Konami Holdings Corporation, commonly called Konami (also mockingly called "Konmai", a term originating from a typo in GuitarFreaks 8th Mix and Drummania 7th Mix, which is often used when referring to bugs and mistakes in their games) is a Japanese entertainment company. It operates as a public distributor, and produces and distributes trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot and pachinko machines, arcade cabinets, as well as video game developing and publishing. It also operates a fitness club in Japan.
Konami is famous for producing some of the most popular video game franchises in the world such as Castlevania, Contra, Dance Dance Revolution, Gradius, Frogger, Suikoden, Ganbare Goemon, Metal Gear, Mirmo, Beatmania IIDX, Pro Evolution Soccer, Boktai, Silent Hill, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Sound Voltex. Their acquisition and absorption of Hudson Soft added several more franchises to their portfolio, including Adventure Island, Bonk, Bloody Roar, Bomberman, Far East of Eden and Star Soldier. By revenue, Konami is the twentieth largest gaming company.
Konami was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair agency in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan by Kagemasa Kōzuki, who to this day still remains the chairman of the company. The term "Konami" is a combination of the names Kagemasa Kozuki, Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako. Japanese numbers using common syllables mean it also corresponds to the number 573, which often appears in their games (Namco does the same with the number 765, "na-mu-ko").
Konami's current headquarters are located in Tokyo. In the United States, Konami's video game businesses are managed from offices in El Segundo, California, with its casino gaming businesses being managed in Paradise, Nevada. Its Australian gaming operations are operated from Sydney, Australia. As of March 2016, Konami currently owns 21 consolidated subsidiaries around the world.
Why They Suck Now
NOTE: The main problem with Konami today is that they clearly aren't interested in gaming anymore and shifted their focus to other, "less costs, more profit" businesses. This is what caused all the problems mentioned in the following list:
- They canceled many highly anticipated titles.
- After Silent Hills was canceled, tensions between Konami and Hideo Kojima rose. While what specifically happened between them hasn't been said publicly, it lead to them parting ways.
- While they haven't completely abandoned console and PC gaming, they've shifted their focus towards mobile games, which are inferior to the former for no reason other than that they're cheaper to produce and make lots of money
- In an effort to make gambling legal in Japan, they turned their most beloved franchises into pachinko machines after the titles failed to meet their critical and commercial expectations. For example, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was met with mixed reviews and middling sales, and since then, with the exception of pachinko machines, a Netflix original animated series, and with the series being represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Konami has barely done anything with Castlevania.
- Also, ever since Silent Hills was canceled, the Silent Hill franchise went dormant for a while until they revealed a Silent Hill themed pachinko machine.
- Something similar happened with Ganbare Goemon (known as Mystical Ninja outside of Japan), which, aside from two pachinko machines, hasn't had a proper entry since Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ōedo Tengu ri Kaeshi no Maki, which was released for the Nintendo DS back in 2005.
- Even when they do make console games, they have been low-effort, hollow cash-grabs trying to sell on name recognition alone, not passionately crafted products. The most recent examples of course, being Metal Gear Survive and Contra: Rogue Corps.
- They treat their employees horribly. For example, when Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia's sales were poor, Konami demoted Koji Igarashi to a desk job.
- They weren't willing to give Hideo Kojima credit for his work to the point where they removed his name and the Kojima Productions logo from the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain box art, banned him from winning at the Game Awards 2015 ceremony, and came to pretend he never worked there in the first place.
- Many of their mobile games don't have any hacking protection. Unlike other online mobile games, which won't let you connect to their servers using hacked APKs, and "Hacked" APKs of Konami games can be played online without any negative repercussions.
- They dissolved Hudson Soft in 2012 and have done absolutely nothing with their franchises ever since (except for Bomberman).
- They are often prone to copyright claiming videos about their games, even if it's just an unboxing video. The most infamous case of copyright infringement abuse from them is the time when they gave a copyright strike to Super Bunnyhop.
- They don't seem to listen to criticism, regardless of how constructive it is.
- They only care about money now, and it is the reason they've turned their most beloved franchises into pachinko machines and a lot of their games now suffer from microtransactions like Metal Gear Survive.
- In Metal Gear Survive, you either grind a lot or pay $10 in order to create a new save file.
- Similar to Capcom, they shut down some of their subsidiaries, such as Team Silent to make room for Western developers.
- They ruined their own franchises like Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Metal Gear.
- They ignored their franchises such as Contra, Gradius, Ganbare Goemon, Lethal Enforcers, Twin Bee, and many others.
- They royally screwed up the beloved SAW franchise with the releases of SAW: The Video Game and SAW II: Flesh & Blood.
- They don't even know how to make good games based off on television shows, as disastrous games such as Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex prove.
- Like Nintendo, they have recently taken a stance against fan games.
- They forced the developers of Shadow Moses, an Unreal Engine 4 remake of Metal Gear Solid, to cancel their game.
- They did the same thing with a remake of the first Castlevania game.
- Konami used to be good and has a rich history of many top-quality games that can still be enjoyed. For the redeeming qualities, click here.
- Despite what they did with Kojima, he thanks them because they're the reason who he is today.
- To celebrate their 50th anniversary, they released three collections: Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection & Contra Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & Steam. The latter two even include a bonus book explaining some facts about the game's.
- They still make great music arcade games under the BEMANI brand.