Konami 50th Anniversary Arcade Classics, Castlevania, and Contra Collections announced for Switch

The history of Konami in multiple collections

Dive back into the action!

In celebration with the 50th anniversary since Konami was founded, this Anniversary Collection series highlights many of the iconic arcade games and classic console titles that have been loved by fans throughout the years, and are made available on many of the latest platforms. From the shooters to action, these collections are packed with beloved titles that are simple to play and yet addicting to the core.

Konami welcomes everyone, from those who were glued to their CRT TVs or the arcade machines back in the day to first-time players, to enjoy a part of our history. All collections will be digital-exclusive and can be downloaded from the various online stores. We give our utmost gratitude to each and every fan from all over the world for playing our games throughout the years!

Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics – April 18 for $19.99 (digital-only)

It all began here…

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. Experience these Konami classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features.

Game List

Haunted Castle (1998)
Typhoon (A-JAX) (1987)
Nemesis (Gradius) (1985)
Vulcan Venture (Gradius II) (1988)
Life Force (Salamander) (1986)
Thunder Cross (1988)
Scramble (1981)
TwinBee (1985, Japan-exclusive)

Bonus Book – Also includes a bonus eBook packed with new information about the titles, including interviews with the development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public!

Game Showcase & Design Documents – Numerous hand-drawn sketches and concept design sheets.

Special Selection of Musical Scores – Hand-written scores of several original game music.

Development Team Interview – Discover behind-the-scenes stories from designer and programmer.

Castlevania Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

Classics that defined the Castlevania series.

The first Konami Castlevania 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.

Released as part of the Konami 50th Anniversary celebration, now the best time to relive these timeless classics that helped define the platformer genre.

Game List

Castlevania (1987, NES)
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES)
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991, Game Boy)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES, 1991)
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Bonus Book – Coming Soon

Contra Anniversary Collection – Early Summer 2019 (digital-only)

The originator of the run-and-gun genre.

The 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.

Alone or with a friend, Contra provides hours of nail biting action. In a pinch; make sure you know the code!

Game List

Contra (1987, Arcade)
Super Contra (1988, Arcade)
Super C (1990, NES)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992, SNES)
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Bonus Book – Coming Soon

Oh man, these seem like they could be some really fun collections. I can't wait to see what other games are hiding in these collections!

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!


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"Digital only" made me soft

Hopefully they get some of the portable games into those collections but I won't hold my breath. They'd have to do more than a little work to adapt the dual screen games - I don't think Konami cares to make that kind of effort.

I mean it'll probably be a better investment than trying to ape a tired genre like they did with Metal Gear Survive. Kind of a shame since the DS games were very good. Especially Order of Ecclessia which I suppose a lot of people haven't tried (also considering Bloodstained kinda looks like a spiritual sequel to that game).

Honestly I don't expect any of the Iga games to get love here. But maybe the Rebirth games have a chance. It would be nice for those ones to escape the prison of the now dead Wii shop.

"The first Konami Castlevania Collection", eh?
I likes the sound of that...!

Saw the Arcade list....not one interests me...a shame, but expected as much as most my fave arcade games are later then those ones....though waiting for the remaining reveals on the Castlevania collection.

I wet my pants at this, this is so fucking exciting for me.I love arcade gems, so that makes the first one an insta buy, and the CV compilation has GB II which is SUPER Obscure and a must own, can't wait to play that one. (hoping it has REBIRTH or Bloodlines as well)

The Contra one is the most eh since they include Arcade Super Contra and Contra III which aren't really good, but Operation C and Hard Corps still have a shot at being included so I'll keep an eye out.

"Digital only" made me soft

This is why we can’t have a real Virtual Console. Sigh.

Fuck yeah, Castlevania my shit right up.

inb4 Konami loses the emulation code for all of their games.

One of those "Coming Soon" titles for the Castlevania collection had better be The New Generation or I'm gonna flippin' riot. 😒

oh so haunted castle sounds interesting .
Come on contra rebirth , that hardcorps made by the guilty gear guys , contra 4 ds, hardcorps genesis those four would be great... so i'm sure some polygonals contra stuff are going to be in instead lol

well at least there's a chance for castlevania rebirth or driiftmania and others

Am I the only one here who wants Symphony of the Night to be one of the Castlevania titles?

Absolutely not the only one.

IMO it'd be a little odd (even by Konami standards) to sell a collection of 2 games for the same price that they're selling a collection of 8 games that also includes one or both of the games in the first collection.

(As much as I like SOTN I'd humbly prefer instead games that isn't already available on current gen hardware like Castlevania X68000 and the Rebirth version of Adventure.)

I completely get what you're saying. I think SOTN is PS4 exclusive, so I guess we'll never get that game on a Nintendo platform now...

Looking forward to see what the other 4 Castlevania titles are.

I suppose it could be:

Rondo of Blood

Though I wonder if Sony have them under a contract since that other set had Rondo and SOTN.

Probably Simon's Quest and Dracula X rather than RoB and SotN, since those two were just released in a collection.

Should have had rondo of blood there.

But who am I kidding? It's still f*** Konami right everyone?

After having a lot of fun playing as Richter in Ultimate, it will be really cool to play the source games!

Well the only way they can make up for no Symphony is by including the DS games. I don't even know how they would do that since it's obviously just a quick cash grab port and they're not going to bother with thinking of something to emulate the two screens of the DS even though there are definitely easy solutions.

So in short, I have no hope for this being any good.

With four games left, well five since we're obviously getting rid of the GB one, they would need Bloodlines, Adventure Rebirth, Rondo of Blood, Symphony of the Night and Order of Ecclesia. That the would be the real must-buy list.

Instead of that they will keep SotN and RoB exclusive to PS and not even bother thinking of something to port the best game in the series which in my rather informed opinion is OoE. And also they will forget Adeventures Rebirth even exist. Maybe we'll get Bloodlines if we're lucky. My prediction is actually some GBA games, possibly Circle of the Moon which is good and for some reason left a good impression but like all GBA efforts, has been more than obliterated by the DS ones. I can also see them adding Vampire's Kiss to add insult to injury and also maybe Harmony of Dissonance since it's basically just a very pale copy of SotN. I could also see them including stuff like Kid Dracula because it's cute/fun and very often cute/fun serves as a good excuse to including filler in this kind of collections. And finally because it's Konami, they will then be surprised that everyone think the collection is crap.

Yup. I'll be patiently waiting for Bloodstained, thanks.

According to Twitter this is just the first Castlevania collection and it's supposed to cover the franchise's origins.

Granted it's Konami so for all we know they could do anything including stick us with Judgement/Harmony of Despair/the 2 Lord of Shadow games (~_~)

But if we take them at their word it would at least match up with the sort of collections that fans have been asking for years: one compiling the classic linear games and then that'd be followed by another collection with the GBA/DS RPG's.

It would have been very easy for them to have just dumped the ROMs of the NES Classic version of Simon's Quest and the 3DS Virtual Console version of Adventure but from the titles they're teasing it doesn't seem like they did that so I wanna believe that there's some human being at Konami exercising some basic common sense in picking which games we're getting.

I wanna believe so badly ( ;∀;)

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According to Twitter this is just the first Castlevania collection and it's supposed to cover the franchise's origins.

Okay then, it makes more sense to have the GB Castlevania 2. It is a good game, it was very popular and if we're just covering the arcade/action games, it makes sense to have it there.

Granted it's Konami so for all we know they could do anything including stick us with Judgement/Harmony of Despair/the 2 Lord of Shadow games (~_~)

Yeah. Something like that. That would hurt. But as you've said we want to believe that someone is finally doing something about this whole situation. I mean those collections are also an effort to cover some other konami licences and it could be a sign of them finally responding to the whole claim that they give absolutely zero sh*t and have become irrelevant nowadays because they forgot about their own roots. I mean, when 90% of the internet is taking this criticism for granted, it's bound to happen at some point that some dude at konami says "hey guys. Let's get our heads out of our collective *ss and do something about this."
It's possible.

Still I really need to know, even if they are just on a second collection, if RoB and SotN are going to stay exclusive to PS because that hurt really bad. I don't think they will, since SotN was on 360 for example, but you never know. Sony's done this kind of deal over and over again in the past.

The headline sounded great, then I see the individual games. They've gone right back to the start. Some of them I wouldn't play ever again. It would be nice to see some more modern games. But I wouldn't hold my breath, it's Konami. Still, the price is just €20, so it's not all bad. I need to see the other mystery games, particularly in regard to Castlevania. I'd only be interested really in games from the SNES era onwards.


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