Three More SNK Arcade Classics Head to PSN Today

Not only does PSN provide new, exciting downloadable games each week, but smart publishers are transferring some of their back catalog to the service as well. Luckily for old school arcade fans SNK Playmore USA is one of those publishers. They have already released Athena, Ikari Warriors, and Guerilla War, in addition to other lesser-known titles, as PS minis. Now Alpha Mission, T.N.K. III, and Vanguard II will be hitting the PSN later today. These commemorative “retro-arcade emulations” represent key titles in SNK’s and arcade history.

Alpha Mission, originally released in 1985, was the precursor to the early NEOGEO title Alpha Mission II – no surprise there. It follows classic shoot’em up (aka shmup) tropes of collecting power ups and blasting the hell out of your opponents.

Another blast from the mid 1980s, T.N.K. III is the first appearance of Colonel Ralf, prior to his appearance in Ikari Warriors. T.N.K. III also provides a reminder of a classic retro genre, the “tank games” of early consoles and arcades – think shmups without the automatically scrolling screen. Use both your machine guns and cannons to decimate the opposing army.

Vanguard II builds off the unique legacy of Vanguard, which was the first scrolling shooter that allowed you to move in multiple directions, as well as shoot in four distinct directions. You must face airborne as well as ground-based enemies in order to destroy the oppositions base.

If you love classic arcade shmups look no further than this week on the PSN. For about the cost of a meal at McDonalds you can pick up three games that will transport you back to the arcades of old. All three titles will be available via today’s PSN update as PS minis and retail for $2.99 each.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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