Castlevania (悪魔城ドラキュラ Akumajō Dorakyura) is an action-adventure gothic horror video game series created and developed by Konami. It has been released on various platforms, from early systems to modern consoles, as well as handheld devices such as mobile phones. The franchise has also expanded into other media, including comic books, an animated TV series and several spin-off video games. The first game of the franchise was released in 1986 for the Nintendo Family Computer Disk System and later localized for the United States and Europe in 1988.
Some notable composers from the Castlevania Sound Team are: Kinuyo Yamashita and Satoe Terashima (Castlevania, 1986), Michiru Yamane (Bloodlines, Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, Lament of Innocence, Dawn of Sorrow, Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin, Order of Ecclesia and some of the tracks from Harmony of Dissonance and The Dracula X Chronicles), Kenichi Matsubara (Simon's Quest, Haunted Castle), Mikio Saito (Rondo of Blood), Sota Fujimori (Castlevania Chronicles), Taro Kudou aka Souji Taro and Masanori Adachi (Super Castlevania IV), Sotaro Tojima (Circle of The Moon), Yuzo Koshiro (Portrait of Ruin), Óscar Araujo (Lords of Shadows).
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