GameSpy writes: "There's no doubt that the Castlevania series is among the most persistent franchises in the gaming industry, but with roots going back to the early years of the Nintendo Entertainment System, it hasn't always been the most prolific. Yet the Nintendo GBA and DS have seen the most Castlevania releases since the era of the original NES, so even with such a long history of mostly-awesome games, there's still the possibility of stagnation. Into this critical situation Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is about to be thrust, and it must tread a careful path between offering enough new gameplay twists to maintain interest while still providing a good base of classic 2D platforming mechanics to satisfy longtime fans of the series."
-Classic 2D platform-jumping gameplay
-New glyph system
-Risk of "classic" gameplay becoming stale over the long haul