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Metareview: Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits

In the mood for a little retro on the go? Konami Classics: Arcade Hits may be just what you need. The compilation is receiving solid reviews from most of the major outlets, and the word is that the set is lovingly constructed and filled with extras.

IGN (80/100) feels this collection sets the standards for future retro compilations on the DS: "Like any classic compilation, the actual library can be its victory or its downfall, but there are plenty of strong Konami titles in this batch to keep interest high...even if there are the occasional (and expected) duds in the pack."

Nintendo Power (75/100) found this title to be among an excellent example of a retro compilation: "The highlights ... are Contra, Track & Field, Time Pilot, and Gradius, all of which hold up remarkably well considering their age."

1UP (69/100), found the game well done, but essentially flawed: But Arcade Hits suffers from a shortcoming, and a pretty serious one at that: The games in the collection aren't really worthy of the beautiful presentation ... Even worse: Most games collected here were originally manufactured with vertically oriented screens. "No worries," you say. "The DS has two stacked screens! I can deal with a gap in the graphics if it means high-fidelity presentation." Well, better worry after all: All games are restricted to the upper screen only, meaning everything is squished uncomfortably. But you didn't really want to see those little space bullets in Gradius, though. Did you?

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JC Fletcher1

4-04-2007 @ 8:26PM

JC Fletcher said...

I thought there was a "tate" mode, though. Not sure how much help that would be...

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Xian!2

4-04-2007 @ 9:45PM

Xian! said...

I hate compilations of this kind on principle alone. Given the rudimentary graphics and mechanics of these games, they could fit 50 of them on a single DS card. At LEAST.

I see "15 games" and I know they had a meeting to ask the question, "What's the fewest number of games we can gather here and still charge full price?" It's an insult!

The only collection exempt from this would be that Mega Man Anniversary collection Capcom was making for the GBA/DS a while back. (I wrote to ask about the status ages ago, and Capcom support basically told me the game was in limbo. Insert sad face.)

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jani3

4-06-2007 @ 6:36AM

jani said...

track and field! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhHVrJkEvSI

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