Castlevania, Contra, and Konami Arcade Retro Collections Coming This Year

Mar 20, 2019
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Konami’s back catalog of classic games is one of the most impressive there is, and yet, the company doesn’t do much to celebrate its old-school favorites. While companies like Sega, Nintendo, and Capcom re-release and repackage their classics constantly, Konami almost seems ashamed of theirs. So, it’s somewhat surprising to report that Konami is celebrating their 50th birthday with a series of new Anniversary Collection compilations.

Three collections will be released, focusing on Castlevania, Contra, and Konami’s early arcade games. They will each include 8 games, new “modern features,” and an eBook with information about the games and interviews with their developers. Each Anniversary Collection will cost $20 and only be available digitally. You can check out some of the games on the way, below.

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Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics

Konami starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle.

  • A-Jax (aka Typhoon)
  • Gradius
  • Gradius 2
  • Life Force
  • Thunder Cross
  • Scramble
  • TwinBee
  • Haunted Castle

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is designed to be a completed collection around the origins of the historic franchise. Included is a unique eBook that has details provided by developers, artists and other inspired by the Castlevania legacy.

  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
  • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • 4 more unannounced titles

Contra Anniversary Collection

Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of gamers. Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your gamer reaction skills to the test.

  • Contra
  • Super Contra
  • Super C
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • 4 more unannounced titles

Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics hits PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on April 18. The Castlevania and Contra compilations are scheduled to launch in “early summer.”

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