I'm playing it with my son and it's fun. It doesn't have the pacing of the other DS and GBA titles due to the multiplayer nature. I believe there is a demo. It's challenging and the Castlevania mechanics are flawless. The bosses are recycled from the previous games.
Definitely give the demo a shot. I'm more of a classic Castlevania guy myself too. It probably helps I have someone to play with. I grabbed a copy on both PS3 and X360. I didn't know the local coop was on PS3 before I bought it.
Funny I came to discussion to maybe post a castlevania Handheld thread. I've been playing the originals on my Xbox, Adventure, Belmont and Legends (there's a speed hack for all three, I usually play those versions for obvious reasons) but that's about the extent of my portable Castlevania knowledge. Love Adventure because of the music and nostalgia, Belmont's Revenge is just a great solid tittle on its own for a million reasons and Legends really isn't that bad at all. I very much enjoy the jumping mechanism in this one. Music leaves something to be desired but the gameplay, level design and rest are pretty solid. It snowed here today so instead of going to work I was going to explore the GBA Castlevania games in a little bit.
Been playing SCV IV on my Snes Mini. Hooked it up for the first time today. These graphics are fudging butt and half. Original cart on a CRT destroys these graphics as does running it on my modded Xbox. Was the same on street fighter and contra just horrible pixelation. I played with the fliter, still butt. Only game that had close to console graphics was link to the past. So far not at all impressed with the mini. SCV IV on the other hard is a joy. Less cheap than the nes games but also a little less alluring.
Hold off. I don't see it listed on the PS3 store. The listing I bought had yellow text detailing the additional content. I don't see that text now.
I might just be confused.
"The PlayStation Network release also contains Chapter 7, Julius Belmont and Yoko Belnades included with the full game, along with the exclusive feature that allows local multiplayer for up to four players."