We have seen ports, updates and re-releases throughout gaming since the early days. The early days were big on this method of cheap new games to sell to owners of newer hardware. For the most part these re-releases are straight ports, maybe with a frame rate improvement of some sort (usually by virtue of being on more powerful hardware) and maybe a new title screen to denote this is an “improved” version. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles receives none of that cheap trickery.
Konami are not known for re-releases, they are more well known for flat out redoing older titles on newer hardware, if at all. They didn’t drop Contra 1 or 2 on Super Nintendo, they released an all new version, Contra III: Alien Wars, same thing on Genesis with Contra: Hard Corps. Gamers at the time would have been perfectly happy with slightly updated version of either of the, more popular, NES games (we are ignoring Contra Force on purpose).
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is basically the same game that hit the PC Engine Super CD ROM format (who remembers that?) in Japan and slightly modified for the Super Nintendo afterwards. The graphics are all different, cutscenes are fluid and use what appears to be higher res versions of the in game creatures and sound effects all rock (other than the SNES version, this game has always been on optical media of some sort).
All of the whip slinging action gamers have come to expect from a Castlevania title are present and accounted for here. Multiple paths through some levels are available (Bloodlines anyone?), huge bosses do their best to tear your character apart (Castlevania staple) and it is tough as nails (depending on individual skill sets, this may not be apparent for all gamers).
Konami did go above, well above, the call of duty here in the fact that the original version is in here too. Also, again, going above the expected level of service, Konami included Castlevania Symphony of the Night- both “retro” titles are available as hidden Easter Eggs within Dracula X Chronicles.
If you are a Castlevania fan, you already have this game in your library. If you are just into retro titles and getting quite a bit of game for your buck, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal than Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles on PSP.
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles by Konami is available on the Playstation Network for immediate purchase and download.