[Updated] Whipping up a mild frenzy – Castlevania Dracula X hits New 3DS

It’s nice to know Konami hasn’t entirely forgotten about the Castlevania franchise – they’re about to dust off another older instalment for New 3DS’s Virtual Console.


Castlevania Dracula X – due out Thursday, priced £7.19 – is something of an oddity, being the SNES iteration of the PC Engine’s Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. It’s far from a franchise high note, feeling distinctly 8-bit even though running on 16-bit hardware.

It’s also lacking the fancy Mode 7 effects that made Castlevania IV such a sight to behold. Still, chances are most gamers haven’t played through this adventure before, and that alone makes its arrival noteworthy.

The rest of the week’s new eShop releases are for the regular 3DS. These include animation tool Butterfly: Inchworm Animation II (£7.19), a standalone release of the Halloween-themed pixel art adventure Candy, Please! (£1.99) and Teyon’s “extreme ramp” filled Mini Golf Resort (£4.49).

They’re joined by Word Search 10K (£5.99), which offers over 10,000 words to find in one colossal 90,000 square grid. “Each section is much too large to fit on screen!” reads the blurb. That doesn’t sound helpful at all.


Despite only being released back in December, Circle Ent’s Kutar mini-game series is going down in price to 69p a piece until 9th February. VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 (£1.99) and RV-7 My Drone (89p) also fall in price on 3DS this week, while Island Flight Simulator (£4.79) and Dragon Skills (£5.43) are due a drop on Wii U.

Wii U titles ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! and Hot Rod Racer see permanent price drops meanwhile, down to £1.19 and 89p respectively. Cool beans.

[Update] A surprise Zelda sale is due to commence tomorrow (26th January) until 9th February. ‘My Nintendo’ members can get 30% off a whole host of 3DS and Wii U Zelda adventures, including last year’s Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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