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Normally a solar eclipse isn't a dangerous event, but for Soma Cruz being sucked through a portal and into Dracula's castle during one will turn his day into a total nightmare. As Soma you must venture through the castle and find a way out. As you do so, you will discover the true meaning behind the event, and why Dracula has risen yet again.

Although set in the future, all of the weapons and hazards are the same or similar to those seen in past Castlevania titles. Soma can find or buy weapons of all types such as swords, spears, and axes. Through his mysterious power of Dominance Soma can take the souls of his enemies and use their powers as his own, providing passive stat boosts, powerful magic, or even summoning them forth to fight on his behalf. Dracula's castle is a single continuous building, and as Soma's power of Dominance grows and he acquires more monster souls to power abilities he can bypass obstacles that were previously insurmountable. Players can link up with a friend's copy of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow to trade souls between them.


Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Water jumping?
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Bats attack!
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Intro fight
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Nice water effects.

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "キャッスルヴァニア ~暁月の円舞曲~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "CV: AoS" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Just as good as Castlevania games gets Game Boy Advance Bregalad (938)
The definitive Castlevania for the GBA Game Boy Advance NeoJ (428)
Absolutely fantastic game. One of my all-time favorites. Game Boy Advance Simoneer (30)
Wow. Game Boy Advance WJAndrews (32)
A real desire to achieve 100% Game Boy Advance Pagen HD (114)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Game Boy Advance Jul 26, 2005 A 100
Diehard GameFan Game Boy Advance Aug 06, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Game Boy Advance May 05, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jul 13, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90 Game Boy Advance Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Jul 08, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Netjak Game Boy Advance May 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Over Online Game Boy Advance May 22, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Gamestyle Game Boy Advance 2003 8 out of 10 80
Games TM Game Boy Advance May, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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1001 Video Games

The Game Boy Advance version of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #4 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year

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