Konami Digital Entertainment has announced the release of the “Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection”, “Castlevania Anniversary Collection” and “Contra Anniversary Collection”.
The collections are to celebrate the 50th anniversary and will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch eShop and Steam for PC.
The Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is expected on 18 April and will contain eight ported titles along with an in-game Bonus Book detailing concept sketches from the development of the titles. The games included in the Collection are:
- Haunted Castle
- Typhoon (also known as A-Jax)
- Nemesis (also known as Gradius)
- Vulcan Venture (also known as Gradius II)
- Life Force (also known as Salamander)
- Thunder Cross
- Twin Bee
The Castlevania Anniversary Collection will contain titles from the series including Castlevania, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge with more expected to be announced. The collection will also include an in-game Bonus Book detailing early developer notes and an interview with Adi Shankar, a producer on the animated series.
The Contra Anniversary Collection will bring classic Contra titles previously released on arcade and console units including Contra (arcade version), Super Contra (arcade version), Super C, Contra III: The Alien Wars and more. Also included is an in-game Bonus Book documenting the history of Contra.
Both the Castlevania and Contra collections are expected to be available early Summer 2019.