Last week, news of a game called Castlevania: Mirror of Fate for the Nintendo 3DS had fans of the series (myself including) imagining a brand new 2D adventure for Nintendo's latest handheld. Perhaps if we had known the game's full name, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate, we would have known better.
According to news gathered via an early issue of the June Nintendo Power, Lords of Shadow developer MercurySteam is bringing that game's brand of 3D action combat to the 3DS. A list of bullet points over at GoNintendo detail a 3D combat system similar to the game's console predecessor, with close and long range attacks, grabs, secondary weapons, air juggles and an experience point system players can use to unlock new moves.
The article also mentions an appearance by Trevor Belmont, the member of the world's premiere vampire-hunting clan that first appeared in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. He'll bring his own version of the Combat Cross out to play.
Perhaps his appearance will make up for the disappointment over the 3D game reveal. Lords of Shadow wasn't a bad game. It's just not the Castlevania I was hungry for right now.