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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood If you missed out on playing the Japanese-exclusive PC Engine-CD adventure Castlevania: Rondo of Blood when it was ported to the Sony PlayStation Portable internationally a few years ago, you're about to get a second chance at vampire slaying.  The original version of the game (not the PSP remake, natch) has been rated by the ESRB for a North American release on Nintendo's Virtual Console service.  Kombo has the details (but really, what more do you need to know?)

The game had already been rated on Wii by the OFLC in December, confirming a European release some time this year. This now applies to North America, although no specific release date has been confirmed. Rondo of Blood has been available on Virtual Console in Japan since 2008.

Rondo of Blood originally came out for the TurboGrafx-CD in Japan in 1993. The first western release was a 1995 Super NES port with much of the content like entire levels and story paths cut out. Judging by the ESRB label "Rondo of Blood," the Virtual Console release will probably be the TurboGrafx-CD version.

As the last traditional Castlevania game until last year's Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, those who miss the old fashioned mostly-linear gameplay of Konami's famed franchise had better not pass this one up again.  Heck, I have the PSP version and am interested in playing it again on the big screen as nature intended.  No release date has been set and we know how Nintendo loves to drag its feet on releasing anticipated games, but we'll eventually our patience will be rewarded.