Konami will re-visit the Contra series and some of their arcade classics through some recently announced anniversary collections that compile the very best entries in this series in two very welcome bundles.
These collections will each include eight games from their respective franchises (or, in the case of the arcade bundle, platform). They’re intended to celebrate Konami’s 50th birthday and will launch digitally for the Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.
First up is the Arcade Classics collection which is set to release on April 18 and retail for $20. It features an…interesting mix of titles that include Haunted Castle, Typhoon, Gradius, Gradius II, Life Force, Thunder Cross, Scramble and TwinBee. We’d be lying if we told you that all of these are must-have arcade classics, but Haunted Castle is a fascinating lost piece of the company’s history that has been mostly lost to time, and Gradius, Lifeforce, and Thunder Cross are all solid shooters.
As you might imagine, the Contra collection is even more intriguing. At present, Konami has confirmed that it features Contra, Super Contra Super C, and Contra III: The Alien Wars. That leaves four more games that Konami hasn’t confirmed for the collection. If we had to guess, that collection will eventually include Contra: Hard Corps, Contra Force, Contra 4, and maybe Contra ReBirth. However, that list could change drastically based on whether or not the collection includes 3D titles.
Konami has not confirmed the exact release date for the Contra collection (or its price), but they have stated that it will be released sometime in the summer of 2019. We wouldn’t be surprised if they charged more for the Contra collection, but there’s been no confirmation that it or the Castlevania franchise collection will cost more than the Arcade collection.
The other lingering question at the moment is whether or not Konami will stop releasing anniversary collections after these three bundles hit the digital marketplace. While it’s pretty clear we’re never going to get a Metal Gear Solid bundle, people have been asking for years for a Silent Hill collection that seems to be within the realm of possibility.
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