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The third season of Netflix's Castlevania series has a sly nod to another Capcom franchise (SPOILERS)

I see what you did there...

The third season of Netflix's Castlevania series was added to the service yesterday, and people have already blown through the episodes and analyzed every bit of content. That analysis has paid off, as Redditor Lucasgmkp has discovered a nod to another Capcom franchise. Don't hit the jump unless you're okay with spoilers!

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IGN Video - Netflix's Castlevania: Season 3 Review

Dracula may be gone, but the war is just beginning. Here's how the third season of Netflix's animated video game adaptation improves on the formula even further. All ten episodes of Castlevania Season 3 are currently available to binge on Netflix.

GoNintendo Thought: Konami's treatment of the Castlevania series in recent years is depressing

What a horrible time to have a drought

It feels good to get back into daily features...really good. I've left this idea by the wayside for far too long, and I should have never stopped. Having a little spot to share thoughts outside of the day-to-day news just makes sense. I'm really happy to be back doing them, and I'm hoping you're happy to see them too!

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There are a handful of game franchises that I hold in very, very high regard. Mega Man is up there, Nintendo's first party efforts certainly sit near the top, and Castlevania is another. When it comes to the Castlevania franchise in particular, there are just so many stellar installments. Classic after classic, amazing experience after amazing experience. The Castlevania franchise has given us so much in the way of engaging content, both from gameplay and audio standpoints. That's why it hurts so much to see Konami treating the franchise so poorly lately.

To be quite honest, I have no idea what's going on with Konami in general. They used to be among the upper echelon of video game developers. Their logo on a box really stood for something. More often than not, it meant you were getting a high-quality experience, be it or an original title or arcade-to-console port. They were a major player back in the 8 and 16-bit days, and while they held their own moving forward for a number of years, they've really fallen by the wayside last decade. They just don't seem to know what to do with most of their major franchises anymore, especially Castlevania.

While there have been spin-offs and side appearances for the Castlevania franchise, did you know that the last major installment came back in 2014 with Lords of Shadow 2? What on earth has been going on with Castlevania since then? Sure, we've gotten a wonderful animated series on Netflix, but when it comes to games, there's honestly a whole lot of nothing going down.

There have been some mobile releases in the Castlevania series in those years, and while I have nothing against mobile games at all, those entries haven't exactly been up to snuff. They're either re-releases of classics with touch screen controls, or odd mash-ups that try to play on nostalgia to grab a buck or two. The latest mobile game is Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, which is a brand-new experience featuring iconic series characters. The game is only available in Canada right now, and worldwide launch plans haven't been announced yet. I'm certainly looking forward to playing it, and I've heard good things, but I think we can all agree that most of us want to see what's next for Castlevania on traditional hardware.

It's sad to say that the best thing going for Castlevania fans since 2014 is Castlevania Anniversary Collection, a gathering of some fantastic Castlevania titles in one package. Getting an anniversary collection is certainly a great thing, but it also serves as a reminder of how prolific the series once was, and how little Konami is doing with it now. The whole reason a collection is possible is because of all the great games Konami put out in the franchise! Hell, to be honest, the collection doesn't even include half of the amazing entries in the series that have come out. Looking back on what made Castlevania great is one thing, but right now we're looking at a future that seems...blank.

Right now seems like the time to remind the gaming community how great the Castlevania franchise can be. The franchise has a very long history with Nintendo platforms, especially on the portable side of things. The Switch seems like the perfect platform for a new side-scrolling entry in the franchise. Whether it takes on a more old-school approach of action platforming or the Metroidvania style doesn't matter much to me. I don't think it would matter that much to fans either. A return of Castlevania with a new console outing would certainly be welcome.

There's such a huge appreciation for pixel art right now as well, which is yet another thing Castlevania is known for. The game's pixel entries have been absolutely gorgeous over the years. Wonderful animations, beautiful monster designs, and gorgeous backdrops. With Konami seeming so interested in cashing in on the nostalgia of Castlevania with half-steps and ports, why not play that retro card with a new entry that takes an old-school approach visually? It's the perfect way to tug at the heartstrings and get people to take notice.

Perhaps the whole Castlevania series has fallen apart due to Koji Igarashi's departure from Konami. For a long, long time, he was the man when it came to Castlevania. Say what you will about Bloodstained, but that man knows how to make a 2D Castlevania. His direction, married with the team at Konami, made some really masterful experiences. Igarashi and Konami parted ways in 2014 as well, and it can't be a coincidence that the series went south after that.

Igarashi has said in multiple interviews that he would be happy to return to a Castlevania title if given the chance. Konami has had 6 years since Igarashi left, and they seemingly have no idea what to do with Castlevania. It might be time for Konami to swallow their pride and start a working relationship with the man again. Castlevania has too long of a history to let it fade away with lackluster mobile efforts and compilation cash-ins. The brand was once a powerhouse, and given the right care, it can be again.

I'm not kidding when I say I'm depressed with the state of Castlevania. Thinking about the game side of things really does make me sad. One of my favorite franchises ever is getting mistreated, and it seems like there's no end in sight. All I can hope is that the success of the Netflix series has shown Konami that there's interest in Castlevania, and fans want more. I'll keep crossing fingers and toes for a true return of the series, but to be honest, I feel like it's a waste. Please, Konami...let me be wrong about that.

Netflix's Castlevania series writer says he's never played a Castlevania game

A miserable little pile of secrets!

The Castlevania series on Netflix has garnered a ton of praise from fans of the franchise and TV critics as well. It's not often to see fans of an adaptation pleased along with critics as well. Making it even more mind-boggling, the person who's behind the writing for the series hasn't even played the games.

In an interview with i09, Netflix series writer Warren Ellis talks about including content from the games, such as characters, settings, and more. While he may have a wealth of content to pick from, he's pulling tidbits in a different way than fans would. Turns out he's never played an entry in the franchise!

“There were certain pieces, I did cherry-pick from different bits of the games— so, if you’re extremely well-versed in Castlevania lore then you will see things you recognize being draw in from places in the canon. If, like me, you’ve never played the games, it won’t make a blind bit of difference to your enjoyment of the thing...I’m just making it up as I go along. It’s fine!”

Netflix's Castlevania writer was surprised and delighted that a third season was greenlit

Raising the stakes

Netflix's Castlevania series has turned out to be quite the hit, with the second season being quite a bit bigger and better than the first. That means the pressure is on for season 3, especially when the writer behind the series didn't even expect to get that far!

In an interview with io9, writer Warren Ellis talked about what it was like hearing that the show was going to get a third season.

Because I didn’t know we were going to get a season three. I thought, “Well...shit, I better actually get the end in season two!” And then Netflix asked for a third season, which was delightful. And surprising. And wonderful. And also one of those, “Oh, shit” moments that you always relish as a writer. That said, once we got the offer for season three, it came to me, because I had all those characters aside from Dracula and Lisa and Godbrand—god rest Godbrand. I had all those characters in play across a whole chunk of the hemisphere, really. And I felt like a lot of those characters still had a lot of places to go, and arcs that had been incomplete.

IGN Video - Netflix's Castlevania Story Recap in 6 Minutes

Castlevania 101

Netflix's Castlevania is finally back with season 3 on March 5th! Don't have time to binge the first two seasons? Then sit back and enjoy a 6 minute story recap of the show so far. From Trevor Belmont to Dracula, we got it all covered.

Netflix's Castlevania series returns for its third season on March 5th, 2020

COUNT DRACULA!!!!

There have been rumblings lately of Netflix's Castlevania series returning for its third season quite soon, and now we know those rumblings were spot-on. Netflix has officially confirmed that the third season is set to air on March 5th, 2020. Let's hope it keeps up the quality of previous seasons!

Thanks to Mirby for the heads up!

First artwork for Castlevania's third season spotted

Season 3 is coming

While we don't have a set date yet, all signs point to Castlevania's third season hitting Netflix sooner rather than later. A number of teases have come in, and now we have our best hint yet.

The official Castlevania Twitter account has updated its banner with the image you see above, which is no doubt for the third season of the animated series. We see Carmilla, who should be a familiar character to those who watched season 2, but there are other characters present as well. They all appear to be newcomers, which likely means they'll have their debut in the upcoming season.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Dark Samus and Richter amiibo unboxing

Now there's a pair of badasses

Join Daan as he unboxes the two latest amiibo: Dark Samus from Metroid Prime and Richter Belmont from Castlevania!

Get a 360° look at the Dark Samus and Richter amiibo

Two more for the amiibo shelf

Want a better look at the Dark Samus and Richter amiibo? Nintendo has you covered with a quick 360° video that showcases both amiibo up-close-and-personal. Between these two, I'm feeling pretty compelled to cough up some cash for Richter. As a huge Castlevania fan, I feel it's my duty!

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