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Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (ドラキュラ伝説 II Dracula Densetsu II?, lit. "The Legend of Dracula II"), is an action-adventure platformer game developed and published by Konami for the Nintendo Game Boy handheld system and it is the second Castlevania game to be released on that system. It is the direct sequel to the system's previous title, Castlevania: The Adventure, and has Christopher Belmont, the star of the previous game, returning in a protagonist role, now on a quest to rescue his son, Soleil, from the powers of evil. The game was released in Japan on July 12, 1991, North America in August, 1991, and in Europe on November 26, 1992.

In 1998, the game was re-released for the classic Game Boy as part of Konami GB Collection, Vol. 3. The compilation featured Super Game Boy utilization and a picture frame. The collection, named Konami GB Collection, Vol. 4, was released in 2000 on the Game Boy Color in Europe, with new color schemes added to each stage of the game.

This game is sometimes referred to as "Castlevania: The Adventure II: Belmont’s Revenge", after the first Castlevania game for the Game Boy, to avoid confusion with the similarly-titled Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. However, that is not the game's official name.

The game takes place exactly one century before the original Castlevania game.

Plot

In the first Castlevania Adventure, the fearless vampire hunter Christopher Belmont fought toe-to-toe and whip-to-wing against the vampire king, Count Dracula. Belmont defeated the Count and destroyed his castle, but unfortunately Dracula used what remained of his magical powers to transform his body into mist, thereby making good his escape. However, his powers were so depleted that he was left unable to transform back into "human" form. The Count decided to wait and rebuild his dark forces. Deep inside his black heart he swore revenge on Christopher Belmont and his family

Fifteen years later, a ceremony was held in the town of Transylvania. The son of Christopher Belmont, Soleil Belmont, had come to age, and it was time for the title of vampire hunter to be passed down to him. The ceremony was to commemorate this occasion. All the citizens of Transylvania rejoiced, hoping that the father-son team of vampire hunters would bring peace to the region forever.

But on the morning after the ceremony, it was discovered that Soleil Belmont had vanished into thin air. The ceremony was the chance Dracula had waited for. Soleil received great sacred power in the ceremony to mark his adulthood, and Dracula used his last bit of magic to turn Soleil's powers against him, transforming him into a terrible demon. Then, aided by the Soleil-Demon, Dracula was able to assume human form once again. That evening, to the northeast of the village, the earth shock with a thunderous roar and four ominous castles appeared. And, hidden in a lake at the center of these castles, was another castle: the new lair of Count Dracula!

Horrified to learn that his son had been altered by the forces of evil, Christopher Belmont determined to save Soleil and break the ambitions of the Count. He journeyed to the new castles, each ruled by a different power of darkness placed there by the Soleil-Demon to stop anyone who would tamper with the mystic spell Dracula had cast upon him. Nevertheless, in order to save the village of Transylvania and free his son, Christopher had no choice but to go and fight once again.

— Official American instruction booklet story for Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge.

Characters

Characters
Image Name Information
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Christopher Belmont
The Belmont hero who thought he had defeated Dracula before and now must defeat his own son.
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Soleil Belmont
Christopher's son who was supposed to become the next Vampire Hunter. He was turned into a demon by Dracula.
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Dracula
The main antagonist who utilized Soleil's power to revive himself.


Gameplay

Belmont's Revenge allows the player to play any of the game's four initial stages in any order they choose. Dracula has four themed castles: cloud, plant, rock and crystal, and there's no advantage in picking one stage over the other.

Unlike its predecessor, Christopher Belmont can now wield sub-weapons this time around, although this game only features two: the Axe and the Holy Water (in the Japanese and European versions, the Axe is replaced by the Cross).

Stages

Stage Name Boss Music
- Cloud Castle Angel Mummy Praying Hands
- Crystal Castle Dark Side New Messiah
- Plant Castle Kumulo and Nimbler Ripe Seeds
- Rock Castle Iron Doll Psycho Warrior
5 Dracula's Castle (part 1) Bone Dragon Original Sin
6 Dracula's Castle (part 2) Soleil-Demon Passpied
Soleiyu's Room
Faith
Chromatische Phantasie
7 Dracula's Castle (part 3) Dracula Road of Enemy 2
Sons of Satan

Trivia

  • The box art of the North American/European version was created by Tom duBois.
  • The version included in the European Konami GB Collection, Vol. 4 features a new localization.
  • The BGM of the opening story briefing was extended with a new part in the international version of the game due to the longer story texts.
    • Likewise, because the Konami GB Collection, Vol. 4 version is based on the original Japanese release, the BGM is not extended and ends before the texts finish rolling.

See also

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Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge
Characters
Christopher BelmontSoleil BelmontDracula
Bosses
Angel MummyDark SideIron DollKumulo and NimblerBone DragonSoleil-Demon
Stages
Cloud CastleCrystal CastleRock CastlePlant Castle
Dracula's Castle: The EntranceThe ChapelThe Castle Keep
Music
Akumajō Dracula Best 2
Archives
BestiaryInventory
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