KONAMI CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH CONTRA, CASTLEVANIA AND ARCADE CLASSICS COLLECTIONS
Arcade Classics to Arrive in Digital Stores April 18, Contra and Castlevania Collections slated for Early Summer 2019
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has today announced as part of its 50th anniversary, the upcoming release of the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection for current game platforms. All collections will be digitally exclusive and will be available to download from the PlayStation®Store, Xbox Live, Nintendo Switch™ eShop and Steam for PC.
On April 18, fans will experience KONAMI’s classic arcade cabinet titles with the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection containing eight ported titles along with an in-game Bonus Book showing concept sketches from the development of these titles. The following games are included in this collection which will be available to purchase at SRP €19.99:
TYPHOON (also known as A-JAX)
NEMESIS (also known as Gradius)
VULCAN VENTURE (also known as Gradius II)
LIFE FORCE (also known as Salamander)
The Castlevania series follows the epic story of the Belmont Clan and their struggle with Dracula and his cadre of sinister minions. 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 to be announced. As part of the collection players can access an in-game Bonus Book that includes early developer notes and an interview with Adi Shankar, a producer on the animated series.
After more than 30 years since its debut, the Contra franchise has defined the run-and gun genre. 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. In the collection, fans can access an in-game Bonus Book documenting the history of Contra and see how the franchise rose to prominence over the decades and became the beloved series it is today.
The Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection will be available to purchase Early Summer 2019. More information will be available soon including more titles to come, celebrating KONAMI’s 50th anniversary.
For more information, please visit us at: https://www.konami.com/games/50th/ac/
About Konami Group
Konami Group was established in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming & Systems, and Sports Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit: www.konami.com/en.
About Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series. www.konami.com/games/corporate/