Super Castlevania IV

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Super Castlevania IV
System(s): Sega Mega Drive[1]
Developer: Factor 5[1]
Developer(s) of original games: Konami
Genre: Action
Number of players: 1
State before cancellation: Partially-developed

Super Castlevania IV is a Sega Mega Drive tech demo developed by Factor 5 as a proof of concept for a potential port of the Super Famicom original. Company co-founder Julian Eggebrecht recalls the demo was shown to Konami, who were reportedly impressed, but ultimately chose to keep Mega Drive development in-house and did not pursue porting the game to the system.[1]


Despite originating as an internal tech demo, rumors of a cancelled Mega-CD port of the full game under the name Castlevania IV somehow reached the gaming public as early as 2004.[2] This version is currently believed to have been the result of confusion or speculation over early knowledge of the Mega Drive tech demo.


We did recreate one of the SNES Castlevania 4 levels, or at least part of one, that used Mode 7 in one part. I vaguely remember it might have been the huge swinging chandelier bit. They were quite impressed but Konami Osaka at the time decided to get into Genesis game creation in a bigger way and pulled all Genesis work internal.

Factor 5 co-founder Julian Eggebrecht[1]


John Morris sprite Castlevania games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994) | Super Castlevania IV‎ (unreleased)
Sega 32X
Castlevania: The Bloodletting (unreleased)
Sega Saturn
Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku (1998) | Castlevania: The Bloodletting (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Castlevania Resurrection (unreleased)