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[Feature] Wraith Games, Konami and the Future of Castlevania


In the video gaming industry, things can go very right or they can go very and for the Castlevania Netflix series, things have gone very well indeed and although we have reached out to Konami to talk about the success, we thought it would be interesting to talk to someone else in the same industry for an alternative view while we wait for Konami’s response.

 

So we reached out to Wraith Games and spoke with Jay Kidd to see what does he make of it all and if he and Wraith Games as Konmai, had the chance to make a Castlevania game and this is everything he had to say: Continue reading [Feature] Wraith Games, Konami and the Future of Castlevania

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[Interview] Castlevania Netflix Show Producer Talks With Nintendo Life About Respecting Fandom, Season 2 & Metroid Possibility


The Castlevania Netflix show is incredible, no word of a lie. If there was ever a time to get a Netflix subscription, it would be now. Adi Shankar’s animated series Castlevania sucks you in so much, the four short episodes leave you wanting so much more.

As you are probably aware, the series has got so much attention, that it has been granted a second season and will be eight episodes long, double that of the first series and will further develop on the story which is based on Castlevania III and will build on the relationships of Trevor Belmont, Sypha the Speaker & Alucard, son of Dracula.

The lucky folks over at Nintendo Life were fortunate to get a short interview with Adi Shankar, the producer of the Netflix show to ask him about Season 2 and what other games would he like to tackle next.

Nintendo Life: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To kick things off, do you have a message for the readers of Nintendo Life and Castlevania fans in general regarding the series?

Adi Shankar: First off, thank you! This show was made by fans for fans. I wasn’t going to mess up my own childhood and thank you for creating an ecosystem of fandom that has allowed this show could exist. I hope you guys keep supporting the show and spreading the word about it so that our audience grows and other fan made shows like this can exist.   

 

How did Castlevania find its way into your hands, and how did you convince Netflix to take it?

I met Kevin Kolde in a chance encounter. He’s a great guy and was instrumental to every single aspect of this project. The plan initially was to go the Kickstarter route. I wasn’t sure how big the audience for Castlevania would be, but I knew I really wanted to see it made well and I hoped others felt the same way. Also, Bloodstained had done killer numbers on Kickstarter. I had assumed after releasing Power/Rangers and nearly going to war with Haim Saban – and then refusing to work on the official Power Rangers movie – I’d been ostracized from Hollywood, but I guess Netflix really liked what I was creating on YouTube and let us do our thing.  

What’s it been like to work with Warren Ellis, who is something of a legend in comic book and literary circles?

If you look up the people I’ve cited as influences early in my career Warren Ellis was and always has been on that list. Eminem is also on that list as is Banksy, who inspired my fan film satire series “The Bootleg Universe.” I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with several of my idols throughout my short career and it’s always been surreal. I guess the best thing I can say is that artists talk to each other in a very supportive way that transcends age and experience. 

Was it hard to stay true to Ellis’ original vision for the show, which is very gritty and mature?

Mature and very gritty describes every movie that I’ve ever produced and every unauthorised “Bootleg Universe” short that I’ve ever made. I would say it fit me like a glove, but that’s cliche so I’m going to say that it fit me like a Power Glove.

Would you consider yourself to be a fan of the Castlevania series?

Yes. That is why this was such an important project to me. Storytellers like myself are here to preserve our fandom culture and contribute to it so that future generations can enjoy and expand upon it. The harsh truth is the reason I quit the film industry and retreated to YouTube back in 2015 was because the major studios (except Marvel) blatantly didn’t respect fandom. They viewed us as “the pre-existing audience who would show up opening day regardless” and I didn’t want to participate in the massacre of my childhood.  

It’s been confirmed that Netflix has taken a second series of eight episodes; is the script already in place and will this next season take us to the conclusion of Castlevania III’s narrative?

Yeah the scripts are done and they blow Season 1 out of the water. I’m not answering the rest of this… I don’t want to spoil it!

The show does a fantastic job of pulling in elements of other Castlevania titles – most notably Symphony of the Night, perhaps the most celebrated game in the franchise. Could we see a future series tackle the story of Richter Belmont and Alucard? Or do you think there are other parts of the Castlevania timeline that are ripe for adaptation?

Here’s what I love about Castlevania: to me it’s always been a story about multiple generations of a family. It’s a timeline that spans many many centuries. Making this show was a dream come true and I would love to keep making as many seasons of this as they’ll allow me to. As long as the fans keep watching the show and engaging in social media about it then the team and I will be able to tell a lot of Castlevania stories.  

You’ve conformed you’re also working on an Assassin’s Creed series. What can you tell us about that in terms of setting, production team and cast? Has any of that been decided yet?

I am working on Assassin’s Creed. Lots has been decided but I’m not going to reveal any of it. It’s going to be dope. 

What other video game series would you like to adapt?

Dark Metroid in the same anime style. 

 

Source: Nintendo Life

Soundtrack of the Netflix Castlevania Series is Now Available on Amazon!


It may not be a DVD release, but it’s the next best thing!

 

Following the entire release of season 1 of the Netflix Castlevania series and news of a second series being ordered, the soundtrack to the series is now up on amazon and can be brought in MP3 format ($9.49 US dollars), or as a physical audio CD that costs a little more ($14.98 US dollars.) Continue reading Soundtrack of the Netflix Castlevania Series is Now Available on Amazon!

Netflix Has already gone and Ordered a Second Series of Castlevania!


Back when we first heard Castlevania was bringing brought to life via Netflix, talk of a second series was mentioned and today it’s a reality!

 

With the entire series available now, Netflix has come forward and stated a second series will be happening as they have already ordered it and it will have eight episodes and as long as half the cast makes a return (Matt Frewer, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish and Alejandra to name four) you already know the show is going to be a winner as the series really did knock it out of the park. Oh and Wow! Unlimited Media’s Frederator Studios will be still be very much so involved with the show. Continue reading Netflix Has already gone and Ordered a Second Series of Castlevania!

[Video] Plenty of Off-screen footage of the Netflix Castlevania Series


With just 3 more days between us and the airing of the Netflix series of Castlevnia, Netflix recently showed off some footage, which was then recorded and shared to YoutTube!

 

So if you don’t care about spoilers, here’s some off-screen footage of Castlevania: Continue reading [Video] Plenty of Off-screen footage of the Netflix Castlevania Series

[Video] Adi Shankar & Graham McTavish Reveal the Cast of the Netflix Series of Castlevania


Let’s be honest, who isn’t excited about the Castlevania series that airs next month of the 7th of July?

 

Sure it’s animated, but it’s still going to be absolutely fantastic and today on Facebook, Show Runner Adi Shankar with the help of Graham McTavish, (who voices Dracula,) have revealed the talented cast behind the soon to release series, in video form and you can see the reveal right here!

For the sake of repetition, Castlevania season 1 airs on the 7th of July, 2017 and it is going to be Legendary!

 

Source: Adi Shankar (Facebook)

 

[Interview] A Conference Call with Konami’s Richard Jones


At Miketendo64, we are no strangers to conducting interviews and while many have been with smaller devs, there have been a few with larger devs and last month, we got to do an interview with Konami, via a conference call.

 

During said call we got to talk with Richard Jones, a European Brand Manager will Konami and we discussed a range of topics from Super Bomberman R, to even Castlevania the Netflix series. While not everything we discussed can be shared, there are quite a few things we can, so without further ado, here are a few select statements from Konami’s Mr. Jones that we can make public: Continue reading [Interview] A Conference Call with Konami’s Richard Jones

[Random] Get Hyped for the Animated Castlevania Netflix Series with an all new Art Piece


On the 7th of June, the animated Netflix series of Castlevania, is about to have its debut, and when this news was shared, it came with the following piece of art:

Continue reading [Random] Get Hyped for the Animated Castlevania Netflix Series with an all new Art Piece

[Video] Castlevania First Trailer & Series Air Date Revealed


News have been floating around for the last few months that there was an animated series of Castlevania in the works for Netflix. The Official Netflix Twitter page has announced the Air Date of July 7th along with the first trailer for the series which you can see below. It also pays homage to the NES by featuring it within the first few seconds of the trailer.

This new show will loosely based on the events of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse and follows “The last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself.” According to producer Adi Shankar, the series of Castlevania is done in the vein of “Game of Thrones”and will feature mature content.

Source: Netflix (Twitter)

[Random] Have you seen the Official Poster for Animated Castlevania TV Series Yet?


So Executive Producer Adi Shankar took to Facebook to show off a piece of art pertaining to the upcoming Netflix TV series of Castlevania today and it looks incredible! So incredible that we just had to share it here and now!

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I don’t know about you, but I literally can’t wait for this series and Season 1 looks incredible!

 

Source: Adi Shankar (Facebook)

Netflix’s Castlevania Series Will be an R-Rated Animation for Adults


We promised to follow up on Netflix’s animated Castlevania series if more information became available, and become available it has. Continue reading Netflix’s Castlevania Series Will be an R-Rated Animation for Adults

(Random) Simon Belmont Could be Coming to Netflix This Year! Castlevania TV Series is Confirmed


Just in case there wasn’t enough Vampire related programs on the TV at the moment, it seems this year we will be getting another one! Continue reading (Random) Simon Belmont Could be Coming to Netflix This Year! Castlevania TV Series is Confirmed

NES Classic Gameplays


Hi Guys & Girls, Mike Scorpio Here! Sorry I have not been around very much, I have been working on a new series of videos called NES Classic Gameplays for our YouTube Channel. In a nutshell, I demo each of the 30 games on the NES Classic Mini from Balloon Fight up to Zelda II in bitsize 10 minutes or so videos so all you lovely viewers can see what each game has to offer in terms of gameplay and story!

Each Video is uploaded everyday at 1:00pm GMT and has started on November 25th. With 30 games on the NES Classic, that means there will be 30 videos in total leading us straight into Christmas time. All videos are in alphabetical order which will hopefully give you an idea of when you can expect a particular game you are interesed in. Hoping for Super Mario? That might be a couple of weeks yet, Looking for some Double Dragon action? You can expect that sometime this week.

I hope you all enjoy these videos and you can check them out as they are uploaded via our YouTube Playlist or even right here! Be sure to subscribe to our channel to help support us further and slide the alerts toggle to ON so you never miss a video!