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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 JP Title Screen
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Man or woman?
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance A nice view
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Water jumping?

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 (94)

Critic Reviews

NintendoWorldReport Game Boy Advance May 22, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
GameZone Game Boy Advance May 12, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance May, 2003 91 out of 100 91
Game Chronicles Game Boy Advance Jun 30, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Retro Gamer Game Boy Advance Jan, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Insert Credit Game Boy Advance Jun 17, 2003 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Sep 21, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Jul 13, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90 Game Boy Advance Jul 17, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Gamestyle Game Boy Advance 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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