Konami boxes DS Castlevania

Publisher's preorder incentive for Portrait of Ruin includes 20th-anniversary series soundtrack, art book, poster, game case, and extendable stylus.

Like an undead bloodsucker with an unquenchable thirst for blood, so, too, do some hardcore gamers have an unquenchable thirst for preorder knickknacks. To help bolster preorders of its upcoming DS game Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Konami announced an array of giveaways for those who put money down in advance for the game at GameStop, EB Games, and GameCrazy stores around the country.

Box o' Schwag.

When those who preorder the game go to pick it up, they will receive a limited edition, wax-sealed box that contains a 48-page art book and a soundtrack CD, both of which pull their content from numerous games throughout the series' 20-year history. In addition, the box set will include an extendable Castlevania stylus, a game case that comfortably holds Portrait of Ruin and the first DS Castlevania game, Dawn of Sorrow, and a timeline poster to settle debates over key events in the series' chronology.

Portrait of Ruin puts players in control of vampire hunter Jonathan Morris and the magically adept Charlotte Orlean, with the ability 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 promising more than 100 different enemies and bosses on which to try out all those weapons and abilities.

Portrait of Ruin is rated T for Teen and will retail for $34.99 when it is released this December.

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Discussion

143 comments
undox
undox

I only reserve a game when they give me some sort of incentive without any extra cost. With this much incentive, I am headed to GameStop as soon as possible.

whipcracker
whipcracker

well i guess i should make sure im getting that since i pre ordered it from eb.......

_Sam_
_Sam_

looks pretty good

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

Scrumptrulescent! I loathe pre-ordering anything, but lately, the developers seem to really be making it worth my while. I hope this trend extends through the market and we come to see all major releases offering these kind of incentives.

Rayterd
Rayterd

Definitely a worthwhile pre-order. Hope they have the Lost Village song from Dawn of Sorrow on the soundtrack CD!

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

"CarlosVR2 Is there a way to preorder this game online and have all that great items? The news note just mentions brick-and-mortar s" You could go thru Gamestop or EB's website, I might try that myself.

chicken008
chicken008

Whooo! I pre-ordered back in Sept.

MavZero
MavZero

Today I read on the german GamePro site that Konami plans to release a Limited Edition in Europe too. Contents are most probably the same as this preorder package (soundtrack, poster and special box were mentioned). Most probably more expensive than the normal version, but earlier (24th November) and still cheaper than importing with 20$ shipping + taxes... go Konami :)

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Looks like a great pre-order package. I need to go put my $5 down.

Prince0fAngels
Prince0fAngels

I want to pre-order this, but EBgames NEVER has the special items that come along with my pre-orders. [boycotts that stupid store]

Reno35xbl
Reno35xbl

Well done Konami for doing this the Castlevania Series are always Appreciated in my book and this is a early Christmas Gift for the fans from Konami.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Only the good games get the boxes. The PSP has not had any games that ae worthy of boxes like this. Daxter should have got.. a special fly swater.. Boxes like this are the only thing that gets me to buy games they day they are out anymore.

CarlosVR2
CarlosVR2

Is there a way to preorder this game online and have all that great items? The news note just mentions brick-and-mortar stores.

PringerOtaku
PringerOtaku

Gonna hook myself up with 2 pre-order bonuses, one to keep, one to collect. This is a very nice pre-order bonus. Props to Konami.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

eek...that stuff is probably worth about $20 by itself...that's a good deal even if they charge $5 more than other stores.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

nice! when will they have a super castlevania mega duper one box under the sun collectors edition?

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Awesome. Konami is cool for not adding extra for the sake of more money. Maybe other greedy companies can show gamers some "real" love.

sigma8
sigma8

Extendable stylus, too? WTF konami? Will the next game include a car as a preorder incentive?

necrophilissimo
necrophilissimo

Whoa! I'm so used to next-gen prices already I nearly had a stroke when I saw this collector's edition beauty priced only $35.

Dualmask
Dualmask

This is the first preorder package I've seen in ages that I actually really, truly want. I haven't preordered a game since Zelda OoT on N64, but this one might be next on the list. I'd love to see that artbook...and that extendable stylus.

U1
U1

Thank you very much blacktorn, I didn't know that either, now I can get my hands on this preorder! They'll never bother doing the same thing in the UK so it's worth snapping up! My only concern is what the box will look like when it gets here, if they don't use a bubblewrapped box, it's going to arrive with dents and rips in it.

ThePhilatron
ThePhilatron

Aside from Ocarina of Time Master Quest, that's the best preorder deal I've ever seen

LAZZOR
LAZZOR

That's an awesome deal.

blacktorn
blacktorn

Yaye i never new gamestop delevered to england.I just made an gamestop account to pre-order this.If your from the uk the shipping price is $15.99.The game is $40.So it's $56 which converts to £29.9503.Which is the normal rrp price here,although i get my games from play.com which are £25.Also remember your bank will charge you for converting the $ into £.It will be around £1-3 or so.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Holy frick, that is one sweet preorder deal.

Buffulor
Buffulor

why cant we get stuff like this in europe, i may have to import this badboy

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

man, now THAT is how to do a preorder. kudos to konami. too bad i'll be missing out :( (cause i hate paying full price for a game :))

venus577
venus577

All this for a DS game?!?! I'm glad I have one then. Totally pre-ordered.

vyilm
vyilm

*sigh* I'm afraid I can already tell the answer, but any chance we'll see this in Europe? At all? Pretty please?

Dante200X
Dante200X

Nice! I love the soundtrack and the timeline thingy looks interesting. That being said, i won't be buying this game for i do not have a ds and am not planing on getting one anytime soon (even if these two Castlevania games look great).

gwarlito
gwarlito

Was going to get it the first day it came out anyways, now I'm going to EB tomorrow to get this sweet packaged handout!!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

You lucky Yanks. Curse me for being in the UK.

I_Stole_the_Tv
I_Stole_the_Tv

No problem, I just wanted to clarify where I was coming from. I just haven't really enjoyed many other DS games I've played, which is why I made the statement. Some are quite good like Trauma Center, Phoenix Wright, and Lost In Blue but they are quite short and don't have very long lasting appeal for me after I played through them once. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows and Advance Wars: Dual Strike, to a much lesser degree, are the only games on the system I keep coming back to. The system so far just disappoints me compared to the GBA. And congrats to you on your Altered Beast icon, that game is awesome.

Lobezno_D
Lobezno_D

Like everyone here, I'm sure we'd love to get our hands on this game the all the goodies from the preorder box. Major kudos to Konami for releasing bonus box here in the U.S. at all. I'm hopeful that eventually we will get a true update to C: SotN, since all current next gen developers seem to have a bias against 2-D. Thank Jeebus for the DS and the rest of the portables for pocket sized Castlevania fun. And now for another matter.... to reply to I_Stole_the_TV; dude everyone is entitled to an opinion and we are all free to express them. However, let me retort to your response to my comments, you wrote.... "I guess me saying that Castlevania is a reason to own the DS, means I'm insulting the series? I fail to follow that logic, but I'll try harder next time." I apologize if you got your feathers ruffled bub, but when I see, "Castlevania, the only real reason to own a DS." It kind of strikes me as a fanboyish statement; but now that you claim to "own every system" it paints a different picture. It seemed like you were saying that Castlevania is the only "real reason to own a DS". Your words sound like your excluding the other titles in the library...which is down right foolish. But now that you have enlightened me with your reponse I can feel better about what I stated and how it was received. Congrats on the preorder, and your new found "Castlvania fanboy" status. Happy gaming :)

usagi704
usagi704

Sold! This is a freakin' awesome pre-order bonus! I would have been excited by just the soundtrack, but man, this is way above and beyond most pre-order bonuses!

btnheazy03
btnheazy03

FREAKING HELL *GOES OUT TO CAMP OUTSIDE EB GAMES*

LoserMike
LoserMike

YAY!!!! I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!!!!

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Very nice. I wish more US publishers would take notice and add more extras like this. Japan has long gotten some excellent Special Edition extras in games. It sure beats the heck out of the standard metal case and 'making of' videos that normally accompany games in the U.S.