So I'm playing Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow for the DS and I get to the first boss. I die after a pretty short time period. Do I then get another life? Do I get to press continue? No. I go back about as far as you can go without going to the DS system menu: the 'Licensed by Nintendo' screen. Followed by the 'Made by Konami' screen, the intro sequence, the main menu, the saved game selection screen, until finally I am back in the game, where after a short cut-scene I can have another shot trying to find out how to defeat this boss.
You know, I like retro-gaming as much as the next guy, but some things should stay buried in the eighties.