SNK 40th An­niver­sary Col­lec­tion

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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.

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