Arcade Archives

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Arcade Archives is a line of downloadable rereleases of arcade games by Hamster Corporation, a company specializing in low-budget ports of arcade games to consoles. The line started on the PlayStation 4 in May 2014 and was introduced on Nintendo systems with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, intially focusing on SNK's Neo Geo system before expanding to other arcade titles, including Nintendo's own arcade games.

Arcade Archives releases are straightforward emulations of the target title and thus do not include new content or any changes or additions made to a game's home version. All Arcade Archives titles include remappable controls, access to the DIP settings to modify gameplay parameters, suspension saves, online leaderboards, three display settings (raw pixels, blurred or blur + scanlines) and Caravan and Hi-Score modes.

Arcade Archives releases may also include different variants (regional or otherwise) of the game when there are notable differences. Donkey Kong is the only Mario-related release to support this feature, allowing players to choose between the original Japanese release, the later Japanese release or the international version.



Named after the "Caravan Mode" featured in multiple Hudson Soft games, this challenge the player to score as many points as possible within five minutes. This mode does not allow to pause or use saves.

Hi-Score mode[edit]

Hi-Score mode has the player play the game on one credit on the default DIP settings without the ability to pause or use saves. Leaderboards are separate from regular mode.

Mario games released as part of Arcade Archives[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr.,[1] VS. Pinball,[2] and VS. Wrecking Crew[3] have been announced for Arcade Archives but are TBD.

# Game Pricing (USD) Release date Developer(s)
1 Mario Bros. $ 7.99 2017 / 09 / 27 Nintendo EAD
2 VS. Super Mario Bros. $ 7.99 2017 / 12 / 22 Nintendo EAD
3 Donkey Kong $ 7.99 2018 / 06 / 14 Nintendo EAD, Ikegami Tsushinki


  1. ^ Lopes, Gonçalo. (September 23, 2018). Hamster Adding Even More Games To The Arcade Archives On Switch. Nintendo Life. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ GameXplain. (September 13, 2017). Arcade Archives for Nintendo Switch Announced (Mario Bros. more). YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Jenni (September 19, 2017). VS. Excitebike, VS. Urban Champion, And VS. Wrecking Crew Heading To The Switch. Siliconera. Retrieved March 22, 2018.