Castlevania: Rondo of Blood – All Prisoners Single Run / PC Engine CD (TurboGrafx CD) [MiSTer FPGA]

I wanted to revisit Rondo for a video played to completion, and when I looked up whether getting all prisoners in a single run was possible it seemed that this wasn’t the case. After some planning I was able to put together a run where this is achieved, but it requires dying on purpose in Stage 2 after rescuing Maria. No resets required or going back to the menu/stage select to pull this off.

I got through the rest of the game with only a single death after the forced-continue, failing a particularly tricky jump on Stage 4′. Could have just gone the other route on that stage, but I was determined to take the waterfall path out of the level to show some of the more unique scenes. The part right after the waterfall is especially tricky also, requiring a key to get in the door that can be difficult to get and requires patience with the streams of bats that go through the cave.

During this run there were tornado sirens going off as one touched down nearby, just about 15 minutes from the end of the run. It was pretty nerve-wracking and I kept checking the weather radar/alerts whenever I had a small bit of time between stages and during the intermission with the final prisoner in the Clock Tower. Luckily power didn’t go out during that intense wind storm and the house is still standing. What a wild run this was..

I’ll be revisiting Rondo for another video in the future to do a no-death run through the game on a different route. With the confidence gained through practicing this run I feel it’s definitely within reach.

You can use this video to compare the PC Engine’s “Original” palette to the RGB palette in my previous video, since the other settings are very similar:

MiSTer’s PC Engine core was transformed into the most accurate way to play this console besides original hardware, largely in part thanks to efforts by srg320. He also created our SNES and Sega CD cores, and is now currently working on a Sega Saturn core for MiSTer.
You can support these efforts at his patreon:

TGFX core 12-14-21 – Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
A.K.A: 悪魔城ドラキュラX 血の輪廻 , Akumajō Dracula X: Chi no Rondo

Filter: Scanlines(Bright)/115_80_soft \ Gamma: 2.3

Palette: Original \ Extra Sprites: Off \ Overscan: Hidden

**Warning: keep Arcade Card disabled or game can glitch**

Played using a Super Famicom NTT Data controller with Daemonbite adapter & 1000hz USB polling.

Video: Integer Scaled to 1080p \ HDMI to Datapath e1s capture card

00:00 – Settings
00:39 – Intro / Title
04:12 – Stage 0
05:15 – Stage 1
08:40 – Stage 2-1 (Rescuing Maria & Fish Feeding)
13:52 – Stage 2-2 (Alternate Route)
18:47 – Stage 3′ (Alternate Route)
24:00 – Stage 4′ (Alternate Route)
30:11 – Stage 5
38:35 – Stage 6
43:07 – Stage 7
52:07 – Boss / Ending

Occasional livestreams on Twitch:



None of this would be possible without the constant hard work of Sorgelig. It cannot be overstated how much he has done and continues to do for this project, since its beginning. You can support him either at his Patreon in the link below, or on Paypal, depending on your preference. MiSTer is a paradigm shift in how we can experience these classic games. This is a long-term preservation project that will continue to grow so that gamers today and in the future can experience these excellent systems as accurately and lag-free as possible. Donating what you can will help keep the updates coming. Thank you.



NOTE: I am not affiliated with Sorgelig and am only sharing these links as a fan of the project who wishes to see it continue to grow rapidly.


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