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  • Capcom loves 'em:
    • Capcom celebrated Mega Man's 15th anniversary by releasing the Anniversary Collection, a Compilation Re-release of all of the console Mega Man (Classic) games (1-8, plus the arcade games Power Battle and Power Fighters).
      • Mega Man X7 was also part of the 15th anniversary celebration. Between the GameCube version of the Anniversary Collection with its unpopular switched controls, and because X7 itself wasn't well-received, this didn't end well.
      • In fact, Capcom celebrated all things Mega Man for two years. It was odd.
      • And before that, Mega Man 8 itself was a 10th anniversary special, with an art booklet of previous games, and an animated intro that was a callback to the whole series at that point.
      • Despite everything that had happened suggesting otherwise, Capcom ended up celebrating Mega Man's 25th anniversary with Rockman X Over. However, after the negative backlash THAT game received, they supported the fan-made (and much better received) Street Fighter X Mega Man as an anniversary game for both franchises.
      • To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, Capcom announced the release of Mega Man 11, making it eight years since the release of the last game.
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    • Capcom also celebrated Street Fighter's 15th anniversary by releasing the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, which had Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. Oddly enough, the original Street Fighter wasn't present.
    • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will contain the original Street Fighter, Street Fighter II and its updates (up to Super Turbo), Street Fighter Alpha 1-3, and Street Fighter III and both of its updates which include Giant Impact and 3rd Strike.
    • For the twentieth anniversary of the release of Bionic Commando (1988), a 2.5-D remake of the original was released in 2008, with a fully 3-D sequel following in early 2009.
  • RuneScape celebrated its 100th quest with a continuation of the first one, divided in several segments with their own rewards. It was basically the biggest quest until that point.
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  • Contra 4 was released at the 20th anniversary game for the series, emphasized with its heaps of series Fanservice (although the other type is unlockable).
  • Shadowverse: For every 1 million downloads, Cygames gives away X free packs of the latest expansion equivalent to the X million times the game has been downloaded. There are also Anniversary events commemorating years of the game, which give free packs from all expansions to the players, as well as the Polls which allow the player to vote which among the characters should be featured as the next leaders.
  • Square Enix had a group of Final Fantasy games released under the 20th Anniversary banner of the series, including a PSP Updated Re-release of the original and the Massive Multiplayer Crossover Dissidia Final Fantasy.
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  • EA Sports listed Madden NFL 2005 at the 15th anniversary of the series, and released a collector's edition with earlier versions of the game updated with modern rosters. Oddly enough, Madden 2009 was billed as the 20th anniversary, and the would-be Madden 2014 was billed as Madden 25. Math never was EA's strong suit. note 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has gone through several, starting in 2001:
    • The tenth anniversary was celebrated with Sonic Adventure 2, which saw the release of a "Birthday Pack", which included the game, a commemorative coin, a soundtrack CD, a booklet on the history of the franchise, and a special binding to hold them together.
    • The fifteenth, in 2006, with Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
    • The 20th anniversary game (2011), Sonic Generations, builds off the successes of Sonic Colors and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 one year prior. Its biggest selling point is the return of the classic, black-eyed Sonic, running alongside the modern, green eyed one, each with their respective, seperate gameplay in a time travel plot that revisits areas from the preceding nine main games of the series. The plot is even based on a time-altering villain crashing Sonic's birthday party.

      It's not just the hedgehog celebrating his 20th birthday —- the Vocaloids get in the act in a minor way, as the third title of Sega's Project Diva series of Vocaloid Licensed Games, released just a few days after Generations, includes a Vocaloid cover of "Live & Learn" in the bundled bonus CD and an in-game Sonic costume for Miku because of Generations (in contrast the other Sega-themed costumes in the seriesnote  were included merely for the sake of Shout Outs).
    • Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces were both made for the 25th anniversary. The former is a Retraux 2D platformer headed by several Promoted Fanboys, while the latter brought back Classic Sonic again for a Crisis Crossover. Perhaps thanks to lessons learned after Sonic 2006, both games were released the following year (2016 marks 25 years since the release of Sonic the Hedgehog). Sonic Mania in particular launched with a celebratory limited edition physical release that includes a code to download the game, a statue of Sonic standing on a Genesis that plays the "SEGAAAA" fanfare, and a gold ring inside of a replica Sega Genesis cart.
    • Sonic's 30th Anniversary saw the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia, a comprehensive encyclopeia on the lore and history of the main series titles written by long-time Sonic comic writer Ian Flynn in his first job at handling material for the games.
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin was released in 2006, 20 years after the release of 1986's Akumajo Dracula for the Famicom Disk System in Japan. The game includes plenty of references to series history and pre-order bonuses included an artbook, timeline, and soundtrack CD, all of which containing art/information/music spanning the entire series.
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  • Space Invaders celebrated their 30th anniversary with Space Invaders Get Even, where the eponymous invaders become Villain Protagonists. They also released Space Invaders Extreme, which is a modern revamping of the game.
  • The King of Fighters XII was rushed to market to mark the series' 15th anniversary. As Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)'s equal circumstances had already demonstrated, results were disappointing.
  • Harvest Moon had two Spin-Off games made for the series' 10th anniversary: Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon and Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon. The former proved popular enough to become its own series. Also for their 10th anniversary Marvelous released two Harvest Moon games, DS and Magical Melody. Both games were throwback games with the former taking place in Forget-Me-Not Valley 100 years in the future, and the latter featured characters from previous games (mostly from the first game of the series). Both games are often cited as being the end of the "classic" Harvest Moon period due to future games being vastly different from the older Harvest Moon style. The odd part is, though, the games were released in 2005 when the 10th anniversary was in 2006.
  • The SaGa series celebrated its 20th anniversary by remaking Final Fantasy Legend II as SaGa 2 Hihou Densetsu -Goddess of Destiny-...and releasing a 20-disc compilation of all the SaGa soundtracks.
  • Pac-Man:
  • Halo:
    • The first game got a graphically revamped Updated Re-release with bonus story content and a Halo: Reach Nostalgia Level map pack (which could also be obtained as a seperate DLC) for its tenth anniversary. The rerelease was one of the first games developed by 343 Industries, the Halo studio established after Bungie became an indie studio.
    • They did it again for the ten year anniversary of the second game, not just by graphically revamping Halo 2 and adding further story content, but by compiling together the most recent versions of the first four numbered entries (including the before-mentioned H1 and H2 rereleases) into Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes support for all four multiplayers (including every map ever released), the digital feature Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The series celebrated its 25th year with four games in 2011: Skyward Sword, remakes of Ocarina of Time and Four Swords, and a rerelease of Link's Awakening that helped launch the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console service. Plus a worldwide orchestral concert tour, promotional items for Skyward Sword and Ocarina, and a tribute level (5-2) in Super Mario 3D Land. The anniversary concluded with the art book Hyrule Historia, which revealed the complete timeline of the franchise for the first time ever. Skyward Sword itself would be revisited for the 35th anniversary by receiving an HD port to the Nintendo Switch in 2021, complete with new controls that permit the use of the analog stick to replicate the motion controls of the Wii game (the motion controls are also possible by using the Joycons in the same fashion).
    • The series' 30th Anniversary five years later was more subdued, but nevertheless active. Nintendo first released an Updated Re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in March of 2016. They also unveiled the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 2016 though that didn't end up releasing until the following year.
  • Solatorobo is considered to be CyberConnect2's 15th anniversary celebration, being a Spiritual Sequel to the very first game they developed.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance marks the 10th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series, noted in-game with a story recap feature to prevent Continuity Lockout. Coincidentally, it also has a tip of the hat to the 30th anniversary of TRON on the same year with the inclusion of a TRON: Legacy world. For its 15th anniversary celebration, both 1.5 and 2.5 ReMIX are to be combined and ported to the PlayStation 4.
  • Parodied in Team Fortress 2: Valve meant to commemorate their 100th update with the medals that showed how long it was since you first started playing the game, but they had to put a bunch of other, minor updates before then. So when it finally came out, it was the 119th update, and they acted as if this was some major milestone to celebrate. It's also worth noting that the 300th update was a fairly major update that came with the release of Meet the Pyro, the last Meet the Team video.
  • Half-Life came out in November 1998. In November 2008, Valve offered the game to anyone who still didn't own it on Steam for 98 cents.
  • Similar to the way they celebrated Mario's 25th anniversary, Nintendo created a similar package for Kirby's 20th anniversary, complete with book and soundtrack. However, since Nintendo didn't previously make a Kirby anthology, this release is all-new, including a museum mode giving details about the series.
  • The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff. Since it was released around the time of The Sims franchise's 10th anniversary, 3 items from the original game were included in the pack: the giant fish tank, the electric guitar, and the vibrating love bed.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault was released to commemorate the duo's 10th anniversary.
  • In celebration of their 40th anniversary, SNK released SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, a compilation title of the company's earliest games, including (but not limited to) Crystalis, Ikari Warriors, and Psycho Soldier. They also released the Neo Geo Mini, a plug-and-play console designed after the Neo Geo arcade cabinets of the 1990s and containing forty different games.
  • The Super Robot Wars franchise often releases a new installment for every fifth year since its inception:
  • The Metal Gear series had two anniversary campaigns dedicated to it:
    • The 20th Anniversary campaign (the official logo being a pair of dog tags) saw a plethora of merchandises being released such as collectable figurines, soundtracks, t-shirts and of course, anniversary-themed reissues of the games themselves.
    • For the 25th Anniversary campaign (the logo this time being Snake hiding under a cardboard box with his legs sticking out) saw a similar influx of collectables, most notably "PlayArts Kai" figures based on characters from the original Metal Gear Solid, as well as an entire event dedicated to showing off the next entry in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (which later evolved into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain).
  • Drakengard 3 was meant as this for the Drakengard series, marking its 10th anniversary.
  • Puyo Puyo Has two games for their 15th and 20th anniversary. Both games notably brought back some characters from some of the older installments, and the fans reacted positively enough to have some of them stay in the main series.
  • Star Trek Online has done a number of these for each year and then some.
    • Year One Celebration - the alteration of Earth Spacedock into one more canonlike.
    • Year Two Celebration - the introduction of the Odyssey and Bortasqu'-class ships
    • Year Three Celebration - the "Temporal Ambassador" event, reintroducing Tasha Yar and the Enterprise-C. The Ambassador-class and Kamarag-class ships joined the collection.
    • Year Four Celebration - the introduction of Season 8.5, the mission "A Step Between Stars", which reintroduces Tuvok and introduces the Dyson Science Destroyer.
    • Year Five Celebration - the mission "Dust to Dust", a continuation of the Kobali storyline and a follow up to the Voyager episode "Ashes to Ashes" and the introduction of the Kobali Samsar Cruiser.
    • Year Six Celebration - the mission "Time and Tide", which kicks off the Temporal Cold War, and the introduction of the Krenim Science Vessel.
    • There was also a celebration for Star Trek: The Next Generation's 25th Anniversary, which gave players Worf's Season One sash.
    • The third expansion, Agents of Yesterday, is being released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original series, allowing players to create a captain that hailed from that time frame.
  • According to Famitsu, Project X Zone 2 was created not only as a sequel to Project X Zone, but to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Namco × Capcom as well.
  • Metal Slug 6, along with Metal Slug 3D and the Metal Slug Anthology pack was created to celebrate Metal Slug's 10th anniversary.
  • According to Word of God, the release of EarthBound Beginnings on Virtual Console is meant to celebrate EarthBound's 20th anniversary.
  • To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Fruit Ninja, special in-game events were added to not just Fruit Ninja, but nearly all of Halfbrick's games.
  • In November 2014, Sony celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Japanese launch of the first Playstation by releasing a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition PlayStation 4 featuring a color scheme similar to the original console. It was produced in extremely limited quantities.
  • Yakuza, otherwise known as Ryu Ga Gotoku in its native Japan, celebrated the series' tenth anniversary with two games. One was Yakuza 0, a prequel that dove into the backstory of the game's characters and settings, in addition to making Breakout Character Goro Majima playable for the first time in a main-series game.note  The other was a remake of the first game, Yakuza Kiwami. Not only were new features and content from 0 implemented into the game, but it also introduced a new mechanic based entirely around Majima, and the story was also expanded to explore Akira Nishikiyama's descent into villainy.
  • Pokémon: The franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 by doing a number of things.
    • For each month of the year starting in February, one Mythical Pokémon was distributed via various outlets depending on region (usually download codes given out at game stores for free). The release order was Mew in February, Celebi in March, Jirachi in April, Darkrai in May, Manaphy in June, Shaymin in July, Arceus in August, Victini in September, Keldeo in October, Genesect in November, and Meloetta in December.
    • On the actual anniversary date of February 27, Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Yellow, and Pokémon Green (Japan only) were released on the 3DS Virtual Console. Also released were specially colored 3DS/2DS bundles with one of the correspondingly-colored games already installed.
    • Also on the actual anniversary date (in Japan), there was a worldwide announcement for the next core games, Pokémon Sun and Moon with a Holiday 2016 release date.
    • The earliest cards from the official Trading Card Game were reprinted.
    • Two new games were released, Pokémon GO for mobile and Pokkén Tournament for the Wii U.
    • Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon 2000, Pokémon 3, and Pokémon 4Ever were digitally remastered.
    • In Super Mario Maker, three Pokémon costumes (based respectively on Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) were made unlockable in an update.
    • Pokemon's official Youtube channel also released a number of shorts called Pokémon Generations, which can be viewed here.
    • For the 25th anniversary, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo Switch were announced for a late 2021 release. Also announced for a 2022 release is Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a seemingly Wide Open Sandbox take on the series set in a feudal-era Sinnoh.
  • Raiden V was planned to have a 2015 release to coincide with the main Raiden series' 25th anniversary. However, it was delayed until February 2016, in which, coincidentally, 2016 was the 25th anniversary of Raiden Trad (the first Raiden consumer port) as well as 20th anniversary of Raiden Fighters spinoff, which Word of God never explicitly mentioned on.
  • The World of Mana series celebrated its 25th anniversary with a mobile and Play Station Vita remake of the first game, Final Fantasy Adventure (which was called Seiken Densetsu: Final Fantasy Gaiden in Japan; the series separated from Final Fantasy with Secret of Mana worldwide rather than this being a true case of Dolled-Up Installment), with the remake being renamed Adventures of Mana internationally.
  • In 2011, the Flash game site Nitrome released their one hundredth game — a shooter called Nitrome Must Die, in which the player goes on a quest to destroy Nitrome battling legions of characters from previous games as they do so.
  • For Nippon Ichi's 10th anniversary, beleaguered Series Mascot Asagi Asagiri finally gets her game made as a smartphone RPG.
  • Bethesda released Arena and Daggerfall as Freeware Games in 2004 and 2009, respectively, marking the 10th and 15th anniversaries of The Elder Scrolls series. For the series' 25th anniversary, Morrowind was offered for free for March 25, 2019 only.
  • Medarot Classics was released for Medarot's 20th anniversary. A 20th Anniversary Editon Box Set was released as well which contains both versions of the game, a soundtrack containing 20 of the best songs from the five games, and an art book.
  • Epic Games celebrated 20 years of the Unreal series in May 2018 by giving the original game away for free on and Steam over a period of 48 hours.
  • PAYDAY 2 celebrated its 100th update by way of a major update, the biggest pulls of which were a revamping of the game's skill system and the removal of the controversial microtransactions, making further in-game safes that could be opened to acquire skins completely free to open.
  • In Ian's Eyes, Blue Norholm Primary School was celebrating its centinary. However, during the celebration, most of the staff and students were zombified by a slideshow.
  • Splatoon 2 did the following to celebrate its first anniversary of release:
    • The Splatfest for July, its month of release, was Squid vs. Octopus, reflecting the Inklings and the Octarians. Your player character also matched your side, meaning that people can try out Octolings without buying the Octo Expansion. During the Splatfest itself, confetti fell at the start of each match, and the Shifty Station had fireworks, neither of which other Splatfests had. In-universe, Pearl and Marina comment on the first anniversary of Inkopolis News.
    • In Salmon Run, the shift on the anniversary was an exact copy of the one on launch day note . Earlier in the month, there was a special shift with nothing but Grizzco weapons.
  • The Intra-Franchise Crossover Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid was released for the 25th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise (despite coming out in its 26th year).
  • Soulcalibur VI is a Continuity Reboot that returns to the original Soulcalibur era of the series, and was chosen in part because the game was released in 2018, on the twentieth anniversary of the original Soulcalibur first hitting arcade stores.
  • The developers of Terraria schedule its final and largest update, "Journey's End", for May 16, 2020 - the 9th anniversary of the original release.
  • For their 10th anniversary in 2019, League of Legends developers Riot Games had quite possibly one of the biggest celebrations of any gaming company ever. For 10 years they'd focused almost entirely on their groundbreaking MOBA and its esports scene (aside from its autochess spin-off, Teamfight Tactics), despite suggestions that they diversify into other projects, but on this occasion they revealed that the reason they'd never worked on anything else was because they'd been saving it all up to show at once. Things revealed during the 10th anniversary celebration included:
    • The next champion for LoL, Senna the Redeemer, a character who'd been known to be dead for 6 years as part of classic champion Lucian's backstory, now brought back to life, marking a significant shift in LoL's overarching narrative.
    • A streamlined mobile port of LoL called Wild Rift and a mobile port of Teamfight Tactics.
    • A new digital CCG based on the LoL universe, Legends of Runeterra, which would enter closed beta before the end of the year.
    • Several other in-development LoL-based games, including "Project L", a 1-on-1 fighting game, "Project F", a top-down adventure game of some sort, and even LoL Esports Manager, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
    • Their new publishing division called "Riot Forge", dedicated to supporting third-party and indie development of more games based on LoL (the first two of which, CONV/RGENCE and RUINED KING, would be revealed later that year at The Game Awards 2019).
    • Their first project completely unrelated to League of Legends, a team-based tactical Hero Shooter initially given the name "Project A", which was later retitled Valorant.
    • An animated series set in the LoL universe called Arcane, which will be set in the dual cities of Piltover and Zaun and will cover the previously-unexplained backstories of popular champions Vi and Jinx.
    • Finally, every player in the game was given the Annie-versary skin for classic champion Annie the Dark Child and a 10th Anniversary Ward Skin.


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