Konami Celebrates 50 Years with Anniversary Collections for Castlevania and Other Hits

Three incredible digital-only bundles highlight some of the company’s biggest successes.

By Jay Gervais

Tomorrow, Konami will be officially celebrating its 50th anniversary as a company and what better time than to announce a series of Anniversary Collections featuring some of their biggest successes to mark the occasion? At this time, these bundles will be digital-only releases. Have a look below to see what is in store for you.

First up, we have the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, which will feature eight titles from the series, with only four announced at this time for this bundle. In addition, there will be a digital bonus book included. This item has a tentative release for early summer of this year. Have a look below for a quick rundown of what’s included in the Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

  • Castlevania (1986)
  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1989)
  • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991)
  • Super Castlevania IV (1991)
  • Four other to be announced Castlevania titles
  • Digital bonus book

Next up, we have the Contra Anniversary Collection, which comes jam-packed with eight of the very best titles in this series. We only officially know of four titles in this collection thus far, with more to be announced later. Much like the other collection, this one will include a digital bonus book and is also slated for an early summer release. Here’s what is all included in the Contra Anniversary Collection.

  • Contra (1987)
  • Super Contra (1988)
  • Super C (1990)
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992)
  • Four other to be announced Contra titles.
  • Digital bonus book

Finally, we have the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, which is sure to appease those who have very fond memories of spending countless hours at their local arcades. This particular item is releasing next month on April 18th and features eight classic arcade titles for $19.99, along with a digital bonus book. Here’s what is all included in the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection.

  • Haunted Castle (1988)
  • Typhoon (A-Jax) (1987)
  • Nemesis (Gradius) (1985)
  • Vulcan Venture (Gradius II) (1988)
  • Life Force (Salamander) (1986)
  • Thunder Cross (1988)
  • Scramble (1981)
  • TwinBee (1985)
  • Digital bonus book, which includes new information about these titles, including interviews with development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public.

What a terrific line-up so far! As mentioned, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection and the Contra Anniversary Collection still have titles to be announced by the company later. Which games from these two series’ would you like to see included in these bundles?

All three of these collections will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. The Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection will be the first of three to release and is coming your way on April 18th, while the other two are slated for an early summer release.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.