Konami has been in a bit of a weird place lately. After the battle with Kojima, cancellation of announced reboots of classic games such as Silent Hills and the announcement that they are moving away from game development (at least to the extent that they had in the past) it was unclear what was going to happen to some of its classic IP. One that fans had been worried about was the much beloved Castlevania series. Besides a couple of ports for mobile devices on iOS and Android, the series has been relatively forgotten by Konami seeing little movement. This is where Koji Igarashi, former Konami employee & producer of the Castlevania series, steps in with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night & Curse of the Moon. These titles are a spiritual successor to the Castlevania and carry over several of the series mechanics and gothic setting and plot.

To that extent, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon makes good on its promise of offering a Castlevania styled classic game for current generations. Personally, I would’ve liked for more expansion into some more modern gameplay and changes to the game. I feel that games like Mega Man 10 and the upcoming Mega Man 11 offer great nostalgia points for returning players while introducing new gameplay mechanics to entice new players to the franchise and would have loved to have seen a little more of that with this game. That being said, if your looking for a classic Castlevania game for the Switch you would be hard-pressed to find a better option then Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon.