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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.


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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow Nintendo DS Fighting the first boss. He's easy once you figure out what in your arsenal hurts him the most.
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow J2ME Entering The Lost Village
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow J2ME Leveling up

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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 (972)
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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Nintendo DS Nov 20, 2005 A 100
Le Geek Nintendo DS Nov, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Realm of Gaming Nintendo DS Oct 15, 2013 10 out of 10 100
RPGamer Nintendo DS 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
Entertainment Depot, The Nintendo DS Mar 28, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Nintendo DS 2005 4.5 out of 5 90 Nintendo DS Oct 10, 2005 88 out of 100 88
GameLemon Nintendo DS Dec 03, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Yahoo! Games Nintendo DS Oct 04, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Cubed3 Nintendo DS Dec 25, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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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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