The 10 best retro collections on Nintendo Switch – SwitchArcade Special Edition – TouchArcade
I made you wait, huh? Yes, it’s been a while since our last list of the best Nintendo Switch games, but we’re back. This time, we’re taking a look at a surprisingly robust category on the Nintendo Switch: Retro Game Collections. The death of Virtual Console seems to have opened the doors to all kinds of builds, but buying them all would be a serious blow to your wallet. Source: i. Of course, the best compilation is the one with the games you like, but we will try to balance the quality of the games included with the quality of the other parts of the collections. We present them in no particular order, and they are simply our favorites. Feel free to share yours in the comments.
Capcom Arcade Stadium (Free, DLC packs ranging from $ 1.99 to $ 39.99)
Whether at home or in arcades, Capcom has a massive legacy. Capcom Arcade Stadium attempts to deliver some of it through a selection of 32 arcade games drawn from the company’s three most prolific periods in the coin business. The games come in three packs spanning different eras, or you can go all-in and save a few bucks. The games are great, the emulation is adequate, and while there are few fun extras, most of the options you hope for are here. Additional tournaments and other events help elevate this set even further.
NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 ($ 39.99)
A fairly large percentage of SNK’s historic release is available on the Switch in one form or another, but one well that has just been tapped for the first time is the software on its ill-fated handheld, the NEOGEO Pocket Color. This collection features ten of his biggest hits, and while it’s as heavy as one would expect from a selection of games from a NEOGEO console, you do get some palate cleansers. The additional materials here are quite good, with full manuals and recreated boxes for each game. The game formerly known as NEO Turf Masters is a particularly tasty treat.
Namco Museum Archives Vol 1 and 2 ($ 19.99 each)
Why yes, I cheat. And I will do it again! In Japan, Bandai Namco originally had a Capcom Arcade Stadium-like app for its selection of 8-bit classics. For the West, he decided to offer two series of titles with eleven games each. Not a lot of extra hardware, but the games themselves are great and each set has a brand new, somewhat special 8-bit game conversion. The first volume includes an 8-bit demake of The Incredible Pac-Man Championship Edition, while the second volume has a superb 8-bit port of the arcade shooter Gaplus. Namco has really dug deep for the games on these sets, and they offer a lot of gaming fun for your money.
Double Dragon & Kunio-kun: Retro Brawler Pack ($ 39.99)
This is another 8-bit compilation, this time covering the NES Double Dragon trilogy and fifteen games from the Kunio-kun series. The latter is perhaps better known as River town nickname. Although we had a handful of games in the West at the time, most of them remained exclusive to Japan until this collection arrived. Arc System Works went and translated all of these games, and even did new translations for games that had already been released in English. If you like beat-em-ups or crazy sports games, you’ll find a lot to like here. You can even play upgraded versions that alleviate some of the technical issues these games are infamous for.
Mega Man Legacy Collection ($ 14.99)
A fairly large amount of Mega man games are available on Switch through different collections, but I think the first is always the best. It includes the first six Mega man games originally released on the NES plus a host of extras and challenges to help you get even more out of these games than there already was. Whether you want to play them like you once did or use all the useful features to make your way through these challenging action platforms, Mega Man Heritage Collection is a fantastic way to do it.
Castlevania / Contra Anniversary Collection ($ 19.99 each)
Here is my second cheat, but once again I have a good reason for it. These two sets were created by the same developer and offer a very similar set of features and extras. Both come highly recommended, but if you can only have one, it will depend on which series you prefer. Castlevania anniversary collection gives you eight games spanning most of the 8- and 16-bit eras of the series, while Contra anniversary collection presents you seven distinct games from the same period. Both sets include regional variations of most games and include a digital booklet that gives some interesting behind-the-scenes information and artwork that you can enjoy. Choose one or both, you’ll have a great time either way.
Castlevania Advance Collection ($ 19.99)
This latest Konami set might not have the amount of titles some of the other compilations on this list, but in terms of the number of hours of play on offer, it ranks among the best. You get the trio of Game Boy Advance Castlevania games with a number of improvements and additional options and features, as well as the latest Super NES title Castlevania: Dracula X. The latter isn’t exactly among the most heralded in the series, but Game Boy Advance games are complete Metroidvania games that can keep you busy for hours. They play wonderfully on the Switch, and the move to a better display is doing them a lot of service.
Atari Flashback Classics ($ 39.99)
This bundle contains the first games on this list, and as such, it’s fair to say that a lot of people might find them a bit too retro. But if you ever had to jump into the original Atari classics, this is probably the way to do it. You get one hundred and fifty titles taken from Atari’s arcade, 2600 and 5200 libraries, with all the options and features you could hope for. It explains particularly well the variety of game modes offered by most Atari 2600 cartridges, with appropriate documentation for each title. While the games run the gamut from frozen classics to math problems, it certainly makes for an interesting historical dive.
SNK 40th Anniversary Collection ($ 39.99)
While SNK’s NEOGEO games stream to just about any console that can handle them, the company’s pre-NEOGEO release tends to be played a lot less. SNK 40th anniversary collection catch twenty-four of these games and treat them like royalty, even if they aren’t necessarily up to it. While the bulk of the selection is arcade games, all of those games that have an NES port offer this version as an additional option. There’s also a console-only title here, the exceptional 8-bit action-RPG. Crystalis. The amount of extra material here is an embarrassment of wealth, going over the beginnings of SNK history with great care. Even games that aren’t included are mentioned, making it as comprehensive an overview as you can hope for the company’s first decade.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection ($ 29.99)
While not quite at the level of importance he once had, street fighter is one of the most important franchises in the history of the media. He deserved high quality treatment for his 30th birthday, and that’s largely what he got here. It includes twelve different entries from the series as well as a host of historical documents and other extras. The only downside is that the western version only includes the western versions of the games, and one of them had a bug that made the processor almost unbeatable. This has been fixed for the Japanese version of this collection, but Capcom, for some reason, didn’t feel like patching the other versions. Well, there’s a good chance you won’t be spending too much time battling the CPU anyway. Simply an exceptional collection of some truly legendary games otherwise.
And that’s the list! Yes, I cheated, but what can you do? There are so many good ones out there, and ten locations just aren’t enough. If a person is inclined and has the money, they can create a library of hundreds of amazing classic games to play on their Switch. But hey, these are just our choices. What are your favorite retro builds on Nintendo Switch? Comment below and let us know!
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