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Konami
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Why should we make more games from these franchises when we can milk the money out of them through pachinko machines? - Konami, probably.
Founded: March 21, 1969
Founder: Kagemasa Kozuki
Headquarters: Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Key people: Kagemasa Kozuki (chairman)
Takuya Kozuki (president)
Kimihiko Higashio (vice president)
Website: https://www.konami.com/


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. While it develops and publishes media of various mediums (such as trading cards, anime, and even casinos and fitness clubs), they are most well-known for their video games.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. They later announced two new Silent Hill games, with one being an episodic style game while the other is a reboot of the franchise.
    • 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, mostly overpriced ones 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.
  3. They treat their employees in abysmal ways. For example, when Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia's sales were poor, Konami demoted Koji Igarashi to a desk job.
  4. 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. In other words, they treated Hideo Kojima, one of the most important people in video games, as chopped liver. This is narcissism at its finest.
  5. 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.
  6. They dissolved Hudson Soft in 2012 and have done absolutely nothing with their franchises ever since (except for Bomberman).
  7. 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.
  8. They don't seem to listen to criticism, regardless of how constructive it is.
  9. 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.
  10. Similar to Capcom, they shut down some of their subsidiaries, such as Team Silent to make room for Western developers.
  11. They ruined their own franchises like Silent Hill (with the cancellation of Silent Hills), Castlevania (with Lords of Shadow 2), Metal Gear (with Survive), and Contra (with Rogue Corps).
  12. They ignored their other franchises such as, Gradius, Ganbare Goemon, Lethal Enforcers, Twin Bee, AirForce Delta, and many others. Most of the IPs mentioned here are dead (outside of pachinko machines).
  13. They royally screwed up the beloved SAW franchise with the releases of SAW: The Video Game and SAW II: Flesh & Blood.
  14. They don't even know how to publish good games based on television shows, as disastrous games such as Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex prove.
  15. They did a terrible job at promoting Blades of Time, they only decided to announce the game a whopping three days after it came out! This unsurprisingly caused the game to sell extremely poorly.
  16. They have taken stances against fan games based on their properties, just like Nintendo did. For example:
    • 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.
  17. Hygiene standards at their official Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments were so poor and bad that they actually had to institute a mandatory hygiene clause in their rule books and penalize smelly players and players wearing dirty clothes.
  18. They increased the payments in some of the BEMANI arcade games, as well as locking certain features in some of these games, such as Extra Stages and some Options in Dance Dance Revolution games now requiring additional credits to access.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. 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.
  2. Despite what they did with Kojima, he thanks them because they're the reason who he is today.
  3. 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, and Microsoft Windows. The latter two even include a bonus book explaining some facts about the games.
  4. They still make great music arcade games under the BEMANI brand.
  5. Unlike EA, they still put their games on Nintendo consoles also, which shows they and Nintendo have a better relationship than them.
  6. They don't milk the Winning Eleven/Pro Evolution Soccer series, and they aren't filled with rampant microtransactions unlike the FIFA series, and the luck of getting a good player with an Agent is far better than FIFA's slim chances of getting a good player in packs. Also, the ratings and box art of eFootball Winning Eleven/PES 2021 SEASON UPDATE alone look better than FIFA 21. Also, they reduced the price of eFootball PES 2021 SEASON UPDATE on purpose because of the fact that due to COVID-19, they didn't have time to create a fully new PES game, so they made a reskin of 2020 with updated rosters, and reduced the price to $30 instead of $60, which is already better than FIFA 21.

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Maxkatzur

25 months ago
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What's kind of corruption in game journalism because of him?
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Grust

22 months ago
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Fixed it, don't know how that happened.
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Grust

17 months ago
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Already seeing they are releasing a Contra collection for Switch. Now I love Contra but because of Konami's actions, I won't be getting it as I will never support them ever again.
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ChrisHeers2001

17 months ago
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I'll get it as soon as I get another Nintendo eShop card.
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HunterZolomon

16 months ago
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It’s their turn to release their old mgs games to pc. Even some ps exc’s to pc (epic store).
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SkyBlueYoshi

12 months ago
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It sucks that Castlevania and Suikoden have been basically left in the dust

They have become hell personified
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Paprika

12 months ago
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Actually, Castlevania got another game this year called Grimoire of souls but...It's a soft launched mobile game with 4 player co-op and pvp. Just why...
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Grust

12 months ago
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I saw the trailer, saw mobile. Instant despair.
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ChrisHeers2001

5 months ago
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's iOS and Android releases are only three months old.
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ChrisHeers2001

2 days ago
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Interestingly enough, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls was released exclusively in Canada, and its servers lasted for only an approximate year after launch.
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ZephanieDimaranan

11 months ago
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They still make great BEMANI games, well, although it is pay-to-play, and Konami just gets their cash for each play.
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+never4ever+

10 months ago
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No one's taking Konami seriously anymore.
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Hinami

10 months ago
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I'm not entirely sure. The problem is, I don't known where can I find pachinko fan's opinion.
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Hinami

10 months ago
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Just found that video from the last year. I guess that despite we think they will go broke, the pachinko machine is actualy doing fine in its homeland (and since there's no oversea market, it doesn't matter).
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Mr. Tenno

10 months ago
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PES never really interests me at all.
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Aspen Pellot

9 months ago
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This shouldn't be on Crappy Games Wiki because I'm huge fan of Konami, Konami is awesome
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Hinami

9 months ago
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Pleaae made a review for their new pachinko machines.

I'm neither joking nor sarcastic, I sincerely mean it. The big gap in all English article regarding Konami is that nobody give honest review for those machines. They're all complaining about how their favourite franchise is disgraced, it's understandable but not really helpful.

If there is honest review of those machines, at least we can get the idea if their shift in marketing is rational or just stupid.

Since you say Konami is awesome, surely you're in touch with their main games, aren't you?
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GRAND-DUCHY

7 months ago
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This article is about Konami's fails. There are lots of fails they did and most of them are pretty strong/not tolerable.

For their "golden age", You can access their own article on Awesome Games Wiki.
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Aspen Pellot

one month ago
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Also, this is my favorite company
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Ssbufan228

9 months ago
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Fuck Hideki Hayakawa, Just fuck him.
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RyMann37

9 months ago
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Yep, I would say the same thing.
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HunterZolomon

9 months ago
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I still wait for MGS series remake Silent Hill 1-2-3-4 remake
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Blader07

6 months ago
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Modern Konami care money
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HunterZolomon

6 months ago
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Unlike Capcom, Konami does NOTHING to improve themselves. Even though capcom fucked up RE3 remake
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RyMann37

6 months ago
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Sega: We like with fans making games.


Konami and Nintendo: Lol, nope.
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LeroyManTheFirst

4 months ago
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Uh..... ya know that Nintendo and Konami games are Intellectual Property, right?
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SuckerTacky

4 months ago
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I've heard on the news a Teen threatened to explode them with a BOMB. Yikes.
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Paprika

4 months ago
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He got arrested afterwards, thankfully.
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DarkMatterMan4500

4 months ago
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Why would someone even think about blowing up Konami headquarters?
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Grust

4 months ago
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I hate Konami now but damn even I won't go that far.
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LeroyManTheFirst

4 months ago
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Signs of toxicity.
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Tkgaynor

2 months ago
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I personally prefer their PES series over FIFA because the gameplay is amazing and the luck with the Agents is way better than FIFA's crappy pack luck which would likely require you to spend like $400 in FIFA points to get a good player. I got a legend in PES without paying a dime. Because I play the LITE version of the game.
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VinnyRocchio

one month ago
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I'll miss Twinbee, Ganbare Goemon, Bishi Bashi Champ and the rest of their older franchises.

Screw Hideki Hayakawa.
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ThePCGamer

one month ago
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I absolutely dont think this is the Konami from retro gaming, as it's not the same company
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Pretty Cool Guy 67

8 days ago
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Honestly, I agree with you. It's a shame how different they are from the Konami we grew up with.
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Pretty Cool Guy 67

one day 17 hours 25 minutes ago
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What the hell happened to me? I used to be the clown prince of comedy I used to say, "They're all gonna laugh at you!"

And now I'm just praying that you'll laugh at me

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