AVGN: Castlevania 2: Simons Quest

Mike Matei / May 7th, 2004

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Episode notes by Mike:
This review of Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest was a video James made right after he got out of college in 2004. It was something to do for fun since James had just competed working on The Jersey Odyssey’s: Legend of the Blue Hole, his senior film. He showed this around to a few friends (including myself) who he thought might enjoy it, and that was that. It was a one shot video never intended to be a series. The first few videos were originally just called “Bad NES games”. Then it was changed to “Angry Nintendo Nerd” and finally “Angry Video Game Nerd”.


  • jason24589

    April 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

    This is a first AVGN (a not so-AVGN because they don’t called it before) You can’t see his face

  • gl3nnman

    April 8, 2010 at 6:19 am

    He’s a lot more calm in this old one 🙂

  • CaptainRecs

    April 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Pretty cool for a first episode.

  • frstefan

    April 12, 2010 at 4:27 am

    simons quest? simons shit!

  • April 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    “And the ending sucks too” Gotta love this first episode, the one video that started the madness that is the AVGN! Great work James

  • mexdelta

    April 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

    someone should label and put them in a alphabetical order

  • RUKARIO4427

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I Remember when this first came out…. You don’t seem too mad in the first one

  • kilroy3224

    June 16, 2010 at 1:12 am

    i actually had this game for a few years growing up and i always got stumped wen it was time to crouch with the red crystal. im not sure if i could have guessed that on my own. i will say that it is pathetic how the water is the worst threat in the whole game. there’s nothing else in the that can kill u with one hit except the water. anyone c the problem here?

  • hell

    July 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    so you have seen how bad it is now why dont you play it hahahaha!


  • JT84

    July 15, 2010 at 3:31 am

    James you look incredibly skinny in this one. I used to be that skinny back when I was 20.

  • TristanRW

    July 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    For a first AVGN it’s really good even though we can’t see your face. I remember playing Castlevania 2 when I was younger and holy shit was it confusing. I don’t even think I got past the first dungeon and just the main progression was like a whole secret with the damn wall and holy water. Kinda funny though. Once you beat the game once though it’s really easy to beat it a second time around. lol

  • gamerdude122

    August 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    @ JT84 Yeah, he was skinny. He gained a fair amount a weight. THat’s a good thing, as his voice changed a little bit from Dr. jekyll and Mr. Hyde to now and the added weight just suits him better.

  • nintenkid78

    September 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    From humble beginnings….

  • Tall Cool One

    October 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I liked this game. There, I said it.

  • October 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    It’s good to see where it all began.

  • October 14, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I played this game once… fucking hard and totally not worth it! It’s nothing like Castlevania should be!!!

  • supermark64

    October 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    its funny how he said THIS game blows his mind of how bad it is after seeing games like dr jekyll and mr hyde and superman 64 and stuff.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    “This game sucks.” Perfect line to begin one of the greatest internet series of all time.

    Simon’s Quest actually got some praise for other people like X-Play on G4. But don’t get me wrong, James. I understand how frustraiting the game is for gamers like yourself; like the day-to-night deally, the criptic ways to advance to the next level, the graphics (mostly of Dracula), and how easy it is to end the game.

    I also hate the water hazards. It’s like the designers of these games think that water is like acid or lava. At least in games like today, we have the character come out of the water with little to no damage.

  • saurabhpan3

    November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I started playing Castlevania after I saw your video.I almost finished the Castlevania 1, but the final boss the dracula is verry tough and I can’t go through it. Then I started playing Castlevania 2 Simons Quest and I agree with your comments, but some of the things in this game is verry hard but not Impossible like the part when simon should bend down holding the red crystal at the clif that advice is given by some villager and you mentioned that some of the rooms in the town are empty but some have secret path beneth the floor.

    I had not finished this game yet but I will.

  • gamerdudeI22

    December 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I’m a dumbass who enjoys eating his own shit!

  • Osubosu

    January 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    i think its more fun when i can see he’s face sorry dude

  • March 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

    After watching the game played in person…I have to agree with you…this game may be a Classic, but the Day to Night Transitions are awful!! And that game…it just needed some more time. If the game designers had more time, maybe the game wouldn’t have sucked so hard….

  • Adamthelegend

    April 1, 2011 at 3:20 am

    A classic nerd episode, its funny how far the character has come throughout the series.

  • andinus

    May 14, 2011 at 5:32 am

    This is the reason I found the Nerd. I had been living in Japan for like 3 years, and I was bored as shit one day, but feeling very nostalgic and wanting to play/see video games so i just thought of a game I liked, and typed it in on youtube, and up came this video,… … and i just started to follow from there….. been a fan ever since..

  • Shadow99153

    May 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    How do you die in water but have a chance to get though lava. WHAT THE FUCK!

  • darthdillon

    May 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    this is the shit~!!

  • Ozymandias677

    May 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Hello there, Angry Video Game Nerd. I don’t know if you ever check the comments on older episodes or if this one comes off as creepy, but I’m a guy from Maine who cares about separating the cream from the chaff. Especially in this country, where much of this chaff smells like it came from an eighty year old gorilla’s ass.

    Anyway, I was introduced to you when I perused Youtube for a guide to unlocking planes in “Sky Odyssey”-for the PS2-when I came across your “Bible Games” episode. It was un-fucking-believably hilarious when you pointed out how Noah trumps the Hulk…even so that I had to see what other worthless games you played and rated. Now I’m gonna listen and laugh my 6′ tall ass off from episode one. Good luck and Godspeed!

    P.S. Don’t you just hate how messed up sequels can be? You say that Castlevania 1 & 3 were better than #2, but I cannot believe why the “Underworld” and “From Dusk Till Dawn” film trilogies have the prequels as their third installments. What the fucking hell is their logic?

  • June 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Just coming back to say how awesome this is. Seen every single episode, now… “starting over”, lol.

  • trojan12kelley

    June 5, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I actually played this game on an emulator, and I’m not sure if it was a hack, but the only time I lost hearts was when I fell in water, not every time I died. Still, losing your currency by falling in water is bullshit. Does Simon have a lead box he keeps his hearts in and it sinks when he goes into a pool of water? Give me a break. Great review, James!

  • BrandonMP

    June 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My favorite part is from his re-visit.

    “Let’s live here together.”

  • July 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

    How the hell did the kids back at the castlevania times figured out the tornado thing? I mean, It seams more like a secret stuff then the actual game line…

  • viJilance

    July 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    what a classic AVGN episode. LOL

  • lileggo96

    July 11, 2011 at 1:13 am

    happy birthday james

  • Unshelledturtle

    July 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    lol..This video never gets old.

  • July 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I just noticed that the whip comes through the opposite side of the screen around 4:50… lol

  • August 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Wow can’t believe it been since 04 that this episode came out.

  • greendayrock92

    August 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    The beginning of an internet sensation!!!

  • Sev

    August 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Funny you should mention that,
    Both Casltevania 3 Dracula’s Curse is considered the tale of the first Belmont to defeat Dracula aka It’s a prequel to the first one.

  • ThomasCasson

    September 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    First comment on the first video! BOOM

  • NeXter

    September 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Epic. This is the one where Internet history was made…

  • Gabrielle

    November 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    ”What a terrible night for a curse.”
    I love how that message seems to suggest that a different kind of night might be better for a curse, No matter what kind of night it is, getting cursed would suck!

  • holder

    November 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    AVGN is great. I start over for the third time. Every time I watch these episodes I found interesting facts about games and what not. Sometime I really feel sorry for poor Nerd. He really is “cursed” to play this nasty , hardest anti friendly games for our own good.
    I am glad that I found him randomly on You Tube.

    PS. Check this movie: Return Of Ghost busters. AVGN has a cameo part there. Also he has credit at the end of the movie. I believe he helps on creators with something and they give him respect with special thanks at the end.
    once again AVGN is very cool and nice guy.

  • senna4ever

    November 26, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I recall seeing this vid for the first time many years ago.

    I have to admit not “getting” the point of The Nerd back then, I thought he was an idiot that just liked to bitch at old games. I didn’t realize he was a character.

    Still one has to admit, this vid is not exactly “well made” or as iconic as The Nerd will later become.

    It took me a while before I became a fan of The Nerd and James as a film-maker, but I have been now for many years.

  • 8BitTerror

    November 27, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I don’t care about the god damn Chevy Sonic, i just wanna watch AVGN!

  • Sobek

    November 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Love this old videos that according to me are more analytic and more of a serius, and “helpful” review than just a newer video in 5 minutes of angry words that actually doesnt tell that much about the game anyway. But this video does, and its great!


    December 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I actually bought Simon’s Quest on the Virtual Console.

  • toad004

    December 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Simon’s Quest is actually a pretty good game…If you have the POWER.

  • HakumenKing101

    December 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Aaaa, the roots of the nerd.

  • December 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Its the start of the legendary gamer: The Angry Video Game Nerd!!!!!!

  • MattyMatt0604

    January 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is where it all started. Cherish this video fans!

  • xKazeSenoue

    January 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I am ERROR.

  • DevenGreen

    January 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    only time i have heard james say “retarded”

    • ChillCherry

      January 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      @DevenGreen I remember he said in another episode “It’s like calling someone retarded by accident. What, are you retarded? Oh. Sorry.”

      • DevenGreen

        January 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        @ChillCherry @DevenGreen now that you mention it, i remember that too.

      • legend killer

        February 12, 2012 at 2:52 am

        Yeah it’s in the rambo review @DevenGreen @ChillCherry _

      • ChillCherry

        February 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        @legend killer @DevenGreen Right. And I just rewatched the TMNT III movie review and he called a scene retarded in that one.

  • 277134

    January 17, 2012 at 10:29 am


  • Ellivennecq

    January 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    AVGN marathon begins here.

  • EpicCHAZZ

    January 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This game sucks lol the first sentence of the video and it is awesome

  • somanymods

    January 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    i know its flawed but i like that game, i wish they would make more side scrolling action rpgs. also AVGN ftw

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  • StephenKing

    February 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Cool to see the episode that started it ALL 🙂

  • Youri Gavrilov

    February 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    AVGN CLASSIC. Nuff Said

  • joerosa

    February 3, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Going to marathon all the episodes

  • DanKuno

    February 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Ok i got 3 boxes of beer, food resources and it’s late at night time for the longest marathon in my life ,here we go.

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    February 5, 2012 at 6:17 am

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  • LuisAdrego

    February 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    let’s get ready for the long night AVGN marathon LOL

  • JaysonGeronca

    February 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Seeing the title, the movie already sucks on my book!

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    February 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Simon seems gay!

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  • MEDICgamer

    February 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Jesus… his videos have come along way. Good times good times.

  • kwivver

    February 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    i like the opening line of this vid. “this game sucks”. Sets quite the nice tone for every avgn episode to follow

  • kwivver

    February 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    i like the opening line of this vid. “this game sucks”. Sets quite the nice tone for every avgn episode to follow

  • Kliz

    March 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Sittin here with the flu. Guess its time for marathon AVGN to remind me that I could feel shittier.

  • MissyNichole

    March 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    What a crappy game. What was the point in day turning to night and not being able to go in the water, it’s not even poisoned, lol. 

  • ChristianPickron

    March 24, 2012 at 12:03 am


  • wcwnw00

    April 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    The one and only debut of da noid

  • Tacomaster87

    May 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    i kinda like Simon’s quest . it just the game a break it was the 2nd game konmi wanted to try some thing diffident

  • Mad Gamer xD

    May 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

    on robot chicken they made fun of simon’s quest or another castle vania game that simon was in any who they had him beat up people with the whip and everyone made fun of him saying he probably carries it for some type of weird fetish he gets off on whipping people, two werewolves VS Simon “whap, whap, whap, whap” “ow, ow, ow, ow, ok well take u to dracula” he goes to dracula and drac turns to a bat and gets the shit knocked out of him by a whip when someone comes into a castle with a whip named simon beware xD

  • Xase

    September 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    And so it begins.

  • Grave1982

    September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm


    I’m in major agreement!!!!

  • Nintendo Man

    October 2, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I remember loving this game. I remember when I was a kid, I had to use a strategy guide a friend had lent to me to figure out the bit the tornado, and the whole oak stake thing. The guy who says Don’t look into the deathstar made me think the deathstar was an upcoming boss XD

  • Q306005

    October 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I will say one thing about Simon’s Quest: great soundtrack, but terrible game.

    There’s a reference to the red orb and whirlwind thing in the game “Dust: An Elysian Tail” I laughed my ass off when I recognized it!!

  • David Whitton

    November 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Even though I have never played any of the Castlevania games on the original NES, I do admit that Castlevania 2 is a big pile of shit.

  • Smeghead420

    December 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    LoL. Love how you cut out, then came back to say say the ending sucks. but right before the actual game was about to conclude.

  • Critic From The Future

    January 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    It’s so nostalgic looking back at the first AVGN episode and seeing how far he’s come.

  • Sarah Shaha

    February 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

    It is good for a 1st video….good job James

  • Logan Gaunt

    February 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    nerd? I just found castlevania 2: simon’s quest while searching through my games and I have a huge urge to try it out, but, i’m not so sure if I should…

    • Virtual Vernon

      September 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Its actually a fun game, if you like adventure/strategy its right up your ally. I own this game as well.

  • ryan whalen

    February 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    you kick ass

  • flawn scorpion

    February 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    when did the song start off the episodes?

  • Valis77

    April 28, 2013 at 1:24 am

    A legend is born.

  • May 1, 2013 at 3:19 am

    this is actually one of my favorite episodes.

  • William Hudson

    June 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    great video

  • Virtual Vernon

    September 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

    For some reason I really like this game, i don’t know why but this was the first game I really enjoyed from the castlevania series. I’ve tried 1 and 3, just I prefer strategy/adventure games styles better. This game isn’t as bad as you made it sound, yea yea so you have a night to day transituation. Whats funny is I just bought this game for 10 dollars, and I could of got castlevania 1 for $15.

  • Virtual Vernon

    September 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Damn I didn’t know it was that shitty! But its unique shittyness gets drawing me back in.

  • Thomas29

    November 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The Legend Begins!

  • Jef De Bock

    December 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

    This is what started it al 😉 Love AVGN

  • TheGamer9182

    December 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The first words that come out of his mouth is “This game sucks!” What a great way to start!

  • SGold93

    January 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    May 7, 2014 the nerd will be 10 years old! A whole flipping decade! Any plans?

  • March 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Apparently, the curse of Castlevania 2 repeated itself decades later with Lords of Shadow 2.

    Lords os Shadow is probably one of the best action games I’ve ever played: linear, scenic, great gameplay value and good storyline. The second one is a non linear mess with scattered chaotic and uncomprehensible storyline and terrible gameplay ideas (stealth sessions, sensless exploration, ugly and trivial enemies).

    I’d love Mike or James to do a review about it.

  • Gradius1

    April 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

    The Legend Begins…

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    May 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Happy Tenth Anniversary, Nerd. I hope you go for another ten years.

  • May 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    It really looks awful. I won’t play it

  • June 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Man, I Love This Episode

  • Jonne

    January 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

    10 and a half years later, he’s still pissed off.

  • September 6, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Haven’t been on the site in while – not a fan of this angry game reviewing thing. Probably won’t take off.

  • April 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    that cool…more have a production creepy

  • Leon Smith

    May 4, 2016 at 1:57 am

    It’s now been exactly 12 years since this video was uploaded.

    Holy shit.

    • Leon Smith

      May 4, 2016 at 1:59 am

      Actually I take that back. It’ll be exactly 12 years in about 3 days.

      My bad.

    • LuRkeR1978

      October 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      I feel old now lol.

  • September 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    We’ve heard the expressions, it’z almozt somewhat of a cliche “what was at firzt initially a joke turned out to be a pop culture phenomenon. The very firzt ep of The AVGN Legacy was to the creator but a mere Farht in the wind, but poetic justice served the final judgement. But even so, what an important almost crucial lesson learned by Jamez and many other film and Art entrepreneurs. Something so simple can hold great potential because of itz simplicity. Itz like it was an almost perfect copy of Sir Rolfe’s vision of the project and the final product and that kind of transperancy translatez hugely with film nautz. What i was trying to say was thank you, for the content you put out, but also thank you for the effort and transperancy in what has been already an epic ride. The scene from Forrest Gump comez to mind, when all the sudden he starts to run. Itz like you began running one day and slowly people began to take notice. Some of us way early on and others later on, then we began running with you, or after you, itz your power trip lol. and when the run is over the journey in all itz pureity shall remain…. now let me watch the episode tht was no more than butt a mere fart in the wind to his genius….

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