Nintendo Media | First Screens / Details of New Castlevania DS

By Adam Riley 22.04.2006 14

Dawn of Sorrow, the direct sequel to the GBA's superb Aria of Sorrow was received with critical acclaim and retail success, making a follow-up somewhat of an inevitability. This time, though, the scenario is completely different.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin takes players on a rollercoaster ride, controlling a vampire hunter by the name of Jonathan Morris and his comprade Charlotte Orlean, who is a young girl whose magical abilities are second to none.

During the tragic event of World War II, many souls were sent out into the dark world, left to simply wander around in search of salvation after the horrible conflict. In an effort to rid themselves of their troublesome plight, they set out to resurrect Dracula's Castle, albeit with some strong help in the form of two mysterious vampire sisters.

So it is your task, controlling Jonathan and Charlotte, to ensure this work of evil is not unleashed on the world once more, thus preventing the ultimate catastrophe.

Believe it or not, the series has been developing for the past 20 years at a rate that would make many other franchises blush. The action-adventure game, which has recently been likened the 2D side-scrolling Metroid games from Nintendo, allows gamers to quickly and easily switch between both Jonathan and Charlotte through the entirety of the journey, using each ones specific skills and talents to progress as smoothly as possible. There is now the chance to use devastating Summon Attacks where both characters unleash the full extent of their combat capabilities in order to completely annihilate the game's monsters and enemies, of which there are more than 100 different kinds spread across varying locations such as dry deserts and Misty Town. And, as usual, the extent of weapons, equipment and items is as vast as ever as Jonathan and Charlotte attempt to prevent the resurrection of Dracula. Can their skill and abilities save the world from a major disaster? Only you can lead them in the right direction...

Expect more details later in the year, most likely at E3 in May ahead of the game's November launch across the US.

Stick with C3 for further updates...

Box art for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin





2D Platformer



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Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10 (12 Votes)

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Certainly has my full attention...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Cute senario, the screens look as if they've concentrated more on the environments too this time. I bet everytime I'll see the name I'll think Path of Radiance though Smilie

Not much in the graphics department, but I will look out for more on this game

K_K, Dawn of Sorrow looked 'okay' in screens, but when in motion it was gorgeous. This LOOKS better in static screens, so I can only imagine what it'll be like in motion...

Remember that Konami will have a better grasp of the system. If you've played Symphony of the Night on the PSone, you'll know just what feats Konami is capable of in the realm of 2D Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Its graphics arnt that bad concidering the past CastleVania . Keep in mind that they have been enlarged Wider and Taller than the DS screens.

I see this as what will be a pretty good rpg. And I loke

"Study this revelation, you nest of adders!"

Looks like it'll be pretty great - I've still not finished the first DS iteration!

This looks impressive. The environments look very nice, and the sprites look gorgeous. I wonder if this game will make use of the touch screen.

This will be ace if it had multiplayer! One can control Jonathan, the other Charlotte. Smilie

You found the word nipple! And you love touching them!

Smilie Nice, first game was great fun, i'll definitly look into this if it's any good.

XBL Gamertag: James2t3

Is anyone else drooling on their keyboards like me now...

I LOVED the first Castlevania on the DS, I hope this one's at least as good, then it's more than good enough for me to buy it Smilie

~Getting on C3's massive tits since 2K5.~

They're alright but i still can't help but feel as though when it comes to 3 graphics , the DS is being short changed. I mean i doubt they'd do a 2D Castlevania on the PSP now would they. No one should give me that PSP is more powerful crap because we all know that the DS can produce great 3D graphics.

I'd rather have a BEAUTIFUL 2D game than a half-assed try at 3D, cuz there's already enough of that Smilie I think Castlevania just belongs in the 2D realm, and as long as the games look this good and are as much fun to play as DoS, I'm not complaining Smilie

~Getting on C3's massive tits since 2K5.~

Yeah it's like sonic, it's just better in 2D.

XBL Gamertag: James2t3

I agree, and this is looking very very good Smilie

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