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Best Nintendo Games – #49 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate

Developer: MercurySteam

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Synopsis: After Gabriel Belmont’s tumultuous journey in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate serves as a bridge game to tie it to the sequel. You’ll take on the roles of Gabriel, Simon, Trevor, and Alucard as you learn about the complex connections between them and their unique roles in bringing down the darkness of Dracula and those associated with him. As a 3DS game, Mirror of Fate is more closely tied to the 2D platforming stylings of older Castlevania games, though its combat brings forward some of the innovations from Lords of Shadow.

Why It’s One Of The Best Nintendo Games: Mirror of Fate was hit or miss for many. Some regarded it as a Chain of Memories style handheld bridge game that didn’t add anything necessary to the plot and did so with weird gameplay. But we loved it, finding the mesh of old and new Castlevania mechanics refreshing at a time when everything was going full 3D. The story with its multiple perspectives led us on a fascinating journey to see how everything connected and helped gear us up for Lords of Shadow 2. Sure, it was an unexpected piece of the Castlevania reboot, but we dig it.