Konami Whips Up Hardcore Classic Collections for 50th Anniversary

Including some of the company's most iconic games and franchises, three new collections from Konami will bring the nostalgia in 2019.

Including some of the company's most iconic games and franchises, three new collections from Konami will bring the nostalgia in 2019.
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On March 21, Konami will celebrate its 50th anniversary. But unlike a typical birthday bash, fans and players will be the ones getting the presents in 2019. 

In a recent post on its website, Konami confirmed that three collections of classic games would be heading to the PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this year. The games will cover those released on a wide swath of platforms, such as arcade, NES, SNES, and Gameboy. 

The first will be a collection of classic Konami arcade games, aptly called the Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics. It will release on April 18 for $19.99. The games included are: 

  • Haunted Castle
  • A-Jax (Typhoon)
  • Gradius
  • Gradius 2
  • Life Force
  • Thunder Cross
  • Scramble
  • Twinbee

Then in “early summer”, Konami will release the Castlevania: Anniversary Collection. As of this writing, only four of the eight games in the collection have been announced, including: 

  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest
  • Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse
  • Super Castlevania 4

Lastly, the company will also release the Contra Anniversary Collection at another point “this summer”. As of this writing, it is not clear if this collection will release before, alongside, or after the Castlevania Collection, but we do know that it will also include eight games, four of which have been announced: 

  • Contra 
  • Super Contra
  • Super C
  • Contra 3: Alien Wars

Although all three collections will be released digitally, Konami will include other goodies, such as digital e-books books, behind-the-scenes interviews, design documents, and more. As of this writing, neither the Castlevania: Anniversary Collection nor the Contra: Anniversary Collection have been priced.  

While it might not be the remastered catalog gamers have been hoping for since the last ice age, these three collections will most certainly be welcomed by fans of Konami or those that may no longer have access to now-defunct Wii Shop.

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.