This is a video walkthrough / playthrough / runthrough / etc of the Game Boy Advance game Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. This is one of my favorite Castlevania games and I have played it many, many, many, many, many times on the different modes, so running through this game was more or less a piece of cake.
I am playing the normal mode, not any of the unlockable modes. Also, while I'm pretty sure I visit all the hidden rooms and get all the hidden items, I don't collect all the cards. I don't bother going out of my way to get the cards since it would take too long to try to grind for them all. Some combinations would have helped here or there, but they weren't needed.
Truth be told, I never really used the DSS system too much unless I'm playing the magician mode. I do just fine with the Venus/Salamander combo for boss fights. I will say I was lucky to have gotten the manticore card so I could fill up on hearts quicker before some boss fights. As for the second form of Dracula, I would have used the thunderbird summon had I bothered to try to get the Uranus/Thunderbird cards. However, I think I did just fine with the final boss fight.
Usually before I head into the arena, I like to at least acquire two double grips. I'm sure it would have taken quite a bit of time grinding for them, so I didn't bother. Thankfully I was able to get past some of the more difficult rooms without getting beat up too badly....Freaking minotaurs...