No media (book, movie, or game) exists in a vacuum. Castlevania shared concepts in common with platformers that came before it and then influenced games afterwards. This is especially true once the series merged into the Metroidvania genre (which, we should note, happened with the second game in the series, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, although the bones were even beginning to take shape in the semi-remake/port Vampire Killer) -- it was inextricably linked to the explorational adventure-platformers, forever now being referenced when a new game (a "Metroidvania" game) in the genre is released.

So what makes a game a direct relative of Castlevania or Metroid? Is it just the ambiance, or the game play? Really, it's both as the style and substance of a game can indicate it saw what Konami (and/or Nintendo) was cranking out and decided to play in the same pool. Throughout this section we'll look at the games that came out before, around, and after the Castlevania entries and look at what was influenced by our favorite series and what might have been drawn from them in return.

  • Ghosts 'n Goblins (1985, Various Systems)
    • Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1988, Various Systems)
    • Gargoyle's Quest: Ghosts 'n Goblins (1990, Nintendo Game Boy)
    • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991, Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
    • Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (1992, Nintendo Entertainment System)
    • Demon's Crest (1994, Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
    • Makaimura for WonderSwan (1999, WonderSwan)
    • Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (2006, PlayStation Portable)
  • The Goonies (1986, Nintendo Famicom)
    • The Goonies II (1987, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • The Legend of Zelda (1987, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Rygar (1987, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Metroid (1987, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • 8 Eyes (1988, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Holy Diver (1989, Nintendo Famicom)
  • Faxanadu (1989, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Ninja Gaiden (1989, Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Actraiser (1991, Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
    • Actraiser 2 (1993, Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Master of Darkness (1992, Sega Master System & Sega Game Gear)
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993, Various Systems)
  • Rusty (1993, NEC PC-9801)
  • Shantae (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Color)
    • Shantae: Risky's Revenge (2010, Various Systems)
    • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (2014, Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo WiiU)
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (2016, Various Systems)
    • Shantae and the Seven Sirens (2019, Various Systems)
  • Mega Man Network Transmission (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
  • Shaman King: Master of Spirits (2004, Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
    • Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2 (2005, Nintendo Gameboy Advance)
  • Shovel Knight (2014, Various Systems)
  • Odallus: The Dark Call (2015, Various Systems)
  • The Mummy Demastered (2017, Various Systems)
  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (2018, Various Systems)
  • Infernax (TBD 2021, PC)
  • Brave Earth Prologue (TBD Eventually, PC)