The third entry in Konami’s Castlevania series returned to more of a pure platform game like the original Castlevania as opposed to having adventure/RPG elements like the second game. However, it did offer branching paths unlike the original. Dracula’s Curse is one of the best NES games and has frequently shown up on various top ten lists. There are a seemingly unlimited number of side-scrolling platform games for the NES but this one, and the Castlevania series in general, is near the top of the heap.
Castlevania is one of the longest running Konami game series. The original was released in 1986 and it was 1990, near the height of popularity for the NES, when the third game in the series was released. Castlevania III is actually a prequel to the first game and features Trevor Belmont, an ancestor of Simon, the star of the original.
Castlevania III was a very popular game so it isn’t very hard to find an original (though it won’t necessarily be cheap). However, it has been released for more modern systems as well. It was released for Windows in 2002, on Wii’s Virtual Console 2009 and on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles in 2014. The Castlevania series is one of the most iconic in existence and Castlevania III is one of the better games in a series of great games. This is definitely one you should seek out and play if you have never played it.