Best re-release of the year: Castlevania Advance Collection

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There are just a couple Nintendo Enthusiast game of the year awards left to cover! The award for best re-release goes to the Nintendo Switch game that really wowed us in terms of providing the best package of base game and extras.

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2021 best re-release winner: Castlevania Advance Collection

While the voting was close, the Castlevania Advance Collection narrowly edged out a victory. Though all of the nominees were excellent re-releases, it’s hard to compete against a package featuring not one, not two, but four classic Castlevania experiences. For someone like me who had never played the original releases, the added quality-of-life features (such as rewinding time and saving/loading at will) were instrumental. I’ve even played through each one a few times as there are numerous ways to experience the games in a new light on repeated runs!

While the games themselves are a major selling point, what truly helps this collection is that it offers a whole suite of extra features that Castlevania fans are sure to enjoy. There’s a gallery full of original, never-before-seen artwork, an encyclopedia containing valuable information on each game’s enemies, and my personal favorite, a music player to listen to each game’s soundtrack, complete with the ability to create your own playlist!

All of these features make this collection a treat both for existing fans of the franchise and newcomers that may have missed out on the original releases. For these reasons, Castlevania Advance Collection earns our best re-release of the year award at Nintendo Enthusiast in 2021!

Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for over five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning, writing fanfiction, or watching as much anime as he possibly can.