Originally Posted by Retro-Nerd
Akumaj˘ Dracula X is the best oldschool Castlevania. No doubt.
"Akumaj˘ Dracula X" is a mini-series of Castlevania-games. In fact it only consists of two games: "Rondo of Blood" and "Symphony of the Night" ("Nocturne in the Moonlight" in Japan).
"Akumaj˘ Dracula X - Chi no Rondo" is the japanese title of the game you mean.
"Akumaj˘ Dracula X - Gekka no Yas˘kyoku" means "Demon Castle Dracula X - Nocturne in the Moonlight" and is the japanese version of "Symphony of the Night"
And then there is the worst old school Castlevania: "Akumaj˘ Dracula XX" for SNES which still is very playable and very challenging. It's known as "Dracula X" in USA and "Vampire's Kiss" in Europe. It tells the same story as Rondo of Blood but has completely different level layouts.
Btw.: The real transliteration for the japanese characters is "Akumajyō Dorakyura"
While "Rondo of Blood" is one of the best old-school Castlevanias I still prefer "Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse" (Akumaj˘ Densetsu) because it's harder, has even more paths to choose from and additionally to Trevor Belmont (Ralph in Japan) you get to play as Sypha, Grant and Alucard (even if totally different from the SotN-Alucard).
Rondo of Blood only has Maria Renard as additional character - and she sucks donkeys balls with her stupid birds as attack.