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5th Anniversary Package FAQ by cvxfreak

Version: 2.1 | Updated: 01/18/2011

                  Biohazard 5th Anniversary Package
           Covers the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 Consoles
                       A FAQ/Guide by cvxfreak
                   Copyright 2001-2011 by cvxfreak
                             Version 2.1
                          January 18, 2011
                   Email: fireemblempride@gmail.com

Table of Contents

0. Introduction
1. Version Updates
2. Biohazard 5th Anniversary: Nightmare Returns
3. Games Included
   A. Biohazard
   B. Biohazard 2: Dual Shock Version
   C. Biohazard 3: Last Escape
   D. Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban w/ Devil May Cry Trial Edition
4. Wesker's Report DVD
5. Goodies  
   A. CD Binder
   B. Dog Tag
   C. Ball Point Pen
   D. Key Ring
6. The Briefcase Itself
7. Frequently Asked Questions
8. Conclusion

0. Introduction

Biohazard is known to gamers in North America and PAL territories as
"Resident Evil." On March 22, 2001, the Biohazard series celebrated its
5th Anniversary. Capcom, the Japanese video game company that created
the series, released a special and limited edition package containing
all the main series Biohazard games released up until that point for
either the original PlayStation or the PlayStation 2, contained in a
large, fancy steel briefcase along with some other extra goods. The
official name of the package is the "Biohazard 5th Anniversary
Nightmare Returns."

Because the package is so rare and was released only in Japan, I
decided to write this guide as a reference for people who are unable
to see it for themselves. 

This guide can currently be hosted on the following major websites, as
well as a few others not listed here:

   GameFAQS  - http://www.gamefaqs.com
   IGN FAQs  - faqs.ign.com
   NeoSeeker - http://www.neoseeker.com

As the author of this publicly available guide, I do not own any rights
related to the Biohazard or Resident Evil series. The series belongs to
Capcom Co., Ltd. and its affiliates, wherever appropriate. I do own the
rights to this written guide, and will not tolerate plagiarism of any
of its parts. However, feel free to cite this guide as needed. 

Thank you!

1. Version Updates

January 18, 2011
We're coming up on the 15th anniversary of the Biohazard series, and
the 10th anniversary of the release of the 5th Anniversary Package! 
Where did the time go? I've gone back and edited this guide by fixing
mistakes, outdated information and confusing passages. 

January 1, 2006
Happy New Year! I decided to update this document because it's been 
almost four years ever since I gave it an update. And it wasn't written 
to my present writing standards, either. So I've completely overhauled 
the FAQ, giving it a cleaner format, more descriptive paragraphs and 
overall, something that flies well in 2006. Enjoy the New Year 

2. Biohazard 5th Anniversary: Nightmare Returns

Name: Biohazard 5th Anniversary Special Package "Nightmare Returns"
Platform(s): PlayStation (PSone), PlayStation 2, DVD
Region: Japan (NTSC-J, DVD Region 2)
Price: ´28,000
Publisher: Capcom Japan
Release Date: March 22, 2001

Capcom celebrated the 5th Anniversary of Biohazard in Japan on March
22, 2001. Up until that point, the Biohazard series was predominantly
available on PlayStation platforms. The original Biohazard had been
ported to the Sega Saturn in 1997, Biohazard 2 was ported to the
Nintendo 64 in late 1999, and Biohazard CODE: Veronica was originally
released for the Sega Dreamcast, but the series held a strong identity
with the PlayStation until the remake of Biohazard was released on the
GameCube. For the series' 5th anniversary, it made sense to release a
bundle that contained every main game in the series. 

Capcom celebrated by releasing a special briefcase for gamers in Japan. 
The briefcase is officially caled the "Biohazard 5th Anniversary 
Special Package Nightmare Returns." It was limited to a run of only
10,000 units. In comparison, the PlayStation Biohazard entries each
sold over 1 million copies and entries after that era typically sell
between 250,000 and 1 million copies. Given the contents of the package,
it commanded a relatively hefty price tag of ´28,000, which was around
$240 U.S. dollars in 2001.

The 5th Anniversary Package contains 4 video games, a demo disc, a DVD,
a custom CD case and a few other items, as well as the briefcase itself. 

Nowadays, the 5th Anniversary Package might be found on Ebay, Yahoo
Japan Auctions or used game stores in Japan, although it will likely
cost at least a few hundred U.S. dollars.

The official Japanese website of the 5th Anniversary Package can be 
found here: http://www.capcom.co.jp/bio5th/

3. Games Included

The 5th Anniversary Package contained these following games:

PlayStation (PSone) Format Software
1. Biohazard 
2. Biohazard 2: Dual Shock Version
   a. Disc 1: Leon Edition
   b. Disc 2: Claire Edition
3. Biohazard 3: Last Escape

PlayStation 2 Format Software
1. Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban
2. Devil May Cry Trial Edition

The PlayStation games came contained in a special CD case (described
below). They came with special instruction manuals made out of more
durable, glossy, high quality paper, and were slightly different
from the instruction manuals included the original standard releases. 

Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban for the PlayStation 2 was included
in the case a little differently than the PlayStation games. Capcom
took the standard retail release of that game, also released on March
22, 2001, and packaged it with the case. The game came in a standard
PlayStation 2 game case that could hold two discs. Likewise, the Devil
May Cry Trial Edition disc was included within the standard and 5th
Anniversary Package releases of Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban. 

A. Biohazard

Name:                  Biohazard
Known in the West as:  Resident Evil
Platform:              PlayStation (PSone)
Publisher:             Capcom Japan 
Original Release Date: March 22, 1996
Disc Number:           1 out of 4

The very original Biohazard release, and not the subsequently released
Director's Cut or Director's Cut Dual Shock Version, was included in the 
package. Why did Capcom decide to use the original release, which had
fewer features than the later ones? This decision makes some sense
because the package was meant to celebrate that 5 years had passed since
the original 1996 release, so including the actual original game was
paying homage to it 

The design of the disc is similar to the original release, being solid
red in color. What is changed from the standard released is that the
disc now contains the wording "Disc 1" in order to tie the package
together with the other 2 PlayStation Biohazard games. The disc also
has the Biohazard 5th Anniversary zombie design logo on it. 

The original Biohazard was also released on the PC and Sega Saturn with
some extra features unique to those versions. For the series' 10th
anniversary, Capcom released an updated handheld version for the
Nintendo DS. On the PlayStation, the original Biohazard was updated
twice, as Biohazard: Director's Cut and Biohazard: Director's Cut Dual
Shock Version, which were also released for the PlayStation Network
(compatible with the PSP handheld and the PlayStation 3) in Japan and
North America respectively. There's also a full-fledged remake on the
Nintendo GameCube and a port of that on the Nintendo Wii. 

B. Biohazard 2: Dual Shock Version

Name:                  Biohazard 2: Dual Shock Version
Known in the West as:  Resident Evil 2: Dual Shock Edition
Platform:              PlayStation (PSone)
Publisher:             Capcom Japan
Original Release Date: August 6, 1998
Disc Number:           2 out of 4 (Leon Edition)
                       3 out of 4 (Claire Edition)

For the 5th Anniversary Package, Capcom included the Dual Shock Version
of Biohazard 2, which was originally released 8 months after the

The Dual Shock Version was released in order to take advantage of the
PlayStation Dual Shock controller's analog sticks. In addition to that,
Biohazard 2: Dual Shock Version also contained a new mini game called
"Extreme Battle Mode."
Interestingly enough, Leon and Claire's discs are labeled as Disc 2 
and Disc 3 respectively, which gives the impression that the PlayStation
Biohazard series is one continuous 4-disc game or narrative within the
context of the 5th Anniversary Package. 

Like the original Dual Shock release, the discs' art contained Leon and
Claire on their respective discs. Leon's disc was blue and Claire's
disc was red. The discs also contain an image of the 5th Anniversary
zombie logo.

Biohazard 2 was also released on the PC, Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast,
Nintendo GameCube and the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and
PSP systems. 

C. Biohazard 3: Last Escape

Name:                  Biohazard 3: Last Escape
Known in the West as:  Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 
Platform:              PlayStation (PSone)
Publisher:             Capcom Japan
Original Release Date: September 22, 1999
Disc Number:           4 out of 4 

Since there was only one version of Biohazard 3: Last Escape on the
PlayStation, it's the one that was included in the 5th Anniversary
package. It is disc 4 of the entire package. The disc art is black with
the 5th Anniversary zombie logo. 

Biohazard 3: Last Escape was also released on the PC, Sega Dreamcast, 
Nintendo GameCube and the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and
PSP systems. 

D. Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban w/ Devil May Cry Trial Edition

Name:                  Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban
Known in the West as:  Resident Evil CODE: Veronica X
Platform:              PlayStation 2
Publisher:             Capcom Japan
Original Release Date: March 22, 2001

This is the PlayStation 2 version of Biohazard CODE: Veronica. The
game's Japanese name is "Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban," which
roughly translates to "CODE: Veronica Complete Edition." Kanzenban
contained new cut-scenes that weren't included within the original
Dreamcast version, which featured the Biohazard series' main villain,
Albert Wesker.

This game came out exactly 5 years after the original Biohazard and
on the same day as the 5th Anniversary Package. There was also a 
Dreamcast version of CODE: Veronica Kanzenban, which was also released
on the same day as the PlayStation 2 edition. Since then, for the
Biohazard series, only Biohazard 5 has been a simultaneous release,
launching on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the same day. 

The original retail release of CODE: Veronica Kanzenban contained a
short demo of Devil May Cry, which interestingly began its development
as an original build of Biohazard 4. 

As mentioned above, Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban was also
released on the Sega Dreamcast and eventually for the Nintendo GameCube
in 2003. 

4. Wesker's Report DVD

Another incentive for getting the 5th Anniversary Package was Wesker's 
Report. For the standard release of Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban,
the DVD was available for customers who pre-ordered either the Sega
Dreamcast or PlayStation 2 versions. It was also included in the 5th
Anniversary Package. 

Wesker's Report is a fictional narrative by Albert Wesker (hence the
name "Wesker's Report"). It describes events of the original Biohazard
and Biohazard 2 from the point of view of Wesker, detailing his
intentions and goals for both games and how he eventually made his
return in CODE: Veronica. There's also brief coverage of events in
Biohazard 3: Last Escape.

Included within the DVD is a lengthy discussion session with the
directors and producers of the four Biohazard games released by 2001,
which were Biohazard, Biohazard 2, Biohazard 3: Last Escape and
Biohazard CODE: Veronica. The talk session was titled "Director's
Hazard" and it took place at BAR El Camino in Osaka, Japan. 

In respective order, the Biohazard series directors are Shinji Mikami, 
Hideki Kamiya, Kazuhiro Aoyama and Hiroki Kato. Also participating in
the discussion was a programmer for the Biohazard series, Katsutoshi

Note that the Director's Hazard was removed from the North American and
European releases of Wesker's Report, presumably because the feature
was entirely Japanese and not relevant to non-Japanese speakers. 

There are plenty of Wesker's Report transcripts available on the web, 
specifically at GameFAQs. Alternatively, check out one of the Plot 
Analysis guides for more information about them. Unfortunately, I don't 
think there have been any translations for the Director's Hazard 
portion of the DVD. 

5. Goodies

Capcom also included a few extra goodies in the briefcase to make the 
5th Anniversary Package all the more complete. It includes the actual 
briefcase, which stores all the included items as well as a special
Biohazard CD binder, a ballpoint pen, a dog tag, and a ring. The case is
modeled after Biohazard CODE: Veronica's Duralumin Case. 

A. CD Binder

The CD binder is, in my opinion, the neatest inclusion in the 5th
Anniversary Package. It holds up to 6 CDs, with 4 slots officially
designated and taken up by the 4 PlayStation discs: Biohazard,
Biohazard 2 and Biohazard 3. There are also 2 extra slots without an
official designation. As of 2011, you could put any combination 
of discs in there. My personal preference would be to place the 
PlayStation 2 versions of CODE: Veronica Kanzenban and Biohazard 4 in 
those slots, although I'm sure there are people who decided to put
both Biohazard Outbreak and Biohazard Outbreak File #2 in those slots
to keep with the Raccoon City theme. Others might want to follow a
numbered Biohazard theme by putting Biohazard 4 and Biohazard 5 in

The case can be folded into thirds, with each third taken up by two CD
vertically-aligned slots. The first 2 columns house the 4 PlayStation
Biohazard discs, while the third column houses the two other discs you
can use. The disc case is of a blue color and bears a silver decorated
standard zombie logo of the Biohazard 5th Anniversary. 

B. Dog Tag

The dog tag hangs from a small metal bead necklace, and bears the 
Biohazard logo as well as the number of your suitcase. If you have an 
alternative long necklace, then you can wear it around your neck. It's 
made of a kind of metal or hard aluminum. Since there were 10,000 units 
of the briefcase produced, you'll get a number ranging from 00001 to 

C. Ballpoint Pen

Made of the same material as the dog tag, the ballpoint pen doesn't 
write in any fancy ink, but it's heavy and has a cool design, 
containing the mutated eye of William Birkin from Biohazard 2 and the
Hawk Emblem from CODE: Veronica. 

D. Key Ring

Likewise, the key ring is made of the same material as the ballpoint 
pen and dog tag. It can hold several keys. 

E. Finger Ring
A finger ring bearing the William Birkin mutated eye design was also
included in the package. Made of the same material as the other
trinkets, it probably fits the fingers of most Japanese people, but it
didn't fit me 10 years ago and certainly doesn't fit on me now. 

6. The Briefcase Itself

The briefcase is modeled after the Duralumin Case items in Biohazard
CODE: Veronica. It even has the same locks that must be opened with the
included key, and the interior is made of vinyl and leather. There are
several compartments that can hold the goodies, and there is a whole
section you can reveal by unzipping the vinyl, which is where the CD
binder and CODE: Veronica Kanzenban DVD case are stored.

7. Frequently Asked Questions 

Question: Is the 5th Anniversary Package still available to purchase?
Answer: I've seen the item available on Ebay occasionally (on average,
once a year). A used game store in Japan might have one in stock, but
generally, it's highly difficult to find the 5th Anniversary Package
in Japan or elsewhere. If you do luck upon one, it'll likely go for
several hundred dollars minimum. 

Question: What is the Biohazard Collector's Box?
Answer: The Biohazard Collector's Box is something else entirely
separate from the 5th Anniversary Package. It was released on August
4, 2003 only in Japan for ´19,800. It is the Nintendo GameCube's
equivalent of a set containing a few Biohazard titles and a few
extra items. It didn't come in the form of a briefcase, but quite 
literally a greenish-blue box that held the standard GameCube
editions of Biohazard 0, Biohazard, Biohazard 2, Biohazard 3: Last
Escape and Biohazard CODE: Veronica Kanzenban. It also contained a
simple book with a black cover and plain white paper that had the
Japanese transcripts of Wesker's Report and Wesker's Report II.
Like the 5th Anniversary Package, this was limited to 10,000 units,
but there was nothing special about the games contained in it, nor
was there a number you could use to see which of the 10,000 you got. 

Question: Will you make a FAQ for the Biohazard Collector's Box?
Answer: There's no need. The FAQ above might as well serve as a FAQ
for that product. Although the set was nice, the games within it
were not unique or high key enough to make a dedicated FAQ for. 

Question: Where can I buy the Biohazard Collector's Box?
Answer: The Collector's Box tends to be more widely available in
Japanese gaming shops than the 5th Anniversary Package, although it is
by no means commonly available.  

Question: Will Capcom release more Biohazard sets in the future?
Answer: Aside from a bundle containing Biohazard and Biohazard 0 on
GameCube released in late 2004 (called Biohazard Double Feature) and
a budget-priced bundle of the PlayStation 2 versions of Biohazard CODE:
Veronica Kanzenban and Biohazard 4, there have been no Biohazard sets
released since 2003, and nothing has been announced. 

Question: Will Capcom ever do one of these nifty sets for North America
or Europe?
Answer: I highly doubt it. Consumers and companies in Japan place far
more emphasis on package design than people and companies from other
countries do. If you own a Biohazard game and its overseas Resident
Evil equivalent, it's easy to tell how differently game packaging is
prioritized with each version.

8. Conclusion

Thank you for reading this guide. I've ensured it is as up-to-date and
error-free as possible. 

Special thanks to:
 - Friends and family. Without my family, I wouldn't have gotten this
   set. Thanks!
 - Capcom, for creating this awesome set.
 - You, the reader, for reading this guide.


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