Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo
|Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo|
Also known as: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
This game has unused areas.
This game has a prerelease article
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Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo is one of the few Japan-only installments of the Castlevania series. It was later remade for the SNES as Castlevania: Dracula X, ported to the PSP as part of Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, and given a sequel in the form of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
Enter X-X!V''Q as a save slot name to enable a stage select option in the menu. If this password seems familiar, it's also used in Symphony of the Night for that game's High Luck mode.
Various icons. The first one has 龍 (dragon) written on it, while the third has 肉 (meat).
Perhaps meant for the "Peke" mini-game when the wrong system card is used while booting the game.
Early Maria sub-weapons (with final weapons below for comparison).
The dragon's body can be seen by scrolling past the end of the first area. Does any unused code remain?
Unused sprites for a rather large lizard-like monster with what appears to be a beam attack. The image on the right is a mockup of how it would look in-game.
Partial data for this unused enemy is stored in the first section of Stage 1, and can be accessed if the game is forcibly scrolled past the end of the screen.
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There are three full stages hidden in the game's data, which appear to be earlier versions of Stages 3, 4, and 5. They can be loaded by altering the game's asset sector address table. These stages are fully playable, but there are sound effect and sprite glitches, presumably due to them not being totally compatible with the newer core game code. There is also a Stage X, but it is not playable.
Earlier Stage 3
Minor changes can be found throughout the level, but the lower path is dramatically different and far more bland. Interestingly, this less-polished look better matches the design of the Stage 3 minotaur boss sub-stage, which looks somewhat out-of-place compared to the later Stage 3 design.
|Unused Stage 3||Normal Stage 3|
Earlier Stage 4
Large heart items mark the exits. Miscellaneous level layout changes.
Earlier Stage 5
These sprites show that a stage was in the works with small objects. The hiragana fonts actually form a sentence: "God, give me strength" (神よ力を与え給え), which is the title for the game's second stage.
An end-of-demo message is left within the retail version. The text translates to:
For the PC-Engine SUPER CD-ROM² Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo Coming Fall 1993 Stay tuned!!
Super CD-ROM2 System Card Error Easter Egg
If you try to boot the game using a 1.0 or 2.0 System Card instead of a Super CD-ROM2-compatible system, you will be shown a different castle than usual.
After a few seconds, the title will appear. The title is spelled slightly wrong in Japanese, as if being mispronounced.
|あくまぢょうどらきゅら X||Demon Casle Dracula X|
The "X" has the furigana "ペケ" (peke), which is Kansai dialect for an X mark (a symbol often used to indicate wrong answers or "don't do this" warnings - or, in this case, an incorrect System Card).
Pressing the run button while the castle is visible starts a game at "Stage X" with a very different art style.
"The fated bloodline will fail
without a SUPER CD・ROM²"
The enemies consist of these purple guys you can kill with your chain whip.
Maria is present at the end of the stage, saying "ゴメンネ" ("Sorry!") and jumping around. For better or worse, this is the end of this little mini-game.
SUPER SYSTEM CARD
|This CD ROM is a|
video game. Please set the
SUPER SYSTEM CARD
and try again.
In the remakes of this game present in The Dracula X Chronicles and Castlevania Requiem collections, the message present in the board was changed due to the different unlock conditions of this mode in each of them.
|The Dracula X Chronicles||Castlevania Requiem|
|Press START button to quit this game||Castlevania Requiem does not support extra lives codes. Press Options to quit, cheater.|
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