Dracula X: Nocturne The Moonlight
Saturn owners now have yet another reason to start importing games from Japan. Konami's awesome PlayStation game, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight in Japan) is now available for the Saturn in Japan, and it's got everything the PS version's got and then some.
Dracula X2, as it's commonly known as overseas (it's the sequel to an incredible PC Engine game that was never released here), isn't just your average portover. The Saturn version features all of the levels and areas from the PlayStation version, plus two entirely new areas (The Underground Garden and The Cursed Prison) that were originally going to be in the PS one but never made it. Even better, the Saturn version allows you to play as Maria in addition to Alucard and Richter (all three are selectable right from the beginning), and there are some new weapons, items, monsters and even a Boss that weren't found in the PlayStation version. Like Richter, Maria doesn't raise levels or collect items. She does however, use magic (it's nothing special), and she has the ability to triple jump in addition to sporting several other special maneuvers (many similar to Richter's). Alucard is more or less the same, though there's a new piece of equipment (Alucard's Boots) that allows him to run at double his normal speed.
That's not all, though. The Saturn Dracula X also features several new tunes that were especially remixed just for this version (many of them are remixes of classic Castlevania tunes), as well as a Sound Test at the main Title Screen that allows you to listen to all of the game's music. A Voice Test becomes available as well, once you beat the game. Item management is a little better now too. You can assign an item to the L button so that you don't have to unequip yourself in order to use a regular item.
So is there anything bad about the game? Well, for one, most of the transparencies are either totally gone or just look really bad. Also, there's a bit of slowdown now and then that gets really annoying. Maria, while cool (she can take more damage than Richter), is hardly a big deal and seems like more of an afterthought. And despite those innovative CD loading rooms, the game still stops to load after certain areas, which is disappointing. Finally, some of the remixed music could've been a lot better. But overall? Any Saturn owner who's a fan of Symphony of the Night should definitely check this game out. It's one of the higher quality Saturn games out there, and since it's budget priced in Japan (3800 yen, or about $27 as of this writing), it shouldn't be too expensive to import.
MANUFACTURER - KCE Nagoya
THEME - Side-Scroller
NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode