Considered by many to be one of the most popular and recognized NES titles of all time, even for non Castlevania fans.
The series Japanese name of Akumajo Dracula translates to Demon Castle Dracula.
Only 21 Enemies in the game (including Bosses), one of the smallest amount for any title of the main series.
When Castlevania was released to the U.S. in May 1987, that month was also the 90th anniversary of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Simon Belmont is referred to as Simon Belmondo in the ending credits.
The ending credits feature pun names of classic horror film actors like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Max Schreck, and Christopher Lee.
The 5 different Sub-Weapons in the game have been mainstays in the series, appearing in most other Castlevania titles.
Many other features from this game have also been mainstays in the series including breaking candles, collecting hearts, finding hidden meat in walls, and more.
Has been remade or re-released on many systems over the years including the following:
Vampire Killer, which is very similar to Castlevania was released in Japan on the MSX2 in October 1986.
Released on Arcade in 1987 in the United States as Vs. Castlevania.
An arcade version titled Haunted Castle was released in 1988. It has an alternate storyline, but there are many similarities between that and Castevania.
Super Castlevania IV on the SNES is considered to be a retelling and expanded version of the original Castlevania game, as it takes place in the same year, 1691.
Castlevania was re-released with improved graphics in 1993 as Akumajō Dracula, for the Sharp X68000 hardware.
Castlevania Chronicles was released on the Sony Playstation in 2001. It contained an arranged version of the game, as well as a port of Akumajō Dracula from the X68000.
Castlevania was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2004, on that version you can save the game in between levels.
Released on the Nintendo Virtual Console for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.