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45. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
GameBoy Advance (2001)

Funny story: So when I originally picked the game up back in 2001, I quickly opened it in the car to immediately begin playing... only to find that instead of the game cartridge, there were two packets of Taco Bell hot sauce (game was "brand new" and shrink wrapped). So the game was quickly replaced with an actual cartridge and things went along their merry way. But on a serious note, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon is an important game for me. It was me taking a chance on a game and franchise I wasn't familiar with, and it paid off big time. This gothic action-horror franchise took my imagination to new heights with incredible atmosphere, amazing music, beautiful sprite graphics, a plethora of gruesome monsters to battle, and always-satisfying fast paced action gameplay. I've been hooked ever since, and have become a huge fan of Koji Igarashi's Castlevania titles, playing each and every one (Despite the fact that Koji wasn't part of this game's development). Unfortunately, the franchise is moving on from Iga, but I'll forever be grateful for all those wonderful games.