Open-air classifications have long since fanned the secret. But never mind: Konami’s umpteenth retro compilation will at least have surprised by its release date.
We suspected that it would not be long. In a move we should be used to, the Nintendo Direct has therefore lifted the veil on a Castlevania Advance Collection directly available. This collection of Castlevania games published on Game Boy Advance (with a bonus from the Super Nintendo) can be found on Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One for 19.99 euros.
For its 35th anniversary, the series is therefore hardly entitled to anything new, but to a new compilation, 3 years later. Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood and 2 years after Castlevania Anniversary Collection. Because it’s better to split up, you know.
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We remind you that Castlevania Advance Collection includes Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss.
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon follows protagonist Nathan Graves, an apprentice vampire hunter who enters Dracula’s castle alongside his master to prevent the return of the Count, orchestrated by Camilla.
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance features Just Belmont, grandson of legendary vampire hunter Simon Belmont, in a fight against Dracula. This title introduced several new features to the franchise, including Boss Rush mode and the Spell Fusion system.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow stars Soma Cruz, a young high school exchange student in Japan who turns out to be involved in the Count’s eternal cycle of reincarnation. What role does Soma play in this story? Will he be able to resume his life?
Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss is a replay of the cult action game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and is considered one of the toughest Castlevania titles. Count Dracula returns once again from the dead to rekindle the forces of evil. Richter Belmont, heir to the Belmont family, travels to the vampire’s castle with the firm intention of defeating it.
Of course, features add a little extra. Gallery mode lets you explore original game boxes as well as never-before-seen artwork, and the Encyclopedia will teach you more. You can choose the Japanese, American or European ROM for each game. For music lovers, an original tape player is available. Finally, the save, load and rewind functions will give you a helping hand. The kind of things that would have been very useful around 2013 for yours truly …