Review by PStrife
"Excellent ports, just missing the extras"
In 2002 Konami of America decided to start re-branding their old classics on multiple platforms using the Konami Collector's series brand. Unfortunately the product line only existed to the point that it had two low selling products in the end. This Castlevania & Contra Collection and Arcade Advanced which was released for Nintendo Gameboy Advance.
This collection feature's five classic NES games from both these series's:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Installation is quick and easy, and you win not need the CD afterwards. As well you do not need to worry about carrying a manual to look at, no Konami now offers you a 28-page PDF file to explain the five games, the product installation, and the warranty.
Launching at $19.99 USD in Decemeber '02, Konami Collector's Series Castlevania & Contra was originally programmed at Konami's Shanghai Studio in Japan and then went through quality/content assurance related issues at their Hawaii studio.
As this package is emulated, the games were hardly editted outside of the copyright purposes. The only true sign of care comes from the decision by Konami Hawaii to re-edit the Castlevania II password system. Making a shorter alphabet and adding english symbols instead, this was the only game to receive non-copyright date editting in the entire package.
Of course it is strange that they would edit that when Konami offers save/load-state technology in the product. Realisticly, unless your hard-drive somehow was about to crash the passworld system would only be useful in that case. Unless the end-user is truly dedicated to beating Castlevania II the old-fashion way on the NES.
In terms of bonuses. The package also has the ability to unlock the bonus NES title Jackal. I am not sure how that works, but it is very possible. It is also strange to note that the NES title Contra Force was not included in the package, despite being a Contra title only released in America. Perhaps it's non-canon storyline to the other Contra titles is the reason, but the package raises more questions with it's absence. Besides, they could have just promoted Contra Force as a rare title when they launched this product on the package.
If you want to experience these five classic NES titles in an easy to access way, the Castlevania & Contra collection is a great way to go. Unfortunately you get a rather barebones package which lacks any extras related to Castlevania & Contra. To be fair, the only previous consoles game related emulation products at the time was from Sega's Sega Smash Pack line, which was also very barebones products. Konami seemingly was just following standards it seems.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 07/06/10
Game Release: Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra (US, 11/16/02)
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