Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Mike Matei / February 2nd, 2015

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (PC Engine Duo / TurboDuo) James & Mike Mondays

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was a Japan exclusive CD game for the PC Engine Duo (TurboDuo in the US). It’s unfortunate it wasn’t released in the US, because it’s one of the best games in the Castlevania franchise. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is the prequel to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Though Rondo of Blood retains the more classic, linear style of gameplay. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was also ported to the Super Nintendo and retitled Castlevania: Dracula X. Though the SNES version had many alterations and is considered to be inferior to its Japanese counterpart.
(Called (悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 (ロンド) Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo in Japan)

Enjoy now as James Rolfe and Mike Matei take a stab at Castlevania: Rondo of Blood – it’s one hard game!
Note: In the game you play as Richter Belmont, and can rescue maidens. One of them “Maria Renard” can become a playable character. (Though we didn’t get her in this run through)


  • Fenderfool14

    February 2, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Good Stuff Guys!

    • BrandeX

      February 2, 2015 at 3:49 am

      Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
      Virtual Console NA March 15, 2010

      Castlevania: Dracula X (not exactly the same)
      Super Nintendo Entertainment System NA September 1995
      Wii U Virtual Console NA October 2, 2014

      Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (remake of Rondo of Blood with an extra game mode included)
      PlayStation Portable NA October 23, 2007
      PlayStation Network NA December 9, 2009

      • Smokingspoon

        February 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

        Guys, use the up-up jump! I don’t know if this one has it, but in the snes version, you could do that higher back-flip jump by pressing Up-Up, I think.

        (up-up +Jump maybe)

    • Mike

      February 3, 2015 at 1:56 am

      Sega Master System had card-based games in the 8-bit era, pretty sure that was before TurboGrafx 16.

      • Dean Nielsen

        February 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        I was going to say the same thing: Sega Master System was released in North America in 1986; TurboGrafix-16 was released in the United States on 1989. I only remember because I played Ghost House on it

    • gamefan

      February 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      It really wasn’t one of their better videos…I know you guys just finished with the movie and the Christmas episode, but this one felt a bit lacking to me…actually a bunch of these Mondays episodes haven’t been…spectacular lately.

    • BrandeX

      February 20, 2015 at 2:52 am

      Castlevania: Dracula X – Rondo of Blood Translation

  • February 2, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Always Good to see Castlevania 😀 thanks so much for J&MM, it makes my Monday every week. Cheers!!!

  • Don Skiver

    February 2, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Ooh nice! It’s always good to see the TurboGrafx/TurboDuo get some love! It’s a really neat little system that had a lot of true gaming gems. I hope they got the capacitors on the TurboDuo replaced because those things are NOTORIOUS for leaking and doing damage to the mainboard (as well as making your games look not-so-great).

    I’m hoping James and Mike play some more TurboGrafx 16 games and I hope James does a full-on review of the system for us!

  • pleasetakeabow

    February 2, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Great game, great video, please come back to it at some point!

  • Thifurious

    February 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Awesome video as always 🙂 Thanks guys. It’s nice to look forward to Mondays.

  • February 2, 2015 at 1:43 am

    The bomb section, as well as many other routes you didn’t take, lead you to the 3 girls you have to save, or to Maria Renard (which makes the game much easier), or to the alternative stages.

    The game features alternate (completely different) stages for 2,3,4 and 5 named 2′ 3′ 4′ and 5′ respectively. They have different bosses too.

    • piratinflas

      February 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      That’s right, you need to come back to this game, to review the alternate routes and the alternate bosses.

      With the other character Maria and his new set of weapons, and movements like the double jump and the dash.

      One more thing guys, most of the special attacks only need 10 hearts, not 15, some even 30.

      I love this game!

  • 911Bonez

    February 2, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Easily one of the neatest TurboGrafx titles. But I highly recommend Cotton, obviously expensive, but so worth it if you can get your hands on a copy!

  • February 2, 2015 at 1:58 am

    This game was released on PSP in Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles. Might want to update your description.

    • February 2, 2015 at 2:05 am

      Well, remade on PSP, but was released on WiiU pretty much everywhere.

    • February 2, 2015 at 2:35 am

      Oops, meant WiiU

    • MrBrrumpkins

      February 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      The description is fine. It is describing in general the initial port release in the U.S. They mention the PSP version several times. Might want to watch the video.

  • Grammar Police

    February 2, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for another great video. Please keep it up.
    I would have added (1) what a steal this game is on Virtual Console and (2) how awesome the music is.

  • Grammar Police

    February 2, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I’m curious why the narration in the opening to the game is in German (?).

  • Johan Öberg

    February 2, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Sega Master System dabbled in cards too, but never really stuck with it

  • Glorious Gerbil

    February 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Nice james and mike monday. Been so sick of that horrible starwars game. Wish i had a turbografx, looks like a real interesting system.

  • taykel

    February 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I love James’ story about the bug in his basement. I would have a heart attack if the damn little thing was up in my face.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    February 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Wow, that game looks freakin awesome! I’ll have to check out the VC version.

  • Jonas Sars

    February 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

    nice video james and mike

  • NashKnight

    February 2, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I actually played this game, not this version but the SNES one, and I found it to be very average for a Castlevania title. It’s not nearly so advanced as Super Castlevania IV nor is is so action packed as Castlevania: Bloodlines. It is a nice game, but I would recommend it only to those that already played the fore-mentioned ones.

  • February 2, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Not to be nitpicky, but actually the Sega Master System could use those kinds of cards as well (though later versions used just the cartridges)

  • Leeleeleeleelee

    February 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I loved the White Zombie (1932) and the Night of the Living Dead (1968) commentaries. Do more more things like those!

  • February 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    If you want a good blood rondo, download 360 Samurai from Google Play, game rules!

  • February 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Great game of choice! (Frankly, I´m glad that you´re through with Star Wars, because it´s not my type of game!)
    Mondays are good again! 🙂

  • RichterBelmont

    February 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    As you can tell by my user name, I’m thrilled you’re doing Rondo! 🙂

  • lghyourinmaru

    February 2, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Nice video! Mike and his “thangs” =)

  • piratinflas

    February 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    This game is awesome! I only played it via emulation.

  • Pablo1989

    February 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Contra Force 🙂 maybe?

  • Phoenix7786

    February 2, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Apparently you guys didn’t know about item crashes 😛 Makes the boss fights much easier.

  • February 2, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    00:58 Sega Master System also used Card Games.

  • February 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    In Europe it was called Vampire’s Kiss

  • February 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I loved the White Zombie commentary. Watched all the commentaries on the site, but my favorite is either Street Fighter or the Turkish Indiana Jones.

  • Entrenaturaleza

    February 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for the video guys, entertaining and cool as usual

  • vaultmartyr

    February 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I love it whenever you guys do a castlevania video, just because that music is awesome

  • piratinflas

    February 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    That’s right, you need to come back to this game, to review the alternate routes and the alternate bosses.

    With the other character Maria and his new set of weapons, and movements like the double jump and the dash.

    One more thing guys, most of the special attacks only need 10 hearts, not 15, some even 30.

    I love this game!

  • Jcr3ws

    February 2, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Great play from a great game. Ive never played a turbo duo but it looks like a powerhouse of a machine.

  • Davis Gardner

    February 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    So I guess we can expect Symphony of the Night later on.

    • diegowar

      February 3, 2015 at 12:38 am

      I doubt it. James doesn’t like the SotN style as much as the classic style, and it’s pretty long game.

      • goodpenisbadpenis

        February 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        cuz he sucks at c vania, duh

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      February 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      symphony of the night is what me and yer mom call fucking when yer sleepin hahahahaha

      • Kane_Magus

        February 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        Hey, James and/or Mike, could you ban this Goodpenisbadpenis guy? If you look through the comments you’ll see he’s doing nothing but trolling.

      • DanCam

        February 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        Goodpenisbadpenis, why don’t you just go and put someone’s dick in you mouth fool? What a no life we got here…

  • February 3, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Mondays are now great.

  • February 3, 2015 at 3:27 am

    MIKE! Please release accompanying full videos with these edited ones. A split screen perhaps. Less work and more commercial time for the web site.

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      February 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      suck it

    • ToadRoad

      February 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      That’s not necessarily true. Videos are hosted on servers, running servers costs money. Loading the site with lengthy, sizable videos with only niche appeal could actually end up costing more money. I guess you could upload them only to youtube, but I imagine there are length restrictions there.

      • diegowar

        February 4, 2015 at 12:31 am

        On Youtube on a separate channel, I don’t see it being a problem, other of course than the extra work to make the new edit and upload the big files.

  • sean pebsworth

    February 3, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Hey james and mike! need help beating that game? would love to be invited over to game with you guys!

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      February 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I need help beating my balls. Will you help me with that? hahaha

  • February 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    a few months agot i bought this at the local game store for like $650(with the turbo duo) best fuckin castlevania ive played. and well worth the price tag

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      February 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      nice waste of money fool!

  • Adahn

    February 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Did that minotaur boss just pull out a frigging Shoryuken on you before dying…? I think I’ve seen everything. Keep up the great work, guys! Been a fan for years now. Cheers from over the ocean. 🙂

    • Mitsukara

      February 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Yep, some of the bosses have one final special attack they throw at you when their HP is gone. His is to charge across the room and do a shoryuken.

  • KingMike

    February 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Rondo of Blood was released in October 1993. The TurboGrafx/Duo was probably just too far into the grave in North America that it was doubtful even Rondo of Blood could save it.
    Street Fighter II CE was also skipped over. As SFII was at the height of its popularity undoubtedly it would’ve been extremely expensive for NEC/TTI to license from Capcom.

  • DrJuano

    February 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Don’t forget to play Castlevania Bloodlines

  • Octosnooch

    February 4, 2015 at 3:33 am

    “Now look at this situation.”

    This is why I love playing video games. That was a priceless moment 🙂

  • diegowar

    February 4, 2015 at 3:35 am

    For those wanting to play Rondo of Blood, the most convenient thing to do, if you have a Wii, is to get it on the Virtual Console, it’s like 10 bucks which is really worth it for a cool game like this.

  • February 4, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Great Game! Hope you can do another video beating it. Also this game has multiple playable characters and multiple routes/bosses to finish the game.

  • ramazan arabaci

    February 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    You two must play Zombies Ate My Neighbors on NES or Sega Genises. It is realy fun game.

  • ramazan arabaci

    February 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    zombies ate my neighbors!!!!! on nes…it is very fun gameeeeeeeeeeeee…

  • February 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Did you guys play castlevania order of ecclesia? I remember james complaining about the other ones in the DS. I thought castlevania order of ecclesia was the best castlevania. He should try it if he didn’t. By the way, did you guys hear that the developer of castlevania have left konami? 🙁

  • February 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    So…any chance of Super Mario World?

    • Andrew Wood

      February 4, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      What would be so great about watching them play such a well-known game like Super Mario World? Do people really adore James and Mike that much? Just watch it somewhere else online or play it yourself. I really wish something else would happen on this website besides all these videos. Getting pretty old by now. And people keep praising it like it actually deserves to be called a “show.” I’m not saying they’re totally unenjoyable, but it’s nothing special. Just filler.

      • February 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        What kind of content are you looking for?

      • Andrew Wood

        February 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

        I guess just more variety overall. Even James’s book reviews were interesting. And I’m okay with short, simple AVGN episodes… and where’s Board James? Sorry, it just seems like not much happens on here anymore, but I understand if there are difficulties…

      • Andrew Wood

        February 5, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        Come to think of it, Mike, your own game reviews were entertaining as well. The reason I find J & MM less entertaining is that it’s just two guys casually playing video games, which is basically what I do every day, haha.

      • February 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

        We’re working on more Board James episodes. Scripted content takes much longer to make.

      • MrBrrumpkins

        February 5, 2015 at 9:48 pm

        It would be nice to see other videos, but J&MM has become one of my favorites since I’ve started watching AVGN back in ’08. Not into this ‘Let’s play youtube video watching era’ but James and Mike are just awesome down to earth people. They probably have more personality than most of the people that do videos on youtube. I’m sure they will start making more content as the movie is out and they might have more time.

      • February 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean they should stop. I like J & M Mondays and so do a lot of other people.

  • DanCam

    February 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hope someone knows that Rondo of Blood is actually the prequel to Symphony of the Night on the PlayStation…

    • DanCam

      February 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I actually mean that version on the PC Engine only is the prequel to Symphony of the Night…I wonder why they never released it on the PSX instead of the PSP.

  • skwij

    February 5, 2015 at 5:08 am

    This one is the only Castlevania I know of where the boss monsters can actually kill you with their death throes. This thing is brutal, and is super hard. Hopefully, we can see you take another crack at this one. Thanks!

  • Jokerisdaking

    February 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Man, I sure hope someone else tells us that the Sega Master system used cards too. I just don’t think the other 50 people who talked about it got the point across.

    All joking aside this was a great vidieo, though I cringed everytime you guys skipped a secret area. It caused me physical pain.

  • February 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I really hope they do Symphony of the Night too, I mean they did Castlevania 4 and this one. I want to know what they thought about playing as the son of Dracula instead of playing as a Belmont.

  • February 6, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I produced this avgn theme from scratch as a tribute to the nerd, hope you guys enjoy it peace out 🙂

  • Tanooki suit mario

    February 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Remember when captain N was always hanging out with simon from castlevania?

    • Tanooki suit mario

      February 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

      And why did captain N have a varsity jacket with an N on it. Did he go to nintendo high school. I want to go there. He should be in the new smash bros.

  • stoney_1

    February 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I hate those centipedes!! EWwWWWWWW!!

  • February 7, 2015 at 9:41 am

    awesome game yes indeed one of the best castlevania games! i won it via virtual console wii and it was hard as hell, good ol game where u have to remember exactly every jump or move to defeat da boss! love that game and all ur shows keep it up brodas , greetings from Ecuador

  • February 8, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Great video (as always). Feel bad for the insect though.. Used to play Castlevania Adventure on my GameBoy. Good game, even if Simon really couldn’t jump. Which was quite annoying.

  • erik37

    February 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

    That was cool I wanna play that game it looks sweet

  • HalfAssAssassin

    February 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Did the game creators mean “Round of Blood?” I think they misspelled the katakana as RO-N-DO instead of RA-N-DO that is typically used in Japanese to say “round.”

    Or maybe Sheng Long is a real guy. I think I’ll go order a rondo of beers.

  • February 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Castle my asshole.

  • February 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    The bible weapon item actually is pretty usefull in this game,you will need it in the stages to come in a specific boss and some stages and works much better in some sections from other games of the franchise.But figure it out your selfs to see where this is going.

  • February 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Whats wrong with your video people i can’t watch them because it changes the quality.

  • March 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    James, Mike, I really love your videos but… honestly, it hurt my eyes to see you guys playing my favorite Castlevania Game from all time! If you need some advice, just ask me, I can teach you to finish Rondo of Blood in much less than five hours…

  • Aaron1375

    April 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I could never get by the minotaur in the PSP version.

  • June 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Hey, James. When my VCR sadly goes, you can have My Godzilla vs Megalon AND my Godzilla King of the Monsters VHS tapes.

  • December 31, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I hope you guys come back to this game at some point!

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