Konami is celebrating its 50th birthday and it has a lot to celebrate with so many classics. They are revealing three new compilations based on Castlevania, Contra and its early arcade games, each available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (via Steam).
The first collection is Arcade Classics, which consists of a pack of Konami’s 1980s hits, like Haunted Castle, A-Jax, Gradius, Gradius 2, Life Force, Thunder Cross, Scramble and TwinBee. This one goes on digital sale on April 18 for $20.
Arriving in “early summer,” is the Castlevania: Anniversary Collection. This gives you eight titles, four of which have been confirmed: Castlevania (NES), Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge (Game Boy), Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse (NES) and Super Castlevania 4 (Super NES). Most of these have been available before, but having them on Switch and other contemporary platforms is something new.
The Contra: Anniversary Collection will also show up in early summer, this is also an eight-title collection, with confirmed games including Contra (arcade), Super Contra (arcade), Super C (NES), and Contra 3: The Alien Wars (Super NES).
Each collection will come with a digital book that features behind-the-scenes notes, never-before seen design sketches and interviews with development teams. We don’t know which other titles will round out the Castlevania and Contra collections just yet.