The only small issue is that small screen size can be a factor in handheld mode when playing on the triple and dual-screen arcade releases in pixel-perfect mode. Outside of that, this is an absolutely amazing collection of classic shoot ‘em ups that I feel is ultimately worth the higher price tag. I think you’ll agree that the overall quality of this collection is worth it.
Darius Cozmic Collection Console is a must-have for hardcore Darius fans. However, given its shortcomings and steep retail price, it’s not as essential a purchase as the arcade edition of Taito’s shoot-em-up classics.
This is a much-needed collection of iconic shoot 'em ups that, until now, were lost to the sands of time. Each of the games included in this collection is a thrill to play, but it's hard not to compare the number of games included and the lack of extra content with the premium price tag and feel like something is off. A lack of extras could be forgiven if this were a complete collection, but the fact that there are titles missing from this compilation raises red flags on an otherwise stellar set of shooter classics.
Darius Cozmic Collection Console is, like Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade; a great collection, no doubt. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it as it is, since all games included are good and worth checking out - but the same issue of price is there. Different game versions aside, only four games are included this time, and if anyone already owns the arcade collection then only two of those are actually properly exclusive to it, since two are console ports of arcade games. This one is therefore, despite being just as good, even harder to recommend at its launching price. If the price ever goes down, or if it gets freely updated with the missing extra games, then that would be a different matter.
Darius Cozmic Collection Console is the other half of the Darius Arcade
collection for the Nintendo Switch and it follows the same principle.
Unfortunately it cannot make the same boasts, mostly because there's too
many relevant games lacking from this collection and its heavier price
tag means this effort represents less value for money than its
arcade-based counterpart. This is not to say that the reproduction work
in this release is not stunning because it certainly is, but what is
being proposed here ends up feeling more like a shortcoming than a
proper compilation of Darius console games.
While M2’s emulation work is spectacular as always, the Darius Cozmic Collection suffers from a failure of imagination. It envisions the history of this eclectic, evocative franchise as a commodity to be fastidiously repackaged and sold as’ content’ rather than taking the opportunity to explore and appreciate one of the strangest sagas in gaming. It’s a frustratingly narrow view that leaves the Darius story untold, and Taito has ensured that these collections will blend in with countless others on a shelf, struggling to be found in the crowded marketplace.
SummaryThe Darius Cozmic Collection Console contains 6 legendary console titles in a total of 9 versions:
DARIUS II (Mega Drive JP version)
SAGAIA (Genesis version)
SAGAIA (Master System EU version)
DARIUS TWIN (Super Famicom JP version)
DARIUS TWIN (Super NES US version)
DARIUS FORCE (Super Famicom JP version)