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Updated: 8/31/10

GameTap Sends Castlevania to the Grave

Via the GameTap message board: "As I mentioned in a previous thread, the Sega games had been in flux for a while, and unfortunately, that is coming to an end. As of this Thursday, Sept. 2, the Sega games will be removed. This will also include all non-Sega games on Sega platforms. At the same time, we will also be losing our games from the following publishers: Everyware Intellivision Konami Taito." The thread can be viewed here.

Among the long list of games removed from the service are Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse; this trio of NES classics were part of a set titled Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra--a virtual recreation of the physical product of the same name.

There's no word, specifically, as to why Konami pulled its license.


GameTap Goes Gothic This Halloween With Silent Hill 2 And Castlevania;
Adds A New Episode Of Hyper 5

Broadband entertainment just got eerie! This Halloween, Turner Broadcasting’s GameTap gets into the spirit of the holiday by featuring a number of the greatest fright night franchises ever, including “Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams” and the “Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra,” alongside an all-new episode of Hyper 5.

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams: As part of this decade’s most indelible survival horror series, “Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams” contains all of the content of the original console version of “Silent Hill 2,” but with the PC extras. This includes the "Born from a Wish" scenario where players take control of Maria prior to her first appearance in the main game. Also included is a sixth ending to the main scenario and a minor feature that allows you to switch to a different film stock presentation.

Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra: If “Silent Hill” is too mature for your taste, check out this E-rated 8 Bit collection of the first three “Castlevania” titles along with two “Contra” classics (“Contra” and “Super C”). These “Castlevania” vampire-slayer classics are filled with icons from horror literature and legends, such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Medusa, and the Grim Reaper. Speaking of the Grim Reaper, tune into GameTap TV to check out the following brand new episode of Hyper 5…

Hyper 5 - Custom Tailored Grim Reapers: This episode of GameTap TV’s countdown show highlights the top 5 video game characters that rely on their special suits or outfits to accomplish tasks. They are stylin' and profilin', deadly dangerous, and most importantly – they look GOOD.

Additional Games: Also joining the network on Halloween is “Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Gold” (which includes the “Desert Siege” and “Island Thunder” expansions) and “Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire,” a timely Arcade classic from Capcom.

So instead of candy, give your friends GameTap this Halloween. GameTap gives subscribers unlimited access to more than 700 games at any time, along with over 600 original TV shows and videos that cater to fans of the video game lifestyle. To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com where you can sign up for $9.95 per month, or take advantage of the limited deal: an entire year of GameTap for less than the price of one console game ($59.40).


Lee Mokri

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