Konami 80's Arcade Gallery

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Konami 80's Arcade Gallery
North American PlayStation cover art
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation
  • JP: May 13, 1999
  • NA: December 9, 1999[1]
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. It was supposed to be released in September 1999,[2] before the game was delayed to its release date of December 9, 1999. 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).


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.[3]

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]


The PlayStation version received average reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[4] Many magazines gave the game mixed to positive reviews while it was still in development.[7][2][10][11][14][15][16] Chris Charla of NextGen said of the game in its early review: "They were fun then, they're fun now, and with 10 games included, this package is an excellent deal."[14] GamePro said of the game in its early review: "They may be dusty and obscure, but the collection of games in Konami Arcade Classics offers unique and surprisingly fresh gameplay. Retro still rocks!"[16][c]

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  1. ^ In Electronic Gaming Monthly's early review of the PlayStation version, two critics gave it each a score of 7.5/10, and two more gave it 7/10.
  2. ^ In GameFan's early viewpoint of the PlayStation version, two critics gave it each a score of 73, and the other gave it 88.
  3. ^ GamePro gave the PlayStation version two 3.5/5 scores for graphics and sound, 3/5 for control, and 4.5/5 for fun factor in its early review.


  1. ^ "News Briefs (1999 Archive)". Atari Gaming Headquarters. Retrieved April 10, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (August 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics". Game Informer. No. 76. FuncoLand. p. 60. Archived from the original on January 8, 2001. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  3. ^ "Konami 80's AC Special". The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Konami Arcade Classics for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  5. ^ Weiss, Brett Alan. "Konami Arcade Classics - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  6. ^ Marrin, John (January 28, 2000). "Konami Arcade Classics". Gamecenter. CNET. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Boyer, Crispin; Chou, Che; Hager, Dean; Hsu, Dan "Shoe" (September 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics" (PDF). Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 122. Ziff Davis. p. 215. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  8. ^ Nash, Jeff (April 12, 2000). "Konami Arcade Classics". The Electric Playground. Greedy Productions Ltd. Archived from the original on September 10, 2002. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Konami Arcade Classics". GameFan. Shinno Media. December 9, 1999. Archived from the original on March 9, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  10. ^ a b Rodriguez, Tyrone (August 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics". GameFan. Vol. 7, no. 8. Shinno Media. pp. 36–37. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  11. ^ a b Mylonas, Eric "ECM"; Ngo, George "Eggo"; Chau, Anthony "Dangohead" (August 1999). "Konami [Arcade] Classics". GameFan. Vol. 7, no. 8. Shinno Media. p. 14. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (December 20, 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics Review". GameSpot. Fandom. Archived from the original on December 12, 2004. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  13. ^ Bishop, Sam (January 7, 2000). "Konami Arcade Classics". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  14. ^ a b c Charla, Chris (September 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics". NextGen. No. 57. Imagine Media. p. 87. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  15. ^ a b Rybicki, Joe (August 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Vol. 2, no. 11. Ziff Davis. p. 87. Retrieved July 7, 2023.
  16. ^ a b Bad Hare (September 1999). "Konami Arcade Classics". GamePro. No. 132. IDG. p. 136. Retrieved July 7, 2023.

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