Super Castlevania IV (悪魔城ドラキュラ ''Akumajō Dracula'') is an action/adventure platformer game developed and published by Konami. It is the eighth entry in the Castlevania series, and the first of two Castlevania games released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System console. In Japan, the game is simply known as Akumajō Dracula - this title was chosen in order to signify a "back to basics" approach for the series. The game was released in Japan on October 31, 1991, in North America on December 4, 1991, and in Europe on November 23, 1992.
The game has been re-released several times over the years. It was re-released on the Virtual Console in 2006 for the Wii, in 2013 for the Wii U, and in 2016 for the New Nintendo 3DS. In September 2017, it was included on Nintendo's Super NES Classic Edition. The game is also included in the cross-platform Castlevania: Anniversary Collection, released on May 17, 2019.
As a result of the above mentioned "back to basics" approach, the game recycles the basic plot and protagonist of the original Castlevania released on the Nintendo Entertainment System: Count Dracula has awoken from a 100-year slumber and vampire hunter Simon Belmont sets out to seal him away once again. However, the game features entirely new levels and enemies, as well as an almost completely original soundtrack. Therefore, the game can be considered to be a wholly separate entry in the Castlevania franchise.