This is probably one to file under “rumour” for the time being but we’ve gotten wind from an anonymous source that Konami is currently working away on a Castlevania collection, which apparently will be released on the Wii and Sony PSP this year.
Details are predictably sketchy but it would appear that the disc-based compendium will feature all of the 8-bit and 16-bit instalments, and may even include the 32-bit Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
SotN is already available on Sony’s portable machine as part of Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, but the Wii release would mark the highly-esteemed title’s debut on Nintendo hardware. Rondo of Blood – which is expected on the Virtual Console soon – is also thought to be a possibility.
Sadly our source – who obviously wishes to remain nameless at this point in time – is under the impression that it is unlikely that the two Nintendo 64 games will feature on the collection. The three GBA adventures – and the trio of monochrome Game Boy titles – are also likely to be absent.
With the Hideo Kojima-helmed series reboot Castlevania: Lords of Shadow currently in production it would seem that Konami is keen to exploit the groundswell of attention surrounding its evergreen franchise in as many ways as possible, and a compilation of all the classic titles would certainly fit the bill.
The aforementioned 360 and PS3 action title is due for launch sometime in 2010, and we’d imagine that this collection - if it truly exists at all - will either coincide with that date or serve as a bite-sized (ahem) taster for those gamers unlucky enough to have never experienced the Belmont Saga previously.
When we’re able to get official confirmation we’ll naturally let all you lovely people know.