|Gradius Anniversary Collection|
Xbox Series X
Nintendo Switch (eShop)
|Release date||Worldwide: January 15, 2020 (Digital)|
TBA (Physical Special release)
|Genre||Shoot 'em up|
Gradius Anniversary Collection is a compilation package that includes twenty two selected classic titles from the Gradius franchise. The bundle package was released on January 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and Nintendo Switch. A special Physical Release will be done for Christmas 2020.
The product is part of Konami's "Anniversary Collection" series, celebrating the company's 50th anniversary, with the other compilations being Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection, Contra Anniversary Collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anniversary Collection and Ganbare Goemon Anniversary Collection.
All games in the collection have been announced to be enhanced with modern features.
The package also includes a bonus e-book packed with new information about the titles, including interviews with the development staff, behind-the-scenes insights, a concept art gallery, a sound test section and sketches/documents never before revealed to the public.
The compilation includes more than twenty two original titles (counting ports) from the Gradius series.
- Gradius/Nemesis (Arcade, 1985)
- Gradius (NES, 1986)
- Salamander (Arcade, 1986)
- Life Force (NES, 1988)
- Gradius II/Vulcan Venture (Arcade, 1988)
- Gradius II (Famicom, 1988)
- Gradius III (Arcade, 1989)
- Gradius III (SNES, 1990)
- Nemesis (Game Boy, 1990)
- Gradius: The Interstellar Assault (Game Boy, 1991)
- Gradius Gaiden (PlayStation, 1997)
- Gradius IV (Arcade, 1999)
- Gradius V (PS2, 2004)
- Scramble (Arcade, 1981)
- Nemesis (MSX, 1986. Appears as Gradius's alternate version)
- Falsion (Arcade, 1987)
- Nemesis 2 (MSX, 1987)
- Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction (MSX, 1988)
- Vic Viper (Arcade, Cancelled)
- Salamander 2 (Arcade, 1996)
- Solar Assault (Arcade, 1997)
- Gradius Advance (Game Boy Advance, 2001)
For this collection, Scramble, Gradius, Salamander and Gradius II were removed on Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection (plus Haunted Castle as one of the new games for Castlevania Anniversary Collection's special physical release and TwinBee for it's own upcoming Anniversary Collection) and replaced by Frogger, Road Fighter, Time Pilot, Track & Field and Yie Ar Kung-Fu (with more Classic Konami games aside from the iconic ones being included on a physical release) in a next patch released exactly the same day as Gradius Anniversary Collection's release.
The original Japanese versions of selected remaining titles, plus Japanese scans from the bonus e-book, were released in a post-launch update on January 20th, 2020.
This Collection, along with other Konami Collections would feature Amiibo support for the Digital and Physical releases in an update on Fall 2020 (originally for March, but delayed to fix everything else).
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