Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
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Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Castlevania
Platform(s) Virtual Console, NES
Release date(s) NES
JP December 22, 1989
NA September 1, 1990
EU December 10, 1992
Virtual Console
JP April 21, 2009
NA January 12, 2009
EU October 31, 2008
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods Wii Remote, GameCube Controller, Classic Controller
Compatibility 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
GameIDs FEQP01, FEQJ01, FEQE01
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In Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, known in Japan as Akumajō Densetsu (悪魔城伝説, lit. Devil's Castle Legend), take on the role of Trevor Belmont, forefather of Simon, and battle Dracula in a time long before the events of the first two Castlevania games. In addition to his trusty whip, Trevor has a power never before seen--the ability to transform into one of three different companion spirits that he meets at various points in his quest: Syfa, a young vampire hunter capable of powerful magic; Grant, a ferocious pirate who can climb on walls; and Alucard, forgotten son of Dracula, able to shoot fireballs and transform into a bat. Lead on with bravery as you overcome 17 levels of never-ending horror. Use an assortment of weapons (some specific to each character) as you choose which path to follow in your fight against Dracula and his army.

NES Global Problems


Problems that may occur with any NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

As of 5.0-4869, the D3D driver bugs can be worked around by setting Ubershaders to Exclusive. It's unknown what exactly is going on with the driver that's causing Exclusive Ubershaders to work properly.


Demanding Due to Safe Texture Cache

This game requires the use of the Safe Texture Cache setting, and as such can be very demanding. Texture cache can be manually set to 2048 in the INI to get twice the performance without any glitches.


This title does not need non-default settings to run properly.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-14107 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

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