SNK 40th Anniversary Collection To Launch On Nintendo Switch In November: What Retro Games Are Included?


A new trailer revealed that the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch in November, and it will feature at least 13 retro games that will bring back memories of the 8-bit age.

The retro gaming trend, which started with the recently restocked NES Classic Edition, is still on full swing for Nintendo. Will the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection have what it takes to satisfy fans of the genre?

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Release Date And Included Games

The new SNK 40th Anniversary Collection revealed that the Nintendo Switch exclusive will be launched on Nov. 13, which is just over four months away. The trailer, as well as the game's official website, also revealed 13 games that will be part of the collection, namely the following:

  • Alpha Mission (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Athena (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Crystalis (Home version)
  • Ikari Warriors (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Ikari III: The Rescue (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Guerrilla War (Home and Arcade versions)
  • P.O.W. (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Prehistoric Isle in 1930 (Arcade version)
  • Psycho Soldier (Arcade version)
  • Street Smart (Arcade version)
  • TNK III (Home and Arcade versions)
  • Vanguard (Arcade version)
  • Victory Road (Home and Arcade versions)

Some popular retro games that have not been mentioned as part of the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection include the Metal Slug platformer series and the Samurai Shodown fighting game series. Fortunately, the trailer and the official website indicate that there will be more games announced for the collection, giving Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown fans hope that the titles will be a part of it.

The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection will also come with modern features such as the abilities to rewind and save at any time, upgraded graphics at 1080p resolution, and redesigned control schemes.

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection: Vertical Orientation For Arcade Games?

According to a previous hands-on report on SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, the arcade versions of the games will feature the option to be played with a vertical orientation to mimic that of old school arcade machines.

However, the Nintendo Switch itself is not designed to be played with the screen rotated 90 degrees, leading to an awkward set-up. Fortunately, a new Nintendo Switch accessory named the Flip Grip will make it easier for owners of the hybrid console to play games vertically.

The Flip Grip has an estimated shipping date of November this year for the backers of its Kickstarter campaign. For retro gaming fans who will likely be playing more arcade games on the Nintendo Switch, the accessory may be a good investment.

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