I've got Gradius PS4 Archive Arcades and the sound is a lot less "clangy". It is a compilation of 8 arcade masterpieces from the 80s. I will never play this game. To play it in one sitting took FOREVER. I remember that even though it got good reviews, the critics did complain about it's extreme difficulty and the dickish attitude on display in the game. Oh, and Konami GB Collection Vol. So even though Sega's big Mega Drive Collection is kind of bleh, the AGES games deserve recognition at the very least for doing it right. In case you're unaware, I've got my own site at http://tiredoldhack.com and I've got a lot more reviews on there. What's this? Version Reviewed: European. I'll pass. For some reason, even though seven of the games on offer here are shoot ‘em ups, Konami decided to also include Haunted Castle – a horrendous Castlevania spin-off – in this package. The lack of artwork, options and backgrounds just adds to the thrown together vibe. One more missed opportunity to nail it when it comes to making a classic collection. Arcade Classics reunites some of the most iconic Konami coin ops, although we've missed a little more variety (7 o the 8 games are shumps), more options (like being able to play some of them vertically) and more extras aside from the included digital book. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK’s golden age are coming back together in one anthology on Nintendo Switch as SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, with a treasure trove of features! It kept Gradius’s weapon selection mechanic, where you collected generic power-up capsules and used them to switch to certain weapons whenever you wanted. There's not enough love in it, which is sad. Nintendo Account Agreement; Nintendo Account Privacy Policy; © Nintendo. Instead, the issues lie with the other features that are usually associated with Hamster releases, and the fact they’re nowhere to be seen this time. Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection consists of eight vintage arcade titles, all running under Hamster Corporation’s much-praised Arcade Archives emulator. As far as I know, Thunder Cross is the only AA Konami game only on the JP PSN. 18 and has eight ported titles along with a bonus book showing concept art from their development. As an avid reader of ONM back in the day, I often find myself getting nostalgic for it. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK’s golden age are coming back together in one anthology on Nintendo Switch as SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, with a treasure trove of features!. Except for Scramble which I have for the Atari 7800, this would be the first time I've had access to these Konami games since the 80's. Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. Does the Up up down down left right left right ba (NES Gradius) trick work on the arcade nemesis? They have way more popular arcade games to choose from! Could this be some type of gimped release so that the original AA versions still have merit? And, if the Castlevania Collection sells well, another one will happen, and they will have to include Symphony of the Night this time. Cmon Konami! )The inclusion of Haunted Castle is kind of baffling - why not put this one in the Castlevania collection?Maybe this was the only way to get attention for non bullet hell fans? The US version of this has a terrible version of ThunderCross. Wait, wait, wait... Let me get this straight... Konami released a game!? Poll: What's The Best Switch Game Of 2020? SNK 40th Anniversary Collection had 31 games. Unless you are terribly nostalgic for the games in this package or a die-hard shoot-em’-up fan, I can’t fully recommend it when there are such better value propositions out there. Love life-force and twin bee. Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is a compilation package that includes eight selected classic titles from Konami's arcade history. Fortunately, you could save. ョン」!往年のアーケード・家庭用ゲームが最新ハードで復活! Absolutely zero reason for Konami to not include the regional variants on these. _____ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Didn’t know that about the Western and Japanese releases. It also doesn’t have an alternative title, which is probably even more surprising given the other games included. In terms of in-game features, the option to turn on autofire for each button is an extremely welcome one, though we wish we’d noticed it earlier (if you have a partner, don’t try to play Nemesis in bed via the traditional method, or the noise of you constantly battering the A button will have you sleeping on the couch before you can say “actually dear, it’s more commonly known as Gradius”). Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Contra Anniversary Collection, and Arcade Classics Collection are all headed to Nintendo Switch, as … For Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection on the Nintendo Switch, GameFAQs has 5 guides and walkthroughs, 2 cheat codes and secrets, and 6 critic reviews. I bought this for Scramble and Nemesis but can’t stop playing Lifeforce and Twinbee. "see if the upcoming Castlevania or Contra collections are more to your taste"??? @MajorasLapdog Thanks mate! Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is nowhere near as good as other retro compilations I’ve played in recent years, but given how arcade shooters have managed to stand the test of time by being easy to play and easy to have fun with, I ended up having a lot more fun with this collection than I could have ever imagined. Or does unli continues (credits) do away with the need for it? Games like Thunder Cross and the Gradius titles are still … This is just a bundle of previous Arcade Archives releases by Hamster, at 1/3 the cost with 1/3 the features. It's just nice seeing a Konami release on Switch. But wait, is there? Gaming since the mid-'80s. Released in 1981, it’s credited with being one of the first ever side-scrolling shoot ‘em ups, yet despite this, it still holds up relatively well 38 years later. @brianvgplayer Thank you for the clarification on the JP version of Life Force. Having my FlipGrip and playing Namco Collection (plus others arcade games) is so perfect that I don't think I could go back now with new non-TATE vertical games. I'm going to buy the Castlevania Collection if the emulation is also good. Australia Konami’s Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (Nintendo Switch) Review By Gabriel Jones 04.06.2019 1 When it comes to arcade games, there are few developers with a library as strong and diverse as Konami's. Found out purely by accident that Haunted castle gives you more life if you keep pressing start after the game loads in. to calm down so I could resume without risking a full melt down. Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection; ReviewGuide: Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2020 Best Deals - Console Bundles, Games, Micro SD Cards; Related Games. Hopefully there's no input delay like there unfortunately is with Mega Drive Colletion and Mega Man Legacy Collection 1. rotating the screen 90 degrees so you can turn your Switch vertical when playing in handheld and play with a more suitable viewpoint), there’s no such option here. KONAMI starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! Woot! Don’t get us wrong: there are still some welcome additions here. 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There is no delicate way to say it. It’s also the first to introduce a mechanic that Konami decided to use numerous times over the years, as seen elsewhere in this package: the use of one fire button to shoot forwards and another to drop bombs. Haunted Palace isn’t so bad but it’s way too hard for me to ever get far. Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. I literally called Nintendo and got a refund for that game. The same goes with Nemesis (or Gradius, as it’s more well-known), which also starts you off with a mere pea-shooter but eventually has you filling the screen with lasers, bombs and the like. I don't remember the arcade version being that treble and "metallic". Life Force is the best of the bunch in my opinion. Better than that lag-fest, cash-grab Sega collection. Haven’t tried them much; need to go back sometime — thanks for the reminder! Should have had more games in the collection. Hopefully the Contra and Castlevania collections are well-done, though, as I'm very much looking forward to playing those. The stand alone US Life Force has Salamander, JP Life Force, and US Life Force. Scottish games journalist for 13 years, formerly of Official Nintendo Magazine UK & CVG, now my own site Tired Old Hack. The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection includes classic titles such as Alpha … If you aren’t a fan of classic arcade shoot ‘em ups then there isn’t really much for you here: you may want to hold fire and see if the upcoming Castlevania or Contra collections are more to your taste. Super Bomberman R; 2018. Especially after they were so glowing in talking about the NES mini, SNES mini, and Switch Online NES collections. Worth buying the Japanese version for the proper game, and you get Salamander thrown in. Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection for Switch game reviews & Metacritic score: This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. @John_Deacon I wondered about the sound too. It's a shame, I really came to love the Hi-Score and Caravan modes, and the region version options in these releases. Game profile of Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (Switch eShop) first released 18th Apr 2019, developed by Konami and published by Konami. I was reading this review and I got to the “actually dear, it’s more commonly known as Gradius” line and instantly thought 'damn, thats a good joke. I'm also of the opinion that there aren't many arcade games originally released before the '90's that are still worth playing. Should make a 2nd one on switch with more game variety. Unlike the collection releases, a few the stand alone games have multiple versions available. Yes I bought it being a huge retro fan but very cheap on quantity and some odd choices made by Konami. @TheFox It takes your continues away for saving?! Best of 2020: Television Critic Top Ten Lists, The Freshman 15: 2020's Best Debut Albums, Release Dates for All Notable Upcoming Games, Music title data, credits, and images provided by, Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by. * New Features Mixed or average reviews No Tate mode is the killer here. Anniversary Collection 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 … It could be better, though. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK! That sums up the package in general, actually. At only a couple of bucks per game it’s hard to complain too much about this compilation, especially when there’s only really one stinker in the pack. Sure, there's a lot of great games on those, but unless people haven't owned a Nintendo in 30 years, how many times can to rebuy the same games? Vulcan Venture (aka Gradius II) brings back the weapon selection system from the original Gradius but also gives you four different weapon configurations to choose from before you start, adding a basic but welcome level of customisation to proceedings. KONAMI starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! Smash-Style Indie Brawler Fraymakers Reaches Its Switch S... Join 1,071,197 people following Nintendo Life: © 2020 Nlife Media, partner of Gamer Network. Another disappointing omission is the option to choose between Japanese and western versions of each game, something Hamster almost always does when there are regional variations: and there are definitely variations here. It's well worth a look, he posts quite a few reviews and other articles on there, all with that classic ONM sense of humour. For 20 bucks I was expecting a little more variety - 90% shooters isn't exactly exciting.There were so many other classic arcade games from Konami's past that deserved to be on this list (TMNT arcade, Pooyan - tho technically also a shooter, Penguin Adventure, etc. Great review. It's a good solid collection for shoot-um up fans. It's a shame Konami didn't go the extra mile, or better said, cut corners, because otherwise it would have been a must for me. All in all, it's a worthwhile pick-up for arcade fans. What we have here, then, is a collection of seven historically important shoot ‘em ups and a rubbish platformer for a relatively low price (it works out at £2 / $2.50 per game). Snake Pass (Digital format in Japan only) Mantis Burn Racing (Physical format in Japan only) 2019. The option to switch between the original Japanese documents and the translated version would have been preferable, and it’s generally nowhere near as interesting to read as those featured in Capcom or SNK’s recent anniversary collections, but it’s certainly better than nothing. In fact, there are no online leaderboards to speak of at all, and the game doesn’t even track your best local high score (you’ll need to create a save state and use that to keep playing, otherwise every time you start a game you’re essentially booting a clean, unused ROM). More importantly, the Japanese version of Life Force was fundamentally different in terms of game design. First up is Scramble, by far the oldest game in the collection. @Heavyarms55 I wish I were joking. This first bundle comes to the eShop under the title 'Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection' and will feature the following games: ... Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (Switch eShop) It dials back a lot of the other games’ features and feels more like a straightforward shooter, but doesn’t necessarily suffer for it. In comparison, this seems like a bad deal. Hosted by 44 Bytes. I may end up picking this up just for Haunted Castle. they should of have games like rush n attack, double dribble or track n field. Update: They have patched in tate mode. While I can agree that the game selection is baffling, and the customisation lacklustre compared to normal arcade archives releases, I consider Vulcan Venture (or Gradius 2) to be one of the finest shoot ‘em ups ever, and Nemesis, Life Force, Thunder Cross and Typhoon are all very jolly. Credits • Gallery • Cheats • Videos • Soundtrack. Rounding things off are two more shoot ‘em ups. Even though I already have Haunted Castle for PlayStation 2. They should have just made a Gradius collection. Not content with sitting back and watching the likes of Sega, Capcom, Nintendo et al releasing retro compilations, Konami’s decided to get in on the act too. I don't know if it's my ears, but I think the sounds and music in Gradius are too high-pitched. The newly-added region-select option allows players the chance to study how different approaches to difficulty can affect a title. I love 4 of the games in this collection, which justifies the price to me. MEDIUM WAS IMPOSSIBLE!!! We’ll get to the general software in a bit, but it makes sense to cover each game individually first, because there's a mixed bag here - if by that you mean taking a bag marked 'Good shoot 'em ups’, putting a rubbish Castlevania spin-off into it, and mixing it around. A poor collection. Everything looks, sounds and runs like it’s supposed to, all the comically bad slowdown during intense shoot ‘em up moments happens exactly when it should in the original arcade releases, and at their core it’s more or less impossible to distinguish the eight games here from their coin-op counterparts. Even if these games need no localization at all. That is disgusting! Overall I’m very pleased with it. I grabbed them from the Wii eShop shortly before Nintendo disabled adding credit. An eclectic array of games is included in this set, and most of them are still quite entertaining. - I was completely unaware of the site, I've been sitting on the till at work since 2pm reading articles and reviews on Tired Old Hack. Neither is there the usual Caravan mode you get in those other releases, where you get 5 or 10 minutes to rack up the highest score possible then post it to an online leaderboard. Considering this powerhouses rich back catalogue this is a shoddy collection of games, with even shoddier sound emulation. The adequate digital book and auto-fire options aside, what you have here is a no-frills selection of arcade games – the majority of which still hold up well to this day – that function exactly as they should and not much else. They make each game worthwhile in a completely new way, including tons of options that only the enthusiast can truly appreciate (such as letting you choose to use FM Sound in Phantasy Star), as well as introducing brand new things that weren't possible in the original (such as putting the Drop Dash in Sonic 1). No Ninja Turtles, no X-Men, no Simpsons... this isn't a stellar collection. Given the franchise has suffered the curse of never being localized over here, it'd be a nice gesture on their part, and thanks to region free online shops, it technically wouldn't have to leave Japan, anyway. Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. Reminds me of the ONM days. This really seems like a step back from that ds konami arcade collection. ', I scroll up and what do I see? To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, the big K is launching a trio of anniversary collections. KONAMI starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! This Konami collection seems okay enough. @Stocksy All of these Konami collections are digital only. Metacritic User Poll: Vote for the Best of 2020! Haunted Castle is pretty good if you turn the difficulty way down. 13 This is the sort of in-depth analysis I want to see more of on this site. For the history curio, I want to get this, but will wait for a possible sale. Gradius 1, 2, Life Force and Thunder Cross were a lot of fun also. They could of made it twice the value but actually good and people would of been happy to buy it. The western version, however – the one included here – follows the more traditional shoot ‘em up standard of swapping your weapon for whatever item you next pick up. There's a perfect balance of fun and challenge in each of the game’s in this collection. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK! As pleased fans will be to see Gradius and company (most of said company anyway) return in pristine, faithful fashion in such a welcomingly retrospective admiration — add to this the barebones features and basic presentation — beyond the most embedded of shmup enthusiasts, the Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection doesn’t quite come across as celebratory as you might think. It took me months to beat level seven, at which point the game stops, mocks you for being a sissy, and tells you if you want to play the rest of the game, you have to start over on medium. 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The retro releases with the most amount of love in them are definitely Sega's SEGA AGES releases. If you like your schmups though, there are seven iconic vintage examples of the genre here and they perform flawlessly. If you like your shmups though, there are seven iconic vintage examples of the genre here and they perform flawlessly. It's kinda funny? This makes one particular boss practically impossible to beat if you happen to be armed with the wave weapon at the time (since it doesn’t fit into a gap you need to hit), something you could avoid easier in the Japanese game. I’m hoping Konami will put out a TG16 collection of the games they put in the Wii U that really should have come to Switch. I got the same impression from the trailer. For what is the first in a 50th anniversary repackaging of Konami’s finest, the Arcade Classics does the job at emulating/returning players back to … I would love if you ever found the time to get more reviews out. My first runthrough was kinda painful but after doing that and watching a good no-damage playthrough I can go through the game on normal difficulty without too much hassle and in the end I had quite a bit of fun with it, my ears in particular enjoyed it, seriously that soundtrack is freaking gold. It may not be visually stunning but it controls tightly and the tricky final shot you need to make at the end of each loop is still satisfying to pull off. Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Hopefully there will be a Volume 2, because Konami has a deeper catalog of iconic arcade hits than one collection can contain. Don’t be put off by the fact that Haunted Castle is rubbish, or be too sniffy about the fact it hasn’t been handled with the care of a SEGA AGES release, there’s still some sheer joy to be had here. This is what makes me want to keep trying when I constantly die in arcade games. 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