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Castlevania - Circle of The Realm

Hack of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin


Castlevania - Circle of The Realm is a ROM hack for Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (USA). Taking place 7 years after the event of Circle of the Moon, collect items, weapons and power-ups. Guide Nathan and Hugh to victory!

NOTE Patch the hack using a TRUSTED patching tool and ROMs (read the ROM/ISO information). Use a CLEAN Emulator to play the game without any trouble (recommended: MelonDS).


  • Custom characters (playable Hugh)
  • Custom stages
  • Custom enemies
  • Custom animations
  • Custom music and SFX
  • And more!


  • Version BETA 0.0.1

Played privately by JupiterClimb

  • Version OFFICIAL 1.0.0 (06/07/2022)

First major release.

  • Plans for the next update:

Fix most things that make people cry a lot. Us ROM hackers are also human beings, so of course there are a lot of oopsies in the game on the first release. We’re not professional either, bruh…

That being said, the next update will be huge. Only 2 or 3 people were involved in this new update because other devs deserved to do their thing. The next update will include the following:

  • Revamped weapons (sprites and damage balancing, etc.)
  • Finish up Fernandez’s mode (FERNANDEZ’S mode isn’t ready!)
  • More music, this hack will have its own original remixes (no music from other DSvania games, e.g “Riddle” from Order of Ecclesia)
  • Character portrait (people were complaining about it a lot)
  • Maybe… Just maybe… A custom-programmed thing?

Thanks for the current feedback, we’re still working on the update. Please have patience.

Check the Readme and the “Quality of Life Tips” files for more accessible gameplay. Otherwise, enjoy the game!

Big credits: Drameloch, Serio, Cyber Dragon10k, devilBelmont, EchidKnux and Donoforio.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Castlevania - Portrait of Ruin (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: DS (all) (v. 20210227-111036)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 382602E3615B2282EEAD584014125E71B5B0F033
  • File/ROM CRC32: 96DF4C4D



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Masked DededeHackingHacking, Story Revision, Beta Tester
Dev AnjHackingHelped with ASM
DeadSkullzJrHackingROM Enhancer, and cool dude
Fat T-800 Albert "Edvard"Original WorkCreator of Rondo of Ruin + Inspiration

User Review Information

Goes Above and Beyond The Grave

Reviewed By: RunningWild on 30 Apr 2023

First things first, I’ll say I previously played the Rondo Of Ruin hack for Portrait Of Ruin, which I had some mixed feelings about, but was a fairly entertaining hack overall that I enjoyed progressing through, although I found some parts quite rough. I was a bit skeptical over Circle Of The Realm which at first I thought was just going to be more of the same.

Actually ended up really surprising me. The quality of the new character custom portraits aside, I really liked what was done with both Nathan and Hugh working together, the duo truly feel very powerful, befitting of their status as veterans. Hugh in particular felt like a proper Warrior/Mage hybrid that executes both roles exceptionally well. Neither character felt particularly weaker than the other, if anything, both felt outright busted to me and I love it.

Although if I have one nitpick with the balancing, I think the gun weapons on Nathan are way too good, especially with their ability to pierce though multiple enemies and even through walls. Hugh on the other hand I had more fun with his weapon variety on top of his spell casting. I got way more mileage out of his offensive spells than I would normally with Charlotte in the normal game, being able to cast in mid-air is a huge game changer. Really dig that both characters get access to Maxim’s goodies straight out of Harmony as well, Nathan with his insane Shuriken, and Hugh with Maxim’s Sword. There’s just a ton of variety in how you can play both characters, and it really hits the sweet spot.

I also really enjoyed many of the new music remixes taken from Circle Of The Moon and other Classic Castlevania titles, and I like that the level layouts weren’t absolutely crazy like Rondo of Ruin’s, although some I felt were a bit too crowded with huge mobs resulting in some minor slowdown.

Finally, some of the new dialogue had me cackling, particularly Nathan making a threat to put the vampires into a grave, befitting of his family name. That had me rolling. Love it. However there were a few errors here and there, as well as descriptions of items like Cursed Robe that read “Second Paragraph” below its initial description. The script’s comedy has some charm to it in the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish, highly recommend this hack if you are looking for some quick goofs. It’s not a particularly challenging hack compared to Rondo Of Ruin, and it’s much easier than the original Portrait Of Ruin in the long run. The Whip’s memory was pretty frustrating, more so than the original games fight since far as I could tell, there’s no worthwhile weakness to net actual big damage numbers, so relying on more unconventional abilities to score damage like familiars began to look like an attractive approach to the fight.

Overall, very solid hack and I like it a lot.

Version 1.0.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
A Good Hack, if slightly BuggyTrue Hyper Sonic13 Mar 20231.0.0Yes
Mixed bag of feelings for a Circle of the Moon sequel.tvtoon04 Sep 20221.0.0Yes
A Great Hack with room for improvementCyiatic30 Jul 20221.0.0Yes
A hack with promise that needs more polishbubandbob16 Jul 20221.0.0No
The best Portrait of Ruin MOD everPersephone13 Jul 20221.0.0Yes
Instant classic PoR hackTheSoupCan10 Jul 20221.0.0Yes
Goes Above and Beyond The GraveRunningWild30 Apr 20231.0.0Yes