• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. 85
    For true arcade nuts there is even a mode where a second DS can be used as a controller for titles like Track & Field where mashing buttons is sure to distort your view of the action.
  2. A great compilation of old-school, classic arcade games. Yes, there are a few weaklings in the litter, but each game is delivered as close to perfection as can be expected on a handheld system.
  3. For me, Arcade Hits was a great trip down memory lane. Sadly, younger gamers probably won’t want to deal with the primitive graphics and sound, or even worse, fighting dad for their turn on the DS.
  4. Delivers what it promises - 15 arcade ports for around 30 bucks. These arcade classics work well on the DS and the bonus features certainly round out the collection's overall appeal.
  5. A shining example of what a retro compilation should be.
  6. These games fit the DS control scheme nicely and games like Contra and Time Pilot play like a dream.
  7. 80
    None of these games have a tremendous amount of depth, but the developers did a great job bulking up the presentation with lots of customization, extras, and wireless modes.
  8. 80
    Considering that Konami is charging about five bucks for its classics on Xbox Live, it's a pretty good deal getting 15 games for about $30.
  9. 80
    The shooting and sports action should be more than suitable to your needs, and with the label Konami Classics Series established before Arcade Hits, that can only mean that the company's just getting started.
  10. AceGamez
    Normally with a classics compilation that has no real technical deficiencies, my complaints would be focused on the handful of lackluster titles that drag the overall package down. However, the sheer amount of effort that's gone into the extras and multiplayer has distracted me from any negative feelings. The new king of DS burst gaming has arrived!
  11. An example of what a good classics collection should be. It has a wide selection of games, all kinds of extra content for each, loads of customization options, and some really innovative uses of the DS's wireless capabilities.
  12. So if Konami Arcade Classics was a bag of Revels, I would happily munch my way to the bottom of the bag with very little spitting and surreptitious dog feeding. With far more good than bad, plenty of variety in the titles and some nice extras this collection sits proudly at the top of the DS retro compilation pile.
  13. Has more love in its bones than Konami's usual dead-horse-floggers - and it's great value at the current dollar-pound exchange rate.
  14. The library with history, trivia, and details for each game, as well as galleries of old artwork are a nice addition to this collection. However, I can’t recommend this to anyone other than fans of the old games.
  15. Konami Classics Arcade Hits has a ton of replay value packed into it. At a retail value of $30 for only 15 games, how can you lose?
  16. What it comes down to, though, is that this package is full of what are some fantastic, fun games. All the extra stuff is cool, but even without it all, the games stand on their own.
  17. Nintendo Power
    Classic game compilations are strangely uncommon on the DS, but the handheld's finally getting some significant retro love with this collection of 15 Konami arcade hits. [Apr 2007, p.84]
  18. While some games are less-than-stellar, the package as a whole is a good collection for any retro-gaming junkies.
  19. Every game is, however, garnished with good bonus content, such as the original leaflets (both in English and in Japanese for certain games), cover of the instructions manual, and even the boards inside the machines.
  20. 72
    A lot of them still have a nostalgic feel, and 2D games tend to age better than 3D visuals. Ditto with audio, though for more experienced gamers like me, these classic tunes bring back many fond arcade memories.
  21. While you certainly won’t be disappointed with the quality of the conversions or the usability of the collection, the game's prolonged existence has almost deliberately been removed by the addition of infinite credits.
  22. There’s good stuff here (especially for what, two bucks a game?), but sometimes not even modern hardware can recreate the past very well.
  23. You won't enjoy every single one of the 15 games included, but Konami Classics has just enough good stuff to make it worthwhile.
  24. A few painfully lame game choices hold the game back from being a full success.
  25. Arcade Hits is a thoughtful collection including some great games, loads of extras, and fun multiplayer options.
  26. A nice homage to the days when you had to line quarters on the rim of a cabinet just to secure your spot in line.
  27. The games provided on Konami Classics Series Arcade Hits are a mixed bag from mediocre to bad. Unless you are a collector of classic game series like this, there really isn’t any reason to add this to your collection.
  28. Pick up a different arcade collection. Unless you're really interested in some of the lesser known (for a reason) titles, such as Circus Charlie and Pooyan, you can get the other marquee games elsewhere.
  29. 60
    The uninspired title selection and painfully compromised presentation are heartbreaking disappointments, given the sheer amount of effort and love that Konami clearly put into the rest of the package. It's like sitting down for a meal at a four-star restaurant and opening the sterling silver lid covering your china plate...to find a cold White Castle burger sitting there.

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BlueFalcon
    Apr 17, 2007
    I'm not a big fan of how they organized this collection. They play a little too much like they're on an emulator too. You have to I'm not a big fan of how they organized this collection. They play a little too much like they're on an emulator too. You have to press a 'insert coin' button to play. The game selection is decent, but it's weird how 1 screen is basically useless at all times. Full Review »