Konami 80's Arcade Gallery

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Konami 80's Arcade Gallery
North American PlayStation cover art
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation
  • WW: 1998
  • JP: May 13, 1999
  • NA: November 30, 1999
Mode(s)One or Two Players Alternating
Arcade systemKonami System 573

Konami 80's AC Special (known in Japan as Konami 80's Arcade Gallery (コナミエイティーズアーケードギャラリー, Konami Eitizu Ākēdo Gyararī) is a compilation of arcade video games, originally released in arcades in 1998. It was later ported to the PlayStation in 1999, where it was renamed to Konami Arcade Classics for its North American release. Unlike most of Konami's PlayStation games, the PlayStation version was not released in PAL regions.

While many compilations on home consoles predate Konami Arcade Classics, it is one of the earliest examples of an arcade reissue of classic games, being preceded only by the Namco Classics Collection series. It is also, to date, one of only two arcade compilations with both a coin-op and consumer release (the other being Space Invaders Anniversary, which was only released in Japan and Europe).


The collection was developed for the System 573 arcade system - hardware based on the Sony PlayStation architecture. This made the collection easy to convert to the PlayStation home console. A look into the software's readme files reveals notes that the original ROM data was used to obtain assets for the reprogrammed games.[1]

While the arcade version had an intro movie and also had an attract mode for certain games, the PlayStation version got its own unique intro movie. In addition, the North American PlayStation version got a small history feature, which gave brief blurbs of facts about each of the included games.

Included games[edit]


Chris Charla reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "They were fun then, they're fun now, and with 10 games included, this package is an excellent deal."[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Konami 80's AC Special - the Cutting Room Floor".
  2. ^ Charla, Chris (September 1999). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 2, no. 1. Imagine Media. p. 87.
  3. ^ http://www.thevideogamecritic.net/psfl.htm#Konami_Arcade_Classics
  4. ^ "Konami Arcade Classics Review".
  5. ^ "Konami Arcade Classics". 8 January 2000.

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