What consoles do you guys recommend for Castlevania games?
Genesis for Bloodlines/VK alone may seem excessive but it's easily as good as its SFC/PCE/X68k contemporaries with a uniquely fast-paced, destruction-fixated style, and the machine has dozens of other great action games besides.
If you're into sidescrolling action games a NES/FC is most definitely worth getting anyway. Perhaps the definitive console for that genre - Konami, Capcom, Sunsoft, Tecmo, Natsume and Irem's best stuff is still absolutely first rate. I always go for real hardware anyway, but even without CV1 and CV3 I'd have an FC.
I really like both of the N64 games. Their action sequences actually play very much like oldschool CV with perilous platforming and infernal pests, and they have neat downbeat atmospheres and great soundtracks. The first's opening stage is bland but it improves hugely afterward. My N64 is primarily a Sin & Punishment / EAD / Rare adaptor but them there Mokushirokus are welcome too!
I'm only pursuing real console hardware on CRTs
Now we talkin'
In that case PCE-CD is definitely a good addition - besides Rondo it has an excellent port of Ninja Spirit on HuCard, and lots of other cool stuff besides.
EDIT: in answer to dude's question: if you can only pick one console, get a Famicom, or at a pinch, a NES. Three CV game (two good ones!) plus a bunch of similar and not-similar-but-still-awesome action games that isn't matched by the other consoles, IMO.
I definitely recommend picking up a JP FC, though I feel both versions of CVIII are worth picking up.
Well Drac X doles out far more extends than you need when you include all hidden ones dotted about the place. Don't get me wrong, it may have felt a little too quick to get the clear but it's a beautiful piece of work. I savoured it.
Thanks for all the recommendations guys, my setup has gotten pretty crazy now just added JP PS1 and MegaDrive2 to the collection which so far includes Super Famicom Jr, AV Famicom and PCE Duo-R on a whole bunch of Sony tubes and projectors via Extron Crosspoint RGB switch, and all the controller ports feed a 24-port ethernet patch panel for MC Cthulhu arcade sticks over cat5
I have to get a decent photo up when I've racked and cable-tied everything down it's turning out pretty sweet I just have to add a C64 and an A1200 and I think I'll be set for retirement
I'm really looking forward to giving SotN some attention after I get through the rest of the series: finally finished Akumajou last year, Rondo the other week (wow), I just couldn't stick with Dracula X due to the walking sprite disconnect but looking forward to coming back to it later. Castlevania Chronicles was a laugh at first, but actually started to like it after a few levels..
I haven't started Metroid series yet, and I've never played PS1 before, but I'll ask around in other threads for more 2D platformer recommendations