Van Helsing Stakes the GBA
By James Brightman of Gamerfeed
Published March 31, 2004

Everyone's favorite vampire hunter is coming to Nintendo's handheld in addition to the previously announced console versions.

Handheld gamers with a taste for adventure can stand toe-to-toe with the fiercest monsters in cinematic history with the announcement of Van Helsing for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance, based on the highly-anticipated film from Universal Pictures. Van Helsing, the new epic action-adventure film from writer-director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns), draws inspiration from the studio's classic horror properties and introduces Van Helsing, Bram Stoker's fabled monster hunter, who is summoned to a distant Eastern European land on a quest to vanquish evil. The film stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men, Swordfish, Kate & Leopold) and Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor) and opens nationwide May 7, 2004 release.

"Van Helsing for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance offers players a wild adventure filled with frightening creatures, furious combat and daring escapes," said Luc Vanhal, VU Games' North American President & COO. "With legendary characters like Dracula and The Frankenstein Monster as well as action-packed hand-to-hand and ranged combat, Van Helsing is a must-have for fans of handheld action gaming."

In the game, players take control of Van Helsing as he attempts to put a stop to Dracula's evil scheme and destroy the dark creatures that inhabit the ancient land of Transylvania. Over the course of their crusade, players will travel through 10 supernatural environments such as a haunted forest, Castle Frankenstein, Castle Dracula and ominous caverns. Armed with an arsenal of deadly weapons including a grappling hook, pistols, tojo blades, a crossbow and an electric gun, players will tangle untold fiends and evil minions including the legendary dark prince Dracula as well as his brides, The Wolf Man, the Frankenstein Monster and Mr. Hyde to name a few. Additionally, players will be able to utilize Van Helsing's signature grappling hook to escape impending doom and pull creatures within melee range.

Van Helsing for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance has been rated "T" for teen by the ESRB and will be available on May 7th for a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information, log on to