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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. Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Snowman - How To Make A Pe... EA Has Swooped In To Steal Codemasters From Under The Nos... Pokémon Sword And Shield Players Can Now Sign Up For A Z... Random: Disgruntled Fans Spam Nintendo Tweet In Response ... Upcoming Pokémon Sword And Shield Distribution Will Offe... Random: Edge Magazine Is Teasing A "World Exclusive". They get the original Salamander version, which has pick ups instead of the Gradius style power up bar (which is only in the JP Life Force). You’ll still have a decent time playing through them all, even though the lack of online leaderboards, lack of high score saving and general lack of options certainly make its budget price feel justified. Hosted by 44 Bytes. That sums up the package in general, actually. "Everything looks, sounds and runs like it’s supposed". The US version of this has a terrible version of ThunderCross. 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. That's okay, because the other games are pretty good, I think. This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. Haven’t tried them much; need to go back sometime — thanks for the reminder! 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. They have way more popular arcade games to choose from! I got the same impression from the trailer. The “Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection” comes out on Apr. Woot! They were half way there! You’re essentially getting eight of Hamster’s Arcade Classics games for the price of around three, but with none of the extra bells, whistles and additional features that come with them. Switch eShop; Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection; Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection Review (Switch eShop) Shoot past the castle. I'll definitely be getting the next two collections and I'm hopeful for more. It's just nice seeing a Konami release on Switch. Hopefully there's no input delay like there unfortunately is with Mega Drive Colletion and Mega Man Legacy Collection 1. This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle. 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This one takes a little while to get going, but once you manage to build up your arsenal of weapon upgrades it becomes a nifty little shooter. Didn’t know that about the Western and Japanese releases. were all released in Europe simply as Parodius, the arcade version of Gokujou Parodius was released as Fantastic Journey, and a compilation of these two games' arcade versions were released on both the PS1 and the Sega Saturn simply as Parodius again. For Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection on the Nintendo Switch, GameFAQs has 5 guides and walkthroughs, 2 cheat codes and secrets, and 6 critic reviews. Nintendo Account Agreement; Nintendo Account Privacy Policy; © Nintendo. It's a shame that just like Capcom, they are releasing lazy collections that don't have much to offer, but at least the emulation is fine, unlike Capcom's collections that don't use emulation, using recompilation instead. No doubt there was an agreement to make these inferior so the original AA versions are still valid options for fans of those specific games. More importantly, the Japanese version of Life Force was fundamentally different in terms of game design. WHY?! One more missed opportunity to nail it when it comes to making a classic collection. But if you love retro games, it's not a bad choice for 20 euros. What's this? Meanwhile, Typhoon (or A-Jax as it was known outside of Europe) is the collection’s most ambitious effort and probably the best game of the eight: it regularly switches from a 3D rail shooter to a vertical scrolling shooter and accomplishes both well. I really wish that Hamster would release their versions on the Switch. It is a compilation of 8 arcade masterpieces from the 80s. They could of made it twice the value but actually good and people would of been happy to buy it. 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. Games like Thunder Cross and the Gradius titles are still … Japan doesn't get their version of Life Force for the JP version of the Collection. I'm going to buy the Castlevania Collection if the emulation is also good. Konami will do this again with only 8 Castlevania games and later 8 Contra games. Mixed or average reviews The only game that matters here is Life Force, but at $20 it’s a bit steep. Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. SNK 40th Anniversary Collection had 31 games. It’s as basic as it gets, but it’s functional enough. I've got Gradius PS4 Archive Arcades and the sound is a lot less "clangy". Australia )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? Reminds me of the ONM days. Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. KONAMI starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! Scoring PolicyReview copy provided by Konami. And, if the Castlevania Collection sells well, another one will happen, and they will have to include Symphony of the Night this time. This seems like a pretty good collection to me so I'm not sure why Nintendo life is being so negative. You’ll still have a decent time playing through them all, even though the lack of online leaderboards, lack of high score saving and general lack of options certainly make its budget price feel justified. Super Bomberman R; 2018. If you like your schmups though, there are seven iconic vintage examples of the genre here and they perform flawlessly. 1 shot type, no varied special weapons and the multiples aren’t adjustable. 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. Adding another bunch to that pile won’t help, so going to wait for the other collections. 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). So instead of giving up a continue, I'd just close the DS, plug it in, and wait hours (days?) Something bad? 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 … In comparison, this seems like a bad deal. - Uses up more credits to give you more life. But it would take one of your precious continues away in exchange for saving! The collection … Experience these KONAMI classics in all their retro glory, now enhanced with modern features. The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection includes classic titles such as Alpha … MEDIUM WAS IMPOSSIBLE!!! Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment... Community: 12 Switch Games We Missed, As Recommended By You, Part 2: A dozen more that slipped through our fingers, Review: DOOM Eternal - This 'Impossible' Port Is Nothing Short Of A Miracle, Capcom Reveals Ghost ‘n Goblins Resurrection, Launches On Nintendo Switch In February 2021, Review: Star Renegades - Borrows Ideas From The Best To Create A Truly Inventive RPG, "Something good? Arcade Classics Collection. It dials back a lot of the other games’ features and feels more like a straightforward shooter, but doesn’t necessarily suffer for it. First and foremost, there should be no concerns about the emulation: it’s flawless. That's it. There's not enough love in it, which is sad. 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. Written by one Chris Scullion. Absolutely zero reason for Konami to not include the regional variants on these. KONAMI starts its 50th anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! Even if these games need no localization at all. Whereas other Hamster games give you an option to play in ‘Tate’ mode (i.e. Even on easy, it was hard as heck. I don't know if it's my ears, but I think the sounds and music in Gradius are too high-pitched. Well, yes, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that the games here aren’t handled with the same high standards as Hamster’s standalone titles. Great review. 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). I'm not a shmup fan, but I am a huge Castlevania fan, so I may get this just so I have Haunted Castle. 8 so so games for $20. 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 … An eclectic array of games is included in this set, and most of them are still quite entertaining. they should of have games like rush n attack, double dribble or track n field. More please Konami. This collection will include enhanced and modern features that will bring these retro glory games into modern gaming life. Unlike the collection releases, a few the stand alone games have multiple versions available. 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. I don't remember the arcade version being that treble and "metallic". For Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection on the Nintendo Switch, GameFAQs has 2 cheat codes and secrets. I know Contra games are famous for their difficulty, but I hope the other aren't as bad as 4. @Stocksy All of these Konami collections are digital only. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. But wait, is there? 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. 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. Life Force is the best of the bunch in my opinion. 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. 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. Version Reviewed: European. 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. Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection; ReviewGuide: Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2020 Best Deals - Console Bundles, Games, Micro SD Cards; Related Games. 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. 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. 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. @Medic_alert I agree with you. Actually, the Famicom, Game Boy, and Super Famicom versions of Parodius da! 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). 13 @scully1888 @Dogorilla I want to say a big thank you to Dogorilla! @John_Deacon I wondered about the sound too. Hoping to play some Gradius on the Switch. To play it in one sitting took FOREVER. It’s got great art design and the music is cracking but it’s one of the very worst examples of an arcade game designed to kill the player quickly and make more money. Haunted Castle is pretty good if you turn the difficulty way down. It's rather fascinating how a few simple changes can create new challenges. That is disgusting! @TheFox It takes your continues away for saving?! I love 4 of the games in this collection, which justifies the price to me. Sometimes I like to play on the go or in bed and these games are only playable on the PlayStation 4, not on the Vita. 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. 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. 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. I'm not that much of a fan of shoot 'em ups. 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”). Unless a re-release changes that, there is no way I would play such BS! 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. Better than that lag-fest, cash-grab Sega collection. This is what makes me want to keep trying when I constantly die in arcade games. Now Sega Genesis Classic Collection has 50 games (many of them classic games) for $30 . The Castlevania and Contra collections will be coming in the near future and we’ll cover them in due course, but for now let’s take a look at the first collection, dedicated to Konami’s arcade history. First up is Scramble, by far the oldest game in the collection. As far as I know, Thunder Cross is the only AA Konami game only on the JP PSN. Scottish games journalist for 13 years, formerly of Official Nintendo Magazine UK & CVG, now my own site Tired Old Hack. I literally called Nintendo and got a refund for that game. Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Contra Anniversary Collection, and Arcade Classics Collection are all headed to Nintendo Switch, as … Haunted Palace isn’t so bad but it’s way too hard for me to ever get far. It's a shame, I really came to love the Hi-Score and Caravan modes, and the region version options in these releases. With max possible life meter from this, I found the game much easier and more fun. If you like your shmups though, there are seven iconic vintage examples of the genre here and they perform flawlessly. 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. Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is a long and slightly deceptive title: the bundle includes eight Konami arcade games, but most of them wouldn’t be considered classics. "see if the upcoming Castlevania or Contra collections are more to your taste"??? @NinChocolate You’re referring to the “rebirth” games, right? I play it the most. The company’s anniversary collection will kick off with the Arcade Classics that will launch on the 18th of April this year for $19.99. Especially after they were so glowing in talking about the NES mini, SNES mini, and Switch Online NES collections. [Issue #40 – July/August 2019, p. 20]. 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