The series launches September 26, 1986, for the Family Computer Disc System. 

Released in Japan as “Devil’s Castle Dracula“, the game is a series of dark-fantasy themed action-adventure games from Konami, centered on a family of Vampire Hunters.

First ported to the FDS, it is then followed by an alternate version on the MSX2 platform. However, it doesn’t really take off internationally until the original FDS version is localised and ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Castlevania goes on to make many “top games of all-time” lists, often falling only just short behind the powerhouse franchises Zelda, Mario, and Final Fantasy.