Castlevania, Contra, and Arcade Classics Anniversary Collections are all headed to Switch

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Konami has gone wild with announcements for retro gaming enthusiasts. Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Contra Anniversary Collection, and Arcade Classics Collection are all headed to Nintendo Switch, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. All three, in addition to their various games, will include a “bonus book” of some kind. Arcade Classics releases April 18 digitally only for $19.99, whereas Castlevania and Contra will come sometime in early summer. But for now, let’s unpack what these collections include!

Castlevania Anniversary Collection will include the original Castlevania, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (from Game Boy), Super Castlevania IV, and four more titles still yet to be revealed. The inclusion of Belmont’s Revenge is pretty peculiar but not completely unwelcome. However, Konami would be out of its mind not to include Symphony of the Night and maybe some of the best GBA/DS entries in the remaining slots. Metroidvania fans demand it!

Contra Anniversary Collection will include Contra, Super Contra, Super C, Contra III: The Alien Wars, and another four unannounced titles. I’m honestly not very knowledgeable on this franchise, so I’m not sure which other entries are dying to be included here. You tell me!

Finally, Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection will include Haunted House, Typhoon (Ajax), Nemesis (Gradius), Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander), Thunder Cross, Scramble, and TwinBee. Its bonus ebook will include “new information about the titles, including interviews with the development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public!”

Which collection are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!