It's been dead for about 10 years for me, when I started getting sick of Metrovanias (not to mention the horror that was to follow...aka Judgement). Symphony and Circle were okay, but even then, at no point did I consider them a replacement for the 8/16 bit style of games. Then more followed. Then it just kind of went to hell from that point (no pun intended). The only thing I'm grateful for is Iga is no longer involved with the series. The MS games look way better than any previous 3D attempt, but nothing I'm even remotely interested in. When I watched the Mirrors ending, it was a fine cutscene, but I quickly reminded myself cutscenes aren't what made Castlevania memorable.
To me, Konami is too out of touch with what originally worked in the series to ever go back to it (Rebirth aside). Hence, it's dead to me until further notice.
Back on topic...Was playing some Batman on the NES. Both sad and glad I missed this game back in the day, I'm having a ball with it now. What a wonderful pain in the ass this game is.
Also booted up SNK vs Capcom Cardfighters Clash 2 (Neo Geo Pocket, english translated ROM...sort of). Played for about 3 hours solid, is basically the same as the original (which I played more than 12 years ago) with some refinements and some cheap additions (equivalent of Instants from Magic). Nice to get back to it, just need to some better cards than what I started with. I keep getting duplicates of all the crappy ones.