Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Non-Arcade Collections / Compilations on the Sony PlayStation / PS1 / PSOne / PSX

Sony's wonderful grey box was lucky enough to receive a wealth of original arcade conversions in the form of many commercial release of collections of original arcade games. Check out this post for further details.

There was one specific reason for this.. Emulation.

Software developers realised how popular emulation was and saw that there was a market for selling collections of emulated games from older platforms for modern platforms.

Whilst there isn't exactly a huge library, there are certainly enough collections to make a half decent post.



1. Activision Classics

Or to give it its full name, "A Collection of Activision Classic Games for the Atari 2600".

This title was released in the NTSC-U region only (North America). I guess that the Atari 2600 just wasn't popular enough in Europe or Asia to get a full worldwide release.

Contained on the compilation are the following Atari 2600 colourful blockiness:

  • Atlantis
  • Barnstorming
  • Boxing
  • Chopper Command
  • Cosmic Computer
  • Crackpots
  • Dolphin
  • Dragster
  • Enduro
  • Fishing Derby
  • Freeway
  • Frostbite
  • Grand Prix
  • H.E.R.O
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kaboom!
  • Keystone Kapers
  • Laser Blast
  • Megamania
  • Pitfall!
  • Plaque Attack
  • River Raid
  • River Raid II
  • Seaquest
  • Skiing
  • Sky Jinks
  • Spider Fighter
  • Stampede
  • Starmaster
  • Tennis


2. Intellivision Classics

Or to give it its full name, "A Collection Classic Games from the Intellivision".

This title was once again released in the NTSC-U region only (North America). I am guessing again that the Intellivision just wasn't popular enough in Europe or Asia to get a full worldwide release. Certainly in the UK, home computers were far more popular than game consoles in the very early 80s.

Contained on the compilation are the following Intellivision joy:

  • Armor Battle
  • Astrosmash
  • Auto Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Football
  • Frog Bog
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Hover Force
  • Las Vegas Poker N Blackjack
  • Night Stalker
  • Pinball
  • Sea Battle
  • Shark! Shark!
  • Sharp Shot
  • Skiing
  • Snafu
  • Soccer
  • Space Armada
  • Space Battle
  • Space Hawk
  • Spiker! Super Pro Volleyball
  • Stadium Mud Buggies
  • Star Strike
  • Sub Hunt
  • Tennis
  • Chequers


3. Konami Antiques MSX Collection Volumes 1 to 3

These three collection were released in Japan only (NTSC-J) and featured selections of MSX games released by Konami in Japan.

Contained on these three compilation are the following MSX dynamite:

  • VOLUME 1
  • Antarctic Adventure
  • Gradius a.k.a. Nemesis
  • Gofer no Yabō Episode II a.k.a. Nemesis 3
  • Hyper Sports 2
  • Konami's Boxing
  • Konami's Ping Pong
  • Mopi Ranger
  • Road Fighter
  • Sky Jaguar
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu
  • VOLUME 2
  • Athletic Land
  • Gradius 2 a.k.a. Nemesis 2
  • Knightmare
  • Konami's Golf
  • Konami's Billiards
  • Hyper Sports 3
  • Magical Tree
  • Super Cobra
  • TwinBee
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu II
  • VOLUME 3
  • Comic Bakery
  • King's Valley
  • Konami's Tennis
  • Konami's Soccer
  • Konami Rally
  • Parodius
  • Penguin Adventure
  • Pippols
  • Salamander
  • Time Pilot


4. Namco Anthology Volumes 1 and 2

Namco, well known for releasing compilations of their arcade titles, released two small compilations of titles that they had released previously in Japan for the Nintendo Famicom (Japan variant of the Nintendo Entertainment System) and the Sega Megadrive.

These titles were Japan only releases and contain both the original games and remakes of each game.

Contained on these compilations iare the following Namco retroness:

  • VOLUME 1
  • Star Luster
  • Tower of Babel
  • Wrestleball
  • Conqueror's Continent
  • VOLUME 2
  • Pac-Attack
  • Valkyrie no Boken
  • Namco Classic II
  • King of Kings


5. Memorial Star Series Sunsoft Volumes 1 to 6

Another set of Japan only releases, each volume containing two real gems from Sunsoft's back catalogue originally released on the Nintendo Famicom (Japan variant of the Nintendo Entertainment System).

Contains the following Sunsoft Retro Heaven:

  • VOLUME 1
  • Ikki
  • Super Arabian
  • VOLUME 2
  • Route-16 Turbo
  • Atlantis no Nazo
  • VOLUME 3
  • Tokaido Gojuusan Tsugi
  • The Wing of Madoola
  • VOLUME 4
  • Ripple Island
  • Blaster Master
  • VOLUME 5
  • Raf World/li>
  • Hebereke
  • VOLUME 6
  • Battle Formula
  • Gimmick!


6. Jaleco Collection Volume 1

Jaleco Collection volume 1 is a compilation of Nintendo Entertainment System / Nintendo Famicom released by Jaleco back in the day.

Contained on this compilation are the following Nintendo emulations:

  • Argus
  • City Connection
  • Exerion
  • Field Combat
  • Formation Z
  • Ninja Jajamaru Kun
  • RodLand


And to round up..

So, not masses of commercially emulated games to choose from on the Sony PlayStation, and certainly Japan ate these releases up far more than western regions were expected to, but a nice niche corner of gaming and good to see developers recognising that true gamers will always revisit an old skool favourite!

I guess that the natural progression would suggest a post on non-commercial emulation for the Sony PlayStation?

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