SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
» System: Switch » Buy it from: Online, retail » Buy it for: £39.99
Digital Eclipse has been doing good work with retro compilations recently, and SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is arguably its best release yet. The collection features a selection of 13 hits from 1978-1990, including the likes of Prehistoric Isle In 1930, Psycho Soldier and Crystalis. In many cases, both the arcade game and NES conversion are included, which is nice to see as many of the home versions have new features and changes that are worth exploring. The games have been chosen well as most of them remain enjoyable, although they’re predictably rock hard in difficulty.
The games are presented with a variety of screen options, including nice TV and monitor filters, with optional border artwork for modes where the game doesn’t fill the screen. There’s an option to use portrait orientation, which is great for games like Vanguard, Ikari Warriors and TNK III. Regional variations can be selected where available, and options are available for each game, too. Controls are fully configurable and the rotary joystick games have been adapted to twin-stick controls – not
quite authentic, but the best available solution (we definitely prefer it to rotation using L and R). There’s also a watch mode for each game showing a complete run, and you can have a saved state in each game too.
There’s also a great Museum mode featuring lots of original research, so even hardcore SNK fans will probably learn something new from it. SNK’S whole early history is comprehensively covered, with screenshots and some text for every game (including those not on the compilation). Plenty of bonus material is included, too – including scans of guidebooks and newsletters, information on cancelled games and more. Soundtracks are also included for the games on the collection.
Although the selection of games is slightly slim and a little heavy on shooting games, a free update is scheduled to add 11 more arcade games including Fantasy, Beast Busters and Paddle Mania. As a result, we’ve got no hesitation in recommending this compilation.
[Switch] Games come with extra bits of artwork to fill in the rest of the screen.
[Switch] You can play a classic SNK game, then learn all about it in Museum mode.