REDWOOD CITY, Calif. â€“ December 8, 2005 â€“ Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., announced today Castlevania Double Pack (working title) is coming to the Nintendo Game BoyÂ® Advance handheld video game system. The legendary titles CastlevaniaÂ®: Harmony of Dissonanceâ„¢ and CastlevaniaÂ®: Aria of Sorrowâ„¢ are combined onto the same GBA cartridge, letting Castlevania fans experience twice the amount of evil and adventure in one convenient game package. Both chapters are among the most highly acclaimed games in the long running Castlevania franchise and will provide hours of portable gaming fun.
â€œCastlevaniaâ€™s rich history and deep storylines have always made it a favorite franchise among casual gamers and core gaming fans alike,â€ said Dennis Lee, Group Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment â€“ America. â€œCombining two of the most beloved chapters in this long running franchise together onto one cartridge provides gamers a great value as well as giving newcomers to the series a convenient way to experience some of the best of what Castlevania has to offer.â€
In Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, players take the role of Juste Belmont, a descendant of Simon Belmont. It has been nearly fifty years since Simon Belmont rescued the land from the curse of Dracula. Now itâ€™s Juste Belmontâ€™s turn as he must acquire the relics of Dracula left behind from the past in order to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his friend Lydie Erlanger. With a trusty whip at their side, players explore Draculaâ€™s castle under the cover of night collecting relics and learning powerful magic spells in their journey to find and rescue Lydie.
In Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, players take the role of Soma Cruz, a young man who has been chosen as the next incarnation of the dark lord Dracula. The year is 2035 and Soma Cruz is about to witness the first solar eclipse of the 21st century when he suddenly blacks out â€“ only to awaken inside a mysterious castle. Players discover that they are destined to become the dark lord and the only way to escape from this evil fate is to escape the castle. As Soma, players will be able to wield a great variety of weapons in their quest to escape Draculaâ€™s castle. Along the way, players discover the ability to collect and use the souls of vanquished enemies to make themselves more powerful or enable them to perform special skills. In addition, there is an RPG element of Aria of Sorrow which adds an unparalleled level of depth to the game.
Created by Koji Igarashi and the creative team behind the critically acclaimed hit game Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania Double Pack is scheduled for release in North America in Q1 of 2006. For more information on Castlevania Double Pack, please visit: www.konami.com/gs.
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