Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (アーケードクラシックス アニバーサリーコレクション Ākēdo Kurashikkusu Anibāsarī Korekushon?) is a compilation package that includes eight selected classic titles from Konami's arcade history. It was released on April 18, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch.
The product is part of Konami's "Anniversary Collection" series, celebrating the company's 50th anniversary, with the other two compilations being Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection.
The collection provides several modern features and additional content for all games, including:
- Option to select from a number of display settings:
- Pixel perfect
- 4:3 scanlines
- Pixel perfect scanlines
- 16:9 scanlines
- Option of picking from different border frames to use during gameplay.
- Achievements/Trophies (except for Switch)
- Bonus e-book 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.
Versions of the games included in the bundle are apparently regionalized, meaning each country will receive its own original specific version release (including censored, modified and/or cut down versions from the Japanese originals if applicable).
List of games
The compilation includes seven selected shoot 'em up classic titles, most from, related to or spin-offs of the Gradius series (with Typhoon and TwinBee as exceptions) as well as one Castlevania platformer (Haunted Castle).
- Haunted Castle (1988)
- Typhoon (1987)
- Nemesis (1985)
- Vulcan Venture (1988)
- Life Force (1988)
- Thunder Cross (1988)
- Scramble (1981)
- TwinBee (1985)
On March 19, 2019 Konami announced via its official site the upcoming release of three compilation titles celebrating its 50th anniversary; these include: Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection.
Concept art for Simon Belmont, Dracula, Frankenstein, Stained Glass Warrior, Skeleton Snake, Sub-Weapons and Golem was revealed in the bonus eBook's Design Document. In addition, sheet music for "Can't Wait Until the Night" was also revealed.
- Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection at Konami (official site)
- Konami Releasing Anniversary Collection Series On Nintendo Switch at nintendolife
- Konami's New Anniversary Collections Bundle Castlevania, Contra And More at Kotaku