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'''''Castlevania: Bloodlines''''' is an action/adventure platform game developed and published by [[Konami]] for the [[Sega Genesis|Sega Genesis/Mega Drive]] gaming console. It was released in North America on March 17, 1994, in Japan one day later, and in Europe on March 20 of that same year under the title of '''''Castlevania: The New Generation'''''. It was the only ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' game released for that system.
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'''''Castlevania: Bloodlines''''' is an action/adventure platform game developed and published by [[Konami]] for the [[Sega Genesis|Sega Genesis/Mega Drive]] gaming console. It was released in North America on March 17, 1994, in Japan one day later, and in Europe on March 20 of that same year under the title of '''''Castlevania: The New Generation'''''.
   
 
The game was promoted as a completely original [[vampire]]-themed action series at the time of its release, known as {{Nihongo|'''''Vampire Killer'''''|バンパイアキラー|Banpaia Kirā}}, the game's Japanese title. A preview of the game that appeared in the back of the [[Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Strategy Guide]], referred to the game as a "''Castlevania Gaiden''".<ref>''MegaDriveFAN June 1993 issue.</ref><ref>''Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Strategy Guide, page 33.''</ref>
 
The game was promoted as a completely original [[vampire]]-themed action series at the time of its release, known as {{Nihongo|'''''Vampire Killer'''''|バンパイアキラー|Banpaia Kirā}}, the game's Japanese title. A preview of the game that appeared in the back of the [[Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Strategy Guide]], referred to the game as a "''Castlevania Gaiden''".<ref>''MegaDriveFAN June 1993 issue.</ref><ref>''Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Strategy Guide, page 33.''</ref>
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[[File:Eric-Eric.png|thumb|<p style="text-align: center;">Eric's two faces.</p>]]
 
[[File:Eric-Eric.png|thumb|<p style="text-align: center;">Eric's two faces.</p>]]
   
The game underwent censorship when localized to PAL regions in both Europe and Australia because of its dark themes. Because it was forbidden to use the word "blood" in video games at the time, the game was redubbed ''Castlevania: The New Generation''. The Japanese and North American title screen was originally red and depicted a sea of blood; this was changed to blue to make it look like water and also had no dripping effect. The palette colors for some enemies like [[Zombie]]s and [[Medusa Head]]s were altered to make them less menacing looking.
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The game underwent censorship when localized to PAL regions in both Europe and Australia because of its dark themes. Because it was forbidden to use the word "blood" in video games at the time, the game was redubbed ''Castlevania: The New Generation''. The Japanese and North American title screen was originally red and depicted a sea of blood; this was changed to blue to make it look like water and also had no dripping effect. The palette colors for some enemies like Zombies and Medusa Heads were altered to make them less menacing looking.
   
 
This meant the blood drips in Stage 1 and 6-2, and the blood fountain in Stage 5 were removed completely. Finally, Eric's death animation is different; his spear doesn't impale him the moment he dies like in other versions.
 
This meant the blood drips in Stage 1 and 6-2, and the blood fountain in Stage 5 were removed completely. Finally, Eric's death animation is different; his spear doesn't impale him the moment he dies like in other versions.
   
Due to running on the PAL Mega Drive, ''The New Generation'' suffers with decreased play speed, but other than the censorship and lowered speed, it plays similarly to other versions.
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Due to running on the PAL Mega Drive, ''Castlevania The New Generation'' suffers with decreased play speed, but other than the censorship and lowered speed, it plays similarly to other versions.
   
 
The Japanese version is closer to its American counterpart but still includes some changes. The game is titled ''Vampire Killer'', the [[Normal Mode|Normal]] mode is less difficult (fewer enemies and stronger characters), and the password screen does not show after a stage is completed, but only when the "End" option is chosen on the Game Over screen. In addition, the Easy mode won't skip mid-bosses, features four continues, and regardless of the difficulty setting it will always play the full ending.
 
The Japanese version is closer to its American counterpart but still includes some changes. The game is titled ''Vampire Killer'', the [[Normal Mode|Normal]] mode is less difficult (fewer enemies and stronger characters), and the password screen does not show after a stage is completed, but only when the "End" option is chosen on the Game Over screen. In addition, the Easy mode won't skip mid-bosses, features four continues, and regardless of the difficulty setting it will always play the full ending.
   
Other notable changes are that Eric's facial features in his artwork are more feminine (''bishōnen''), which was changed in the other versions by making his face more masculine looking in the intro and ending. This change was kept for the European version, but the cover still presents Eric with his feminine features.
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Other notable changes are that Eric's facial features in his artwork are more feminine (''bishōnen''), which was changed in the other versions by making his face more masculine looking in the intro and ending.
   
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
*This game is the first to refer to the legendary [[Belmont Clan|Belmont]] whip as the "[[Vampire Killer (whip)|Vampire Killer]]". The whip is called "Vampire Killer the Sorcery Whip" (妖鞭バンパイアキラー).
 
*This game is the first to refer to the legendary [[Belmont Clan|Belmont]] whip as the "[[Vampire Killer (whip)|Vampire Killer]]". The whip is called "Vampire Killer the Sorcery Whip" (妖鞭バンパイアキラー).
**This game marks the first time the Vampire Killer is referred to by name in a North American release; older titles simply refer to it as the "mystic whip" on the games' packaging.
 
 
*The game was originally released as a side story of the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' series.<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/2/rob-guidebook.htm ''Rondo of Blood'' Strategy Guide Book, page 33.]</ref>
 
*The game was originally released as a side story of the ''[[Castlevania (series)|Castlevania]]'' series.<ref>[http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/2/rob-guidebook.htm ''Rondo of Blood'' Strategy Guide Book, page 33.]</ref>
 
*The American ''Bloodlines'' instruction booklet states that [[Drolta Tzuentes|Drolta]] was an amateur [[witch]] who casts a spell which inadvertently brings [[Elizabeth Bartley]] back to life. However, Drolta plays a much more prominent role in the Japanese version, where she is instead a dark sorceress who intentionally resurrects Elizabeth.
 
*The American ''Bloodlines'' instruction booklet states that [[Drolta Tzuentes|Drolta]] was an amateur [[witch]] who casts a spell which inadvertently brings [[Elizabeth Bartley]] back to life. However, Drolta plays a much more prominent role in the Japanese version, where she is instead a dark sorceress who intentionally resurrects Elizabeth.
*The warrior and the woman shown at the intro are most likely [[Trevor Belmont]] and [[Sypha Belnades]], as seen in Sypha's ending in ''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]''.
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*The warrior and the woman shown at the intro are most likely a reference to [[Trevor Belmont]] and [[Sypha Belnades]], as seen in Sypha's ending in ''[[Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse]]''.
 
*The game was rated "GA" for "General Audiences" by Sega's VRC ratings board, but possesses a considerable amount of violence and gore for an "all ages" game.
 
*The game was rated "GA" for "General Audiences" by Sega's VRC ratings board, but possesses a considerable amount of violence and gore for an "all ages" game.
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*This game marks the first time the [[Vampire Killer (whip)|Vampire Killer]] is referred to by name in a North American release; older titles simply refer to the weapon as the "mystic whip" on the games' packaging.
 
*It's the first game of the series to be released first in North America before going out to Japan.
 
*It's the first game of the series to be released first in North America before going out to Japan.
 
*Interestingly, almost all the fire effects used in the game are a bluish tint. This may be due to the traditional belief in Japan and elsewhere in the Far East that blue flame (or fire which turns blue) indicates the presence of a spirit.
 
*Interestingly, almost all the fire effects used in the game are a bluish tint. This may be due to the traditional belief in Japan and elsewhere in the Far East that blue flame (or fire which turns blue) indicates the presence of a spirit.
*For this game, the traditional [[Heart]]s that are normally gathered and used to power the [[Sub-Weapon|sub-weapons]] were replaced with [[Red Jewel]]s that perform the same role. These jewels would be used again in ''[[Castlevania (Nintendo 64)|Castlevania]]'' for the [[Nintendo 64]] five years later.
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*For this game, the traditional [[Heart]]s that are normally gathered and used to power the [[Sub-Weapon|sub-weapons]] were replaced with [[Red Jewel]]s that perform the same role. This would be used again in ''[[Castlevania (Nintendo 64)|Castlevania]]'' ([[Nintendo 64|N64]]) five years later.
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*[[The Discolored Wall]] contains a repeating melody which closely resembles one in [[wikipedia:Andrew Lloyd Webber|Andrew Lloyd Webber]]'s musical ''[[wikipedia:The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)|The Phantom of the Opera]]'' (one of the parts in which it is heard is during "Down Once More" when the Phantom sings: "Hounded out by everyone/Met with hatred everywhere/No kind word from anyone/No compassion anywhere"). It is unknown whether this tune was inspirational or if the stage music was intended as a sort of tribute to Webber's work. 
 
*The box art of the North American version was created by [[Tom duBois]].
 
*The box art of the North American version was created by [[Tom duBois]].
*[[File:D6vtj9fUwAECdX6111.png|right|180px]]According to the ''[[Castlevania Anniversary Collection]]'' e-book, in early development the game was planned to feature two extra characters called Yoko Felnades (name which would later be used for the character [[Yoko Belnades]] in ''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'') and Bolt Ericsson. Both would use their unique weapons, such as shurikens in the case of Yoko and a hammer for Bolt. It's unknown the reason why they were not added in the final game.
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*The factory stage in the European version is simply titled "The Metal Work", and is described as "A factory run by monsters that produces weapons of mass destruction." in the manual.
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*[[File:D6vtj9fUwAECdX6111.png|right|180px]]According to the ''[[Castlevania Anniversary Collection]]'' e-book, in early development the game was planned to feature two extra characters called "Yoko Felnades" (name which would later be used for the character [[Yoko Belnades]] in ''[[Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'') and "Bolt Ericsson". Both would use their unique weapons, such as shurikens in the case of Yoko and a hammer for Bolt. It is unknown the reason of why they were not added in the final game.
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*John Morris's [https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Water_Dragon_(ultimate_item) Water Dragon] sub-weapon icon resembles the icon of [[Sypha Belnades]]'s [https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Holy_Lightning Holy Lightning] from [https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Castlevania_III:_Dracula%27s_Curse Dracula's Curse], while Eric's [https://castlevania.fandom.com/wiki/Thunderbolt_Spear Thunderbolt Spear] sub-weapon being original.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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