The rumor mill is likely to continue churning out potential surprises at an alarming rate as E3 2012 draws ever closer. Just last week we learned of a possible crossover between Star Fox and Metroid, two of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. Now it seems another series might be making its return as rumors have begun to swirl regarding two new Castlevania games – one for Wii U, and another for the 3DS.

This rumor comes once again from the Paul Gale Network, the same placeĀ PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was originally revealed, along with the pipe dream that Fox McCloud and Samus Aran might team up to defeat Andross.

According to the source, Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, a brand new 2D side-scroller for the 3DS, has been in production for about a year and a half. There will be two playable characters, along with cooperative play, along with interaction between the 3DS and Wii U. The game’s name directly relates to the primary puzzle solving mechanic that will be implemented – the forward facing camera on the 3DS will act as a mirror, and the rear facing cameras will be necessary as well.

Apparently the original plan to release Mirror of Fate on the Wii U alongside the portable version was eventually scrapped in favor of a multi-platform sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Lords of Shadow 2, providing it exists, will be made available for the Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS Vita. Considering Mirror of Fate will only be on 3DS though, there will likely be exclusive features to connect the two titles on the Wii U release of Lords of Shadow 2.

Finally, we are told to expect playable versions of both titles at E3 next month. Unlike the Star Fox – Metroid: Fusion Saga rumor, this reveal has been in the works for quite some time. Whether factual or not, the biggest week for gaming all year is right around the corner, and a new Castlevania game would certainly be a welcome announcement.

How do you feel about the rumored Castlevania games? Do you think Fox, Samus, and the Belmont family will all be making their return this year? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Paul Gale Network