Where oh where have the MetroidVania type games gone? They may have moved into other arenas and styles of game play, but that doesn't mean you can't relive the older platform titles in some form or another.
While creator Koji Igarashi is now gone from the land of Konami, there are a few others that have stepped up to the plate and have produced a couple of fun games like Castlevania that will have you believing it's just like the real thing. At least close to it that is, as you can't keep a Symphony of the Night down, but you can't make a Scarlet out of one.
Koumajou Densetsu: Scarlet Symphony that is, a game that seems to model after SOTN, and features protagonist Reimu Hakurei as the main character, who is on a quest to Scarlet Devil Mansion where a previous "scarlet mist" incident took place. KD is the first among another sequel you can play called "Stranger's Requiem", which also models after the Castlevania realm.
If you can't get enough of the famous vampire hunting series, then you will want to add this to your collection as well. Produced by Frontier Aja, there are also English and French patches available you can add to this Japanese release so you can play it with dialogues for both languages.
The music featured in both games is top notch, which also takes after the symphony and orchestral type game music soundtrack you're used to hearing from you know where. The game should run quite well on lower end PC systems, and requires DirectX 9. Check out two videos below for each title and see what you think of the game play.
You just might find some familiar creatures among them from the old days of gaming. For more information, check out the official Wikia page for these fun games that are hard to put down.