Today, Capcom has announced that they are bundling all of their arcade beat ’em up hits in one, HD collection. Senior Producer, Akiko Nasagawa, told press that the collection would be coming out for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 and eventually for the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U.
Starting with Final Fight and moving on through Capcom’s arcade history from the late 80s through the 90s, the collection includes major hits such as The Punisher and both Dungeons & Dragons hack ‘n slash beat ’em up titles in one mega-collection:
- Final Fight
- Captain Commando
- Knights of the Round
- The King of Dragons
- Dynasty Wars
- Warriors of Fate
- Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
- The Punisher
- Alien vs. Predator
- Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
- Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara
- Armored Warriors
- Battle Circuit
And a special bonus, Final Fight: Revenge, for a total of fourteen games in one mega-package.
“We thought to ourselves how nice it would be to give something back to fans that have given us so many tokens and quarters over the years by releasing this collection. There were some concerns over licensing properties like the Alien, Predator, and The Punisher, but we figured, what the hell.” Ms. Nasagawa said.
Additional extras include unlockable art, interviews with the designers, soundtrack samplers, and most importantly, multiplayer.
Part of the collection’s appeal has been the simplicity of the action, clean controls, and the variety of tweaks that Capcom has injected into their games which have covered an eclectic selection of venues from urban blight to futuristic space adventures. In Final Fight, players take on the roles of Mayor Haggar and his friends as they fight gangs to rescue his daughter. In Alien vs. Predator, they can be the Predator and blast enemies or skewer them with their bladed staves.
Also included with the collection are both Dungeons and Dragons adaptations, Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara, each packed with fantasy monsters from the Monster Manuals of the popular tabletop series. And like in the arcade, up to four players can join in online and fight through both adventures together!
“My favorite enemy is the dragon in Mystara. I also hate it when the Elf keeps trying to steal the kill.” Associate Producer, Mr. Batou Toriyama, commented later.
One of the strangest games added to the roster was Battle Circuit, a little known arcade game with some of the most unusual heroes in any beat ’em up such as a pink ostrich and a sentient plant-thing that seems to have come out from the imagination of Lovecraft.
This also comes on the heels of hints that Konami will also be doing the same with its own beat ’em up games.
But for now, Capcom is eager to share a piece of its arcade history with a new generation of players and longtime fans that still remember eating pizza while saving the world in the arcade.