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Rumour: Castlevania Title in Development for 3DS

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Could be called Mirror of Faith/Fate

The Castlevania franchise has been prolific on Nintendo's handhelds, with six titles evenly split between Game Boy Advance and DS. It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if Konami was planning a new entry for the series on 3DS, and in typical pre-E3 fashion a rumour has emerged online.

The story has appeared on Dutch website n1ntendo.nl, which admits that it knows little about whether Castlevania: Mirror of Faith would be a 2D title like its handheld predecessors, or a 3D adventure. It's claimed that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow producer David Cox, of Spanish studio MercurySteam, is working on the project. There have been rumours in the past of a follow-up to the Xbox 360 and PS3 title, though whether a potential offering on 3DS would be a sequel or spin-off — either in a 2D or 3D style — is up for debate.

Although it's only a rumour, there appears to have been some interesting back and forth between n1ntendo.nl and Konami. After first publishing the story it was then taken down, with the site claiming that Konami had requested that it go offline due to inaccuracies in the reported name and an upcoming E3 announcement. The site has now re-posted the story claiming that its initial report was correct and is choosing to ignore Konami, based on finding some registered web URLs supporting the fact that the project could be called Mirror of Fate, after all.

If it's true that Konami attempted to stop the story for fear of spoiling an E3 reveal then this rumour may have some merit, though we still suggest taking it with a pinch of salt.

[via n1ntendo.nl, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (47)

Volmun

#3

Volmun said:

pleas PLEAS not another Castlevania: Lords of Shadow i could not stand its liner game play.. 8/ its a pitty i luved the story to it and the charikters but the game play was just so awful it just felt like it was triying to be some sort of God Of War wanabe 8( i dont even like GoW 8/

Wildfire

#4

Wildfire said:

If this is true my 3DS is more than ready!
It would be nice if they went back to it's roots of action/adventure for a change, I'm a bit tired of the "metroidvania" formula on Castlevania.
Either way bring it on Konami!

Donjwolf

#6

Donjwolf said:

I hope it's better than OoE. Didn't like that much. Don't really want a 3D Castlevania either.

Palom

#8

Palom said:

The GBA and NDS had three Metroidvanias each, so I'm hoping for anything BUT that. Preferably a classic style like CV4 or ReBirth.

Rensch

#9

Rensch said:

The DS and GBA ones were really good so please don't hestitate...

CapnPancakes

#10

CapnPancakes said:

Castlevania is best in 2D and the 3DS could do some fantastic spritework. Who else want it to be a classic platformer? Nothing wrong with the Metroidvania style, but i'd love to see Castlevania return to it's roots.

V8_Ninja

#12

V8_Ninja said:

It will be revealed, and then completely forgotten about until launch day by Konami themselves because Konami doesn't know how to market anything. Case in point; Silent Hill: Book Of Memories. Never heard of it? That's because Konami has literally done nothing to promote the game.

Henmii

#13

Henmii said:

Ah, finally! Recently I downloaded some Castlevania's from the Wii-shop, and it's fun stuff! But those are from the old, lineair style. I guess I would like the Metroid-styled ones even better, so I am looking forward to this upcoming title. I guess it's a sidescroller (not a free-roaming 3D Castlevania), with 3D effects of course!

MeloMan

#14

MeloMan said:

It's funny, I've been on top of playing each 2D Castlevania as they came, and due to odd circumstances, I didn't have the chance to finish C:OoE and am having a devil of a time tracking it back down. And now a new 2D Castlevania is upon us... great...

ouroborous

#15

ouroborous said:

GBA and DS Castlevania's have just gotten better and better ever since Aria of Sorrow. Proving that the Symphony of the Night formula is an eternally winning way to go. Fingers crossed, but 2D or 3D, original or spin-off/sequel, I expect I'll be pretty happy. It's about time there was another Castlevania hand held game, and it's about time there was one at all on 3DS.

DamoAdmin

#16

Damo said:

Hearing conflicting reports on this so far...some people insist that IGA is involved, while others say it's another outsourced CV, like Lords of Shadow (which wasn't bad at all, but just didn't feel like it belonged in the series).

I personally hope it's a 2D Metroidvania, because the GBA and DS titles are some of my favourite games of the past ten years. In fact, hearing this news has inspired me to re-purchase the DS trilogy. Such a fine trio of titles! More like this please, but with cool 3D effects.

Torchwood

#17

Torchwood said:

I've actually never played a Castlevania, I just don't like Metroidvania mazes. But if this game is a good mix of linear and mazelike gameplay, I'll be sure to try it out!
If it's real, of course...

Hokori

#18

Hokori said:

Not a rumor Konami announced it at E3 2010, along with Contra and MGS.
Also Square announced a FF and DQ game for the DQ game I'm guessing it's a remake of 7. As for castlevania I want it to be symphony of the night

DraculaX

#19

DraculaX said:

@Volmun Yep, I thought the same thing. Not that there is anything wrong with that type of gameplay, it just did not feel like a Castlevania game.

Well since it is a handheld it will most likely be 2D. Also, I'm hoping Leon Belmont will be in this one, but I think Konami already forgot that character exists.

thanos316

#20

thanos316 said:

castlevania games on the ds was very good. im sure this will be officially announced soon, maybe even at e3. lets hope they make good use of 3d in this game.

XyNo

#21

XyNo said:

When are they gonna do the Castlevania with Julius Belmont !!! Every time I see there is a new Castlevania in developpement, I always crossed my fingers for this one to come but no, it's never this one...
I wanna see the real death of Dracula in 1999...
Castlevania is no real Belmont anymore (and don't say the name Gabriel Belmont...please !!!)

mamp

#22

mamp said:

This reminds me was there ever an order of ecclasia review here? Off to look.

komicturtle

#24

komicturtle said:

Hope it's 2D. I loved Lament of Innocence for PS2 being that it was the first Castlevania game I played, but I really liked the DS game "Portrait of Ruin".

shinobi88

#25

shinobi88 said:

There are no rumors in 2012. Every rumor has 99% accuracy unless it's april fool's day.

shonenjump86

#29

shonenjump86 said:

I kinda liked Lords of Shadows, so I would not mind if a game like that it's the 3DS. I do prefer 2D Castlevania games over it though. Order of Ecclesia sequel would be nice.

paburrows

#30

paburrows said:

I really hope that it IS another Metroidvania type game, its been a few years and we need a few more!

WolfRamHeart

#31

WolfRamHeart said:

I actually liked Lord of Shadows but I would much rather see a new 2D Metroidvania on the 3DS. I think it is a much better fit for a portable system.

@XyNo: I agree, I have been waiting for Konami to make a game that stars Julius Belmont and shows us exactly how that final battle with Dracula in 1999 went down. It would have to be really epic though considering that is supposedly the end of Dracula. ;)

WhiteTrashGuy

#32

WhiteTrashGuy said:

@Volmun
It was the other way around for me with LoS. It was like a 3D throwback to the 8-bit glory days. It was that final cinematic that did me in. Felt like INTERVIEW WITH THE SOUL REAVER. Of course I liked CASTLEVANIA 64... Regardless CoM on GBA is my favorite so 2D or 3D, this will be a pre-order.

chiptoon

#33

chiptoon said:

Gotta say I loved Lords of Shadow. That format would possibly not work so well on 3ds, but I really loved it. The gameplay reminded me of a beat-em -up version of Other M, which I also loved.

retro_player_22

#34

retro_player_22 said:

Yes more Castlevania for 3DS are always welcome, I love the handheld GB (except The Adventure), GBA, and DS Castlevania titles.

C-Olimar

#35

C-Olimar said:

Never played Castlevania, but I may try this out if it's good. I did have Bugs Bunny in the Crazy Castle mind - that was based off Castlevania, right?

LEGEND_MARIOID

#39

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

The more reliable twitter source (video game journos) suggest its also lined up for the Wii U and that it may be more than just a rumour

Expa0

#45

Expa0 said:

Dear spanish developers.

Do whatever you want with the crappy 3D castlevanias. BUT keep your filthy hands off my Metrodvania! We don't need another classic series destroyed.

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