Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

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Set one year after Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the first Castlevania game for the DS has you playing Soma Cruz again. While attempting to return to a normal life Soma is attacked by the leader of a cult with the intention of reviving Count Dracula. He, as well as friends from his last adventure, are drawn to the cult's headquarters to prevent another age of darkness.

All the action takes place on the lower screen, while the top screen is used to see the map or your character's stats. Soma can still equip various kinds of weapons, armor, and monster souls, although the exact powers of the souls have changed slightly from the previous game. Instead of multiples of the same soul just taking up space they are now necessary, as many abilities will not reach their full power unless Soma possesses nine duplicates of the soul. Yoko Belnades has set up an enchanting store inside the castle, allowing Soma to merge souls with weapons in his possession to forge more powerful weapons. The game also takes advantage of the touch screen feature to let you draw magic runes to perform powerful moves to defeat evil monsters.

For the first time in a Castlevania game simultaneous multiplayer modes are possible. Place monsters in a series of rooms and then blaze through it with a friend over wireless connection, either competitively or cooperatively. Trading extra souls between carts is also possible over wireless communication.

The mobile version is a fairly genuine port of the original game with a few minor differences. It adds a new special rare item: the lost soul vial. This item can be used if Soma dies and resurrects him. There is also the bat altar which can be used when Soma owns the bat form ability. Soma walks on a bat altar with the bat ability and is teleported to the linked bat altar. The inventory is strictly limited to weapons, armors and magic spells. It is not possible to store food, life potions or other items.


Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Starting the main quest. From this point on the fact that this game takes place in the future will never enter the equation.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow J2ME Game over
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow J2ME Fighting a skeleton
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "悪魔城ドラキュラ 蒼月の十字架" -- Japanese spelling
  • "恶魔城:苍月之十字架" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "CV: DoS" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Akumajou Dracula: Sougetsu no Juujika" -- Japanese title

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A must have for anyone who owns a DS Nintendo DS Bregalad (916)
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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Nintendo DS Nov 20, 2005 A 100
AceGamez Nintendo DS Apr, 2006 10 out of 10 100
Portable Review Nintendo DS Oct 30, 2005 40 out of 40 100
Deeko Nintendo DS Oct 24, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
GamersMark Nintendo DS Oct 11, 2005 9.1 out of 10 91
GameSpy Nintendo DS Oct 04, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Nintendo DS Feb 13, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Nintendo DS Apr 27, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
N-Zone Nintendo DS Oct 19, 2005 87 out of 100 87
GameLemon Nintendo DS Dec 03, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85


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1001 Video Games

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


In the Lost Village, the player can see the Bigfoot from the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, lurking in the background.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #2 Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2005 – Nintendo DS Action Game of the Year

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