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Publishers will often bundle several previously released games on one disc and sell it as a compilation, usually several years after their initial releases and on a new console. The games usually are part of the same series or genre, and tend to be a Milestone Celebration
May count as a Revenue Enhancing Device
if you're cynical. Updated Re-release
is similar, but it's usually just one game and more polish rather than a package.
- The Genocide series received an updated compilation on the FM Towns that gave both games better graphics, higher quality music and sound, new cut-scenes, and a new ending for completing both games in one sitting on Normal or Hard. It also rebalances the first game's difficulty while giving the player much more control of the Tracer and an independent Weapon Select button.
- The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition for GameCube featured slightly updated ports of Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, the original The Legend of Zelda, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, plus a trial version of Wind Waker. It was packaged with new Gamecubes for a short time, and the only other ways to get it were to register at least two Nintendo-published games and a GameCube console on Nintendo's website or subscribe to Nintendo Power.
- Castlevania Double Pack is a 2-in-1 Game Boy Advance cartridge compiling Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow. However, it doesn't include Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, or provide a second-slot bonus with Dawn of Sorrow as the original Aria of Sorrow cart did.
- Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles has the unlockable Castlevania: Symphony of the Night remastered, and Rondo of Blood included. The former revised the dialog and added Maria as a playable character, with the latter redubbing all the cut-scenes. This release is notable to finally bringing Rondo of Blood out of Japan.
- Assassin's Creed Ezio Trilogy for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 included Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations, all chronicling the life of Ezio Auditore.
- The stand alone release of Assassin's Creed Revelations on PlayStation 3 included Assassin's Creed on the disc.
- Dragon Quest I and Dragon Quest II were compiled for the Super Famicom (Japanese SNES), and later again for the Gameboy Color, based on the Super Famicom version. The GBC version got an American release.
- Final Fantasy has had several compilations depending on whether you're in North America, Europe or Japan. In North America, there's Final Fantasy Anthology (Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI), Final Fantasy Origins (Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II), and Final Fantasy Chronicles (Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger, which, strictly speaking, is not a Final Fantasy game), all for PlayStation. Of these, Europe received Final Fantasy Origins and an edition of Final Fantasy Anthology which contained Final Fantasy IV instead of Final Fantasy VI, whose PlayStation version was released individually in Europe. There was also a Japan-only two-in-one Famicom cartridge containing Final Fantasy I and Final Fantasy II together, and there was the Final Fantasy Collection (IV, V and VI) for PS. Most of the games were updated slightly, mainly with FMV scenes and a bestiary and/or art gallery. There's also a GBA compilation of FF I and FF II called Dawn of Souls, and Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, a PSP remake of FF IV compiled with The After Years and an Interquel bridging story, about what happened during the Time Skip.
- Inversion: the first three Madou Monogatari games were released first in big bundles of disks for the MSX2 and PC-98, and then individually for the Game Gear. The next trilogy of games (A-R-S) made a similar package debut on the PC-98, though only the first received an individual release.
- Megami Tensei I and Megami Tensei II were compiled for the Super Famicom as Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei ("Megami Tensei: The Old Testament").
- MOTHER and MOTHER 2 have been compiled into a single cartridge and rereleased for the GBA under the name MOTHER 1+2 (only in Japan, of course), even including the updated ending for the first game that was supposed to be released in the translated version of the game and a teaser for MOTHER 3.
- Sega Ages 2500: Phantasy Star Collection for the PlayStation 2, but not in America, which brings together the Master System original and Genesis sequels. Tthe Sega Saturn received a Phantasy Star Collection with the same four games, and another was released for the Game Boy Advance that omitted Phantasy Star IV due to cartridge space.
- Kingdom Hearts has the HD 1.5 Remix which contains the first game, the Updated Re-release of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and HD cutscenes (but no gameplay) of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days. An upcoming 2.5 Remix will contain Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and HD cutscenes (again without gameplay) of Kingdom Hearts Coded.
- Arc The Lad Collection, published abroad by Working Designs, compiled the first three Arc games as the very first time they ever left Japan. They're now available separately on the Play Station Network.
- Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is a compilation of the first and second games for the PlayStation 3, with HD remastered graphics, dual audio and Trophy support as well as new Tales series cameo costumes for the first game and the extras from the original PAL Wii release of the second game. Notably, the version of the first Symphonia game featured here is in fact a localisation of the once Japan-only PlayStation 2 Updated Re-release complete with all of its extras and none of its loading. Both games are also available individually as digital downloads off of PSN.
- To a lesser extent, the PS Store also offers a digital combo download of both Tales of Graces f and Tales of Xillia.
- Mortal Kombat Kollection for the PlayStation 2, which included Mortal Kombat Deception, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, and Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Shaolin Monks also has the unlockable Mortal Kombat II. Strangely, Deadly Alliance was not included.
- Street Fighter Collection for the PlayStation and Saturn, a two disc compilation containing Super Street Fighter II and Super Street Fighter II Turbo on one disc and Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold on the second. It was followed by Street Fighter Collection 2, which includes the original Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Street Fighter II′ (Dash): Champion Edition, and Street Fighter II′ (Dash) Turbo: Hyper Fighting.
- Street Fighter also had the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection for the PS2 and Xbox, which was a two-in-one compilation of Hyper Street Fighter II (a pseudo-compilation of the Street Fighter II series) and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, both of which were originally given individual releases for the PS2 in Japan and Europe.
- Later, there was Street Fighter Alpha Anthology, which included most of the Alpha games (including Alpha 2 Gold and Alpha 3 Upper) as well as Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix.
- There was also Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection for the PS2 in Japan only. The compilation would later serve as the basis for Darkstalkers/Vampire Ressurection which will receive a worldwide release on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store.
- Capcom's crossover games with Marvel got a similar re-release with 2012's Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, which packaged together Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of the Superheroes for download on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store.
Hack and Slash
- In preparation for BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games brought out BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 containing BioShock 1 and BioShock 2 and DLCs for both games, including the PlayStation 3-exclusive Challenge Rooms DLC pack for the original BioShock on the Xbox 360 version that also features a New Game+ option upon beating the game.
- Descent I and II: The Definitive Collection.
- The Ultimate Doom Trilogy: Collector's Edition was a compilation of The Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, and both halves of Final Doom, all set up so that they could easily run on Windows and use TCP/IP to play over the Internet.
- The Doom 3: BFG Edition release includes Ultimate Doom, Doom 2, and the formerly-Xbox 360-exclusive "No Rest for the Living" expansion from the XBLA release of the classic games on Xbox360, PlayStation 3, and PC. You could extract the wad files from the PC version as you could with all the other releases.
- Before BFG Edition, there was Doom 3 Collector's Edition and Doom 3 Resurrection of Evil which included full PC ports of Ultimate Doom and Doom 2 (the latter added Master Levels Doom), complete with four player split screen deathmatch and cooperative game modes.
- id Software compiled all of the classic PC Doom games along with the first Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, and the entire Commander Keen series in the (very rare) id Anthology. The compilation also featured several collectors items (an T-shirt, a miniture Cyberdemon statue, dog tags, and a poster), The Book of id that covers the company's history, and the infamous Doom comic book.
- All of the classic Doom games (save for Doom 64) was eventually brought to the PlayStation Store in the Doom Classic Complete collection for PlayStation 3, compiling the XBLA versions of the first two games, Final Doom, and Master Levels for Doom II.
- An early example includes Doom and Final Doom on the Play Station 1. The former contained both the first and second games, while the latter had Master Levels to go along with both halves of its wad. In this case, most of the maps were redesigned or replaced.
- The Far Cry Compilation on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which includes Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, and so far, the only physical release of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
- Kill Zone had a trilogy package that included Killzone HD, 2, and 3.
- Nintendo pulled the Updated Re-release variant of this trope again with the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Wii. While Japan got separate Updated Rereleases in the form of New Play Control Prime and Prime 2 at $30 (equivalent) a pop, the compilation is $10 less and includes Prime 3, so you actually save $60 if you didn't already have them...if you bought the game while it was being printed. Now that it's out-of-print, it's effectively a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition that's almost entirely in the hands of eBay scalpers. Crack Is Cheaper.
- Microsoft released a box set containing Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack (a disc-based method of obtaining most of the DLC maps).
- Similarly, Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One will contain Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a new Anniversary Edition of Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 as well the multi-player components for each.
- This may be considered a stretch, but Halo 3 ODST included the multiplayer half of Halo 3. Likewise, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary has Halo Reach multiplayer packaged in, only playable on the remakes of Halo 1 maps.
- Resistance was released in a dual pack, including 1 and 2, before being released in a collection package which had 3 included.
Light Gun Game
- Before the HD re-release, Devil May Cry had the 5th Anniversary Collection containing the first three games in the series. Other than using the Special Edition of 3, there were no additions or changes from the original releases.
- Rune was given a re-release in 2001, titled Rune Gold, containing the original game and it's standalone expansion pack. In 2012, it was re-released to Steam and a year later to GOG.com as Rune Classic, which the content of Rune Gold with the addition of new enemies from the PlayStation 2 port and streamlined the game's larger levels.
- Namco collected most of their PlayStation Light Gun Games on the Japan-only PlayStation 2 release Gunvari Collection + Time Crisis, "Gunvari" being the Japanese series title for Point Blank.
- Time Crisis 2 had an interesting example of this: It includes three additional games. One called Agent Trainer, and the other two are digital releases of physical machines: Shoot Away II and Quick & Crash.
- Silent Scope Complete for the Xbox collected all the Silent Scope games, including the previously arcade-exclusive Silent Scope EX.
- Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (PlayStation, Saturn, PC). The same two games were compiled with The New Zealand Story in Ocean's Rainbow Collection.
- Kirby's Dream Collection on the Wii contains Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby's Adventure, Kirby Super Star, and the "Dark Matter Trilogy" (Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, and Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards). In addition to the re-releases, it features challenges using the engine of Kirby's Return to Dream Land that involve making use of copy abilities to get through an area (similar to in that game, but with brand-new challenges) as well as races with Magolor from that game and also a museum feature chronicling release dates of Kirby games and Nintendo consoles and real-life events (such as the Olympic Games and United States presidential elections).
- The Mega Man series has had quite a few compilations. The earliest one was Mega Man: The Wily Wars (aka Rockman Mega World) for the Sega Genesis, a Super Mario All-Stars-style compilation of the first three NES games that was released in Japan, Europe and Brazil only. The six Famicom games were given individual re-releases for the PlayStation as part of the Rockman Complete Works series, along with a two-in-one compilation for the PS2 of the arcade games Power Battle and Power Fighters, although westerners got a better deal in the end by receiving the Mega Man Anniversary Collection, a compilation of Mega Man 1-8, with the arcade games as hidden extras. There was also the Mega Man X Collection, a compilation of Mega Man X 1-6 as well as the Japan and Europe-only Battle & Chase. Mega Man Zero Collection was released for the Nintendo DS, compiling the four GBA games and bringing the previously Japan-exclusive Zero 3 features outside of Japan.
- Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for the SNES collected all three NES games with relatively few enhancements other than the addition of a Password Save.
- Prince of Persia Trilogy, a compilation of Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, originally released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2 (in Europe only) and then remastered in 2010 for the PlayStation 3.
- Super Mario All-Stars is a Video Game Remake compilation of these for the Super NES. It has Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3 (and both the completely different American and Japanese SMB2s, even!) but with updated graphics and sound as well as a save feature to allow players to play the games in smaller sittings (The Lost Levels saves each level of the worlds to make it easier to progress through the (very hard) game, while the other, less difficult games in the compilation only save the world and not each individual level). It, too, was often packed with the system, and a later edition was made bigger by including a slightly rejiggered Super Mario World. Years later, it was ported to the Wii for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. This edition lacks Super Mario World due to it already being on the Virtual Console, but it has Feelies instead, consisting of an artwork book and a soundtrack CD.
- Steam and Sega released the mega bundle Sonic Hits Collection, which contains 14 Sonic games — Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 And Knuckles, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3 D Blast, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic CD (the remake), Sonic Generations, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 and 2, Sonic And Sega All Stars Racing and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. It also contains the DLC to turn Sonic Adventure 2 into Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, add in the Casino Night Zone minigame to Generations and added Metal Sonic and the Outrun stage to Transformed.
- Nintendo Puzzle Collection, a Japan-only GameCube compilation of Dr. Mario, Yoshi's Cookie and Panel de Pon. A GBA edition was also made (which DID get released outside of Japan), but it only included Dr. Mario and Puzzle League (basically, Panel de Pon without any personality).
Shoot 'em Up
- BIT.TRIP SAGA is a compilation of all six BIT.TRIP games for the Nintendo 3DS. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, likewise, is a compilation for Wii that takes the original WiiWare games and gives them Difficulty Levels, online leaderboards, challenge modes, and Unlockable Content. Notable that this will be the first time the games have gone retail with the former collection receiving a digital version in late 2012, making both also available digitally on both platforms (albeit still individually on the Wii).
- Guitar Hero: Smash Hits can be considered a variant of sorts, as its setlist consists entirely of fan favorites from the first five Guitar Hero games.
- Gradius Collection on PSP in 2006. This is particularly significant for North American players, because it is the first official NA release of Gradius Gaiden (first released in 1997 in Japan only) and Gradius II (first released in 1988 in Japan AND in Europe, yet no American release for eighteen years!).
- Salamander Portable, which had Salamander, Life Force, Salamander 2 and XEXEX (previously arcade-exclusive), was also released for the PSP, but in Japan only.
- Parodius Portable was another Japan-only PSP compilation. However, the earlier Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack, a compilation of the first two arcade games for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation, did get a European release.
- Ginga Force & Eschatos Wonder Pack for the Xbox 360, bundling Eschatos and its spiritual sequel, along with a soundtrack. Eschatos also includes colored versions of the WonderSwan games Judgement Silversword and Cardinal Sins.
- The Gundemonium Collection consists of three Bullet Hell Shoot Em Ups (Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne and Hitogata Happa) originally independently developed by Platine Dispositif, and then published by Rockin' Android for PC (its original platform) and the Play Station Network.
- Hudson Soft put the Famicom version of Star Force together with Star Soldier and Hector '87 in a compilation released for the Super Famicom as Caravan Shooting Collection and for the Game Boy Advance as Hudson Best Collection Vol.5.
- The Raiden Project for the original PlayStation regroups Raiden and Raiden II.
- Raiden Fighters Aces for the Xbox 360 is a compilation of all three Raiden Fighters games, released in 2008 in Japan and 2009 in North America (10 and 11 years, respectively, after the newest game in the compilation, Raiden Fighters Jet). This is after two failed attempts to port the series—once for the Sega Saturn in 1997, and once for the original Xbox and PC in 2003.
- R-Types for the original PlayStation, and more recently, R-Type Dimensions on XBLA and PSN.
- SUGURI and its spin-off, Acceleration of SUGURI, plus its expansion pack was released overseas by Rockin' Android in physical form as SUGURI - Perfect Edition and digitally as SUGURI Collection. Both compilations also includes the games' original soundtrack as an added bonus.
- Space Invaders Anniversary had various incarnations of the first game, upright and tabletop versions of Space Invaders Part II, and a new 3D version of the first game.
- Thunder Force Gold Pack 1 and Pack 2 for the Sega Saturn had the three Thunder Force games released for the Mega Drive plus Thunder Force AC.
- Toaplan Shooting Battle Volume 1 for the PlayStation included Tiger Heli and both the Japanese and international versions of Twin Cobra. No second volume was released.
- When Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater: Subsistence was released, it was compiled with the first two Metal Gear games that was on the MSX2. Note that those two games are on disc two of this release.
- The first three Metal Gear Solid games were rereleased in one package when Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was nearing release, even the PS1 game. Although Subsistence is include, the second disc is absent because of Metal Gear Online being taken... well... offline.
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection included Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, all updated for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Vita (although the Vita version doesn't include Peace Walker, because Konami assumed that people would use the PSN-purchased PSP copy). The version of Snake Eater included has Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake with it as per the Subsistence version, but excised Subsistence's multiplayer component, the Guy Savage minigame and the Ape Escape crossover minigame (due to Ape Escape being a Sony IP).
- Based on this was the later Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection, which includes the content from the HD Edition, plus the two digital graphic novels that retells the first two Metal Gear Solid games on the same disc (the second of which was never released outside of Japan, and both are fully voice-acted and treated as movies, unlike their PSP versions), throws in Metal Gear Solid 4 as a separate disc, and adds Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (although, only the codes to the digital releases), giving you the most complete collection yet. on Playstation 3.
- Resident Evil had a Pure Evil compilation on GameCube, which included Resident Evil 0, Video Game/Resident Evil (the remake), and Resident Evil 4.
- The PlayStation 2 also had its own compilation release called the Essentials, which included Resident Evil Outbreak, Resident Evil: Code: Veronica X, and Resident Evil 4.
- The Anthology edition of Resident Evil 6 on PlayStation 3 had digital codes included for all the games released on that platform, including the first three from PS1, Resident Evil: Code: Veronica HD, Resident Evil 4 HD, and Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition.
- Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles are put together on one disc for the PlayStation 3. The same has been done with Resident Evil: Code: Veronica HD and Resident Evil 4. But only in Japan. Thankfully, the PlayStation 3 is region-free, and even then, all four of these games are downloabable, and are also put together in a bundle for a small discount.
- Silent Hill HD Collection had the second and third games redone for HD. Unlike most examples, there were lots of changes in this version, including the option for new voice acting for SH2 (although you only have new voice acting for SH3), reducing the amount of fog, and changing up a few other elements. Many long time fans, and new comers, argued that these changes were really unnecessary. It also wasn't handled that well.
- Gears of War has the Triple Pack, which bundles the first and second games, as well as all their DLC.
- Uncharted had two compilation releases. One, simply called the Dual-Pack, which included Drake's Fortune, and Among Thieves. The second was called the Ultimate collection and had Drake's Deception thrown in.
Miscellaneous Game Compilations
- Interplay Entertainment released the Bhaalspawn Saga; or as it's known, Baldur's Gate, Tales of the Sword Coast, Shadows of Amn, and Throne of Bhaal.
- Atari released Dungeons & Dragons Anthology: The Master Collection, which included all four parts of the Baldur's Gate Saga, Icewind Dale and its sequel, Planescape: Torment, and The Temple of Elemental Evil.
- Neverwinter Nights kept issuing new compilations as new expansions came out. The final one was the Diamond edition, which comprised the original campaign, Shadows of Undrentide, Hordes of the Underdark, and (after a patch) nine premium modules. The sequel followed suit and ended up on the Platinum edition after Storm of Zehir came out. GOG.com took it one step further, adding in the Mysteries of Westgate premium module to create Neverwinter Nights 2 Complete.
- The Ultima Collection, which included not only Ultima I-VIII (including Serpent Isle), but all of the original manuals and maps in PDF format.
- Bethesda has The Elder Scrolls Anthology, which includes the five games in the main Elder Scrolls series: Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as all the expansion packs and DLC for Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. Even considering that Arena and Daggerfall were (and still are) available as freeware, it's still a damn good deal.
- Ur Example: Video Olympics for the Atari 2600, which included Pong, Super Pong, Pong Doubles, and Quadrapong, along with a few other of Atari's early arcade games.
- Sega Genesis Collection and Sega Classics Collection on PlayStation 2, both containing a list of different games. The former had a PlayStation Portable release.
- Midway/Williams has a habit of releasing compilation games on many consoles, mainly PlayStation One, typically called Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits, Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits, and Arcade Party Pak, each containing their own library of games.
- The Midway Arcade Treasures trilogy (One, two, and three) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube collected many well-known and obscure Arcade Games from the Midway Games, Atari Games and Williams libraries. This was preceded in the 1990s by the Arcade's Greatest Hits compilations for various consoles; the Atari Collection volumes actually included pre-Crash Atari games which Midway otherwise didn't have the rights to.
- It should be noted that Mortal Kombat 1 was absent from this version of Midway Arcade Treasures 2, as it got released as a lesser-known Plug-n-play device. It eventually got released on two later versions below.
- There was a PC release, and a UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable version, both of which combines some games listed for Midway Arcade Treasures 1 and 2 (with 3 being mostly for racing games).
- Midway Arcade Origins included almost all the games from Treasures 1 and 2, excluding Mortal Kombat due to its digital release as Mortal Kombat Kollection for XBox 360, PS3, and PC.
- Sonic Mega Collection on Nintendo GameCube collects Sonic the Hedgehog's entire Mega Drive (Genesis in America) library (including all three Sonic & Knuckles lock-ons) as well as Sonic 3D Blast's ancestor Flicky and the unrelated classic Ristar. It also had an Updated Re-release in Sonic Mega Collection Plus for Playstation 2 and Xbox, which added half of the Game Gear Sonic titles, The Ooze and Comix Zone (the latter two were formerly exclusive to the Japanese release of the original Gamecube collection because Sega of America was originally worried about the ESRB rating).
- Rare same-console examples: Sonic Classics: 3-in-1 for Sega Genesis (Sonic Compilation for Mega Drive European systems, not released in Japan) contained Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2 plus Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, and the Sega Six Pack, that sported Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Super Hang-On, Columns and Revenge of Shinobi. These were used as pack-in games with the system, back when a free game was expected with a console, and three or six free games sounds much better than one. There were several variants, but they tended to use the same pool of early Megadrive games, mostly to keep the cartridge ROM size down. Another version was a Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi and Golden Axe 3-in-1 cartridge. There's also a Mega CD 5-in-1 disc (Sega Classics Arcade Collection) as well which had the same as the 3-in-1 mentioned, plus Columns and Super Monaco GP, again a pack-in disc.
- The Japanese Mega CD had the two-volume Game no Kanzume compilation of games that were originally released in Japan through Sega's Meganet download service, including all the Phantasy Star II text adventures.
- A lot of Nintendo Entertainment System consoles had the infamous Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt games compiled. Some copies include World Class Track Meet. All three of games already had their standalone releases, so seeing these together was pretty cool for the time.
- Some compilations don't even bother with a console. Some are standalone devices that run on batteries, package the game system into a controller, and connect to the TV over AV cables directly, and sell under $20US. Midway, Namco, and a few other old-school arcade brands have licensed their old catalogs for this treatment, most of them by the toy company JAKKS Pacific for their "TV Games" line.
- In a similar vein, Atari has released 2 Flashback consoles, which each have 20-30 Atari 2600 games built-in to them. Interestingly enough, the Flashback 2 is actually based on the 2600's hardware, and, if you're handy with a soldering iron, it's quite simple to add a cartridge slot to play old 2600 cartridges.
- Sega have done the same thing with the Megadrive/Genesis- it's got a bunch of built in games, and a cartridge slot to play all your old ones.
- Command & Conquer: The First Decade had every C&C game up until the Command & Conquer: Generals expansion Zero Hour. After that came the C&C Saga, which is the above and Command And Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars wrapped together with a paper insert and shrink wrap, and then eventually the C&C Ultimate Collection, which adds C&C 3's expansion, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 + Uprising, and Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight. Note that later releases based on First Decade are missing one game, Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor, which was an experimental, multiplayer-only, deathmatch style game with no plot. It's considered Canon Discontinuity.
- The Orange Box, which has Half-Life 2, the two pseudo-expansion episodes, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. This started as a compilation, and is now sold as separate titles. Also, it was originally announced as both The Orange Box, which includes everything, and "The Black Box", which would have just contained the new stuff, but it was cancelled.
- In the late '90s, "the LucasArts collections", five or more games along with a demo disc for another half a dozen more, arranged in rough genre. For example, volume II was dedicated to Star Wars games (and included TIE Fighter and the Rebel Assault games), while volume III was for adventure games (including the first two Monkey Island games and the aforementioned The Dig and Full Throttle).
- The Diablo Battle Chest, which includes both the first two Diablo games and the second game's expansion pack Lord of Destruction. Be aware that some versions of this battle chest does not include the first game, but does have the second with the expansion, plus a strategy guide.
- The Hitman series has as compilation release of the second (Hidden Assassin), third (Contracts), and fourth (Blood Money) games. The reasons for the first game (Codename 47) not being included are that it was a PC-only game (while the rest are PC and Console titles) and also that the third game is essentially a remake of the first in the form of an extended flashback with better graphics and gameplay.
- The various Namco Museum collections. The most complete versions are arguably the PlayStation versions. Besides including many classic 1980s arcade games such as Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig-Dug, Pole Position, etc, they also included such titles as The Return of Ishtar, The Legend of Valkyrie and The Genji and the Heike Clans their first-ever Western releases. You can get all five volumes as digital downloads... in Japan only.
- There had been many different versions. Those to note are the first collection on Playstation2, GameCube, and Xbox (which included arranged versions of Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, and Galaga, along with Pac-Attack and Pac-Mania), Namco Museum and Pac-Man Collection on Game Boy Advance (essentially the previous version split in two, not including Pole Position 1 and the arranged versions of Dig-Dug and Galaga), Virtual Arcade on Xbox 360 which has most of the classics with an online mode, and Battle Collection on PlayStation Portable with the ability to tilt the game screen into the regular arcade resolution (much like flipping a TV on the side for games like Galaga). You may look at the complete list of games and their respective museum games here.
- SNK Playmore compilations include:
- Metal Slug Anthology (Wii, PSP and Playstation 2)
- Samurai Shodown Anthology. (Wii, PSP, PS2)
- Art of Fighting Anthology. (PS2)
- Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volumes 1 & 2. (PS2)
- SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (Wii, PS2, PSP), a compilation of 16 Neo Geo titles that left fans waiting in vain for a Vol. 2.
- SNK Arcade Classics 0 (PSP) included 20 pre-Neo Geo games from the 1980s. It wasn't released in the U.S. or Europe, but most of the games have been released individually as PS Minis.
- The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (Wii, PSP, PS2) a compilation made specifically for the overseases market (developed by Terminal Reality, who also made Metal Slug Anthology) that bundles all of the KOF games from '94 to '98.
- A separately developed compilation was released exclusively in Japan titled The King of Fighters: Orochi Hen for the PS2 (developed by G1M2, the same company that did the Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and World Heroes compilations), which only includes '95 to '97 (since '94 and '98 were given stand-alone remakes in Japan). However, some fans actually prefer the Japanese compilation despite having two games less due to the lack of loading times and extra features missing in the overseas version such as a character palette editor, an online versus mode, and the choice to play each game with the remixed music from the Neo-Geo CD versions (the overseas version only allows players to use the cartridge soundtrack).
- There was also The King of Fighters: NESTS Hen, which includes the Neo-Geo and Dreamcast versions of '99, 2000, and 2001. So far, its Japan only.
- World Heroes Anthology. (PS2)
- SunSoft Collection, a Japan-only compilation that contains Waku Waku 7 and Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors. (PS2)
- ADK Tamashii, another Japan-only compilation that includes Aggressors of Dark Combat, Ninja Combat, Ninja Commando, Ninja Master's Haoh-Ninpo-Cho, and Twinkle Star Sprites. (PS2)
- Fu'un Super Combo, yet another Japan-only compilation that contains Savage Reign and Kizuna Encounter. (PS2)
- Bakumatsu Roman Gekka No Kenshi 1 + 2, another Japan-only compilation of The Last Blade and its sequel. (PS2)
- Sengoku Anthology (PS2 and PC). In addition, SNK Playmore released two boxsets that contained most of these compilations. Again, only in Japan.
- Capcom had release quite a few compilations since the PlayStation/Saturn days.
- Five volumes of the Capcom Generation series for the PS and Saturn, which covers series such as Ghosts n Goblins, 1942, and Commando. The first four volumes were released as a bundle in Europe titled Capcom Generations, but only Vol. 5 (aka Street Fighter Collection 2) got a stand-alone release in America and Europe.
- The 16 games in the Capcom Generation series were later rereleased again in a new compilation titled Capcom Classics Collection for the PS2 and Xbox, which also included other games such as Final Fight and Forgotten Worlds. This was followed by Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2, which included Super Street Fighter II Turbo (skipping the original Super Street Fighter II) and Strider, plus a ton of other games.
- There was also Capcom Classics Collection: Remixed and Reloaded, which more or less contain the same lineup of games as its console counterpart (missing only Trojan and Super Turbo), as well as Capcom Classics Mini-Mix for the GBA, which includes the NES versions of Strider, Final Fight, and Bionic Commando.
- There is also the Capcom Arcade Cabinet on Play Station Network and Xbox Live. It comes with a free game, with the rest of the titles requiring to be purchased each at a time.
- The Capcom Digital Collection on Xbox360, which has 9 games you could download off of Xbox Live, all on a physical release. This includes Magic Sword, which was packaged with Double Impact, and the DLC for Rocketmen.
- The first three Ace Attorney games have been rereleased for the iPhone and iPad as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy HD featuring high-quality graphics, two forms of play and an "Everyone Object!" mode which links the game up with Twitter. A Nintendo 3DS version of the compilation is also set to release in Japan on April 17, 2014.
- Capcom Essentials for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which includes five games: Super Street Fighter 4, Resident Evil 6, Devil May Cry 4, Dead Rising 2, and the digital code for Mega Man 10
- Xbox LIVE Arcade Unplugged is a collection of games from the Xbox 360's Arcade library. There were two volumes so far.
- Taito Legends 1 and 2 compile a bunch of Taito arcade games, released on Playstation2, Xbox and PC. There is also a PlayStation Portable version, titled Taito Legends Power-Up.
- There was also a Japan-only series called Taito Memories, four releases in total that contained all but five of the games that Legends did, plus about 30 or so more. There is a discussion of the differences and a complete list of games here
- The Journey Collector's Edition, released August 28, 2012, includes thatgamecompany's three titles released during their tenture with Sony: Journey, flOw, and Flower. The compilation contains documentaries, artwork, commentaries, screenshots, et al. Also has three "Game Jams": the Retraux Survival Horror Gravediggers, the crudely designed Duke War!, and the Animesque Action Game Nostril Shot.
- Activision Anthology on the PS2 and PC gathers nearly all of Activision's Atari 2600 library. It also goes the extra mile in putting you in The Eighties with its 1980s gamer's room interface and licensed songs from the era playing in the background during gameplay if you want to. The PC version even includes some homebrew games in the list.
- After the smash success of Fallout 3 in 2008, Interplay re-released Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, optimized for modern operating systems and fully patched. What did they call this bundle? The Fallout Trilogy. Never mind that each of these games have totally independent plots. And that there was another game in the series not included note . And that one of the games in the "Trilogy" is a Gaiden Game...
- Humongous Entertainment did a LOT of these. Let's see, there's the Humongous Classics Collection, Super Duper Arcades 1 and 2, the Junior Field Trips Collection, the Triple Treat Packs, Backyard Sports Three pack, the three double packs for Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, and Pajama Sam...do we need to go on any further?
- The DS remakes of the first two Ys games were combined into one package for the North American release, despite being released separately in Japan, and the PSP remakes of the same games are released in one package in all regions. The Windows versions they were based on had been bundled together in Japan as Ys Complete.
- Famicom and NES pirated carts did it very often, having 2 to 50 games per cartridge. Action 52 wasn't one of these, though it was inspired by them.
- Subverted with Retro Game Challenge, where none of the games you play actually exist outside of the game itself.
- The Sega Ages 2500 line, though originally focused around Video Game Remakes, ended up with a lot of compilations, including (but not limited to) Space Harrier Collection, Gunstar Heroes Treasure Box (with Alien Soldier and Dynamite Headdy), Tetris Collection, Monster World Collection, and Fantasy Zone Complete Collection. These include lots of alternate versions, such as the rare Brazilian Sega Master System port of Dynamite Headdy, previously unreleased Mega Drive versions of Tetris derivatives, and a completely original 16-bit remake of Fantasy Zone II.
- In addition to a number of collections that EA and Origin put out combining unrelated games that they had release together on Compact Disc, there was also the Wing Commander Kilrathi Saga collection: The first three games, re-released for Windows 95, with remastered audio and music. For the first two games, it was pretty much the only way to play the games on modern computers (aside from the MS-DOS issue, the original games played ridiculously fast on a Pentium computer). After the game went out of print, copies were known to sell on eBay for $100 or more. At least one copy sold for $300. Despite this, Electronic Arts declined to do a rerelease because they were unsure of there being enough demand for it.
- They may be learning from their mistakes. In the summer of 2011, EA made several older games of theirs available on GoodOldGames; whether these are among them is yet to be seen.
- Prophecy and Secret Ops were released in the compilation Prophecy Gold, with an expanded, combined manual for both instead of just putting the two manuals (one of them originally electronic). However, they did not include the fiction from the Secret Ops site, due to copyright concerns from EA's German branch.
- The Amiga CD32 had a pack-in CD that bundled Dangerous Streets with an enhanced version of Wing Commander.
- Since Infogrames bought (and then became) Atari, they've released many compilations of arcade and Atari 2600 games, largely featuring the same games. The first were two PC collections of six arcade games called Atari Greatest Hits released when Atari was still the intellectual property of Hasbro. When Infogrames bought the company, they packaged the 12 games into one compilation called Atari Anniversary Edition for the PC, PS2, Dreamcast and Game Boy Advance. Then, several years later, Infogrames/Atari released a compilation for the PC, PS2 and XBox called Atari Anthology which featured 18 arcade games and 62 Atari 2600 games. Finally, in 2010, Atari released the two-part Atari Greatest Hits series for the DS, which splits the contents of Atari Anthology into two different DS compilations (one came out in 2010, the other in 2011) with 9 arcade and 30-something 2600 games on each (some of the 2600 games are exclusive to the DS games, but the 18 arcade games are the same ones that are on Atari Anthology).
- Shining Force CD for the Sega CD was a compilation of the two Shining Force Gaiden games for the Game Gear.
- Konami likes releasing compilations of its old games:
- There were several collections of their MSX games on MSX2 disks and later on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
- Collections of their classic 1980s Arcade Games have appeared on the PlayStation, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
- There is also a PC collection of the NES Castlevania and Contra games.
- Konami Classics had two volumes released on the Xbox 360. One had Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Super Contra, and Frogger. Two had Contra, Rush N' Attack, and Track and Field.
- Digimon Anode/Cathode Tamer: Veedramon Version, a WonderSwan Color title compiling two near-identical Digimon Adventure games (Digimon Adventure Anode Tamer and Digimon Adventure Cathode Tamer), giving them a colour facelift in the process.
- Data East Arcade Classics on the Wii.
- The Xbox 360 has a compliation of Plants VS Zombies, Peggle, and Zuma.
- Microsoft Arcade, released for the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh in 1993, was a compilation of golden age Atari games. Microsoft later released Return of Arcade and Revenge of Arcade for Windows 95; both were compilations of old Namco games.
- Also from Microsoft, Microsoft Solitare Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper, both for Windows 8. Made to replace Solitare, Freecell, Spider Solitare, and Minesweeper, which were removed from Windows 8. Both games have Xbox Live Support, Solitare collection adds "Tripeaks" and "Pyramid" in addition to the other three, and Minesweeper adds an "Adventure Mode".
- The Hudson Best Collection series on the Game Boy Advance repackaged much of Hudson Soft's Famicom releases in portable form. Bomber Man, Lode Runner and Adventure Island each get a volume of their own, as does the aforementioned shooting collection; the remaining volumes are filled out with Challenger, Milons Secret Castle, Nuts And Milk, Binary Land and Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom.
- Irem Arcade Hits for the PC compiled together many Irem games excluding R-Type (though it did include R-Type Leo).
- Arcade Smash Hits for the Sega Master System had Missile Command, Breakout and Centipede.
- Ultimate Play the Game: The Collected Works for the ZX Spectrum compiled 11 games by Rare's predecessor company onto two cassette tapes or floppy disks. Three of these games (Jetpac, Lunar Jetman and Alien 8) were also compiled for the BBC Micro under the bizarre title Cosmic Battlezones.
- The Turbo Duo was released with a pack-in compilation of Gates of Thunder, Bonk's Adventure, and Bonk's Revenge on a single Super CD, with Bomberman as a hidden extra.
- The Intellivision Lives! compilations for the PC, Macintosh, PlayStation, Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Nintendo DS have emulated versions of most of the Intellivision's first-party releases, plus a few bonus games that were never released for the actual system. There was also the Intellivision Rocks! compilation, mostly featuring games developed for the system by Activision and Imagic, and again including a few previously unreleased games. The Triple Challenge cartridge released for the Intellivision consisted entirely of previously-released board games; Mattel Electronics, before they went under, had similar plans to bundle their older games into "album" cartridges.
- Sega Ages Volume 1, a US-only release for the Sega Saturn, crammed onto one disc Arcade Perfect Ports of OutRun, Space Harrier and After Burner II which had been released separately in Japan. A similar collection (including Super Hang-On) was later released for the Game Boy Advance.
- Tecmo Classic Arcade for the Xbox featured 11 of their old arcade games. 7 of these were released the year before for the PlayStation 2 as Tecmo Hit Parade.
- Kunio-kun Nekketsu Collection, another Japan-only compilation of Famicom games for the Game Boy Advance, with two on each of three volumes.
- Factor 5 meant to release a compilation of the three Rogue Squadron games for the Wii, but (due largely to Lair flopping) they went bankrupt before that could happen.
- Ocean Software released an enormous number of compilations of various games for the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga. Titles of these compilations included 100% Dynamite, 2 Hot 2 Handle, The Biz, Chartbusters, Dark Force, The Dream Team, The In Crowd, Light Force, The Magnificent Seven, Power Up, Precious Metal, Special Action, Super Fighter, They Sold a Million (and its Numbered Sequels) and We Are the Champions. Some of these compilations were loosely themed: Hollywood Collection and Screen Heroes featured games based on movies and TV shows, while Battle Stations, Conflict Command and Live Ammo had militaristic games. Ocean was also responsible for the special pack-in compilation tapes and disks for Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum models sold at Dixons.
- Kessakusen! Ganbare Goemon 1+2 for the Game Boy Advance was a compilation of the first two Super Famicom Ganbare Goemon games.
- Mass Effect Trilogy, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, but this also marks the first time that the first game will be playable upon the PlayStation 3, either within the compilation or as a separate download.
- High-definition upscaling compilations of Playstation 2 games for the Playstation 3 (and sometimes Xbox 360) are so rampant, The Other Wiki actually has an article on those. Franchises which have been given this treatment include, but are by no means limited to, Sly Cooper, Splinter Cell, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid and Devil May Cry.
- The originator of them all is the God of War Collection, an Updated Re-release of the first two games in a Blu-Ray compilation disc, with full Trophy support and anti-aliased 720p visuals running at a constant 60 frames per second to tithe players over until the release of God of War III. Little did Sony know it'd take off beyond their wildest dreams... There's also a PS3 rerelease of the two PSP titles (Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta), titled God of War Origins Collection. There was also a collection that combined both collections, AND God of War III, titled God of War Sagas (although the Origins part is a digital download).
- Zone of the Enders HD Collection which has all games of the series (save for the GBA one) on one disc, plus a demo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, just like how the first ZOE had an MGS2 demo.
- The Ratchet & Clank Collection, which contains the first three PS2 Ratchet & Clank titles. Also supports HDMI and has trophies for all three games, as well as PlayStation Network use of the online multiplayer for Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
- The X-Superbox combines this with a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition. In addition to combining the first five (six after X3: Albion Prelude came out) X games into one package, it adds an encyclopedia, hours of music, wallpapers, Game Mods, and various other goodies.
- GOG.com does this quite frequently with its retro releases, combining (for instance) the first three Ultima games into one package, the next three into another, Ultima VII and its Expansion Pack into a third, and the Ultima Underworld duology into yet a fourth.
- Dragon Age: Origins — Ultimate Edition is composed of DA:O, Awakening, and every DLC package.
- Tom Clancy's Counter Terrorism Classics packages together Rainbow Six, its sequel Rogue Spear, and the video game adaptation of The Sum of All Fears.
- The "Rainbow Six Collection" on Steam includes Rainbow Six 3, Lockdown, and the two Vegas spinoffs.
- Q Entertainment compiled their games Every Extend Extra Extreme, Lumines Live and Rez HD for the Xbox 360 under the title Qubed.
- The Sega Master System game Astro Warrior was compiled on a cartridge with Hang On in the U.S., and in Europe with Pit Pot (a game only released separately in Japan). Hang-On and Safari Hunt (a Light Gun Game only available on this and another compilation) were combined in the U.S. Master System pack-in cartridge and were built-in games in one version of the console.
- The Dizzy compilations released for various systems include:
- Dizzy Collection for the Amiga had Magicland Dizzy, Fast Food, KwikSnax!, Treasure Island Dizzy and Fantasy World Dizzy.
- The Big Six for the Amiga CD32 had Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, Fantastic Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy and Prince of the Yolkfolk.
- The Excellent Dizzy Collection for the Sega Master System and Game Gear included Dizzy! The Adventurer (an enhanced version of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk), Panic! Dizzy (essentially Dizzy Panic! under a new title) and Go! Dizzy Go!.
- The Genocide^2: Genocide Sqaure compilation for FM Towns includes the first and second games of the Genocide series with the addition new cutscenes, an arranged soundtrack, re-balances the difficulty of the first game and removes your Betty's cooldown meter in the second game.
- Arguably, Animal Crossing on the GameCube could be considered this as it has a list of NES games you could unlock through a variety of methods. Nowadays, while some can still be unlocked, you may need a hacking device, like a Code Breaker or Action Replay, in order to access all of them. You may see the list here.
- The Children's Miracle Network compilation included three full games on Xbox360. Viva Pinata: Party Animals, Shrek the Third, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Let's just hope that the children that benefited from these sales at least didn't have to play the last two games...