It looks like there's a nice surprise in store for Castlevania fans: the Castlevania Advance Collection has been rated in Australia, although what this package will include is a bit of a mystery.
The Castlevania franchise has been on many different consoles over the years and the various Game Boy and Nintendo DS systems are no exception. The apparent reveal of the Castlevania Advance Collection likely means that an opportunity to replay three of these classic RPGs is going to be revealed pretty soon.
What Games Are in the Castlevania Advance Collection?
We don't have any firm details about the contents of the Castlevania Advance Collection just yet. Judging by the name, however, it's reasonable to guess that it's going to include some or all of the Castlevania games on the Game Boy Advance. There were a total of three games released for the platform:
- Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (2001) – Players take on the role of Nathan Graves, a vampire hunter coming from a family that is similar to the Belmonts. Dracula has been revived and it's up to you and your teammates to stop him.
- Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (2002) – Simon Belmont's grandson Juste Belmont uses a mix of Belmont weaponry and Belnades Clan magic to take on the Dracula Wraith, a shadow born of ancient relics.
- Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003) – Set far into the future, Soma Cruz awakens inside Castlevania with his friend Mina Hakuba. Soma must use his ability to absorb the souls of monsters to fight through the castle and escape.
The existence of this collection was revealed via an Australian rating for the collection as a multi-platform release that was highlighted on Reddit. Previously, the only way to get your hands on these games was either through the Wii U Virtual Console or buying a physical edition (such as for Castlevania: Circle of the Moon) of the actual cartridges. (Naturally, they would mean that you'd need to own a Game Boy Advance console as well.) The developer of the collection is listed as M2, who is well known for their work with retro games, such as the Sega Ages collection.
It should be noted that the Nintendo DS — the successor to the Game Boy Advance handheld — also had a trio of games released on it, namely Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Dawn of Sorrow, in particular, was a direct sequel to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. We may very well see a Castlevania DS Collection revealed at a later date.
For now, all we know for certain is that the Castlevania Advance Collection has been rated in Australia as a multiplatform release. We can't sure for sure which of the three games it will include, what it will cost, or what platforms it will launch on. That said, we typically have to wait just a few weeks before more details emerge, so it shouldn't be too long before we find out more about this collection.
Would you want to buy the Castlevania Advance Collection? What's your favorite Castlevania Game Boy Advance game out of the three? Let us know in the comments below!
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