FANDEMONIUM!: Speed Run – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES)

Speed is of the essence in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

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Well, Castlevania Mania Month is officially underway, and we’re continuing the festivities with another speed run. This time, it’s Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

Released in December 1988, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest is kinda like the black sheep of the original NES trilogy because it strayed from the formula. Instead of simple linear platforming, it was more RPG-ish in nature in that you go into towns, buy items, get information and wander around. You can even level up if you collect enough Hearts from your enemies.

Set seven years after the original Castlevania, Simon has fallen ill and he is told that Dracula cast a curse on him before he was defeated. The only way to lift the curse is to find Dracula’s five remains that were scattered around Transylvania by his minions, revive the Count and kill him all over again. If the curse isn’t lifted, Simon dies. Yipes!

Anyhoo, there were three endings for the game. If you take too long to finish the game, Simon dies. So to get through the game, you’re gonna need speed. Lots of it. Runner Thomas L. Mallory, Jr. manages to do so in a 41 minutes and manages to snag the “best ending”. Good job!

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest — Best Single-segment time with deaths: 0:41:48 by Thomas L. Mallory, Jr. on 2008-09-20.

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