Castlevania Advance Collection brings the GBA games to modern platforms, including some of the best entries in the entire Castlevania series.
The Castlevania Advance Collection was officially revealed in the September 2021 Nintendo Direct, though its existence was already clear from several age ratings in different countries. Its announcement may not have been a surprise, but fans will still no doubt welcome Castlevania Advance Collection, as it contains some fantastic games.
Another Castlevania compilation, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, is already available on modern systems. This wasn’t so warmly received, however, as it mostly contains the older, more archaic Castlevania titles. It has a few gems, such as Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Bloodlines, but many fans didn’t find the rest of the package too compelling. The Castlevania Requiem collection is also available, containing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, but it’s a PlayStation exclusive.
Though its games’ visuals aren’t fantastic, as most of them were made for the Game Boy Advance, the Advance Collection includes three games many fans adore, plus one that isn’t so beloved. Dracula’s castle is calling once more in Castlevania Advance Collection‘s four games, 18 years after the release of its most recent title.
Castlevania Advance Collection: Circle Of The Moon
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon leaves the Belmont family behind, instead involving three different vampire hunters who are tasked with stopping a revived Dracula. The main gameplay gimmick of Circle of the Moon is the DSS system, which lets players combine the powers of magical spells in order to create new effects, unleashing them upon the beasts within Dracula’s castle.
Castlevania Advance Collection: Harmony Of Dissonance
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance brings the Belmont family back into the picture. Juste Belmont must take up the Vampire Killer whip when Dracula’s castle reappears in the world. Though Juste might be a Belmont, his Metroidvania-style adventure evokes Alucard’s quest in Symphony of the Night.
Castlevania Advance Collection: Aria Of Sorrow
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow stars Soma Cruz, a young man who has the potential to bring Dracula back to life. Soma quickly discovers he has a special ability that lets him steal the powers of the monsters he slays to use for his own ends. Aria of Sorrow is regarded by many to be among the best Castlevania games of all time.
Castlevania Advance Collection: Dracula X
When Castlevania Advance Collection leaked online, many assumed it would only include the three Castlevania titles released on Game Boy Advance. It turns out the collection contains a fourth game: Castlevania: Dracula X, the version of Rondo of Blood that was released on Super Nintendo. It’s generally considered to be far worse than Rondo of Blood, due to its weaker graphics, fewer stages, and removal of Maria as a playable character. Castlevania fans on PS4 or PS5 can instead check out Rondo of Blood as part of Castlevania Requiem.
Castlevania Advance Collection is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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