Gossip surrounding the new Castlevania game have finally been clarified. Yes, Castlevania: Judgement for the Nintendo Wii is going to be a 3D fighter, featuring familiar faces from the series.
French video game and media magazine JeuxFrance.com published a brief article introducing the game and included a number of image scans credited to someone called "Blissteria" (the name also appears in a GoNintendo post).
Based on a rough translation through Google, we know that Dracula, Simon, Alucard, Shanoa, and Maria Renard will be in Judgement, and the game utilizes various weapons and spells that Castlevania fans might have seen in the past. The fighting environments will be "destructable" and "monsters may even come to interfere fighting." The article also states that gamers may connect their Wii to the DS and unlock characters for Judgement through the series' DS title Castlevania: Order of Eccelsia. There may also be online play.
While clicking through the images, there appears to be something off about the characters. It looks like Ayami Kojima's designs have been tweaked and altered for this game. They bear some resemblance to her original designs, if you follow the series, but there's definitely something amiss here. Rumors of a new character designer are floating all over the place, and all signs are now pointing to Takeshi Obata of Death Note fame.