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Konami Announces Castlevania, Contra, and Arcade Anniversary Collections

Classic games brought to modern consoles.

by Dylan Siegler

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This year, Konami celebrates its 50th anniversary as a company. To celebrate, the world-renowned developer and publisher has announced three Anniversary Collections consisting of classic games that will come out this year.

Konami recently revealed three bundles of classic games to be released this year: Anniversary Collection Arcade ClassicsCastlevania Anniversary Collection, and Contra Anniversary Collection. All three collections will be digital releases and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is planned for release on April 18 for $19.99 and will contain several of Konami’s classic arcade games from the 80s. The games that will be included in this collection are Haunted CastleA-Jax (AKA Typhoon), Gradius (AKA Nemesis), Gradius II (AKA Vulcan Venture), Salamander (AKA Life Force), Thunder CrossScramble, and TwinBee. The bundle will also come with a digital booklet with bonus information about the games.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection will both be out sometime this summer and will contain games from Konami’s classic Castlevania and Contra series respectively. The Castlevania Anniversary Collection will include CastlevaniaCastlevania III: Dracula’s CurseCastlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (not to be confused with Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest), Super Castlevania IV, and four more games that have yet to be announced. Meanwhile, the Contra Anniversary Collection will include ContraSuper ContraSuper CContra III: The Alien Wars, and four other unannounced games.

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