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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

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.

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Watch out, something is weird with this mirror, so be careful!
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Boss is dead, player too.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Like a fatality
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Game Boy Advance Save point

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 Bregalad (917) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
The definitive Castlevania for the GBA NeoJ (428) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Absolutely fantastic game. One of my all-time favorites. Simoneer (30) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Wow. WJAndrews (32) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A real desire to achieve 100% Pagen HD (85) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

UOL Jogos May 23, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Diehard GameFan Aug 06, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
NintendoWorldReport May 22, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
Game Chronicles Jun 30, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Retro Gamer Jan, 2006 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Jul 13, 2006 4.5 out of 5 90
Kombo.com Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameCola.net Jan, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Critics Jun 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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.

Awards

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

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Kartanym (10772) added Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Game Boy Advance) on May 20, 2003
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