Yesterday I impulse bought SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. I knew it was likely disappointing, but got it anyway.
The box cleverly hides what's included. The only identifiable character on the cover was the ship from Alpha Mission, the rest I couldn't make any sense out of. On the back all that is mention is Ikari Warriors and Crystalis a la "Enjoy some of SNK's finest classics in 1080p, from Crystalis to Ikari Warriors." Fans with a memory much better than mine can pick out most of the games from the box art and in game shots on the back but most gamers wouldn't be able to identify much, if any.
Included are Alpha Mission, Athena, Crystalis, Guerrilla War, Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road, Ikari III: The Rescue, Iron Tank, P.O.W., Prehistoric Isle, Psycho Soldier, Street Smart, TNKIII, and Vanguard with claims that Chopper Fantasy, Munch Mobile, Sasuke vs Commander, Time Soldiers, Bermuda Triangle, Paddle Mania, Ozma Wars, Beast Busters, Search & Rescue, and World Wars will be added mid December.
Adding another lot of games will help to ease the sting of paying $40 for a 14 game compilation, but most of the add ons i've not heard of. This contents of this game seem to be SNKs B ranked arcade and NES / Famicon game list. I'm sure theres some mix of liscensing costs and stepping on other recently released nostalgia based products but it makes for a dissapointing collection.
The upside is the rewind feature. The arcade ports make staying alive for long periods of time difficult. Even in early stages, games like POW can suck all your lives away in one section. Being able to rewind and rework is Game Genie level cheating BUT rewarding. It feels a little like getting payback for all those lost quarters so many years ago.
Unless I get sucked into Crystalis I wont play this for long. Crystalis was the tipping point in my decision to purchase. I dig the Zelda-esque adventure rpg games and don't remember playing Crystalis when it came out, and I really didn't miss a lot of NES stuff. I'm saving that after I get my fill of the other games in hopes of stretching out the experience a bit.