Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

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Netflix's animated Castlevania series has a debut trailer

Netflix's animated Castlevania series has a debut trailer

UPDATE: Will premiere on 7th July in the UK.

UPDATE 25/05/2017 4.20pm: Netflix's Castlevania series will launch on 7th July in the UK as well, the streaming service confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY 25/05/2017 1.02am: Netflix's animated Castlevania series will debut on 7th July, at least in the US and Latin America, and the streaming video company has released its first trailer for the show.

We're still awaiting official confirmation for a UK release date, but hopefully it won't be far behind its North American Netflix brethren.

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Castlevania returning to DS

Igarashi says it's next.

Buoyed no doubt by the success of and positive critical response to Dawn of Sorrow and Portait of Ruin - and the fact that the DS has sold 40 basquillion units - Konami is doing another Castlevania DS game.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow

Being heir-apparent to Dracula sounds fun. You can absorb souls and inherit their powers, you get a big castle, and immensely hot women with no relationship sense will gather round to comfort you and prevent you slipping completely into evil. Even if you did, they'd probably still gather round. Why, then, is Soma Cruz, Dracula's actual heir, so very depressed about it?

Well, for one thing, people keep trying to kill him. In fact, that's the main thing. Last time it was the goodies, who didn't really trust him not to go all the way bad, and now, in Dawn of Sorrow - set at the point in the Castlevania timeline when Dracula's castle is set to reassume some of its former power - it's a bunch of cultists who, while they actually believe in God, equally believe that for him/it/she/Yahweh/etc. to exist there must be an opposing being of absolute evil. Namely Dracula. Since they have some candidates to replace Soma and be the dark lord, they're keen to do away with him.

All of which draws us back, AGAIN, to Dracula's castle, where nasty things are unfolding thanks to the cultists and, well, the fact that it's Dracula's castle. Not that we're complaining - Dawn of Sorrow is one of the best Castlevania games we can remember, and although its concessions to the DS's unique feature-set are of varying quality and import, it's still a game that you definitely need to own if you have more than a passing interest in action-adventure. Although, you might want to clarify whether it's action-adventure you like, first, because Castlevania's biggest trick was and is its unique transcendence of gaming instincts.

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Castlevania DS release date

Castlevania DS release date

Get cracking this September.

Konami has confirmed the official release date for forthcoming DS title, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

After UK chain store Game put up a very specific September 16th posting to get us frothing for the platform adventure, Konami was all too happy to confirm that as the official date for the promising title. Barring any slips, that is.

Developed and set after the critically acclaimed Game Boy Advance prequel, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, this DS follow-up has hero Soma Cruz taking on a mysterious cult (yes, another one) in their plan to resurrect Dracula (yes, again.) The game uses the touch screen to cast spells, while the DS' wireless connection allows 'souls' to be traded between machines to unleash new attacks.

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