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February2017

  • News Kojima-Free Konami Is Doing Just Fine, Thanks Very Much

    Profits up a whopping 70 percent

    When Hideo Kojima parted company with Konami under a cloud and reports began to appear that the firm didn't have the best track record for staff morale, it seemed as if the veteran publisher was finally planning its escape from the world of AAA video games. However, fast forward to the present and the "new look"...

  • News Bomberman Is Coming To Arcades As Bombergirl

    With anime girls and destructible clothing, obviously

    As well as bringing Bomberman to the Switch in the form of Super Bomberman R, Konami - for reasons unknown - is creating an arcade title based on the franchise which uses anime-style girls instead of the titular Bombermen. According to 4gamer, this forthcoming title will be a 4-on-4 coin-op...

  • News Here's What the "R" in Super Bomberman R Means

    The more you know

    One of the most pleasant surprises of the Nintendo Switch launch line up was that of Super Bomberman R, which will see the long-awaited return of Hudson Soft's former mascot. Alongside the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the arcade game seems to be a much simpler affair, but it will no doubt make for some...

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  • News Fangs For The Memories Castlevania, You're Now 30 Years Old

    Three decades of miserable secrets

    Want to feel old? Konami's Castlevania series has now been going for 30 years. The franchise began life on the Japan-only Famicom Disk System as Akumajou Dracula. This title was released in North America as Castlevania in May the next year and was followed by two NES sequels - 1987's Castlevania II: Simon's Quest...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX

    Contra-ry to popular opinion...

    The Contra series of games includes some of the run-and-gun genre's greatest titles; along with the Metal Slug series you won't find a finer bunch of ridiculously tough, immaculately designed platform action experiences. We've already been blessed with a Wii U Virtual Console port of Konami's 1992 SNES masterpiece...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Axelay

    Restoring some Life Force to the 2D shooter

    When you run through the list of prolific Japanese software houses during the 8 and 16-bit eras, Konami's name is usually pretty close to the top. Like rivals Capcom and Namco, it benefited from the incredible global success of the Nintendo's NES and many of its classic franchises gained astonishing...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Life Force

    Forcefully fun

    Konami's 1985 hit Gradius is one of the most influential scrolling shooters of all time, so it was pretty tough to follow up. Rather than make Gradius II right away, the company decided to create a spin-off; Life Force — originally known in Japan as Salamander — hit arcades in 1986 and the NES two years later. Space shooters were...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Cybernator

    Run-n-gun in space

    Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures

    Jump'n TwinBee

    Although the TwinBee series is mostly remembered as a shoot 'em up franchise, it might come as a surprise that there were actually a few games which took on different genres. Rainbow Bell Adventures — which is coincidentally also the last game released outside Japan — tries its hand at platforming, bringing its own unique little...

July2014

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    Review Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

    Blood relative

    After the success of the original Castlevania title on the NES system, Konami decided to change things up quite a bit for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Gone was the straight-ahead platforming action of the original, replaced with a much more rpg-flavored approach that placed more emphasis on item collection and exploration. While...

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Pop'n TwinBee

    WinBee

    It's not particularly well known outside Japan, but for a while TwinBee was one of Konami's main shoot 'em up series. A lot more cutesy than Gradius and the like, its colourful graphics and characters were its biggest appeal. A while back the original TwinBee was remade as a 3D Classic, but now here we have Pop'n Twinbee, one of the few...

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    Review Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival

    Is the first 3DS entry a Dark Hole or a Monster Reborn?

    Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh series has a long and successful history in digital form, perhaps never more so than on Nintendo hardware – a relationship that stretches all the way back from the original monochrome Game Boy right up to Zexal World Duel Carnival, which is both the first 3DS Yu-Gi-Oh...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

    Join the fang club

    Looking back, it's incredible to think that Konami took such a risk with the Castlevania series during its formative years. Having tasted critical and commercial success with the original NES outing, the Japanese company decided to give its direct sequel a different spin. The result was Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, a game which...

  • Feature The Castlevania That Konami Doesn't Want You To Know About

    A chilling look at the 1988 arcade release Haunted Castle

    Despite the critical mauling Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 received at the hands of the gaming press, Konami's gothic franchise has arguably never been in better health. After years of dismal sales and underexposure, the mainstream appeal of the series was emphatically restored by 2011's...

March2014

February2014

  • Soapbox A Case For The Defence: Castlevania 64

    The only things that suck are the vampires

    Castlevania 64, which is how we shall refer to the original Nintendo 64 vampire-killing game to avoid confusion with the other Castlevania, is a game that’s been unjustly left on the series' scrapheap for far too long, and I’m going to tell you why. Now that doesn’t mean I’m here to excuse the...

January2014

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    Review Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

    What a horrible night to play this game

    Sequels of the present day are almost an inevitability; a safe way for a developer to earn some extra revenue by expanding their previous game, slightly tweaking gameplay nuances and throwing in additional levels and enemies. However, in the late '80s, things were different – sequels could vary wildly from...

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

    Should've put a stake in it

    With 1987's Castlevania on the NES, Konami created a classic. The vampire hunting action game was a whip-roaring success, kicking off one of gaming's most iconic series and introducing a generation of gamers to the adventures of Simon Belmont, the joy of whip-based combat, and the explosive properties of holy water. The...

  • News Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Was "A Great Opportunity to Explore New Ideas and Techniques"

    The aim was to exploit "different ways of using interactivity"

    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories certainly stands out within its franchise, and was a notable Wii release back in late 2009 — early 2010 for Europe. Its attempts at psychological profiling and a focus on avoiding combat were divisive, but for our money it was an unmissable horror title,...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Life Force

    A force to be reckoned with

    The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...

October2013

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    Wii U eShop / SNES

    Review Super Castlevania IV

    Fangs for the memories

    The Castlevania series is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, thanks largely to MercurySteam's commercially successful Lords of Shadow sub-series. However, as many hardcore Castlevania fans will repeatedly tell you until they are blue in the face and you are deeply, deeply bored, the God of War-style gameplay...

September2013

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    Review Gradius

    Just keeps shooting

    To say that the original Gradius was influential on the evolution of the side-scrolling shoot 'em up would be a gross understatement. When it hit arcades in 1985 it was lauded for its amazing level designs and simple, yet wildly playable, power-up system. This NES release was one of the first home ports of the game and has become...

  • News Contra III: The Alien Wars Listing Points to Virtual Console Releases

    Spread Guns at the Ready

    Konami's classic shoot 'em up may be about to blast it's way onto the Wii U and/or the 3DS eShop in the West, if a recent rating by the OFLC is anything to go by. Contra III: The Alien Wars, or Super Probotector: Alien Rebels as it's known in PAL regions, was rated on 11th September, indicating that further Virtual Console...

August2013

  • News Dave Cox - A New Contra Has "To Have a New Idea"

    Lords of Shadow producer still keen to work on the series

    It's little secret that Dave Cox, the well-known producer of the Lords of Shadow series, is keen to continue working on Konami IPs, with Contra being a franchise that he's shown interest in reviving. His work with the Lords of Shadows games, including Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror...

June2013

  • News Konami Picks Up New Contra Trademark

    It's aptly named Contra Run & Gun

    The long-running Contra series doesn't look like its finishing any time soon. Contra: Evolution, a remake of the NES classic, recently launched on Apple's app store in North America - only to be removed mysteriously. Turns out it wasn't ready and it'll be available at some point later in the year, however, it seems...

  • News PES 2014 Will Not Be Dispensed On Wii U

    Poor PES 2013 sales means there's no 3DS version either

    EA created quite a stir last month when it confirmed FIFA 14, its next iteration in is popular football franchise, would be skipping the Wii U and would only be making it to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - when they arrive. Of course that means...

April2013

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  • News MercurySteam Still Interested In Developing A Contra Title

    David Cox talks up his "second great love"

    Back in June last year, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate developer MercurySteam revealed it would love to work on a Contra game for Konami, should the opportunity arise. It seems that desire is still burning brightly, as Konami's David Cox, who works very closely with MercurySteam, revealed in...

  • Interview Reinventing Castlevania For A New Handheld Generation

    Konami's Dave Cox talks about the latest entry in the bloodsucking franchise

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate is almost with us, so what better time is there to sit down with the producer of the game and chat about its development, inspiration, aims and challenges — as well as the future of the Castlevania franchise? Nintendo Life:...

  • News Konami Won't Rule Out Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 On Wii U

    Never say never

    Konami has been fairly adamant that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 isn't coming to the Wii U, thanks simply to a lack of available resource and time. This is perfectly understandable; developer Mercury Steam has only just finished work on the 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, and has its hands full...

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  • News Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Whips into Eurogamer Expo

    Bump in the day

    Much-anticipated 3DS action game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate will be playable at this year's Eurogamer Expo in London. Konami's portable vampire-basher joins other high-profile games on the showfloor from 27th to 30th September at London's Earls Court. If you want to learn more about the Belmont's next challenge...

  • Interview Dave Cox - Castlevania: Mirror of Fate

    Burning questions answered

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate remains one of our most eagerly-awaited 3DS titles here at Nintendo Life, thanks to the simple fact that several of our staff are absolutely potty about Konami's long-running vampire-hunting franchise. Following hard on the heels of the sublime DS 'Metroidvania' titles,...

  • News No Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for Wii U

    Fangs for nothing

    Despite Nintendo's insistence that Wii U won't miss out on support from third party developers and will be getting key multiformat releases, it seems that developers are yet to be convinced. As part of an upcoming interview with Konami's Dave Cox, it was confirmed that the forthcoming sequel to popular reboot Castlevania: Lords of...

June2012

May2012

  • News New Castlevania Title Confirmed for 3DS

    Nintendo Power with big reveal

    Last week we shared a rumour that a new Castlevania title was in development for 3DS: it seems that the rumour was true, as it's now been revealed in Nintendo Power. It's to be called Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate, which isn't the snappiest game title that we've heard. Details from the magazine,...

  • Feature The Full E3 2012 Schedule

    Bookmark this (updated 31st May)

    With one week to go, we've put together a complete guide to this year's E3 show so you know exactly what's on offer, when and how to watch it. We've compiled a list of the major press conferences and live events and converted them into a range of time zones so you know exactly when to come to Nintendo Life to get...

  • Rumour Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Heading to Wii U

    A vampire double-whammy

    Yesterday we heard there's a Castlevania game coming to 3DS, but that's not all: apparently Wii U owners will get a piece of the action too, as Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is in the works for Wii U. That's according to the Paul Gale Network, who claims the Wii U title will interact with th

  • Rumour Castlevania Title in Development for 3DS

    Could be called Mirror of Faith/Fate

    The Castlevania franchise has been prolific on Nintendo's handhelds, with six titles evenly split between Game Boy Advance and DS. It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if Konami was planning a new entry for the series on 3DS, and in typical pre-E3 fashion a rumour has emerged online. The story has appeared on...

April2012

  • News Konami Announces PES 2013 for Wii and 3DS

    No PES for U

    Konami's confirmed its next football feast, PES 2013, will, reach Wii and 3DS later this year. Wii's had some pretty good versions of the beautiful game over the years and PES has already had two run-outs on 3DS, so fingers crossed for a quality soccer sim later this year. The press release doesn't mention a Wii U version, which is a...

  • News Uh Oh, Castlevania: The Adventure Rated for 3DS VC

    Ratings board whips it out

    3DS Virtual Console fans have a spooky treat to look forward to, as the Australian Classification Board has rated Castlevania: The Adventure. Well, we say 'treat', but The Adventure is generally regarded as one of the weaker entries in the series, particularly compared to follow-up Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. Still,...

March2012

February2012

  • News North America, You Get the MGS 3D Demo Tomorrow Too

    No-one left behind

    It's a Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo free-for-all this week, as Konami has confirmed North American 3DS owners can try out the game for free with an eShop demo tomorrow. The demo's timely as the full game releases in North America on Tuesday, 21st February, giving you a few days to get to grips with Snake. Is this another...

  • News Metal Gear Solid 3D Demo Heads to Europe This Week

    Snaaaaaaaaaaake!

    Want to try out Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D before its European launch? Head to the eShop this week for a trial downloadable demo. The demo lands on Thursday as part of the regular eShop update alongside an old Game Boy favourite. We'll have the full Nintendo Download for you in a few minutes, but in the meantime, are you...

  • News Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pulled from Virtual Console

    Time's up

    The NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been removed from Virtual Console in all regions. As always when games are pulled from the VC library there's no official explanation why Konami's 8-bit brawler has been taken off sale, but we'd expect it's something to do with the licence. But, as our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review...

January2012

  • News Official Metal Gear Solid 3DS Accessories Grip Europe

    Up your 3DS camo index

    With Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D out in six weeks, your thoughts might be turning to how you can camouflage your console to get in the espionage spirit, and Hori has it covered. The official Metal Gear Solid 3D accessory set is out in Europe on 24th February, a few weeks before the game, and includes a military-style...

  • News Hudson May Continue as a Brand

    There's hope yet

    Late yesterday we reported the sad news that Konami is dissolving Hudson Soft, one of the industry's most experienced development companies. Although it's clear that Hudson will no longer exist as an independent entity, there's now hope that it may still retain its own brand and identity. Hudson released a statement on its website, translated by Andriasang, which seems to suggest..

  • News Konami Dissolving Hudson Soft

    Not to bee

    Konami has just announced that they will be dissolving Hudson Soft on 1st March, bringing to an end a company that's become beloved by gamers over the years for such unforgettable contributions to gaming as the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 systems and the ever-popular Bomberman and Star Soldier series. For those of you who don't remember,...

  • News The Origins of the Konami Code Revealed

    All together now...

    The Konami code is one of the most famous video game cheats of all time, but how did it come about? According to a translated chat between Konami's Kazuhisa Hashimoto and Shigeharu Umezaki, it all started with the NES port of Gradius. Hashimoto, the code's creator, explains: I had one guy under me, and he played through the coin-op version. That one’s really tough. I hadn’t..

  • News North America Infiltrated by Metal Gear Solid 3D on 21st February

    Snake beater

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is due for North American launch on 21st February, Konami has revealed. Snake's Cold War adventure reaches North America a few weeks before its European release date, with Circle Pad Pro support and a photo-based camouflage system. Will you be lining up on 21st February? METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER 3D BREAKS COVER Hideo Kojima's Epic Game Heads to..

  • News Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Sneaks into Europe on 8th March

    3DS exclusive features also unveiled

    Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D has been on the horizon of the 3DS for a while now, but a European release date — and official box-art — has finally been confirmed. It hits the region on 8th March, with further confirmation that it will support the Circle Pad Pro, the second title to do so after Resident...

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