Konami Anniversary Collections Bring Castlevania, Contra, and Arcade Classics to Consoles and PC

Konami Anniversary Collections Bring Castlevania, Contra, and Arcade Classics to Consoles and PC

Starting a prayer circle for the inclusion of Castlevania Bloodlines.

Konami has a plan to dish up tons of nostalgia this Spring and Summer in celebration of the company'ss 50th anniversary. Three Konami Anniversary Collections—one for Konami's arcade games, one for Castlevania games, and one for Contra games—are coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

The first Collection due out is Arcade Classics. It features Haunted Castle (an arcade Castlevania title), Typhoon (called A-Jax here), Nemesis (called Gradius here), Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander), Thunder Cross, Scramble, and TwinBee. There's also an enclosed "Bonus Book," an eBook filled with information, interviews, design sketches, and more. The Arcade Classics Collection is out on April 18, and costs $19.99 USD. It's only available as a digital purchase.

The Castlevania and Contra Anniversary Collections are due out this Summer, and Konami hasn't revealed the full line-up for each Collection just yet. Four games for the Castlevania Collection have been named, including Castlevania (NES), Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse (NES), Castlevania 2: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy), and Super Castlevania 4 (SNES). As for the Contra Collection, Contra (Arcade), Super Contra (Arcade), Super C (NES), and Contra 3: The Alien Wars (SNES) are accounted for. Presumably we'll learn the full list of games for the Castlevania and Contra Collections as the release date draws closer.

If you're wary about these collections, it's not without reason. Konami's last attempt to collect classic Castlevania titles resulted in the subpar Castlevania Requiem for the PlayStation 4, a slap-dash cash-in with minimal features. That said, Konami's inclusion of Belmont's Revenge is a nice surprise. Maybe it's a sign the company is finally ready to give us a Castlevania collection that actually treats us to rare games in the series, particularly Castlevania Bloodlines for the Sega Genesis.

As for the Contra Collection, I know more than a few fans who'd be happy for a chance to play the original NES Contra again. Konami keeps passing it over for Super C. We'll post more about the Collections' line-up as news comes in.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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