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  • Summary: 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK's golden age are coming back together in one anthology on Nintendo Switch™. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION is packed full of retro games and a2018 marks the 40th anniversary of legendary studio SNK. To celebrate this extraordinary milestone, a variety of classic arcade games from SNK's golden age are coming back together in one anthology on Nintendo Switch™. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION is packed full of retro games and a treasure trove of features. Ikari Warriors...nuff said. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 11, 2018
    90
    SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is not full of flawless gems that everyone will love, and it suffers a bit in terms of variety. Strictly viewed for what it is, however, which is part retro videogame anthology, part history lesson, it is one of the finest one in the market, making this the definite product for those who want to try the titles on offer.
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    90
    While I personally already own much of SNK’s NES catalog on cartridges, having portable versions of several arcade classics that I can take anywhere on my Nintendo Switch along with their 8-bit counterparts is definitely a bonus. While most of them are gems in their own right, the actual arcade cabinets can be rare and hard to come by in the wild, especially since most titles like the Ikari Warriors series had a proprietary joystick that twisted as opposed to a twin-stick shooter setup.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    84
    Putting aside a limited amount of genres, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection includes an educational value that is unrivaled in the history of retrogaming, offering the definitive learning tool for all SNK fans.
  4. Nov 6, 2018
    80
    The 40th Anniversary Collection gives you a lot to play and many ways to tailor the experience to your whims, including settings that come in handy while playing vertically oriented games. From a technical and experiential standpoint, it's an all-around great collection.
  5. Nov 12, 2018
    80
    It doesn’t take a genius to see that the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection isn’t for everyone. Many of the games here really haven’t aged quite as well as others developed for the same generation. If rummaging through the nostalgia of gaming history does appeal to you though, then this mid-range priced time capsule could very well be worth your investment.
  6. Nov 14, 2018
    75
    The quality of reproduction is quite faithful to the starting counterparts, and the work of historical preservation is top notch, thanks also to the full-bodied museum full of curiosities.
  7. Nov 11, 2018
    50
    SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is an interesting package, but even with the upcoming titles to be added, I have to question its value. Luckily, this is not a full price package, but even then many gamers will doubt the value proposition, quite rightly. I'm not saying don't buy the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, but whether you'll keep playing the game after a few multiplayer sessions with friends is questionable indeed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 15, 2018
    10
    Amazing collection of some of gaming's earliest gems!
    The museum mode is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ATHENA IS STILL THE
    Amazing collection of some of gaming's earliest gems!
    The museum mode is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ATHENA IS STILL THE BEST WAIFU OUT THERE
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  2. Nov 14, 2018
    10
    So excited about all the work put into the museum and the emulation here. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION has top notch quality, and featuresSo excited about all the work put into the museum and the emulation here. SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION has top notch quality, and features a treasure trove of SNK classics from the 80s. Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2019
    9
    The high score I give SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is carried entirely by the fantastic presentation and the inclusion of one, essentialThe high score I give SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is carried entirely by the fantastic presentation and the inclusion of one, essential title: Crystalis. This marks the first time since 1990 the NES classic action-RPG has been officially re-released on any platform. (I don't count the mediocre 2000 Game Boy Color port, as that was sort of a remake and has quite a few changes.) Most of the other games are forgettable, but all are absolutely worth playing, as they will broaden your exposure to a period in arcades that has largely been forgotten. Combine the number of games total with the excellent historical images and other archival material, and you have a superb collection and a tremendous value. Recommended to all Nintendo Switch owners. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2022
    7
    This package is just OK. Some of the games are entertaining for a playthrough, and the rewind feature is very much appreciated. TheThis package is just OK. Some of the games are entertaining for a playthrough, and the rewind feature is very much appreciated. The presentation is excellent, and I like the way they have implemented the aiming (with the right thumb stick) in all the twin stick shooting games. It is really disappointing that there are no Samurai Shodown games and no Metal Slug games in this package. It is also very disappointing that Beast Busters is basically unplayable because the aiming target is ridiculously sensitive and there is no option to change this. I bought this on sale for half price ($30AUD) and feel a some buyer regret. I think the Capcom Arcade Stadiums are much better value because many more of those games are still worth playing today. As a big fan of retro games, I do feel an opportunity was missed with this release. Expand