To gear up for Halloween I’ve been playing a few horror themed videogames. The first one I’ll talk about today is Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for the Game Boy Advance.
This will be my third time playing through the game and it will be the first time I play it on my DS Lite system (using the GBA slot). The other two times I played it on my regular Game Boy Advance system
The first time I played Castlevania: Circle of the Moon was in the Fall of 2001. That Fall was when I bought my Game Boy Advance system. I went to a Best Buy and bought the GBA system and I also bought three games for it. One of the games, of course, is Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. The other two games are Super Mario Advance (Super Mario 2) and Advance Wars.
I remember standing in that Best Buy store thinking to myself about whether or not I should buy Super Mario Advance, since I already owned Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES. In the end, I decided to get Super Mario Advance because I thought to myself, “How could I get a Nintendo system without getting a Mario game?” (haha)
While I still have Castlevania: Circle of the Moon and Super Mario Advance, I actually got rid of my unopened copy of Advance Wars shortly thereafter. A friend’s birthday was coming up and he really wanted that game. So I gave it to him as a birthday gift – I did this with the intention that I would buy another copy of Advance Wars for myself later on. Sadly, I didn’t end up buying it. But I did manage to play another friend’s copy for a few hours.
Anyway, shortly after buying my GBA, I remember talking to my brother about playing my GBA and a few days later he actually went out and bought a GBA system for himself, which kind of surprised me, since he wasn’t too big into videogames at that time.
Out of the three games I got, the first GBA game I played was Super Mario Advance. I beat it in two days (although I could have beat it in one day if I wanted to). The next GBA game I played was Castlevania: Circle of the Moon.
And man, I was extremely hooked on the game!
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on the Playstation is one of my favorite games of all time and I had always wanted to play a sequel to that game. So while Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is not a sequel to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, in my mind, it was the closest thing to being a sequel, with the “Metroidvania” gameplay style.
Like I said, I was hooked on the Castlevania; Circle of the Moon. I loved every minute playing it. I remember going home from school and, unless I had chores or homework to do, the first thing I did was play Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. I would play it for a few hours just about everyday until I beat it.
The second time I played through the game was a few years later.
As for the other two Castlevania GBA games, I’ve only played through Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance once and I haven’t played very much of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Maybe in the future, when I get to play those two games more, I’ll have more fondness towards these games.
But right now, Castevania: Circle of the Moon is my favorite GBA Castlevania game. And playing through it a third time, the game is just as fun and addicting to play as it was back in 2001.