[PC, PCE] Castlevania: Rondo of Blood ROM for PCE, Portable for PC

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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (AKA: 悪魔城ドラキュラX ~血の輪廻~, Demon Castle Dracula X: Reincarnation of Blood, Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo) is a very classic and popular action adventure video game for PC Engine‘s Super CD-ROM² System, developed and published by Konami from Japan in 1993. It has received critical acclaim in the years following its localization, with some hailing it as one of the best video games ever made.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood created several “firsts” and “only ones” for the entire Castlevania series – the first to use a disc as a game storage medium, and the first (and the only) to use CD music as the background music. The large capacity of CD makes the content of the game extremely rich, and the magnificent background music sets off the atmosphere of the whole game incisively and vividly. Additionally, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is the only title in the series to be released on PC Engine, and it introduced the concept of game completion for the first time by using the memory area system.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood’s game system kept the classic 2D gameplay, but added lots of hidden elements and branching stories, maze quests, and BOSSes. In addition, the series officially began its transition from a simple platform game to an attractive adventure game. The scene production of this game is very sophisticated, and the enemies are sometimes quite shocking. All in all, its overall performance is no less impressive than Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from a few years later. If you’re a big fan of Castlevania, this game is the one you must play and collect.

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is available as a remake on both SNES and PSP platforms, they are: Castlevania: Dracula X (in 1995) and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (in 2007). And it is the direct predecessor of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night that was released in 1997. In addition, AppNee also provides its PC versions and post patched rom file in English.

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// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the Castlevania: Rondo of Blood game roms for PC Engine, as portable full registered versions for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit.

// Use Instructions //

using BizHawk:

  1. Copy the BIOS file (like syscard3.pce) for TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine) to the “Firmware” folder of BizHawk
  2. Drag the corresponding “.cue” file of ROM file to emulator
  3. Done

// Prompts //

  • Many emulators such as Ootake, MagicEngine, Mednafen, etc. can run the game rom perfectly. Among them, Ootake, MagicEngine need to use virtual CD-ROM to mount the game rom first. In AppNee’s opinion, BizHawk is a better choice.

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Region Emulator Download Size
for Emulator
US Turbo Engine, MagicEngine, Ootake, Mednafen, BizHawk, higan 399 MB
JP reserved 379 MB
for Windows
US, CN v1.11 reserved 26.4 MB
v1.21 50.1 MB


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