Castlevania GBA Trilogy Gets A New Bundle On Home Consoles

Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Aria of Sorrow cover art arranged in a collage.

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Some of the finest Castlevania games of all time are coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Swap, and Personal computer afterwards now many thanks to the new Castlevania Advance Assortment. It bundles all a few Activity Boy Progress classics—as nicely as Dracula X, the Super Nintendo’s fascinating Rondo of Blood portinto just one finish package for the very first time.

This does not arrive as a substantial shock, however. Castlevania Progress Assortment appeared on video video game classification internet sites in both of those South Korea and Australia about the summer season. Due to the fact then, it was also spotted on a related Taiwanese databases before sooner or later leaking on to Enjoy-Asia, an on the net marketplace with a history of unintentionally revealing online games early.

Konami’s preferred Castlevania franchise 1st arrived on Game Boy Progress in 2001 with Circle of the Moon. Its achievements spawned two additional handheld releases, 2002’s Harmony of Dissonance and 2003’s Aria of Sorrow, the latter of which is regarded as a person of the finest games of the series’ Metroidvania period. The trio finally saw separate re-releases on the Wii U in 2014 but, prior to currently, remained some of the handful of Castlevania video games waiting to be ported or remastered for contemporary platforms.

Here’s what former Kotaku writer Harper Jay experienced to say about Circle of the Moon back in 2017:

The close final result is a title that does not just streamline the Metroidvania components but one particular that actually builds upon the Castlevania sequence by developing a globe with a strong temper and deviously pleasurable gameplay mechanics. Circle of the Moon has shifted in and out of creator Koji Igarashi’s official Castlevania timeline, but to generate it off as a mere sidestory, not as really as Symphony of the Night time or as epic in scope as Aria of Sorrow, is to dismiss how damn good it is.

As another person who under no circumstances owned a Recreation Boy Progress as a child, I’m tremendous energized to at last have an option to engage in these video games on legit hardware. And not to glance a gift horse in the mouth or something, but here’s hoping Konami also figures out a way to get Castlevania’s Nintendo DS trilogy doing the job on household consoles. I’d really like a chance to revisit those people handheld adventures, way too.