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Summer of XBLA Featuring Castlevania: Harmony of Despair on August 4

Despite rumors early last month that Castlevania: Harmony of Despair would be released as part of Microsoft's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade promotion, the game wasn't mentioned in the initial announcement of this summer's annual Xbox Live Marketplace sale, as our report was quick to point out. Fortunately for Castlevania fans hankering for a classic Dracula-slaying title with a new twist, Konami has today announced that HoD will, in fact, be the third of five titles released over the coming weeks. The Xbox Live exclusive will be available for download on August 4 at the reasonable price of 1200 Microsoft "space bucks," or about $15. Hit the jump for more details. Read More


Castlevania: Harmony of Despair Slated for Summer... of Arcade

A midsummer night's dream will soon be a reality as the first Xbox Live Summer of Arcade title is announced. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair will be among the games released under this brand for 2010. This game won't be exactly like the other side-scrolling Castlevania games that everyone has come to love, as Harmony of Despair will be a multiplayer title -- something foreign to the Castlevania franchise. Hit the jump for more. Read More


Multiplayer Castlevania: Harmony of Despair rated, existence seems probable

The Australian Classification Board website has today inadvertently confirmed the existence of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, rumors of which first surfaced about a month ago. According to details released by (and promptly pulled from) gaming and technology news blog Never Know Tech, Harmony of Despair is a six player, two dimensional, multiplayer "Metroidvania" type experience. The title was trademarked in Europe last month, and the Australian Classification Board revealed today that the game will receive a "Mature" rating in the land down under, which translates roughly to a Teen rating in the US. Hit the jump for more details. Read More


Media: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Screens and Video, Plus 19-Disc Castlevania Soundtrack Com

This week obviously didn't bring us Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth on WiiWare, even though there are plenty of other fun things to enjoy. However, the time may be lurking ever-nearer, as Konami has posted an official page for the game, and released 23 screens (now in our gallery) and a new video to whet our appetite: Sigh, if only all Game Boy games got this treatment... or at least some of the bigger ones. GoNintendo also notes that PEGI has rated the game, giving hope for a worldwide release. Super Smash Bros. might have been too big to compete against, but perhaps it could contend better with Pilotwings? Hit the cut for another exciting piece of Castlevania news. Read More


My Games This Weekend - 09.25.09

Still waiting on some paychecks to arrive, so unfortunately, the double-dose of joy that is Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Scribblenauts continues to elude me. But other than being anxious to try them out, I'm not too bothered, as I have a nice backlog to work through until then. I just finished Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations earlier this week, but I want a small break before I jump into Apollo Justice. I have Yoshi's Island DS and Sonic Chronicles to play through, as well as Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia to tackle, though my wife is busy on that one. The New Super Mario Bros. Wii buzz from earlier this week has me wanting to play that, so I'll probably do so. I'm also craving No More Heroes and Crackdown. Maybe my schedule will allow me to get in some time with those as well. So, those are my games this weekend. What are yours? Read More


My Games This Weekend - 07.31.09 - More Trials and Tribulations

I've been playing quite a bit of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations lately, thanks to you kind people steering me in that direction. I just wrapped up Case 3 a few nights ago, and I was pretty much on fire during that one. Now, I'm on Case 4, and I've got this cool guy named Diego Armando (pictured at right)helping me out. He seems familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Interestingly enough, I imagine him talking in a sort of Phil Hartman voice. Strangely, that's also the same sort of voice I imagine that jerk Godot using. Go figure. Ah well, I'm sure it will all come to me in time. If I get through that, I may take a brief sabbatical from the courtroom to pursue Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, which some of you may recall was my alternate choice when trying to figure out what to play next. I've also got a few days left on a borrowed copy of New Play Control! Pikmin, which I've been enjoying thus far. The pointer controls feel like they make all the difference in the world. So, those are my games for this weekend; what are yours? Anyone going for a ride with Marvel vs. Capcom 2? Read More


My Games Last Weekend - 05.18.09

So, last Friday, I put the ball in you guys' court and asked what game I should slap into my good old DS Phat next. And the winner was Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia... ...but not before I left to go see Star Trek on Saturday. So I wound up starting on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations instead, and have gotten a ways into the first case. Sorry folks, but if it makes you feel any better, my wife has been playing Super Castlevania IV and talking about Symphony of the Night lately, and she might take that one up while I have the courtroom occupied. Elsewhere, I went ahead and downloaded the original Legend of Zelda on the Virtual Console, as I've had a hankering for the oldschool top-down fun. And now with Majora's Mask gracing the VC, I may have to turn my sights to that soon. I have every other Zelda on VC (except Ocarina of Time, which I have on not one, but two GameCube discs), so I may as well round out the set. Read More


My Games This Weekend - 05.15.09 - The "You Tell Me What to Play" Edition

So, here's the deal. My games this weekend? More of the usual fare, such as Animal Crossing: City Folk and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, maybe a little Virtual Console... while I'm at home. The thing is, I actually expect to be out and about quite a bit over the weekend, so that means that my DS is going into the pouch on my belt and riding with me. But what do I play? I have three great games which I received around Christmas, three great games which I've yet to touch: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, and Yoshi's Island 2. A tough roster to pick one from. So that's where you come in: Reply in the comments, and tell me where I should start. Whatever has the most votes before I step out the door is what I'll take with me on my travels, and perhaps talk about on Monday (assuming anyone cares). Read More


Igarashi Details Decisions of Castlevania Judgement, Touches on More Remakes

With Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia now hitting store shelves and Castlevania Judgement soon on the way, Kikizo recently got the chance to speak with the Master of the Whip himself, series Producer Koji Igarashi. He reiterated the usual points about Judgement, in how he wanted an experience which players could play "in short bursts," yet "get the full game experience," as well as the lack of 1:1 whip action ("that... would be cruel and unusual punishment"). Beyond that, he describes his further motivations for making Judgement into the type of game it is:Two main reasons why this type of game felt like a good fit for Castlevania, though... number one, I wanted to put a time restriction on it, so people wouldn't be playing for hours at a time. Number two is that this is the 22nd anniversary of the series, and I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to bring characters from all of the past games together for the first time. Maybe I should have actually done this for the 20th anniversary, but... [laughs]More after the cut. Read More


Wii/DS Connectivity Detailed Between Castlevania Judgment and Order of Ecclesia

As if Castlevania fans needed a reason to purchase both Castlevania Judgment for Wii and Order of Ecclesia for DS when they release later this year, series creator Koji Igarashi has included some neat unlockable features for the two games when they are connected to each other. "When you connect Order of Ecclesia to Judgment you unlock a couple of things. In Order of Ecclesia the level max is 99, but once you connect to Judgment the level max immediately increases to 255. Also, you unlock an item called 'Queen of Heart.' For the Wii version the main character from Order of Ecclesia, Shanoa, is unlocked for all modes. The new character Aeon is also unlocked in every mode except Story Mode. Also, some accessories will be unlocked." -- Koji Igarashi to GameSpy Pretty cool unlockables, though I wonder about the usefulness of having a level 255 character in Order of Ecclesia when, I assume, the original level 99 max is enough to beat the game. Read More


A List of Playable Games at Nintendo's Fall Media Summit

We're at Nintendo's Fall Media Summit 2008 event, and we have a list of the games that are playable. Check it out: Call of Duty: World at War (Wii) Mad World (Wii) Dead Rising: Chop till Drop (Wii) The Conduit (Wii) Wii Music (Wii) Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party (Wii) Personal Trainer: Cooking (DS) Rythem Heaven (DS) Age of Empires Myhologies (DS) Tecmo Bowl (DS) Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) Pokemon Ranger (DS) Henry Hatsworth: In the Puzzling Adventure (DS) We can't write impressions on these games until next week, but Nintendo did say that we could post this list. Read More