Australian Classification has offered up a PG rating for an unannounced Konami game titled Castlevania Anniversary Collection. In this case, PG means “Not recommended for children under 15; may contain material which some children find confusing or upsetting,” so it’s the equivalent of an ESRB Teen rating. That means virtually any of the 2D titles could be in this mystery collection, and/or maybe 3D titles prior to Lords of Shadow.
I don’t know about you, but I’m psyched by the possibilities here. There are a thousand great Castlevania games (uh, figuratively speaking) that are worth putting together in a collection. The original trilogy on the NES is classic. Super Castlevania IV and Dracula X were deeply beloved on SNES. Symphony of the Night is worshiped by many, of course.
And then there are the portable games! Good lord, there are so many awesome flavors of Castlevania available on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, to say nothing of the other portable options. I would be thrilled if this were even just a collection of the GBA and DS games. Circle of the Moon and Order of Ecclesia are titles that deserve to be played by a new audience.
I find it more unlikely that PlayStation 2’s Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness will make the jump, as both games received M ratings in the past, but I’d be happy to see them come back too. I enjoyed both of them quite a bit. In fact… I never realized what a big fan of this franchise I am until today!
Let us know what you hope to see in Castlevania Anniversary Collection in the comments!
(Also, if you’re interested — and I’m sure you are — Australian Classification rated an unannounced Konami 50th Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics last week too.)