This year, Konami are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and since those have been quite the rage lately, they decided to release not one, but three collections of retro games on Nintendo Switch. Introducing the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection, and Contra Anniversary Collection!
All 3 collections will be released exclusively via the Nintendo eShop (no retail release planned; stand-alone or as a bundle). The first one is the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, and it will be released next month on April 18th worldwide. It will cost 19.99 € / $19.99 / 3 000 Yen. The other two will be released in early Summer.
Here’s details about each collection:
Konami – Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection
This collection includes 8 games, but also an in-game Bonus Book with concept sketches.
- HAUNTED CASTLE
- TYPHOON (also known as A-JAX)
- NEMESIS (also known as Gradius)
- VULCAN VENTURE (also known as Gradius II)
- LIFE FORCE (also known as Salamander)
- THUNDER CROSS
Konami – Castlevania Anniversary Collection
Includes at least 4 games (more to be announced at a later date), along with an in-game Bonus Book including early developer notes, and an interview with Adi Shankar (producer of the Netflix animated series).
- Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
- Super Castlevania IV
- Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge
Konami – Contra Anniversary Collection
Includes at least 4 games (more to be announced at a later date), but also an in-game Bonus Book with details about the history of the series.
- CONTRA (arcade version)
- SUPER CONTRA (arcade version)
- Super C
- Contra III: THE ALIEN WARS
Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (Switch – eShop) comes out on April 18th worldwide.
Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection (Switch – eShop) comes out in Early Summer worldwide. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!