Castlevania bonus actually worth it

It's gotten to the point where we can't even walk to the mailbox without an EB Games employee asking us to pre-order a game or buy a strategy guide. Usually you can tune them out and politely say "Hell no," but when the incentive is as bad ass as the one for Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, there's no acceptable answer other than "please, may I order two?"

Those who dip into the vast well of this bonus will receive a 48-page art book, a soundtrack CD collecting some of the series' best music (which is worth the investment alone), a nifty case/stylus combo and, at long last, an official timeline poster that places all the games in the correct chronological order. Some games you won't find on the list: Circle of the Moon, Legacy of Darkness and Castlevania Legends. They've been stricken from the record.

Portrait of Ruin might end up being one of our favorite DS titles of the year - we'll know for sure when it ships in December. Until then, why not check out our extensive coverage of the title by clickinghere.

October 23, 2006