken. If you spent as much time teaching your kids as you do bitching about it online, you probably won't have the problem in the future.

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@mentalrevolt: With all honestly they break VERY easily. I would not entrust any kid with a 3ds without a case

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@ishsgames: My kids had all the bells and whistles and cases, it made no difference.

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Why are we letting Nintendo get away with not having universal accounts again?

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so nintendo havnt died yet huh..

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or use an emulator on vita. which by the way is the only thing it is really useful for.

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@darth_gus: :) such a waste of money this thing has become

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@darth_gus: Or just use your computer so you don't have to stare on a small screen for hours. Even a 20 year old computer would be fine for SNES games.

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I'll play it on NX

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Edited By amaneuvering

The New 3DS really is a pretty great all-round handheld, but Nintendo still needs to get all these retro games from all of its handhelds as well as the NES and SNES out faster. The VC library on 3DS should be overflowing with hundreds of amazing titles at this point, not just a handful.

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@amaneuvering: I think they stagger releases to eek out sales. We all have our favorites. Bless the devs for releasing Chou Makai Mura a couples weeks ago. If we could get some Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy I'd be really stoked.

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"You'll Need a New 3DS to Play Super Castlevania 4 On the Go"
Yeah, if your an ignorant fool.

You can get this on your PSP, DS, DS Lite, DSi, or even your cell phone.

Don't overpay nintendo to literally go online and download the rom and then resell it to you for 8 dollars. All for a a game you probably already bought 20 years ago.

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@skyhighgam3r: Just because a game is old doesn't make it worthless. Considering the amount of App Crap saturating mobiles one could argue these games have gotten better with age. F touch screens.

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@skyhighgam3r: Dont worry mate, ill pay for a copy to help the poor continue downloading illegal content. Just a warning, that game runs like shat on rom, so enjoy. But instead of worring about getting a rom, you should worry about getting a job. Ol broke arse

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@iandizion713: Emulation and ROMs are not piracy, they aren't even illegal. Just because I refuse to pay money for something I already own doesn't mean I'm broke either.

I'm glad you have a job though, it's great to hear companies are still finding places for the mentally handicapped.

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@skyhighgam3r: not to mention its damn almost impossible to find physical copies of a lot of old games. Don't let stupid people try and put you down, especially from some English dipshit.

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@mentalrevolt: I just love the ignorance of it all. It's factually 100% legal to play a copy of your own game on another device. The widespread ignorance of the facts about subject just astounds me.

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@skyhighgam3r: Any unauthorized usage of a companies content is illegal.

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@iandizion713: Pretty sure playing a video game I own is not unauthorized use. lol

You can respond if you want, but I'm done arguing with someone who clearly has no understanding of the issue at hand.

FACT: Emulators and Roms are not illegal, nor piracy.

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@skyhighgam3r: It actually is, just cause you own the game dont authorize you to copy, download, or backup said game. Emulators are only legal cause you have to download the bio files and roms illegally.

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@iandizion713: @SkyHighGam3r: backup copies and roms of media you own is legal dude. It's the exact same as buying a CD or DVD, putting it into your computer and burning a backup copy. As long as you don't go and sell the copy everything is legit. It's also why there's rom sites like emuparadise that have been around forever. If it was illegal they would be shut down,just like the way they've been cracking down on torrent sites.

Also, and the most obvious way to see its not illegal, you can download emulators for Android off of the Google play Store and some even tell you where to get the roms themselves. Sorry dude but in this case you're wrong.

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@mentalrevolt: Bro thats illegal too. And only reason emulators arent removed is cause they dont violate anything, they require you to download illegal stuff to work.

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@iandizion713: lol there's no point in even arguing with you. You have no idea what you're talking about just keep spouting ignorance. Go Google it maybe then you'll stop thinking you know what you're talking about.

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@mentalrevolt: Whatever mate, its illegal, deal with it.

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@iandizion713: I bet you're such a joy to be around. One of those people that will argue and be wrong the whole time and then think you won and were right because they simply gave up on you. Ii

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@mentalrevolt: I cant discuss it with you anymore as its against the sites TOS, cause you know, its illegal.

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@iandizion713: Yeah except it's not.

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@iandizion713: lol I'm so screenshotting this conversation so others can laugh at your idiocy. It's like poster-perfect for the ignorance of the entire subject.

Go do some research kid, and maybe in a few years when you grow up you can try again.

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@skyhighgam3r: Do as you please mate.

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@iandizion713: runs at a flawless 60 fps on my galaxy.....maybe get a better phone / emulation device?

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@mentalrevolt: Talkin about DS and 3DS. Modders cant get them to run proper, its too taxing. Plus Nintendo adds Miiverse features and fixes them so they dont stretch on your 1080p device.

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@iandizion713: lol

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@iandizion713: You must be delusional to continue paying for games from Konami after they spit on their best developers of these classics. But don't worry, your money will go to good use at Konami on their Pachinko and smartphone shovel-ware venture.

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My god is Nintendo a mess. There is no reason the original 3DS couldn't play these SNES games. It's sad that they make you buy the same games over and over and over and over and over again. Never again Nintendo. I won't buy another Nintendo console until they stop the stupid gimmicks and offer an account to login with that stay with you for each console and generation. God Damn Crooks the way they run their business.

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@CrusaderForever: this is true but they are probably doing it because of all the extra buttons on the new 3ds..... oh wait never mind lol snes only had 4 hummm

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@deathblow3: SNES had 6 buttons and the 3DS has......! Oh maybe they could port it.

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Either that or a Vita.

Not my favorite Castlevania game, has the ugliest sprites and worst music IMHO (everything after the first stage is like someone randomly hitting pipe organ keys with prog rock in the background), and a couple of the later vertical scrolling stages will have you smashing controllers... Or in this case, your portable.

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@girlusocrazy: Man, I've never heard anyone complain about the graphics or music for this game. Personally, I think it's got excellent graphics, especially for a first gen SNES game (some of the sprites were even reused for Symphony of the Night), and I think the music in particular is top notch, and one of the best in the entire series.

Also, this game is also one of the easier Castelvania games, so I'm not sure why people are knocking the difficulty.

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@FLEEBS: No, no sprites were reused from this game ever. They look awkward, muddy, and going for realism instead of style, and it just fails. Bigger bosses and some special effects look nice, but it honestly looks like they just took NES sprites and added more shading. Or some crap.

Rondo of Blood came out on a supposedly inferior system but looks miles better, and later on Dracula XX on SNES was a return to style and had excellent graphics. Sprites from that game were used on Symphony, maybe that's what you were thinking of.

And yeah the music sounds like someone farted into a pipe organ.

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@girlusocrazy: Man, you've got all of that all wrong. I will speak no more.

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@FLEEBS: Pfft whatevs

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