AVGN: Castlevania Part 2

Mike Matei / October 21st, 2009

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  • g9

    April 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    what a terrible night to have a curse and comment about this,,, man! I just fucking LOVE castlevania!!!!!!

  • toshinori581

    May 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    ok this is pre-watch….. what more do you have to say?? im intrigued

  • toshinori581

    May 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    my intrigue payed off….. on to the next!!!

  • asshole13

    May 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

    What would be worse?
    Having your head up it’s ass, or having it’s head up your ass?

  • RedAssFan

    May 16, 2010 at 3:00 am


  • Zerro

    May 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    very cryptic game. I liked the RPing aspect but if they perfected it better, the game might have been better. NEED BOSSES WITH A PURPOSE!!! 😛 Difficulty level is good. That stupid shit of getting knock back sucks though. So are the stairs that Simon is too afraid to jump off of. As for water; It seems like alot of video games, characters tend to die in water. What are they too lazy to learn how to swim!? Hell Sonic doesn’t even know how to swim. As for the tornado, I vaguely remember somewheres being a cryptic hint about how to perform the trick. Final level is a joke of course and the skill level there could have been upped.
    I forgot what you rated this if you did, watched the video a couple days ago. I’d give it 2.5 friendly tornados out of 5

  • iamspider

    May 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Great blooper reel!

  • JT84

    July 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Y’know this might set me apart here from everybody but Simon’s Quest was always my favorite of the nes trilogy as a kid. My friend Scott and I would always plug it in and just wander around trying to figure out what to do. It was so much fun just trekking around to different towns killing enemies and buying weapons and upgrades. When we found a new dungeon it was exciting because they were all hidden so well. It still is the most fun to me because of the atmosphere, length and rpg elements. And all the whip upgrades can’t forget those. Love that Flame Whip. I love 1 and 3 as well and have pretty much mastered them but 2 really hits home for me.

    • March 14, 2013 at 11:24 am

      James Rolfe Actually Admits That He Likes Castlevania II on one of his videos somewhere.

    • Billy Blanks

      October 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      you not alone. I still conside CV 2 to be the best of the series. Best music, best graphics, and most interesting.

  • Alucard64

    August 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

    OK after I beat the first game like the fuckin jackass that I am I downloaded the other 2 yeah I was appaled at how bad Castlevania 2 was and how cryptic it was I couldnt even beat it b4 watching this with those fuckin crystals and once I beat it I immediatly started the third and holy fuck I thought the 1st was hard this one made the 1st seem like stepping on a bug and I dont know how but some how unlike you James I beat Dracula and I couldnt tell you how pissed I was getting

  • Nardo_Tuga95

    September 7, 2010 at 11:30 am


    Ps: Can u do a review of Alien 3?

  • September 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I got an idea. Put the Hyena’s head up the Orangutan’s @$$. YEAH BUDDY! NOW YA SEE THE PAIN THAT I HAVE BEEN LIVIN IN THIS LIFE OF MY DAYS!!!!!

    Spectacular stuff.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I think Simon’s Quest is one of the few games that are half good and half bad.

    I’m also baffled on why water in video games can kill you.

    I first heard of the name Alucard from the 2005 DTV movie “The Batman vs. Dracula” where dracula used it as a disguise name.

    HELPME. I still find that hilarious.

    I love the blooper at the end of this episode.

  • gamer025

    November 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I loved this game when I was a kid. Don’t understand why you don’t like it James! It’s like an RPG. Maybe if they re-made it with better direction and other improvements you would like it?

  • November 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I downloaded Castlevania 4 thanks to this. And thanks to castlevania 4, i downloaded castlevania the adventure rebirth!!! Gogo castlevania powers. I might get lord of shadow for my ps3 too.

  • AVGNfan98

    November 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm


  • December 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    they should’nt have made this so cryptic, seriously, how was I supposed to figure anything out as a Kid?

  • December 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    One. One Angry Nerd. Ah, ah, ah!

  • James Brousseau

    December 6, 2010 at 3:00 am

    i started playing a decent amount of the games he is reviewing just to see how bad they truly are and gotta tell you its fun to try out the shitty games he reviewed

  • nickjlew

    July 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    yo funny episode as fuckin always!

  • danteX7

    July 10, 2011 at 2:50 am

    WHAT A

  • Filmlover97

    August 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I don’t know if somebody has told you this but if you have not gotten past dracula yet in Castlevania 3, try being Alucard and be a bat and fly up through the flames and then go from there.

  • freddymontana

    August 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I just finished beating Dracula’s curse on virtual console! The incredible feeling of beating that hell of a game!!! Awesome!

    I’m sorry but I can’t agree, the worst hazard in this game is not the stairs. It is the crows. These fucking bastards have no mercy! They have no predictable pattern! At least they die if they touch you. But I’ll laways remember these crows as being my worst nightmare.

  • phoenix252005

    September 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Damn!! Those games are frikin hard!! HOLY HELL!! Thats the reason I stopped playing Nintendo when I was a kid,I I would throw the controller across the room and go outside and get some fresh air lol At least until Super Nintendo came out,Chrono Trigger was the first game I ever beat on that system Yeah! lol Long live the NERD!!

  • aidanrayner999

    September 15, 2011 at 11:46 am


    I agree! I never owned a NES, SNES, N64, or anything like that, till the GBA SP.

  • October 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

    In the PAL version it seems they did proof read it… I was actually upset when I noticed this as I was looking forward to prossessing Dracula’s rib…

  • October 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hey James, have you heard the music from the Famicom version of Castlevania 3? (Akumajou Densetsu). Hearing it on the Famicom is a night and day difference! Listen to this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SJaF8no9t0

  • motobikes

    October 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Appaer?? What the fuck?

    Fucking hilarious man! Keep it up!

  • KalebsRevenge

    October 30, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    i bet a penny to a pound of horse shit he dont read comments hell ill donate 20bucks if he replies

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  • November 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    NeptuneNavigator has the right idea. The japanese version of Castlevania 3 is fucking awesome. The music is fucking incredible (for an 8-bit system, that is). I love it. I can’t fucking beat it, but its still fun as hell. James, if you can get a hold of it, pretty please take a look at it. You should record your first time playing it just so we can see your mind getting blown at the awesome fucking music.

    • mcnerven

      March 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

      For sure the Japanese version is awesome. It’s also easier than the American, especially with Grant considering his primary weapon is the throwing dagger. In terms of music the Japanese cart had an expanded memory chip that added two extra music tracks. Seeing as how a normal NES game only had two square tracks, a triangle, noise and DMC for crude sampling this was a massive improvement in quality and harmonization.

  • andyfsemple

    December 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I never found Castlevania 3 as hard as the first Castlevania. You know you don’t actually have to stand between those two flames. There’s plenty of time to get out the way. His second form is the hardest. His third form is piss easy if you have the axe sub weapon. You can stand where he can’t even hit you. Anyway, fun review. =) I always like your reviews more when you actually like the games.

    • mcnerven

      March 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

       @andyfsemple Well said, that axe is key. It’s funny how each of us has difficulties with certain games. He’s able to beat the first Castlevania, Link, Ninja Gaiden 2, Double Dragon, Contra sans Konami code and Street Fighter 2010 but not C3. Out of all those I’ve only been able to complete Castlevania 3, even on hard mode.

  • Delevion

    January 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    They really tried to made a Catlevania 2 a story-driven rpg-like game. They failed in some parts. But the plot was Dracula set a trap in the first game, and now Simon is poisoned with some serious shit and to save himself Simon Belmont have to kill Dracula again, to get refreshing Red Orb and cure himself.

  • JaysonGeronca

    January 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Castlevania should have a movie rendition.

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  • Donrex1943

    January 28, 2012 at 12:08 am

    5:22 – reminds me of those climbing tower things kids use to get up inside of mcdonalds’ playplaces XD

    • OlDirtyVinceDm

      February 1, 2012 at 6:24 am

      @Donrex1943 I didn’t think about mcdos at first… in fact IDK if that’s an american thng but I never saw Mcdo playgrounds with that type of games lol I can only recall some kind of tunnel mazes, climbing walls and fake space shuffles you’re supposed to shake by yourself…although I can say I saw a lot of kids fkn themselves up in those lol… sitting eating my wrap and I ear some kids starting to yell like they broke his leg XDbtw… to come back on the main topic … the 5:29 jumps he says are supposed to ” look easy ” … I think James’s definition of ” easy ” is not close to Mine lol

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    February 1, 2012 at 6:33 am

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  • Macmeister

    February 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    “You wanna play shit tennis with an arangatang while having your head up a hyiena’s asshole?! Well, good luck.”


  • samgrahaminc

    February 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This 4-parter is still your best review.  God, I love Castlevania.

  • Starcraft39

    March 9, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I can’t help but point out the ‘first’ time in the timeline you fight Dracula is in one of the PS2 games. Correcting somebody about something completely made up in the first place is stupid, I know.

    • Sirkrozz

      March 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      “Trevor C. Belmont, known as Ralph C. Belmondo […] appears in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania Judgment, Akumajo Dracula Pachislot and is a supporting character in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
      He was the first Belmont in the family to defeat Dracula.” -from wikipedia.
      Using irony in a condescential (and wrong) way is not cool, pal.

  • kiskanak

    March 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    5:01…. That garlic *totally* looks like balls.

  • DrJekyll

    April 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    it’s crazy how time goes by quickly …
    I feel like gamecubes came out yesterday and xbox 360s today so much I can’t keep up…
    but it just makes it better for us collectors, the nostalgia is so strong when you can actually find a system/game that you used to own as a child and that you can now afford the whole collection + beat the games you used to get stuck in… it’s simply wonderful
    Thank you james for letting me inside your world because now I can really appreciate how much an NES game is worth since you’ve been sharing your childhood with all of us for so long…

  • flobanez

    May 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Lol…Castlevania II Simon’s Quest….I remember playing it on the Famicom Disk System back in Japan when it first came out but the only thing I really liked about the game was the music. Castlevania games have always had my favorite music it’s probably my favorite game franchise.

  • mingkey

    August 30, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Any NES game that makes you rage.mad,yell,or go crazy is a good game.I love playing these games for that one reason.Thank you Nerd!

  • December 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I think Simon’s Quest is kinda fun though, it’s easier than the other ones and it’s more like an RPG, I’m an RPG fan

  • mcnerven

    February 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    It confounds me to no end that James cannot beat the end boss in Castlevania 3 but can tackle Dracula in both CV1 and CV4, both of which are much harder.

    In CV3 just go down the steps and back up again to fill up on hearts and the cross/boomerang weapon. Keep moving on Dracula’s first form, then his second can’t even touch you if you stay at the far end of the screen. Simply jump and throw the crosses. On the last form there’s a little trick. Stand closer to the monster, when he flashes run toward the edge of the screen and you should be able to dodge his attacks every time. Even better, if you’re able to make it through the level with the axe that’s your best option. Get it up to the triple shot and just unleash on the end boss.

  • the-pieman

    February 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    The guy who says “I am Error” in Zelda 2 is not useless. His name is Error. Later in the game, you are given a note and told to give it to Error. Who’s Error? That one guy who says “I am Error” of course! If he never said that, you’d be completely stuck. He’s not a joke, he’s part of your main quest. Why his name is Error, I don’t know, but at least he tells you who he is. Thanks guy!

  • LordRandyx

    April 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    super johnny gamer beat dracula in castelvania 3! lol

  • Connor Kiel

    July 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Even Though I liked the first game better, I thought Castlevania 2 felt scarier and darker than the first one

  • Mitchell McClintock

    August 10, 2013 at 1:51 am

  • August 26, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I’ve never played a Castlevannia game out side of the demo of Lords of Shadow…. i have to get around to it someday

  • sebito22

    August 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    What a great night to watch some of the old AVGN episodes again.

  • Pokelol99

    October 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Cool part 2

    • Pills4Bill

      January 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      I just noticed that there’s a likely translation mistake at @ 2:22 where the name “Vrad” or Vlad (as in Vlad Teppes) is mentioned. To add to that there’s no indication of possession. Chalk that up as another, and this time double, example of proof reading mistakes. Maybe the Nerd will produce a video on this topic someday, perhaps tackling such questions as “is Mega Man’s creator’s name Dr. Light or is it Dr. Right?”

  • JT

    October 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Simon’s Quest was my first game and is still my favorite. Everything about it really rocks my socks. James Dracula in 3 is not that bad just keep moving and grab an axe.

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  • Christopher Ritsen

    July 7, 2016 at 12:48 am

    After playing the famicom disk version of this game, I’m guessing the day-night transition is actually a loading screen that nobody bothered to change for the cartridge release.

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