Konami is all about Castlevania this month on the Wii U. The Super Nintendo game Castlevania: Dracula X can now be picked up on the Virtual Console, and the first Game Boy Advance game, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, will be released next week on Oct. 9.
Following suit, Konami has confirmed that Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, the second game in the Game Boy Advance series, will be released on Oct. 16.
I am not the biggest fan of this game, though. Konami made some really great choices graphically to adhere to the Game Boy Advance’s limited power, and it is the only game in the entire handheld series that stars a Belmont as the main protagonist.
However, I’ve always found its RPG elements to be a little bare and the castle exploration to be a little obtuse. There is a lot of backtracking in this game, which goes against the natural flow of some of the more focused entries in the series, and its dual castle system only complicates things more. Most fans also agree that the musical score is one of the worst in the series.
Konami hadn’t quite mastered the Game Boy Advance at this point, and the impressive graphics forced the music to be too heavily compressed for the sake of saving space on the cartridge.
In spite of that, plenty of fans still love Harmony of Dissonance. It’s not an awful video game by any means, and I, for the sake of completion, would recommend it. Maybe you’ll be able to have fun where I never could. However, if we are to follow this pattern of Castlevania releases in October, it would mean that Aria of Sorrow would be next in the Game Boy Advance series, and that game is a bona fide masterpiece on every level.
It’s already been rated for release in some countries, and I don’t see any reason for Konami not to re-release it alongside its brethren. Save your pennies for that instead.