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Castlevania to break XBLA limit

Exceptional circumstances.

Konami has revealed that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night will surpass the 50MB size-limit for Xbox Live Arcade titles. Apparently Microsoft is willing to make certain exceptions to its rules.

"If any games do exceed 50MB, it's for a very specific reason that would ensure that the gameplay experience is the best it can be," group manager for XBLA, Greg Canessa, told GameSpot.

"Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the most popular games of all time, and you can [bet] that you'll see similar high-quality games come to Xbox Live Arcade in the future."

Microsoft has also pointed out that the demo for the game will not fit on the system's 64MB memory unit.

The download will feature enhanced graphics and sound, as well as widescreen support, achievements, and leaderboards.

There's no word on how much it will cost, or when it will be released, though we expect a Q1 launch and a price tag of over 1000 Microsoft Points.

Head over to Xbox.com to see Major Nelson preview the game at the Consumer Electonics Show in Las Vegas.