SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Reviews

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8.5 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2019

The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is an essential title for retro enthusiasts. It may be very heavy on shooters, but most of the shooters here are decent. Meanwhile, the other genres represented have compelling entries of their own, but Street Smart can be seen more of as a curiosity rather than something you'd actually want to play constantly. It is the Museum mode, however, that makes this collection shine, as there is a ton of content here for retro historians. Anyone who likes retro games should absolutely own this title.

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Cubed3
Top Critic
7 / 10
May 31, 2019

All in all, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is a fine way to experience SNK's humble beginnings. The included games cover a wide variety of genres, and even the worst of them have one or two admirable qualities. There are no complaints at all when it comes to features. Both region-select and console versions are accounted for, and the museum is loaded with bonus materials. Hopefully the dual-stick control issue is eventually sorted out, as it's the only stain on this otherwise impeccable set.

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4.2 / 5.0
May 28, 2019

Overall, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection was a great experience. As much as I wasn’t born at the time these games were released, I still found them to be very fun to play

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Drew Leachman
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

For the collector or retro game enthusiast, this is a must have. Fans of SNK games will find a lot of history here, and some fun while they’re at it.

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68 / 100
May 3, 2019

While these games were iconic trendsetters for their time, only a handful of them hold-up to today’s standards of playability, ingenuity, and fun. While the library size is large, so many of these games feel like reskins that it doesn’t quite reflect the broader scope of SNK’s accomplishments over the years. If you love a fast-paced challenge than this is definitely for you, but rather than being a memorable throwback like the NES or SNES Classics, this feels too bogged down in its lack of variety for what it could have been.

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8 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

Needless to say, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is well worth a look for retro fans.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Snk 40th Anniversary Collection is one of the best compilations that can be found in the market, thanks to the you can play games that currently can not be played in any other way than pulling emulator and above it comes with a whole encyclopedia of the first decade of this wonderful company. Indispensable for all those children who refuse to grow and who still keep our coins in their pockets excited to play the next game.

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6 / 10
Mar 31, 2019

The SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is by no means a bad bevy of retro delights. It’s just such a niche collection from a company that’s always going to play second fiddle to the likes of Capcom and Konami, that unless you’re a hipster of classic gaming, and is unlikely to attract your attention.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2019

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection I feel like is worth checking out to anyone who is a fan of retro games or those who want to learn more about SNK’s history.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2019

Buy it for Crystalis, and then you can settle in for interesting and beautifully made pre-Neo Geo games when the adventure ends.

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7 / 10
Mar 24, 2019

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is essential for game historians and recommended for anyone that wants to experience some old-school charm without the annoying difficulty gates. The titles themselves are hit and miss, but the good outweighs the bad by a healthy amount.

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75 / 100
Mar 20, 2019

Despite the aged-feeling of some of the titles, there’s still a lot to enjoy about the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

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7.8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2019

I think it is safe to say that the care and attention that went until putting this collection together is fantastic overall, though the games themselves are certainly more niche in nature. Arcade and NES enthusiasts who enjoy action games (especially shooters) will probably have the most fun with this compilation, however.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2019

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is one of the coolest, most fascinating video game releases out in 2019.

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Recommended
Jan 29, 2019

First, let's cover the broad spectrum, before we start dialing in on some of these actual titles. Right out the gate, I can tell you the presentation here is amazing. Every last game comes with just about every variant the original release exists in. American and Japanese arcade variants, contemporary console ports, it's all here. Not only do you have all of these variants, all of them superbly emulated, but you also have all of the extras. How would you like a ton of soundtracks to listen to, of classic SNK tunes? Done. Posters, samplings of vintage magazines, concept art? You've got it. There's tons of these little details and careful touches all throughout.

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Ofisil
Top Critic
9 / 10
Dec 10, 2018

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.

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Nov 30, 2018

This all comes from a passion to keep as much this industry's history alive as possible, and it all shines through in the final product.

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7 / 10
Nov 30, 2018

A worthy compendium for one of Japan's greatest arcade developers.

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Nov 28, 2018

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Nov 28, 2018

"A chest full of rare games."

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