• 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Definitely one of the best WiiWare titles yet, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is well worth your time and money.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. As a fan of the series, the only notable downside I can point out in this game is its lack of personality.
  15. 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.
  16. 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]
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#31 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
  1. Jul 31, 2017
    Remember WiiWare, Nintendo's underappreciated download service for Wii games?  Konami put out a short "rebirth" series on WiiWare with remakesRemember WiiWare, Nintendo's underappreciated download service for Wii games?  Konami put out a short "rebirth" series on WiiWare with remakes of three of entries from their old flagship series - Castlevania, Contra, and Gradius.  As the title suggests, this is a remake of the Game Boy title Castlevania Adventure.

    With respect to plot, as a remake of Castlevania Adventure, the protagonist is Christopher Belmont, a descendent of Trevor Belmont from Castlevania III and an ancestor of Simon Belmont from the first Castlevania.  While it is a remake of the Game Boy title, it's not a straight remaster but rather a full reimagining in the same way that Super Castlevania IV was a complete reimagining of the original Castlevania.  Whereas the Game Boy title had four stages, there are six stages in Rebirth (really, though, there are five; stage six is just the Dracula fight), and all of the stages are very much their own thing rather than a copy of the original game's stages.  The music is done in a similar way; there are remixes and adaptations of music from previous entries in the Castlevania series, but they all feel fresh, new, and unique.  All in all, despite being a remake, this feels like a completely new and unrelated game in the series, and I mean that in the best way possible.

    Being on Wii, this game obviously won't give you a high definition picture, but that's not to say that it looks bad as that is far from the case.  Castlevania Rebirth is one of the Wii games that proves that there's more to a good looking game than resolution.  While a 720p or 1080p image certainly would have improved things, the game looks fantastic, keeping true to its 2D sprite roots while adding the visual effects and smooth gameplay one would expect from a modern game.  As was the case with the original Castlevania Adventure, Castlevania Adventure Rebirth doesn't try to do too much.  Konami clearly knew the system they were developing for, knew what it could and couldn't do, and made the best product they could with the resources they had.  The backgrounds and enemy sprites all look fantastic, the bosses are well designed both visually and mechanically, being challenging but fair and looking great but not taxing enough on the system hardware to cause slowdown.

    The only big complaint that I have with the game is that stage 5 felt a bit rushed with regards to QA.  In the four previous stages, checkpoints were placed in logical places in roughly equal distances from one another, giving the game a very well paced vibe that gives you the feeling that you're steadily progressing.  Stage 5, on the other hand, feels much more hastily done with regards to checkpoints and powerups.  The checkpoints are spread far apart and in seemingly haphazard locations, leading to a dramatic spike in difficulty from stage 4.  Also during the first four stages, food to restore your health isn't particularly common, but it could still be found in a couple of places through the levels; I didn't find a single piece of food in stage 5.  It's one thing if the game is always stingy in that respect or if the difficulty and item scarcity gradually increase, but it's such a sharp spike from stage 4 to stage 5 that it feels like a design flaw rather than a natural progression of difficulty.

    The Castlevania Adventure Rebirth is a fantastic Castlevania experience on Nintendo's Wii console and one that probably got overlooked by a lot of fans of the series given the (unfair) negative reputation the Wii and its WiiWare service had, and that's their loss.  The inclusion of three different difficulty settings and adjustable life stock (up to 9) as well as unlimited continues and the ability to select any previously cleared level if you need to start again later also make it the most approachable 2D Castlevania game for players of all skill levels.  At only 1000 Wii points ($10), it's well worth the price of admission and a great way to kill a few hours vampire hunting.  Tight controls, great music, and pleasing visuals make this a must-have for Wii gamers and Castlevania fans like.
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  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »