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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

aka: CV: AoS, Castlevania: Akatsuki no Minuet

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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.


  • キャッスルヴァニア ~暁月の円舞曲~ - Japanese spelling

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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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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kartanym.

Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. J2ME added by chirinea.

Additional contributors: Apogee IV, Guy Chapman, Exodia85, Daedolon, LordRM, Trypticon, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added May 20th, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.