After I beat CotM a couple days ago, I was looking for familiar names in the credits and didn't see any. I never realized that IGA had nothing to do with it. The story line is considered a non-canon re-imagining (which I guess should be obvious from the lack of Belmonts). For me the weakest part of CotM is the lack of new music. The new songs which are there are excellent though. I'm going to try to clear thief mode and then I will play HoD (GBA) for the first time in 10 to 15 years. IGA criticized the game, but his follow up in Harmony of Dissonance is widely regarded as a low point in the series. I barely remember the game outside of its music, so we shall see.
I swear I want to do all the modes one day. My CotM cart's battery died not long after I bought it brand new. Either that or something else was responsible for wiping out my saves. It's kept me from playing through it again.
So I got all the trophies in Bloodstained, and maxed out most of my passive shards to permanent skill shards. Then I bought some of the Konami collections on sale for PS4. I've played through Rondo and am now in the middle of SotN. Then onto the classic CV collection, then back to the DS games on my hacked Wii U. There's no end to the Vania Mania.
DS games on hacked Wii U? I had always assumed Nintendo would use the dual screen nature of the Wii U to release DS virtual console games... looks like they did officially release about 31 games. Did they actually use the dual screens or just cram a vertical column into HD TV space? I never purchased a Wii U though. It's the only Nintendo system I don't own.