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THE-BishiBashi

Date Released
System For
Romset Size
7/29/2009
Arcade
Unknown
Main Heroes
Scans
Konami Mascots
None Available
Playable Castlevania Villain: Death

In addition to its acclaimed console titles, Konami is the creator of many longrunning arcade series aimed at communication and bringing people together for unique and engaging multiplayer experiences. Among them are its memorable rhythm games (like Dance Dance Revolution, GuitarFreaks and DrumMania, some of which are covered on these pages) and its mini-game-focused Bishi Bashi series, which has produced multiple sequels over its 15-year history. Always sticking closely to its familiar formula, the Bishi Bashi games (using up to two machines) pit 1-6 players--each choosing as an avatar one of Konami's colorful mascot characters--against each other in all sorts of battle-based mini-games. (Note: The three Bishi Bashi compilations ported to the original PlayStation have been modified to support 8 players, but this doesn't affect the core gameplay.) Using the control mechanisms available to all players (either a four-button setup entailing red, yellow, green and blue buttons; or peripherals like a steering wheel or the recognizable dance pad), arcade-goers compete by interacting with the buttons/peripherals as explained prior to a mini-game's start.

          

The culmination of the series is THE-BishiBashi, released in Japan in 2009. The premise hasn't changed, and the developers have played it safe, sticking purely to the four-button setup. Justifying its definitive title, then, is THE-BishiBashi 's cast of avatars, which is 50 strong; though, many of them are hidden, unlocked through the accumulation of points or the satisfying of certain conditions. Still, the cast's most notable members are there to be unlocked only by people who own a Konami "E-Amusement Pass," a special card that grants customers access to the company's online service for the purpose of recording scores, viewing ranking data, and downloading music. If a card-carrying customer has played Konami's recent arcade release Akumajou Dracula: The Arcade, having recorded any such data, he or she can then insert the card into the THE-BishiBashi cabinet and unlock a very prominent Castlevania character--the ubiquitous Death, appropriately miniaturized and ready to join the cast for some "mini"-game fun.

          

The contributor of this information, JPCVFAN, provides also this screenshot of Death being unlocked. There's no word at the moment as to any additional reward for unlocking him.

 

Hirameki Pazuru Makkusuueru no Fushigina Nohto

Date Released
System For
Rom Size
1/27/2011
Nintendo DS
32MB
Main Hero
Scans
Maxwell
None Available
Conjurable Castlevania Hero: Alucard

In the modern era of gaming--as defined by risk-averse companies who do as little as possible in flooding the market with sequels, remakes, and ever-derivative dreck--it's increasingly difficult to find genuinely new ideas. Should you make the effort to activate your inner radar, you might happen across a blip called Scribblenauts, a Nintendo DS-exclusive concoction brewed by the upstart studio 5th Cell; Scribblenauts drops you into a world where your imagination and depth of vocabulary are just as important as your platforming skills and reflexes. The game's main mechanic--a system that allows you to conjure up and put to use whatever items you so desire (sans vulgarity and copyrighted material)--is backed by a painstakingly populated, monstrous dictionary of words and terms, which you use to help the hero, Maxwell, collect the Starites found throughout a litany of stages. In short: Type an ojbect's name, it appears and functions in the expected way.

          

Anyone who understands the process of localization knows that its an arduous, often tedious process that results in certain territories receiving games late and sometimes not at all. Considering the large amount of language contained within Scribblenauts, it's no surprise that it took until early 2011 for it to arrive in Japan under a new name, translated roughly to Inspiration Puzzle Maxwell's Fantastic Notebook. Thanks to Konami, which agreed to publish the title on 5th Cell's behalf, Japanese gamers have since been joining in the fun. Regardless of culture, I have no doubt that any fan of Castlevania, or indeed any person currently reading this piece, has of course taken to conjuring up monsters, evils and beasties as encountered in Dracula's eerie domain. Scribblenauts has these in abundance, including such stalwarts as vampires, mummies, devils, demons, witches, zombies, skeletons, mermen, succubi, grim reapers, dragons, giant enemy crabs, and a whole slew of mythological, fictional and horror-based baddies; these fiends will happily tear Maxwell and each other apart should you choose to summon them.

          

Of course, should Maxwell need a little assistance in any such ill-conceived scenarios, he can happily beckon a small militia of vampire hunters and dhampirs, who will use their wooden stakes to assault and hopefully slay the vile creatures. The opportunity to contribute to the monster madness wasn't lost on Koji Igarashi (this version's producer), a master of this material who threw in a little Castlevania-related treat: Alucard, the half-breed son of Count Dracula. Call upon his troubled spirit and watch Alucard slice up the forces of darkness. (The Alucard images were supplied by JPCVFAN.)

 

Orecabattle

Date Released
System For
Rom Size
3/14/2012
Arcade
Not Available
Main Hero
Scans
Summoned Heroes
None Available
Conjurable Castlevania Hero: Alucard

Monsuta Retsuden Orekabatoru (roughly translated to Monster Series of Biographies: Orecabattle) is another quirky Japan-only arcade title and an attempt to satiate the many players currently entrenched in the Monster Hunter madness. Orecabattle, simply, is a card-based game in which you summon heroes to battle monsters. After the machine scans your hero card (using its QR code), the game chooses a random enemy set and shifts play to the field of battle, where the encounter precipitates in RPG form; you then select from a list of commands and take down the enemies using the available options, the action unfolding via whacky, exaggerated scripted sequences.

Naturally, no large-scope Konami title would be complete without a cameo appearance by one of its established mascot characters. Batting DH, this time, is Alucard, who has all but usurped the Belmonts as the series' go-to ambassador. In addition to summoning Alucard, you can evolve the half-breed hero, Pokemon-style, into more powerful forms (all images and information courtesy of JPCVFAN):

Initial form Aruka (Aluca?) resembles Kid Dracula
Aruka grows into a real live dhampir
Finally, he becomes the Dark Lord, himself
Have at you!

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