This article features the best console-based compilations of classic arcade games. The included collections were selected based partially on quantity of games and especially on quantity. Most of these compilations include around twenty games each but this article focuses only lists games of NGR-level quality. Video game publishers love to milk their classic games with re-release after re-release, often spreading games from a single series across different retro collections. The compilations buck this trend to some extent and provide the best overall value.
Capcom Classics Collection (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
There are only six NGR-worthy games in this collection but they’re of very high quality and rather lengthy by arcade standards.
1943: The Battle of Midway
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Street Fighter II
-Street Fighter II’ Champion Edition
-Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
bonus: Rounding out the Ghosts ‘n Goblins package, the collection includes a the followingg SNES release:
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Taito Legends (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
This compilation boasts a long list of games and enviable variety.
New Zealand Kids
-Space Invaders Part II
Return of the Invaders
Taito Legends 2 (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Although not quite as strong as its predecessor, this collection features several great but relatively unknown games.
Majestic Twelve: Space Invaders Part IV
Space Invaders DX
Space Invaders ’95
The Fairyland Story
Don Doko Don
Bubble Symphony (Xbox only)
Atari Anthology (PlayStation 2, Xbox)
A fairly comprehensive release featuring all of the classic pre-1984 Atari games that one would expect to see.
bonus: Dozens of Atari 2600 releases are also included, with ports of many of the above titles, plus the following highlights:
Midway Arcade Treasures (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
In spite of the title, all of the best games in this collection were originally released by Williams and Atari Games, companies that were later absorbed by Midway.
Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest
Namco Museum Virtual Arcade (Xbox 360)
This collection is rather comprehensive for Pac-Man and Galaga fans with the only glaring ommission being Gaplus.
Pac & Pal
King & Balloon
Dig Dug II
bonus: The non-arcade content in this compilation is really impressive, including three update/sequels originally released in Namco Museum Battle for PSP as well as three sequels that debuted in Xbox Live Arcade.
Pac-Man Arrangement 2005
Dig Dug Arrangement 2005
Galaga Arrangement 2005
Pac-Man Championship Edition
Mr. Driller Online
Notes: With the exception of Atari Anthology, none of the Xbox releases are compatible with Xbox 360.