Konami Add Japanese versions of games to all Collections via a free update

Following the surprise launch of the Contra Anniversary Collection last week, Konami Digital Entertainment, B.V. today announced details and the release of a patch for all three Anniversary Collections – Arcade Classics, Castlevania and Contra – that adds the option to play Japanese versions of numerous titles.

The free patch for the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, the Castlevania Anniversary Collection and the Contra Anniversary Collection is  available to download on all platforms today.

In addition to the Japanese versions detailed below, the patch also includes the frequently requested Button Remapping feature for the Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection, plus minor bug fixes for Arcade Classics and Castlevania.

Japanese versions that will be added are:

Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection

Japanese Product NameEnglish Product Name
Gradius (Arcade)Nemesis (Arcade)
Salamander (Arcade)Life Force (Arcade)
A-JAX (Arcade)Typhoon (Arcade)
Akumajō Dracula (Arcade)Haunted Castle (Arcade)
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō (Arcade)Vulcan Venture (Arcade)
Thunder Cross (Arcade)Thunder Cross (Arcade)

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

Japanese Product NameEnglish Product Name
Akumajō Dracula (Famicom)Castlevania (NES)
Akumajō Densetsu (Famicom)Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (NES)
Akumajō Dracula (Super Famicom)Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
Dracula Densetsu (Gameboy)Castlevania: The Adventure (Gameboy)
Dracula Densetsu II (Gameboy)Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (Gameboy)
Vampire Killer (Mega Drive)Castlevania Bloodlines (Genesis)
Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun (Famicom)Kid Dracula (NEW)
Plus Japanese scans for Bonus eBook 

Contra Anniversary Collection

Japanese Product NameEnglish Product Name
Contra (Arcade)CONTRA (Arcade)
Super Contra: Alien no Gyakushū (Arcade)SUPER CONTRA (Arcade)
Super Contra (Famicom)SUPER C
Contra Spirits (Super Famicom)CONTRA III: THE ALIEN WARS
Contra (Gameboy)OPERATION C
Contra The Hard Corps (Mega Drive)CONTRA: HARD CORPS
Plus Japanese scans for Bonus eBook 

All announced Anniversary Collections are part of KONAMI’s 50th anniversary celebration and compiles titles from its beloved franchises and retro games. Packaged together with Bonus Book extras, these digital exclusive collections provide a comprehensive look in to each game’s history and beginnings.

Jim Smale

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