Castlevania is a franchise near and dear to many gamers worldwide. With its success, it may be hard to imagine that only three games ever came out for the NES. Harder to think about is this being due to the booming success of Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Over the past few years, a Castlevania developer opened up about various aspects of the franchise’s creation. Among all the details is the admission that more NES Castlevania games were possible, but were eventually scrapped in favor of turtle power.
During the NES era, Konami acquired the license for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This proved to be a huge success for Konami, and the franchise quickly became its highest seller outside of Japan. This led Konami to put more resources into the Turtles. Of course, this left others to barely scrape by on the remains.
This decision affected more than the possibility of additional NES Castlevania games. It also molded the development of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Largely considered a high point in the franchise, the team behind Dracula’s Curse strove for excellence in an effort to outshine the heroes in a half shell.
At the time, this wouldn’t be considered a bad business move for Konami. After all, why wouldn’t you put more resources into your biggest sellers? Of course, much like Dracula’s castle, the Castlevania franchise came back stronger than ever, spawning countless other entries such as the highly acclaimed Symphony of the Night.
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning or watching as much anime as he possibly can.