It's a truth universally acknowledged that the more titles you get on one videogame compilation, the crappier they're all going to be. In fact, besides Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES and some cassette we picked up for 99p in Asda featuring a pirate game for the ZX Spectrum +, we can't remember ever playing a decent compilation. Feel free to correct our flu-addled musings in the comments section below however, if you disagree.
Anyway, as if to flick a big spindly finger at the above paragraph, Konami's gone and announced that it will be launching a series of Double Packs for the GBA.
First on Konami's list, and set for release in February next year, is a rather splendid sounding bundle featuring both Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow from the very, very excellent Castlevania series. If you can't remember as far back as the original GBA's launch, Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow were the strange girly pastel follow-ups to Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, which was supposed to make up for the fact that a blind man could happily play the GBA original at the bottom of a quarry with the lights turned off without diminishing the quality of the experience.
Not-being-able-to-see-anything issues aside, both games are stunning, despite the fact they're getting on a bit and - what with the introduction of those glorious backlit GBA screens - you shouldn't have too much cause to squint any more.
If you like your quality whip-cracking, platforming action in delightful buxom pairs, then we'd highly recommend swiping the Double Pack when it hits stores next year. Unless Konami is planning on charging two million pounds for each copy, in which case we probably wouldn't bother.
Apparently there are more Double Pack announcements to come from Konami, but they're still all secret.