A playthrough of Konami’s 1989 platform action game for the Nintendo Game Boy, Castlevania: The Adventure.

It didn’t quite make it out the gate for the launch of the Game Boy, but it was pretty exciting when Castlevania came out just before Christmas in 1989. What kid at that point didn’t love Castlevania? And though granted, it is much different than Castlevania and Simon’s Quest (the only CV games that had been released yet in the United States), but it still featured a close approximation of the super-stiff controls and the high difficulty level of its console counterpart. And contrary to what seems to be the current popular opinion, the game doesn’t feel anywhere near as slow playing it on a real Game Boy as on an emulator. It was a good early attempt to keep the screen blur to a minimum, and I remember it worked quite well. Playing this through using the DMG shader, I’m reminded of that same feeling. For a console it would be just way too slow, but it feels just right on the tiny green Game Boy screen. Just my opinion, at least. Anyone else agree?

Hearts only give life now since the special weapons are gone, and this game focuses much more heavily on platforming than it does the clay, unlike the first two NES titles. It also loves to abuse you with the level design – I remember wanting to throw the Game Boy way back because of those sections with the moving spiked walls. The whole game is pretty easy once you know it, but it will certainly punish you over and over again until you’ve mastered the layout of each stage.

The music is awesome, and it is probably the best part of the game. There are some pretty classic renditions of some Castlevania soundtrack staples here. You’ll get plenty of chances to hear the songs over and over, though. It might look like a short game when it’s run through like this, but don’t be fooled. It will take you quite awhile to get there if you’re new to it. Once you have it down, though, it’s just like riding a bike. You’ll remember it by the sheer volume of blood and tears shed learning it.

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23 Comments

Thotsweeper

June 30, 2020

24:26 that was a sweet combo.

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Knut Ritter

June 30, 2020

I am absolutely sure you missed some hidden rooms 😉

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Bradley Smith

June 30, 2020

Dat music!

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Kane Campbell

June 30, 2020

As a 10 year old kid in the 90s I clocked this on gameboy. So hard to do for me back then.

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GurendaizaGOOO

June 30, 2020

Just got goosebumps and a boner at the same time…. One of the best games in GAMEBOY

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Erick Gouma - Edição de Vídeos

June 30, 2020

Which emulator do you use? I love it

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KAUÃ GAMES

June 30, 2020

Que maneiro muitas saldades desse. Jogo.

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Ben Wagner

June 30, 2020

I remember back in the day.. that game had so incredible inputlags.. You have played it like a god @NintendoComplete <3 I can finally see the end ;D

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billy billy

June 30, 2020

🤤castlevania adventure🤤❤️

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Tartuffe the Spry Wonder Dog

June 30, 2020

Played it last night for the first time. What a fucking miserable piece of trash. Maybe my most hated game of all time. Broken garbage. Sorry, gotta give you a thumbs down for saying good things about it.

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Kelvin Hardnett

June 30, 2020

I just watched it because of the music. 😝😝

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Trini1984

June 30, 2020

I played through this on the Castlevania Collection on the Nintendo Switch. To those who beat this game without the quick load and save function, you people are Gods!

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Riccardo Raccis

June 30, 2020

I remember this being rage-inducing to play. Everything else moved and manoeuvred faster and better than you and the margin of error was nonexistent.

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Daniel Gillespie

June 30, 2020

Hey, I could’ve remembered that game when I was a tot back in 1990 or 1991.

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Moi Moi

June 30, 2020

I had this one autistic friend who found out that the final boss has a set of repeating patterns, and proceeding to write up the whole damn 20-ish loop on paper only to beat the fucker. Steven, wherever you are today, I salute you.

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Micheal Biznet

June 30, 2020

Thanks for bringing back the memories. Back in the day, the graphics and sound were mind blowing. It’s amazing how far technology has come.

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jsdlgjgo jaosdjgoj

June 30, 2020

My favorite Castlevania.

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Adrian Hodel

June 30, 2020

omg thank you for sharing this

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Husky_Biscuits

June 30, 2020

Thank you… and I want to thank my father too…. because he gave me a gameboy one day… and the light turned on…. and this was in the gameboy…. <3 Happy fathers day dad…

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NunyVanstta135

June 30, 2020

I remember playing this 👌👍

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volcano83

June 30, 2020

I bought this game when I was a kid because I loved anything with vampires or werewolves in it. I was not disappointed. I had a lot of fun playing this and this brings back such good memories 🙂

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The Void

June 30, 2020

The game would have been 10 times better if the character had been faster.

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Sam Dean

June 30, 2020

That music though…

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