Dracula X: Rondo of Blood is coming to the U.S., and it’s all because of me.
See, I held off on buying a copy of Rondo of Blood for PC Engine Duo for almost a decade, always confident that eventually Konami would do the right thing and port it to a system where it could be acquired for a reasonable price. But as the years went by, the chances of such a thing happening became increasingly slim — especially after Koji Igarashi all but said, “Yeah, we can’t really do it.” So last year at PAX I broke down and paid far too much for a copy of the original game as a stunt for a segment of the 1UP Show. (Which segment, tragically, never actually saw the light of day, but never mind that.)
A month later, I learned of Dracula X Chronicles’ existence. Coming so soon after a decade’s worth of restrained finally broke down? Yeah, there’s no question. DXC was summoned into existence by the same ironic force of nature that prevents it from raining until you stop taking your umbrella to work and ensures that the grocery line speeds up only after you hop over to the shorter line. So just think. If I hadn’t broken down and spent a few hundred bucks on a game and the system to play it on, we’d never be getting this remake.
Also, it’s a Thursday, which means this week’s Retro Roundup is up alongside a new Retronauts. The only thing of note this time around is that the Nintendo hivemind has stirred in anger to rebuke me for giving the thumbs-down to Mario Kart 64. But it’s simple common sense, folks. Mario Kart 64 is good, but there’s already a better MK sequel playable on Wii (the overly-punctuated Double Dash!!). And sooner or later, the Super NES original will make its way to VC for less dough. Either way, MK64 feels like settling for second-best.
Oh yeah. Also, I apologize for the fact that the Dracula X Chronicles preview is probably to sloppiest, dopiest thing I’ve ever written. I’m not actually sure what I was thinking when I put it together. Clearly some sort of narcotic was slipped into my beverage. Anyway, all you need to know is that the graphics look great on the PSP screen, and while the animation seems off the play control feels spot-on.