September 28, 2020

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Koji Igarashi Explains How Zelda Influenced His Work On Castlevania And Bloodstained

A link to the future. While Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the game which...

A link to the future.

While Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the game which is credited as fusing the non-linear approach of Super Metroid and the gothic stylings of Konami’s famous vampire-hunting series, Koji Igarashi has been quite firm on the fact that it was in fact Zelda: A Link to the Past which was the primary influence on both SotN and the subsequent “Metroidvanias” he created.

Fittingly, Jeremy Parish – who has done so much during his career to popularise the term (although he admits it was his former 1UP.com colleague Scott Sharkey who was the one who actually coined it) – took the time to chat with Igarashi about how Zelda had such a massive impact on the design of SotN, and how its sensibilities are still directing his work on current games, including Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

Read the full article on nintendolife.com

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