E3 06: Castlevania returns to DS

Dawn of Sorrow developers reteam to paint Konami a Portrait of Ruin this fall.

It's tough to keep a good bloodsucker down, and apparently Dracula was the best, as the forces of evil are attempting yet another resurrection of their dark lord in Konami's Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin for the Nintendo DS. Perhaps Dracula will be put down for the count this time, because Portrait of Ruin features a pair of protagonists working together to put the kibosh on his nefarious plans.

Players will take control of vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and the magically adept Charlotte Orlean and will be allowed to switch freely between the two to match the needs of their current situations. Both characters will have powerful summon attacks and a variety of weapons and equipment at their disposal, but they will also have their own unique strengths and abilities. Konami is also promising more than 100 different enemies and bosses on which to try out all those weapons and abilities.

Portrait of Ruin is scheduled for release this fall. Chances are good that Konami will show the game off at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next month, but until then, interested gamers can brush up on the series' first DS outing with the full review for Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

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90 comments
yohan14344
yohan14344

YES!!! I'm hooked on the Castlevania Fever right now. I haven't played (been addicted to) a game like this in years!!! Yeah, Metroid should get back to side scrolling!!!!! PETITION!!!!

Irish_Monk
Irish_Monk

Freakin AWESOME!!! More Castlevania!!!!

N-DAWG88
N-DAWG88

excellent news, seems like another hit ds game

IhateMario
IhateMario

Yeah! I love the castlevanias series!

coleorionjordan
coleorionjordan

Yes! Dawn of Sorrow rocked, can't wait for this one. Now all we need is a 2D side-scroller Metroid.

Darkstorm58621
Darkstorm58621

I have not died but i have gone to DS heaven with all the games coming out

Snakez4
Snakez4

krasome dude the first one was awesome i spent more than 30 hours on it

DoubleDragon
DoubleDragon

Yes it is nice to see another Castlevania title however I think Konami needs to focus on a PSP title something like symphony of the night. I think Konami needs to challenge themselves to make a game like that. The problem is that people keep buying the product that Konami puts out like with these castlevanias. There is nothing wrong with that if you like the games but Konami has no reason to try to produce something more technically advanced because it's current games are selling well. I'm not sure but Konami may have a deal with Nintendo to make Castlevania for the DS only. Would be nice to see a Castlevania for the PSP though.

kiohto9
kiohto9

I can't wait for this game to come out. Dawn of Sorrow was def. one of my favorites and Im sure they'll make this one even better.

Kratos_1024
Kratos_1024

yes the first one was soo cool i cant wait

nintendogamer64
nintendogamer64

Im not a big fan of castelvania but good news for the DS anyway YEA!!!!!!

drollia
drollia

Sounds interesting. DS is getting more and more interesting titles as the console matures

YoePoeJoe
YoePoeJoe

Cool but they should atleast make a 3d side crawler for a change!

DarkKefka
DarkKefka

Yay!!! Another good title coming to the Ds.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

Morris, any relation to the guy from Castlevania Bloodlines? I miss SOma already, but not as badly as I miss Alucard, but that's okay. I'm just greatful for a new Castlevania DS, the last one was simply amazing!

GAMECAMILLER
GAMECAMILLER

Sounds like this one will be even better then the first.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

sweet. hopefully they use the touch screen a little better with this title.

serotonin0
serotonin0

What? You prefer Resident Evil over what? This is nothing like Resident Evil... And how can you prefer it over something you've never played? ... What?

NeO10102525
NeO10102525

Always loved my 2d castlevania's like i love my 2d fighters over 3d fighters.. gonna be sweet!

bobreturns
bobreturns

hmm i never played aby of these games i prefer resident evil

DurhamNC
DurhamNC

So tired of 2D Castlevania

sithlord907
sithlord907

Yeah while the art for the game does really really suck, I'm sure the game will be one of the best Castlevania's yet. I read that the reason they changed the art in DoS(and presumably this new one) was to attract more fans. But if anything this new crappy art would lose fans. But to me, no matter how crappy the characters look on the box, or when they show their pictures in the game when the characters are talking, as long as the gameplay is solid and the actual graphics look just as good or even better than the previuos games, then I will ALWAYS be a hardcore Castlvania fan. And even though that pretty much every single Castlevania game has an identical plot, it's still great fun after all these years.

bunchofpixels
bunchofpixels

awesome. i loved DoS but im glad they are changing up the mechianics and using different main characters

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

yes!! i didnt get the first one because it was exactly like aria of sorrow but with better graphics, but i know this one's gonna rock

JJOR64
JJOR64

That kicks!! Another DS game I need to get.

nekrotaunter
nekrotaunter

there's a screenshot on wikipedia. it really does just look like mega man

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Sounds like a great game in the making

DarkSan00
DarkSan00

YEAH! ey migue, vi tu comentario XD

thatguytony
thatguytony

I'm glad to hear this, though I wasn't really surprised. With the last game being as well reviewed and received as it was a follow-up was inevitable. Still great news, though.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i dint really like the other castlevanias....thid one better be good

Naruto-freak
Naruto-freak

I hope it is as good as the first one. That one was awesome.

darkdaej
darkdaej

ALRIGHT! i strongly believed in the rumour, but now its official XD can't wait!

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

i hated the last one for the ds..if this one is 3D all the way, then HECK YEA!

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Woot another Castlevania game on the Ds. Good News

monkeyman
monkeyman

Ah, my DS Lite will be getting a good workout, not that Metroid isn't already giving it one.

nekrotaunter
nekrotaunter

...but that character looks nothing like john morris. john morrisbeing from bloodlines

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Hmmm... It's starting to look a lot like the Battle Network Series all over again...

TacoJelly
TacoJelly

I hope they can make this an annual tradition... New sidescroll Castlevania every year...

kryptin
kryptin

great, Dawn of Sorrow is my favorite DS game and I hope this one is juat as good if not better.

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

I love my DS, and look forward to playing this on my Lite :)

meimnobody
meimnobody

Supercrap Dawn of Sorrow is still being sold at retail brand new. You should really shop online. Trama Center isn't out of print either. Bestbuy.com still has it. You can also still get the gba double pack of Castelvania Harmony of Dissoance and Aria of Sorrow.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Yes , Yes.... the sweet joy of playing another 2D Castlevania game. I can't wait. I'm just glad the 2D castlevania is still going strong. I was happy with DOS so I'll look forward to this one too. I which the artwork and portraits are changed back to the artworks of SOTN, HOD, and, AOS again. Oh well can't compalin though. Cheers to another fab Castlevania coming soon...