Konami may be more closely associated with canceling Silent Hills and pachinko machines these days but there was a time where they were mostly known for publishing console video games. The publisher’s legacy includes iconic franchises such as Castlevania, Silent Hill, Contra, Metal Gear, and Bomberman before the company chose to pursue creatively bankrupt avenues that provided higher profits with less effort. A few years ago Konami slowly started to publish new games again, (including Super Bomberman R!) but most of their recent output has been collections consisting of ports of older games from their long and winding catalog. Every time they publish a new collection of classics it feels like a new Silent Hill or Castlevania is just a little bit closer to being a possibility, and right now the latter feels closer than ever.
Nintendo should do a Metroid Advance Collection
The existence of Castlevania Advance Collection recently leaked through the Australian government’s classification website. A listing for Castlevania Advance Collection under the publisher ‘Konami Digital Entertainment’ appeared on the website on June 18, 2021. M2 is listed as the author of the product, which also makes sense; M2 is a developer known for porting older games to newer hardware. The developer’s work even includes Super Bomberman R, Castlevania Anniversary Collection, and Contra Anniversary Collection. As much as we’d like to see new games from Konami, it would be cool if they would at least keep throwing money at M2 to continue bringing collections of all their older games to modern hardware. That way the games they’ve already made can continue to remain accessible and available to play.
As of writing Castlevania Advance Collection has not been officially announced so details are limited to what’s listed on the Australian ratings website. The Game Boy Advance had three original Castlevania games in its library; Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow were released exclusively on the Nintendo handheld between 2001 and 2003. The games were later re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2014, but that’s the only official way to play them outside of a physical GBA cartridge. Castlevania Advance Collection is all but officially confirmed at this point, so new fans and returning vampire hunters should have an easier way to experience these sidescrolling action-adventure classics soon. Castlevania seems to be Konami’s focus right now but maybe a Silent Hill or Bomberman collection could happen if the re-releases keep selling well.