Konami Classics strike DS

Gradius, Track and Field and Contra confirmed for retro DS package

Konami is revitalising some of the best games in its history in a new retro compilation package, Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits for DS.

The most exciting games in the package include Gradius, Track and Field and the awesome Contra (better known as Probotector over here), which will contribute to some serious button wear on our DSes. Also on the 12-game list is Rush 'N' Attack, Yie-Ar Kung Fu, Roc 'N Rope, and Circus Charlie, with more yet to be announced.

The great news is that each game will be included in their original form as well as an updated and "remixed" form that will take advantage of the many DS functions. It will also allow players to select between horizontal and vertical screen settings, which use the two screens to imitate the configuration of the original arcade display.

Even more interestingly, the game will include a bonus feature that gives players the history of each of the titles in the compilation, and even let you listen to over 100 game songs and sound effects, for teary-eyed moments.

Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits is due to release in the US in March 2007, but a European is yet to be confirmed, although we're hopeful it will make it here because it sounds ace. We're already pestering Konami about it - keep your eye on us.