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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 A nice view
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Bats attack!
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance In the library
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Like a fatality

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 (85)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Jun 17, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Jul 08, 2003 95 out of 100 95
IGN Game Boy Advance May 05, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Nintendojo Game Boy Advance 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Jun, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
Game Chronicles Game Boy Advance Jun 30, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Gamereactor (Sweden) Game Boy Advance May 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Portable Review Game Boy Advance Oct 24, 2005 35 out of 40 88
Nintendo Spin Game Boy Advance Nov 03, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME Mar 28, 2008 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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