Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gets surprise mobile release

“What is an app? A miserable little pile of secrets!” At least, that may well apply to this particular app — Konami just released a mobile version of genre-defining side-scrolling action-RPG classic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night seemingly without announcement or warning.

The game is available on both iOS and Android and costs $2.99 without any in-app purchases. It appears to be based on the PSP and PS4 versions of the game rather than the PlayStation original. There’s support for external controllers, achievements, and a “new continue feature.” It can be played in six languages: English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Symphony of the Night was the first Castlevania game from writer/director/producer Koji “Iga” Igarashi, and it switched the series’ focus from all-out action to Metroid-influenced exploration and adventure. The game was incredibly influential, spawning not only several subsequent “Igavanias” in the series but countless more “Metroidvanias,” often from indie developers. Igarashi himself returned to the idea last year with the excellent throwback Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

The mobile version’s surprise release may have been timed to the launch of the latest season of Netflix’s reasonably well-received anime adaptation of the series, which is landing on March 5th. A touchscreen won’t be the best way to experience Symphony of the Night’s action, but $2.99 is a pretty good deal.

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It’s about time for this one to come to Switch.

Just saying.

Welp… I still have my original PSX disc. I bought it again on PS3 and Xbox 360… what’s one more copy?

It’s a great price for a full sized game, so thankfully you don’t even have to debate it if you want to play. I bought it just to support this move. Time to 100% it now.

I play thru this at least once every year. I just really enjoy it. It’s one of those that I can throw on and play and clear my mind.

I knew the touch screen controls would be a horror show but at this price it’s kind of an impulse buy. Plus my mission to own this game on every platform conceivable. I’m pretty sure I own every iteration so far. In my opinion this is one of the greatest games ever made (I know, bold opinion).

FYI, they do not say "A miserable little pile of secrets" in this port, because it is based on the PSP port, which rewrote the dialogue.

That’s a crying shame.

Still going to get it, though.

Yeah, I kinda wish that Konami had treated the re-localization of Symphony of the Night in the same way that Square had treated Final Fantasy IV, which is to say, replace it almost entirely with a good translation, but leave in the meme-y bits that have become (in)famous.

Jeremy Blaustein did "A miserable little pile of secrets". But he also did Snatcher, Metal Gear and Silent Hill 1 & 2 – during the mid 2000s, Konami was going back re-translating a lot of their games for re-releases – I think the opportunity to do that type of translation, something that’s more true to the original script, is there, but it seems like Konami doesn’t really want to put in the effort:

The 3rd Season of Castlevania is coming out on Netflix. People want to get their hands on something while watching the show, this mobile port is that game.

Thank you for being an adult and not referring to this game as a "Metroidvania" game like some other publications have. I know you still referenced that stupid word, but still.

Metroidvania means something to people hence is a useful word. Sorry buddy, you’re stuck with it.

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