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One of gaming’s finest traditional franchises is making its return. Castlevania Advance Collection is launching in the present day for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC. And it bundles collectively three of the finest video games for Game Boy Advance. These traditional Konami Castlevanias embody Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Aria of Sorrow. All three are improbable and price going again to, and now followers of the sequence will get an opportunity to do this with out digging out the GBA SP.
Publisher Konami introduced the assortment as a part of a Nintendo Direct video occasion in the present day. And I’ve been enjoying the video games. To be clear, I’ve not performed the Castlevania Advance Collection but. It’s simply that I by no means actually ever stopped enjoying the GBA (and DS) Castlevania video games in the first place.
These are true Metroidvania masterpieces. They stand alongside Super Metroid as key pillars of what the style might be. And whereas that began with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on PlayStation, the GBA video games are even higher.
The video games that outlined a style
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon launched in 2001 proper alongside the Game Boy Advance. And whereas Circle of the Moon was darkish and tough to see on the authentic GBA’s unlit display screen, it nonetheless wowed many followers and critics. Konami adopted up with Harmony of Dissonance in 2002, after which Aria of Sorrow debuted in 2003.
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This was the period that established the Metroidvania as its personal style. Now, we have now dozens of video games that use this type — and it looks like we’re getting dozens extra yearly now. But Symphony of the Night and the GBA Castlevanias confirmed that you simply didn’t must play precisely like Super Metroid.
And the Advance Collection is so exciting exactly due to how these video games differ from Metroid. While each share a way of exploration, Castlevania’s type nearly works higher as a result of you’ll be able to deal with backtracking as stage grinding because of its implementation of RPG parts.
But possibly the GBA video games are extra essential merely due to their launch cadence. Konami confirmed that avid gamers had a thirst for any such expertise, and a writer might launch a brand new recreation yearly to capitalize on that viewers. And whereas that market grew too slowly for a serious writer like Konami that was searching for huge progress, it paved the approach for a era of indie builders to fill in the void.
Now, a brand new era of Metroidvania followers will get an opportunity to see the place all of that inspiration got here from.
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