The NetflixCastlevania has some real problems—chief among them its over-reliance on 90s-approved gruesome edginess—but gosh darn if I didn’t end up being super into it. It’s an adaptation that both respects the source material and creates its own spin, which is so rare in video game conversions that I’m willing to forgive nearly anything else when it happens. I can’t wait for season two, though it seems I’ll have little choice in that matter. Luckily, I can count on 2017’s roster of SNES games to keep me nostalgically entertained in the meantime—maybe.
Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter I wasn’t expecting to see multiple original Super NES releases in 2017. The most significant of those is obviously Star Fox 2—even accounting for the leaked prototype, the SNES Mini will mark the first ever release of the complete game. But that infamous sequel isn’t the only Super Nintendo game getting a proper release over 20 years after the death of its host console. Unholy Night: The Darkness Hunter joins those ranks, and it has the impressive pedigree of being a new fighting game from former SNK staffers.
But don’t get too excited. Unholy Night is a ragged mess of game that’s