Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Wii

  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Dec 28, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 80
    All the familiarity may be a problem if you are looking for some Castlevania innovation, but as a new retro game this is a success. It was made for the fans, and they're gonna love it.
  2. While it doesn't quite match up to Rondo of Blood or Super Castlevania IV, due in large part to being about half as long as those games, ReBirth is an enjoyable old-school Castlevania experience that's worth the 1,000-Nintendo Point cost. Any fan of the series should pick it up.
  3. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is just about everything an old-school fan could hope for, and it's probably the best title in the ReBirth series thus far.
  4. All together, it's not a bad way to spend $10, despite not being the perfect return to roots that I was hoping for. If nothing else, it's a viable way to get a small revival out of traditional Castlevania, something that can stand alone from the "Metroidvania" titles that have dominated the series for quite some time.
  5. As a fan of the series, the only notable downside I can point out in this game is its lack of personality.
  6. 78
    It delivers as a "false" classic game, and it does appear to be like a Castlevania of the nineties. This will please the series followers, although maybe other gamers won't understand the game within its desired epoch and may be turned off.
  7. Games Master UK
    You'll need to really love your 'Vania to get the most out of this. [Mar 2010, p.72]
  8. 67
    If nothing else, this is the best game ever to carry the title Castlevania: The Adventure. And that alone is worth the asking price.
  9. Castlevania Rebirth is a must-have for all who're searching for some old-style action. It could have been better, suffering from extremely classic gameplay, but it succeeds in delivering a solid and rewarding fun.
  10. That design flaw and the synth-y soundtrack are my only real problems with Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. Otherwise, it's a great game (superb, even) and is sure to satisfy any and all people who like this sort of thing.
  11. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth is a throwback to the 16 bits generation. An old school game with many feelings but lack in innovation. It will satisfy the classical players but at same time It won´t be so attractive for newcomers with the franchise. A enjoyable 2D Castlevania and one of the best games on Wiiware.
  12. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth isn't the best installment of the series, but it's also far from the worst. Longtime series fans craving a new 2D adventure like myself will be pleased by it, but newcomers probably won't get much out of it. While the graphics are impressive, the clunky jumping controls and slow gameplay will certainly turn them away. I love the idea behind the Rebirth series, and hope that Konami continues with them for other series, but this entry left something to be desired.
  13. Sure the game is a bit predictable at times and there aren't as many modern Castlevania conveniences as some might hope for, but at its core, this is yet another extremely playable and enjoyable 2D Castlevania experience and when it comes right down to it, there could never be too much of that for diehard fans of the series, new or old.
  14. Konami play Frankenstein with another old series, but even though the seams are showing the game's still fun.
  15. The original Adventure of the Belmont's family is back as a brand-new M2 production. We'll find very much the same as in the first Castlevania games that we played two decades ago: plenty of jumps, enemies and a deep and well obtained feeling of isolation underneath the eyes of Dracula. If you're a fan of the series, go for it. If you're not, here you have a good reason to try with something different. It's not flawless but it's worth the look.
  16. Definitely one of the best WiiWare titles yet, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is well worth your time and money.
  17. That's the entire point. Adventure Rebirth thrives on nostalgia. It's about reliving the old days, when skill was the only thing keeping your character alive.
  18. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Not quite as epic as Rondo of Blood but still a great new/old addition to the series. [May 2010, p.88]
  19. Castlevania the Adventure ReBirth is a nice throwback to the 16-bit Castlevania games with a few modern twists thrown in. Aside from a brutal difficulty level late in the game and the absence of a save function, it is well worth the $10 price of admission
  20. 80
    Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is loaded with traditional old style pre-Symphony of the Night gameplay and elements, and while it's not the best that the series has to offer, it's certainly worth the time and ten dollar entry fee if you're a fan of the original action format in which the series began.
  21. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is one of the best retro games I can ever remember playing. Some gamers might find it to be too short or too antiquated, but it definitely holds its own when compared to the old games that established the series.
  22. Konami has done Wii owners a big favor with this "ReBirth" line of games, with its "Castlevania" title being the best of them all. As long as you don't mind the more straightforward progression and the absence of RPG elements, this is a highly recommended Wiiware download.

Awards & Rankings

#61 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#29 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    Exactly what we need more of. Give us more classic game play with the audio/visual polish of modern gaming. New ideas are cool too, butExactly what we need more of. Give us more classic game play with the audio/visual polish of modern gaming. New ideas are cool too, but throwing nostalgia without the pain of having to look at those often ugly games is genius. Full Review »
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    This game is a great entry into the Castlevania series and a lot of fun to play through from beginning to end. It is challenging and rewardingThis game is a great entry into the Castlevania series and a lot of fun to play through from beginning to end. It is challenging and rewarding and really well put together. It you like the series in its original incarnations, you will love the superior treatment that this Wiiware exclusive was given. It is too bad that more companies didnt give their old games this kind of treatment. Gargoyles Quest and such would have been excellent additions to the system as well. Full Review »
  3. Jul 30, 2012
    I have to say Castlevania is one of my favorite franchises and looking at a new game on the wii is refreshing. This is basically a remake ofI have to say Castlevania is one of my favorite franchises and looking at a new game on the wii is refreshing. This is basically a remake of the game Castlevania: The Adventure which I never had the chance to play but it is good to know there was and remake and that there are plans of making "ReBirth" versions of many classic games. This plays as any other castlevania game with a Belmont as the main character which was a refreshing feel as a lover of this franchise. The level design is also great yet less "open world" than other games in the franchise. The difficulty is also like before, this game is challenging which I love because more recent castlevania games have become too easy in my opinion. The enemy design is also great and the classic graphics do the job. However, I did miss the song "Bloody Tears" I wonder why it as not put there. In the end this is one of the best wiiware titles and completely worth purchasing Full Review »