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Konami Lives With Classic Anniversary Collections

first_imgStay on target Is Konami back? Eh, we aren’t so sure. After blowing up its relationship with Hideo Kojima, along with the entire Metal Gear franchise, Konami seemed to exit the major video game scene aside from yearly soccer releases shown off in sad E3 booths. They gotta get that health spa money, baby!But recently Konami has been making modest but appreciated efforts of caring about video games again. Nintendo Switch (and eventually multiplatform) game Super Bomberman R got a shocking amount of updates to turn a mediocre launch title into arguably the current Bomberman game of record. And Castlevania guest stars Simon and Richter Belmont were two of the best additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Konami’s latest game announcement feels like the company is once again just dipping its toes back into traditional gaming waters, but it is reassuring for those afraid the publisher’s previous lack of interest in new games would also kill its legacy of classic games. Konami is releasing collections of Castlevania games, Contra games, and arcade games for the company’s 50th anniversary.The Arcade Classics collection comes out first, on April 18 for $20, and includes eight vintage hits including Gradius, TwinBee and Life Force. The Castlevania and Contra collections release in early summer and also include eight games each, but their full lineups haven’t been revealed. We know we’re getting Castlevania 1, 2, and 4, as well as Contra, Super C, and The Alien Wars. But there are still plenty more games to choose from like the vertical Contra 4 for DS and the forgotten Game Boy Castlevania games like Aria of Sorrow.Unlike last year’s disappointing Castlevania Requiem collection, these games are coming to all platforms, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So you can kill Dracula and bring back memories of 1980s Nicaraguan political scandals on the go if you want. For more on retro games make your own desktop arcade cabinet with the Retro Picade Kit. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more