2021 may just be the year of Metroidvania, and not for the reasons you think. The Nintendo E3 Direct earlier this week revealed the existence of the first 2D Metroid game in almost 20 years, Metroid Dread, and now (via the RPG site) we can have ourselves a release of the Game Boy Advance Castlevanias.
On June 18, 2021, Konami registered the title “Castlevania Advance Collectionwith the Australian Classification Council, which, of course, means that it has also appeared to the public (thank you, Australian government!). The author is given as ‘M2’, a Japanese studio whose work includes the 3D classics in Nintendo 3DS, u Castlevania Birthday Collection, and u Anniversary Collection on Switch.
It is relatively safe to assume that the Castlevania Advance Collection will include the three Game Boy Advance games that have been left out of the Anniversary Collection: Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Air of Sorrow. It could also feature some other titles, but the “Advancement” in the title is certainly more inclined towards the Game Boy era.
Castlevania Advance Collection seems to be destined for release on a multiple platform as well, so it will likely arrive on Switch as well as for PC, Xbox and PS4.
Who knows when we’ll hear more, though! Keep your ears on the ground, and make sure you treat your GBA well, or Konami might change your mind.