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[Switch] Free-1943: The Battle of Midway (+Ghosts n Goblins til 25 Feb) via Capcom Arcade Stadium - Nintendo eShop


Apparently this can be downloaded for free via the Switch console. It is a dashboard that comes with 1943 (free forever) and Ghosts n Goblins (which is free until 25 February 2021).

Link on the shop does not work yet but it can be downloaded fine from the console.
A UK account might be required but I am sure it will also be launched on the AU store later today: https://www.theaureview.com/games/every-announcement-from-to...

Source: https://www.destructoid.com/stories/capcom-arcade-stadium-la...

Here is the info from the website:

A compendium of awesome classic Capcom arcades have been gathered together in Capcom Arcade Stadium, which launches today on Nintendo Switch. The surprise release was announced during today's Nintendo Direct presentation, followed by word of PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions "at a later date."

Capcom Arcade Stadium will arrive as a free dashboard bundled with 1987 shmup 1943: The Battle of Midway. Players can then purchase three individual packs of games, each containing 10 classic titles.

In all, 32 Capcom titles are available at launch, including Street Fighter II, Strider, Forgotten Worlds, Commando, Final Fight, and many more. You can get everything bundled for $40 (A$59.95), or pay $15 (A$22.95) for each individual pack and optionally pick up Ghosts 'n Goblins as a separate $1.99 add-on.

Here's the list of games in Capcom Arcade Stadium:

Capcom Arcade Stadium Pack 1: Dawn of the Arcade ('84 – '88)

Pirate Ship Higemaru
Section Z
Tatakai no Banka
Legendary Wings
Bionic Commando
Forgotton Worlds
Ghouls 'n Ghosts

Capcom Arcade Stadium Pack 2: Arcade Revolution ('89 – '92)

Dynasty Wars
Final Fight
1941: Counter Attack
Senjo no Okami II
Mega Twins
Carrier Air Wing
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Captain Commando
Varth: Operation Thunderstorm

Capcom Arcade Stadium Pack 3: Arcade Evolution ('92 – '01)

Warriors of Fate
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
Powered Gear: Strategic Variant Armor Equipment
Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
19XX: The War Against Destiny
Battle Circuit
Giga Wing
1944: The Loop Master

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  • The Last one:

    Dusk of the Arcade ('02…)

  • Can confirm it is live now, I downloaded it a few hours ago from the Australian e-shop with my Australian account.

    The full complete pack is $59.95.

  • +1

    i kind of like this.

  • +3

    captain commando !!!
    I used to spend hours after high school playing this at Time Zone or Galaxy world !

    Give me a physical copy and I'll buy it !

  • +1

    This is great then I remember I already have these on MAME.

    I get the same feeling every time someone brings up buying a tabletop machine, I want one, but I already have the game.

  • +3

    Ghosts and Goblins was a fun game but so ridiculously hard I suspect it was never actually tested by anyone at CapCom before its release.

    • +3

      It was originally made as an arcade machine hungry for coins. I suspect that Capcom knew exactly how hard it was.

      • My inner cynic wants to agree but if software companies adopted this as a policy, the industry would no longer exist.

    • Well there is a new Ghosts n Goblins coming out on Switch on the 27th Feb :-) comments on the youtube vids seem to be, "yay now I can keep failing at getting past the first level"

  • +2

    Loving this! Apparently it’s coming to PlayStation Network, Xbox and PC as well. https://www.gematsu.com/2021/02/capcom-arcade-stadium-coming...

  • Anyone know if there will be a physical release?

  • +1

    I was watching the Nintendo Direct this morning and as soon as they announced the free 1943, I was thinking betcha someone would post this on ozbargain…

  • Well, I'm officially old, it's too tiny on the switch screen for me :D

    • If only the switch was capable of switching between portable and a big screen :P

      Unless you have a lite… of course…. hahaha

  • +1

    Anyone know how to insert the coin to start a game?

    • +1

      press right thumb stick

  • Nothing beats old videogame box art. Garish af!

  • God, there's a lot of my youth wrapped up in those first 2 bundles.

    Tempted to get it, but I suspect they will not have aged well. My memories will be much better than the actual games these days, I think… :(

  • Love 1943! One of the best classic shoot'em ups.

  • I just downloaded it for free Ghosts n Goblins, which I'm sure has nothing to do with Ghosts n Goblins Ressurection which is out next week on the switch :-)

    • Man, I loved Ghosts n Goblins when I was a kid (used to play the arcade version, then later on the C64). It seems to get mostly forgotten these days in favour of Ghouls n Ghosts, though.

      • Did you beat it?

        • Nobody ever beat Ghosts n Goblins :P

          Not without cheats, anyway :P

          • @AngusD: I have seen it done. Incredible as it was but I guess at that time games were so expensive the few games people had and could afford were played to death which made them really skilled and good at them.
            I came close once too but then unfortunately lost the flow towards the end. :-(

  • I like the freebies and its a fun little distraction, but I dont see myself playing this for more than an hour.

  • I just tried Ghosts n Goblins — a game I love and know very well — and the input latency is pretty awful. Poor emulation.

    • Did you try it with the black screen borders / no filters? Apparently that helps but doesn't eliminate some of the lag.

      • Yep. I did that before I started playing and that's the only way I tried.