I'm saddened that they never made another Castlevania game in the style of Super Castlevania IV... I don't know of another one like it anyway. It was the perfect evolution of the NES games. The NES games had obtuse controls and the controls more than anything else made the NES Castlevania games difficult. Super Castlevania IV gave you 8 directions of whipping, the whip-flick thing which is good for getting rid of projectiles and hitting things at odd angles, a dedicated special weapon button rather than up and attack(which wasn't really an issue in the NES games except when you were near a ladder), and a little crawl.