Super Castlevania IV (SNES) Part 1 – J&MM

Mike Matei / October 6th, 2014


  • Jimmy Reed

    October 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I was waiting for this for a long time!

    • Todd Skelley

      October 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      You and everyone else.

      • Smokingspoon

        February 23, 2015 at 5:06 am

        I’d like to hear Vincent Price ^.^

    • chris jackso

      October 10, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      didnt know you had a tattoo, show us the whole thing

      • Joseph Martin

        November 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        He showed it once in his Big Rigs review. He made a fake commercial for it, you cann se it there.

  • October 6, 2014 at 10:47 am


  • Ryan Blake

    October 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I have to admit, I’m getting sick of these videos being in two parts. I like the games, but I prefer longer videos and I want to see you guys get to other games, preferably ones you’ve previously promised to get to. If its an editing problem, sorry. However, I do get it with Batman and the like because both parts were 25+ minutes, but this and Double Dragon 2 were (and probably will) not be over 30+ minutes, so edit it into one video, and play Toejam & Earl 3.

    • Leeleeleeleelee

      October 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Even if the videos continue to be in 2 part for convenience, both videos need to be posted at the same time. I would rather wait 2 weeks for a whole video. Getting only half of a story is disappointing. ._.

      I think they are just doing it in 2 parts so that they can dedicate less time to these videos every week.

    • October 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

      I too prefer ‘longer’ video’s. That is, longer than the 3 minute ones. Seeing a 22 minute video feels almost like a blessing.
      Besides, I kinda dig the two part style (though to be honest I didn’t at first either) It’s almost like a cliffhanger. Even if they did air it in one go, the James and Mike Monday’s would only be every OTHER week.
      btw. Ryan, not to be an ass, but think for a minute, “edit it into one video”? It WAS one video, they split it up. They’re not sitting at James’ place playing, then decide to stop for a week and pick up where they left off.
      Plus, the full length movie commentaries were way longer than 22 or even 44 minutes.

      • Leeleeleeleelee

        October 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

        It is nice to get long videos, but it isn’t a cliffhanger. We know they are going to continue playing the game next week. There is no mystery. Unless you count them beating the game or not, which isn’t that big of a deal compared to the rest of the content.

      • Leeleeleeleelee

        October 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

        Really though, since these videos are the best part of my Monday every week, it doesn’t matter. And I am very grateful to James and Mike for making them!

      • Ryan Blake

        October 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

        Oh, I know its split, but I also know all the footage comes from a single play through. Games like Batman and Blaster Master (to my knowledge) have no save feature. So they are doing it all in one sit.

  • October 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

    you and mike must play call of the dead ever since you guys are big Romero fans.

    • J-Man

      October 10, 2014 at 12:57 am

      That’s actually not a bad idea; I’d like to see that as well.

  • maximuscesar

    October 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    This game is sooooo good, why they never released another game with this kind of gameplay? Why just “Rondo of Blood” from then on? Anyway, after you finish this game it starts again with harder levels, when you finish this hard mode what happens? A different ending? An Even harder mode? You guys will play both modes?

  • October 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

    As James was saying in this video, one of my favorite things about the leap from 8-bit to 16-bit was the parallax scrolling. The way you had two or three independent backgrounds moving in different directions. It added this depth to the games. That and no more floaty characters that flickered. 16-bit added solid characters that had weight to them.

  • October 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    15:15 I hate to be that guy, but it wasn’t Revenge of the Sith. You guys meant, Attack of the Clones. 😛

    • October 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Oh you meant when he fought Anakin at the beginning of ROTS? My bad lol.

  • lfgubrs

    October 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    You should try and play The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy. Awesome underrated game.

  • October 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Nothing like it being Halloween month and relaxin with your bud while playing Castlevania IV

  • Bruno Boulay

    October 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Nice!!!! way to go James and Mike! One of my Fav game of all time! 😀

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    YES!!!!!! I suggested this!

  • Jonathan Wilson

    October 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Does James have a tattoo?

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      I know right? I noticed it a couple episodes back.

  • Joker83

    October 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    James is so funny, great video! I gotta call you out for not knowing what a Harpy is though haha – Good stuff, can’t wait for the next part

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Yeah, I found out what a harpy is from Terraria.

  • frostare

    October 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I only own two games but, didn’t Cristopher Lee voice a character in the Kingdom Hearts series?

    I should try this game someday, from the eight Castlevania games I played my favorite is Dawn of Souls. I love the story, the controls, the weapons, the souls, the hidden monsters, two endings… you can also unlock an option where you can play the whole game in a more Castlevania 3-style! But yeah, I, like you, didn’t like the other equipment and the EXP points as much.

  • October 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This is the one I am talking about!

  • Rick

    October 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    James, Harpies were in the original Jason and Argonauts! You’ve heard of them you just forgot.

  • Entrenaturaleza

    October 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I enjoyed so much, good work guys

  • October 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    and wait, James has never heard of Harpies? that’s weird. The harpies in Jason and the Argonauts scared me shitless when I was 2 years old.

  • October 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Now that was a good one! Castlevania IV is the best in the series, imho.
    For the ‘SNES’ thing: I´m from Europe, but everbody I came across just named it Super-NES. Doesn´t matter anyway.

  • DΣA┼H

    October 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Herpes LOL

  • BADam

    October 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Metroid is always so lacking in your comments… it never really got to you as a kid did it?
    The joy when you first loved to bomb jump on the SNES (pronounced snez – uk here) or the ultimate Super Metroid! you talked about how Castlevania 4 left you alone with your skill. Think about when you learnt to wall jump or control the space jump/screw attack accurately, learning the boost jump. Then pioneers found ways to manipulate the bomb jump in this game… so many optional secrets that made you feel like “yeah I’m ninja-ing this game”

    • Daniel Pavelko

      October 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      I wish I could like this comment. I totally agree. I love the way they forced you to sit and learn the wall jump.

  • Daniel Pavelko

    October 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love this game. Thanks for another video guys! Can’t wait for part 2.

  • Ẍїηα¢нї

    October 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Amazing and surprising upload. This is thinking like a nerd and one of those dream vids.

  • jasonjrf

    October 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Do Contra 3 SNES please

  • wibstars

    October 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hey james and mike hailing from the uk. Luv all your work. You were nearly right about what us on the other side of the pond called the snes. The weird thing is though we pronounced it snez, us brits hey ha ha ha.

  • Satnav

    October 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Yeah, Christopher Lee is frail enough these days that they had to film his scenes in the Hobbit in England as he couldn’t travel…I love the guy, but unless he’s actually got bit of Dracula in him, which would be awesome, he’s sadly probably only got a few years left.

    They are apparently doing an animated DVD film based on Castlevania…and that’s probably as much as we’ll get. I’m surprised they haven’t even done an anime version in Japan. And Hollywood hasn’t given a shit about video game movies since Super Mario Bros. I suppose animation will be better as it’ll sidestep the whole cost issue.

    James seriously doesn’t know what harpies are? Come on, man, for a lifelong monster fan you need to step it up. :p

    I’d love to see you guys try out one of the Metroid games. Metroid Fusion was the shit, one of the most atmospheric and actually scary 2D games I’ve played. It’s on GBA but if you’ve got a Gamecube and an adapter for that you’ll be good.

  • Jeff Parson

    October 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Super Castlevania is one of the hardest in the series for me. I never beat that game. It sure looks easy for James though. For the best retro Castlevania game I would have to go with castlevania 3 dracula’s curse for nes.

  • October 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Speaking of making a Castlevania movie… it is, of course, would be fucking awesome. Right now, the closest flick that can serve as a substitute is Dracula Untold. I’ve watched it on the big screen this past weekend and it’s pretty much holds up for what it stands for and what they were advertising. Not an epic shit, but I wasn’t disappointed and enjoyed it very much to be honest. Actions scenes are great, story is simple, but interesting, CG effects are impressive and Luke Evans as a grim desperate variant of Dracula is perfect. Actually, when we went outside I had a feeling that I finally need to play through Castlevania: Lord Of Shadows, because of the atmosphere in that movie.

  • October 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    You guys were talking about the castlevanias that came out later, i’d like to hear your comments on the lords of shadow games from recent years.

  • October 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    I had a great time watching this, you were so relaxing , so friendly talking, i felt like i was there.
    Thanks guys.

  • October 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    My dear James, if you had read some H.P. Lovecraft, you should knew why library are scary! 🙂
    P.S. : sorry for my shitty english… i'm french xD

  • batratspidercrab

    October 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Amazing! Ive been playing this game alot recently.

  • cowcidile

    October 7, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Great video. Were you joking about the Harpies? I know for a fact you have talked about Jason and the argonauts before.

    You guys should play zombies ate my neighbors.

  • Arc Nova

    October 7, 2014 at 12:22 am

    And here I thought I was the only one who tried to make a tradition of playing through Castlevania IV on Halloween. That and making dramatic whip freeze-frame poses at the end of every level. Such memories. 🙂

    Castlevania IV will always hold a special place in my heart. I actually enjoy the ‘Metroidvania’ games more, just becuase I love the exploration mechanic in Metroid and thought they made it work perfectly in Symphony of the Night. But there is a LOT to be said for having a solid, straight-up action game, as opposed to an action-RPG game. I’d LOVE to see a Castlevania V made in the classic action-platform style. 🙂

  • Tross

    October 7, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Books, huh? Yeah, I really should take up reading again sometime. I also really want to go to Disneyworld one day, not that Disneyland isn’t awesome. Videogame movies don’t have to be terrible. They generally are for two reasons. A) The writer and director haven’t even played the games their film is supposed to be based off of, and B) it’s just about making money, with little to no thought put into it. If gamers who have a reasonable background in film could get together and produce Videogame movies, I think there’s some potential there.

  • Pablo1989

    October 7, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Still rymenber that invisible starcase before you enter Dracula chamber 😀 but one of my friends never know such a thing exist.

  • October 7, 2014 at 5:09 am

    If there ever is a Castlevania movie, I think James should get a writer’s credit. Awesome movie!

  • herbsuperb

    October 7, 2014 at 5:18 am

    I dread the day a Castlevania movie is released. It’ll happen, but it’s not something to look forward to. No doubt it will be done by Paul Waste of Space Anderson, or Uwe Boll, or some other talentless hack looking to cash in on a popular VG franchise name. PWSA is the LJN of the film world. His ‘Resident Evil’ films are so fucking horrible. Not RE at all. None of the same atmosphere. Not scary. Not interesting. Not suspenseful. Nothing. Unless it is made by a talented crew, with a solid budget, and a lot of imagination, and respect for the source material, don’t do it at all. At it will do is disappoint. Same thing with Metroid. I seem to recall at some point John Woo wanted to make a Metroid movie. HELL no!

  • Batman91

    October 7, 2014 at 6:37 am

    This is my favorite video game ever, along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Ristar (on the Sega Megadrive, or Genesis as you call it). I can’t make up my mind about which of those three games is my absolute number one favorite, though.

  • October 7, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Well it seems the boys remembered it well done to you people,was been allot of time but eventually caught up with us by remembering it.

  • October 7, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Well imagine you be in the place of christopher lee,after so freaking many times you played dracula and having even more fans talk about all the times will make your nerves hit the red.

  • October 7, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Wow people i still watch people to that day saying how awesome were the graphics on super famicom and yeah it was the strongest machine in the 16bit wars.Its like you didn’t played allot of snes games,what ws your business again you said? Collecting i think? not that much playing.

  • Boo Daclown

    October 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    one of my favorites from the snes

  • CoindoorDave

    October 7, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    James – how could you not have heard of Harpies? They’re in the classic “Jason and the Argonauts” –

  • HighVoltage

    October 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Too Funny. Would you like to have a Brandy?

  • Aaron Willhite

    October 8, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Booooooks checkem Out!!!

  • Dante

    October 8, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Great video as always! You should definitely try out Castlevania Chronicles for the PS1. I never heard your opinion on that game. It’s really good! My personal favorite in the Castlevania series would have to be Bloodlines, or even Chronicles.

  • Dante

    October 8, 2014 at 6:10 am

    And also, try playing Nosferatu for the Snes, great game as well.

  • restlessjester

    October 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Dracula Untold is really a Castlevania movie – More or less Lords of Shadows. All you need to do is add a whip and it’s a done deal.

  • batratspidercrab

    October 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm


  • October 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I got lots of books man. Boxes and books.

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 5:52 am

    More Castlevania videos? Yes, please! It’s a lot of fun listening in and watching you guys play. The atmosphere in this game is great. To me, it’s the first one where it really feels like the castle itself is out to get you. Rotating rooms, tricks of light, swinging chandeliers and falling objects are just as dangerous as the monsters. Thanks for the video!

  • Jay Olson

    October 11, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Am I the only one who honestly liked Castlevania 64?

  • Kent Gissing

    October 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Alright, James, your new project should be a Castlevania-movie; you have the passion and clearly already have good ideas for it. ^^ I got all excited about it. 😀 This NEEDS to happen! ^^

  • October 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Gotta love that classic Castlevania music!

  • Andrew Jackson

    October 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    James and Mike, play Killer Instinct Gold on the Nintendo Ultra 64

  • Nick3000

    October 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    where’s part 2

  • Jude Murphy

    October 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Can you plane Doom on SNES

  • DanteAlexander

    October 22, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I got this on the Wii. Now I gotta play this game again. Okay, I have to ask, as a child has anymore else spent hours on the option screen just listening to the BGMs?

  • john lombardo

    November 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    my snes plays on full speed on those parts???

  • austin castle

    February 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    The ballroom dancer stage is one of my favorites.

  • Ruby Kelly

    March 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    The rock golem’s name is actually Karranot, which is kind of a joke as it’s ton o’ rock backwards.

  • Aaron1375

    March 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Love this Castlevania game. I finally bought it a couple of years ago and it was a lot harder than I remembered, but I still managed to beat it. Love the music in this one. However, James, I am completely baffled…how the hell does a lover of horror and stuff of that nature not know what a harpy is!?!

  • December 19, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I don’t even like Super Nintendo… in fact, the only time I have a chance to play it is at my grandma’s. But, you know what, I love this game too. There’s nothing really bad you can say about it, at all. From the engaging intro even to the peerless challenges set forth by this outstanding game. I believe this game stands unmatched and is a golden example to game developing. And pretty much the only reason I’ll pick up a SNES controller, except maybe double dragon, HA.

  • January 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Gary Busey should read the narration.

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