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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 13, 2018

During this year's Gamescom, we had the honor to attend the presentation of NIS America. One of the games showcased there, was the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. This collection contains a variety the works of studio SNK, a studio that has launched many different classic arcade games. 2018 is the year to celebrate their 40th anniversary and what better way to mark this extraordinary milestone than with an awesome game collection for your home consoles, right?

Last weekend, we had some friends over, which provided me with an excellent opportunity to enjoy some arcade classic gaming. Now I'm warning you, this is a big trip down memory lane or in our case an expedition full of discoveries. Because to be honest, there weren't that many titles that I recognized, so apparently I didn't play much SNK titles. Having said that, I did enjoy this journey through the titles of SNK. It was fun to see these old school games and give them a try, which was pretty hard if I'm totally honest! Personally, I started gaming on the ColecoVision, the NES and the Game Boy. After a period of non-gaming, I picked it up again on the Wii and the PS3. And now, several years later, I can't even imagine my life without video games.

Usually, someone will choose which game to play because of something they immediately see and like. Now, I'm no exception to this rule, so I started with a game called Prehistoric Isle in 1930, because I saw a dinosaur on the title screen and I'm a big fan of dinosaurs. (when I grow up, I want to be one :) ) In this game, you take control of a 1930's fighter plane and try to make your way across a mysterious island in one piece. Normally, this shouldn't be too big of a problem but, on this particular island, all kinds of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are trying to kill you. Okay, I said I like dinosaurs, but if they don't know how to be cute and cuddly, then I'm done! So, I was shooting my way through hordes of enemies and, unfortunately, was killed a lot. But I still had fun and laughed my ass off.

Another game I tried was Athena, because I like the Greek mythology. In this game, you play the role of Athena, who has some very cool moves to defend herself and attack her opponents. It's up to the player to combine these moves into a brawl the likes of which the Ancient Greek world has never seen! In my case that means rapidly bashing all the buttons and hope for the best. I actually made it pretty far using this particular method; I almost completed three levels!

At the moment of writing, The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection contains the following titles:

  • Alpha Mission (Console/Arcade)
  • Athena (Console/Arcade)
  • Crystalis (Console)
  • Ikari Warriors (Console/Arcade)
  • Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road (Console/Arcade)
  • Ikari Warriors III: The Rescue (Console/Arcade)
  • Guerrilla War (Console/Arcade)
  • P.O.W. (Console/Arcade)
  • Prehistoric Isle (Arcade)
  • Psycho Soldier (Arcade)
  • Street Smart (Arcade)
  • TNK III (Console/Arcade)
  • Vanguard (Arcade)

But wait, that's not all! The good people at SNk and NIS America fully intend to expand the collection, so after December 11th, even more titles will be added:

  • Munch Mobile (Arcade)
  • Fantasy (Arcade)
  • Sasuke vs. Commander (Arcade)
  • Chopper I (Arcade)
  • Time Soldiers (Arcade)
  • Bermuda Triangle (Arcade)
  • Paddle Mania (Arcade)
  • Ozma Wars (Arcade)
  • Beast Busters (Arcade)
  • Search and Rescue (Arcade)
  • World Wars (Arcade)

Overall, these classic games can be a tough nut to crack, but the developers were thoughtful enough to build in quite a nice feature. You can rewind and save at any time during play, so you don't need to worry about losing your progress anymore. Also, some control schemes are changed, according to the descriptions. But I couldn't say, because I didn't play these games when they first came out. Not because I didn't want to, but because I was too young at the time. Another fun feature of this collection is the ability to choose between two versions of the game; the arcade- or the console version.

And, last but certainly not least, the SNK collection features a museum category in its main menu, where you browse and learn about the history of SNK and its games. There is some really great artwork for you to discover. So, we can safely say this collection is a complete one. If you're old enough to have played these games in the days of yore, this collection offers you an excellent set of classic games. On the other hand, if you're not that familiar with the works of SNK, this is the perfect way to get to know these golden oldies! The collection features cool games that are not so easy to learn, definitely hard to master, but tons of fun! Plus, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection gives you an excellent peek into the history of gaming!

available on:

SNK & NIS America
November 13, 2018