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"If you leave the company, you cannot rely on Konami's name to land a job"
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...
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...
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..
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,...
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..
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..
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...
Slithers into view
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D has been a long time coming, but series creator Hideo Kojima has taken to Twitter to tease details about the stealthy title. His latest revelation, as reported by Andriasang, is that there will be a Metal Gear Solid-themed 3DS system released as part of a bundle. A release date of 8th March has been confirmed, but due to the vague nature of tweets..
What a challenging conundrum
We don't have downloadable demos on 3DS yet, so Konami's free web-based demo for Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is a nice chance to try before you buy. The Doctor Lautrec Flash game takes you through the game's 19th Century Parisian introduction with a little dialogue and puzzling to get your mental muscles warmed up for the upcoming 3DS release. Well worth a..
RPG gets Japanese date
Konami just revealed a release date for gorgeous 3DS RPG Beyond the Labyrinth, and bundled in a load of new 3D screenshots too. The game — developed by experienced RPG studio tri-Ace — will reach Japan on 19th January, and follows a mysterious and anonymous white-haired girl as she chances upon an ancient sealed magic. There's been no announcement of any Western release..
In at the second attempt?
The 3DS launched with Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, and although it played a fine game of football it was a little lacking in the content department. Now Konami has announced PES 2012 3D with much-requested features in tow. The headline attraction is online play allowing two 3DS owners to settle scores on the pitch via...
It was in the kitchen with the candlestick
Konami's story puzzler Dr. Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights may have missed its summer release — according to Nintendo's 2011 release schedule, it's now down for November — but it's still looking like another interesting addition to the 3DS software line-up. We now have a fresh new trailer from Gamescom 2011, complete with German subtitles, which only..
Contains ZOE mode
Hideo Kojima's best known for his Metal Gear Solid series — already confirmed for 3DS in the form of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, of course — but his Zone of the Enders games on PS2 are fondly remembered by fans of Japanese robots that blow each other up. The series has been dormant for a few years, but it might be ready...
What do you mean, 'what's Twinbee?'
Top-down shooters are ripe for resurrection in Nintendo's 3D Classics line: recent release 3D Classics Xevious did a decent job, and next it's Konami's turn with a version of classic arcade shooter Twinbee. The revamped game takes flight to Japan on 10th August for 600 Yen, the same price as Xevious. Interestingly...
Maybe elsewhere too
Kotaku Australia is reporting that Konami's Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D has been pushed back from its expected late 2011 release date to next year. It's worth pointing out that this is based on a comment from an Australian Konami representative, and the most recent release schedule for Europe and North America pegged the game for a 2011 release. However, Konami's current..
Snake returns to Nintendo
It's odd that, despite Hideo Kojima requesting Solid Snake to be put in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there haven't exactly been many games from the Metal Gear series on Nintendo systems, and none since that crossover happened. Thankfully, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D is due to change that later this year. An enhanced port of the third Metal Gear Solid title, viewed by many..
Not just Capcom
While Capcom continues to take flak for the Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file debate, it's worth pointing out that it's far from the first publisher to use non-deletable save data on 3DS. As owners of Super Monkey Ball 3D, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2 will attest, these games also offer save data that cannot
Metal Gear Solid fans will be sneaking around later this year
Konami is set to publish Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the 3DS later in the year, and the publisher has released more details on the remake of the popular PlayStation 2 tactical stealth game. Fans of the original Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will be familiar with the game's narrative. Those of you that aren't aware of the plot,..
30 years of being run over hasn't killed him
Cats are supposed to have nine lives, and if that's the case, then frogs probably have just as many. At least, Konami's flagship frog has done a pretty good job of avoiding the Grim Reaper of video game franchises. Frogger 3D is set for an Autumn release on the 3DS, 30 years after Konami developed the...
Info at the drop of a hat
If you're curious about the development of Dr Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, Konami has just opened Pandora's box with its first developer video on the game. The blog delves into the creation of Konami's first new IP for 3DS, detailing the design of the lead character and his 19th Century Parisian world. We'll have more details on Dr Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights..
Makes ! sound
Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D was one of the most impressive games shown off for 3DS at E3 last year, but since then we've seen nothing new on the title. Now an anonymous Konami source has told MCV that the game is shooting for a European release this November. Konami's pre-E3 show is set for 2nd June at an unspecified time so we...
An RPG to watch
Pandora's Tower is among the highly anticipated games slated for the Japanese market but without any current plans for Western release. You can add to that list Beyond the Labyrinth, an upcoming 3DS RPG from tri-Ace, developer of such games as Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile and published in Japan by Konami. Directed by Takayuki Suguro, little is known besides the fact that it stars..
Do you need a hint coin?
Konami's created some of gaming's greatest heroes: Solid Snake, Simon Belmont, the dude from Contra. Now the firm is ready to introduce its latest leading man, heading to 3DS in the summer. Dr Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights was revealed last year and immediately attracted attention due to its superficial similarity to Nintendo's popular Professor Layton series, but..
Any more Hudson titles on the way?
Following the news of the North American arm of Hudson disbanding last month leaving the future of its titles uncertain, Konami ― the publisher into which Hudson will be absorbed ― later clarified what the official situation was regarding Hudson's projects. Speaking to Wired, a Konami spokesperso
Only as a cameo, though
After the excitement in November about White Bear Studio's 3DS Sudoku game — since revealed to be just a concept — it looks like Konami is going to win the honour of "first 3DS Sudoku game" with its publication of Hudson Soft's Sudoku: The Puzzle Game Collection in May. As the name implies, it's not just Sudoku you'll be trying out in glorious autostereoscopic..
Something for everyone
Not content with releasing the first 3D football game in the form of Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D, Konami also wants to bring the first sumo wrestling, snowmobiles, snowballs, trampolining and more to 3DS with the release of Deca Sports Extreme (known as Sports Island 3D in Europe.) The trailer below shows off the game's new...
The beautiful game goes 3D
The revelation that Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D would find a home in Europe during the 3DS's launch period was no surprise to some, but the major part it played in Nintendo's conference showed the two companies obviously have big plans for the game's role in the 3DS launch. Our hands-on time with the world's...
Studio to be absorbed like one of Bomberman's explosions
Hudson, well known for its Bomberman and Deca Sports series, is to be fully absorbed by Konami on April 1 of this year. Konami, the studio behind Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, Silent Hill and many other titles has been Hudson's parent company since April 2005, holding a 54% stake. The...
Clues as to what Konami's 3DS puzzle game is all about
With so many video game franchises out there, there are bound to be some that contain characters that look alike, no? Be it a simple case of coincidence, or what is supposedly the simplest form of flattery, Konami has revealed a little bit more on its upcoming puzzle-solving protagonist that isn't a million miles away from a certain Level-5..
See the game up and running here
With the recent rumour that PES 2011 3D will be a launch title when the 3DS is unleashed across Europe on 25th March, Konami has released some solid details on its upcoming football game, but the date is still up in the air. What we do know is that PES 2011 3D will be available this Spring and when the time comes, gamers will be able to choose from 60 national and..
Konami present at event
In just 48 hours we will know when the 3DS will be available, how much it'll cost and its launch line-up in full, but for now rumours will have to do. Here's one to take with a small-to-moderately sized pinch of salt: Pro Evolution Soccer will be launching alongside the 3DS in Europe. Nintendo has several developer interviews lined-up for the press event on Wednesday, among..
Top hat doctor
Konami's Dr Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights for 3DS caused quite a stir with its unveiling in Famitsu this week, and the first screenshots are now here to give you a better feel for the archaeological title. Set in 19th Century Paris, you control the genius archaeologist Dr Lautrec, who must explore the network of tunnels below the city in order, we assume, to solve an enormous..
Professor Layton's French cousin, perhaps
Just because 3DS is seeing an outing from the top hat professor in the form of Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle doesn't mean that Konami won't try to steal a little of the astute one's thunder. This week's Famitsu magazine contains a reveal of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, an archaeology-themed game starring a Doctor wearing a top hat..
Screenshots screech in
The Asphalt racing series has had some decent outings on Nintendo handhelds, not least Asphalt 4: Elite Racing on DSiWare, and now Konami is taking over the publishing reins to bring the game to 3DS in Spring 2011. The game's official site has just launched bringing with it a few teaser screenshots showing off some of the licensed cars and shiny graphics that await racing..
Contra, PES, Metal Gear Solid and... Frogger
That long list of third-party 3DS titles contained plenty of mouthwatering prospects from countless publishers, but one title that particularly stood out was the prospect of a new Contra title from Konami. Now the Japanese firm has announced it'll be bringing the run-and-gun epic to Europe, alongside...
Potentially allowing gamers to "play" the game without actually playing it
The 3DS is set to offer handheld gamers a variety of functionalities that were previously unavailable. It's easy for the 3D visuals to be stealing the limelight, but what about things like StreetPass? How will developers utilise this subtle yet intriguing feature? Since the unveiling of the Metal Gear Solid 3 tech demo at E3..
Dribbling all over the place
Last year's PES 2010 offered the Wii's best kick-about yet, with plenty of options and an improved control scheme. This year's entry, which you won't be surprised to hear is called PES 2011, is promising further enhancements to the dribbling mechanics, with full 360º freedom at the top of the list. As well as the...
But will he be involved?
With the recent confirmation that what was shown at E3 was more of a tech demo than work-in-progress, you may be disappointed at the prospect of no Metal Gear Solid at all on the 3DS. Well, you can now breathe a sigh of relief because Hideo Kojima has cleared a few things up with regards to the demo and where it leaves us with an actual final product. The construction of..
May not be what we saw at E3
The latest Kojima Productions podcast revealed more detail regarding the upcoming 3DS Metal Gear title. It seems that the publishers are paying attention to the feedback from E3 in shaping the new release and in deciding whether the series comes to the potent portable at all. Judging by the buzz, it seems quite likely...
At least the "3D" designation fits in more smoothly here
The game announcements just keep coming. Next up is the first Metal Gear game for a Nintendo system since Twin Snakes hit the GameCube. Not much is clear about the game, including its title: Nintendo's site calls it Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, while other sources have tacked the subtitle...
New trailer for the platformer previously known as Tower of Shadow
It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind. Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than..
Konami's retro Gradius title gets an upgrade.
Konami has just released an update to their Gradius Rebirth WiiWare release that tosses in a few new twists to the package. Among the new additions are some graphical improvements, remixed soundtrack tunes, and a few other goodies worth checking out for those who own the game already. All you have to do...
Trailer comes out of the garage
Konami has just released a video for the Wii instalment of its classic arcade franchise, GTI Club. The publisher is set to publish a version of GTI Club Supermini Festa!, the third title in the series which was released as GTI Club+ Rally Côte d'Azur on the Playstation Network. The game is famous for its handbrake turns, shortcuts and frantic battle modes; Wii..
Listen to them - the children of the net. What rumours they make
This is probably one to file under “rumour” for the time being but we’ve gotten wind from an anonymous source that Konami is currently working away on a Castlevania collection, which apparently will be released on the Wii and Sony PSP this year. Details are predictably sketchy...
Prototype screenshots seem to say so.
Konami's been very busy making new versions of their classic games for WiiWare. With Gradius, Contra and Castlevania already done, and with Life Force apparently also on the way, they've picked some excellent series so far. Their fifth pick now seems to have been revealed as well. If you head over to designer Eric Testroete's site, you'll fi
It's not just November's five games, there's even more in the pipeline!
It seems like Konami is supporting the Wii's download services more and more - First the ReBirth games on WiiWare, and now support for the MSX catalogue on Virtual Console in Japan. No new MSX Virtual Console games have been released in Japan for over a year, so the fact that...
More gorgeous shots of the upcoming WiiWare release in action.
Well it's not much, but we were able to get our hands on three additional screenshots of the upcoming WiiWare release Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth in action. As you can see in the screenshots below, the game looks absolutely amazing and should prove to be a great addition to the ever-increasing Rebirth series from Konami. As..
The OFLC seems to think so.
In the latest OFLC update, fans of LucasArts will find that one of their most requested games seems to be on its way to the Virtual Console at long last. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an awesome SNES and Mega Drive game in which you play as one or two teenagers attempting to rescue their neighbors from zombies, mummies, vampires, aliens and other classic movie monsters..
Nintendo's confirms Konami title as a Q3 release
Wow, things sure move quickly in the world of WiiWare. We've only just heard the awesome news that Konami's new Castlevania is in the works, and now Nintendo's own release list has confirmed that the game is going to be with us sooner than expected - this month, in fact. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is a Q3 game, according to The Big N. We're..
The third game in Konami's ReBirth series is a trip back to Dracula's castle
The ESRB has frequently revealed previously unknown games for WiiWare, Virtual Console and DSiWare through its software ratings. Today's new ratings include perhaps the biggest reveal yet - a brand new Castlevania game for WiiWare! After Gradius and Contra, and Koji...
Konami confirms that the classic franchise will be available on Labor Day.
While the chaps reading Nintendo Life over on the fairer side of the Atlantic were blessed with the news that they would be getting Contra ReBirth on September 4th, those of us in North America were left wondering when we would be able to get our hands on Bill Rizer and Lance Bean's latest adventure. Thankfully, it appears..
Finally a new Contra game for Europeans!
It's been a long time since a new Contra game was released in Europe - Although an awesome game, Contra 4 on DS never made the jump to European stores. What made this even weirder is the fact that it actually included the European Probotector robots as unlockable characters! Thankfully this latest installment in the series will see European release - And it..
Rock rock planet rock, don't stop. Rock rock planet rock - DON'T STOP!
What Tomenasanner means is anyone's guess (try guessing in the comments - better still, please advise if you know!). It's written in katakana so it's apparently a word of foreign origin (sure sounds it!), but the closest that Google Translate offered was "tomen" which apparently means "bridle" in dutch and..
Konami's European studio spill the beans about their upcoming WiiWare racer!
With the upcoming July 31st European release of Konami's WiiWare top-down racing game Driift Mania approaching fast, we thought that now might be a good time to get in touch with the developers behind it in order to find out a bit more about the game. Axel de Rougé, the Lead Producer for Driift Mania at Konami, was kind..
More mental game stylings as only the Japanese can deliver them!
It's not really apparent why Japanese game developers have such a penchant for wacky game ideas that provide a draw for many curious Westerners: it could be a reaction to growing up in a culture of overwork and is an explosive expression of repressed id. Whatever the reason, it's welcome by many who regard games such as Muscle March..
What new features and updates are planned? Read on!
Although the Pro Evolution Soccer games have lost major ground to EA Sport's juggernaut FIFA franchise in recent years, Konami's flagship sporting series has shown remarkable form when turning out for Nintendo's Wii, with 2008 and last year's 2009 release showing off some pretty moves. The only real downside has been the long wait between the..
DRiiFT MANIA this month, Contra Rebirth in August.
Konami already released Gradius Rebirth in Europe yesterday, but that won't stop them from releasing another game this month! To top things off, next month they'll be releasing a completely new Contra game which Japan has already been enjoying for a while. DRiiFT MANIA, which will be released later this month, is an overhead racing game similar to..
German magazine hints at the return of Konami's classic 16-bit platformer series.
An article from German magazine M! Games reports that a new installment in Konami's Rocket Knight Adventures series of platformers from the early 1990's may be in the works. The story (which can be found here for those fluent in German) reports that the game is being developed by Climax Studios, the studio responsible..
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!
Remember Contra? After Green Beret (Rush 'N' Attack to Americans) it was the definitive run-and-gun game from Konami which saw two games in the arcade and ports and sequels on home consoles. I cannot say I ever played the latter, but the former I remember well. Despite being punishingly difficult (to me, anyway) there was something compelling about it that caused me to..
Konami's fourth WiiWare game is an eight-player overhead racing game.
Driift seems to be similar to the classic top-down racer Super Off Road, featuring tracks which are only one screen big. The racers all compete for the number one spot and will not just have to use driving skills, but also items to help them achieve that. More from Konami's press release: Konami Driifts on to WiiWare..
It’s been a long time coming but Konami has finally gotten around to releasing Gradius ReBirth on the North American WiiWare service; somewhat ironic when you consider we only just reported on the availability of the soundtrack in Japan!
A poignant love-letter to fans of the long-running series, ReBirth is less a revolution and more an evolution; those of you expecting a game with the same..
Konami has recently released the full soundtrack to their WiiWare shooter Gradius ReBirth in Japan. If you've got $38.90 laying around and can't live without your fix of Gradius tunes, Play-Asia has the soundtrack for the taking.
It's worth mentioning that this soundtrack isn't likely to see a release outside of Japan, so if you want one, you'd better grab it now as these video game soundtracks..
It’s time to pop on your trunks, grab your bucket and spade and head for the beach – Konami’s Sandy Beach is now available on the North American WiiWare service! For a mere 500 Wii Points you can experience the joy of constructing your own sandcastle from the comfort of your own tatty armchair.
You can choose to construct the most fantastic sandcastle imaginable or make things a little more..
Here's a bit of good news for all you shooter fans out there who've been anxiously awaiting word that Konami's hit WiiWare shooter Gradius Rebirth would be seeing a release outside of Japan.
According the the ESRB website, Gradius Rebirth has now been officially ESRB rated E for Everyone, which means it could be hitting the US WiiWare service soon. Time to get those trigger fingers loosened up and..
In a recent interview with website Kikizo, Castlevania series producer Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi (you know, that chap who is rather fond of wearing cowboy hats and carrying whips around with him) has spoken about his frustration at being told he should focus on new Castlevania games – such as the impending train-wreck that is Castlevania Judgment – rather than remake classic entries in the franchise.
When innocently asked if he had any plans to ‘re-imagine’ older titles for services like WiiWare or Xbox Live Arcade, IGA lamented: Castlevania has a lengthy legacy of great games, and I’m definitely interested in revisiting them if I get a chance. However, ever..
With the summer coming to an end, it is rather thoughtful of Konami to provide a WiiWare game which lets the player enjoy all the fun of the seaside without even stepping out of their front door! Sandy Beach is a 3D sandcastle simulation which lets players use the Wii Remote to sculpt their own miniature structure.
Vermin may seek to destroy your castle but you can enter “crab mode” to inflict..
Gradius Rebirth is out now in Japan and the guys at Konami have done a good job bringing the classic series back for another outing, this time on WiiWare.
ReBirth isn’t an all new game, more of a remix of past Gradius titles, all presented in a lovely retro style. The first thing that hits you is the charming 16-bit graphics and sound, which are very much like what you would expect from a SNES..
Here’s a pleasant surprise – it only seems like five minutes ago that we were able to announce the development of Gradius ReBirth for WiiWare, and now the game is almost with us!
The 2D shooter will be arriving on the Japanese WiiWare service next Tuesday (alongside Midnight Bowling and what appears to be some kind of Othello variant), which means it will beat the similarly retro-themed Mega..
Europe finally gets chance to sample the ‘delights’ of Konami's Critter Round-Up thanks to this week’s WiiWare update.
Although it’s nice to see EU gamers catching up with their North American counterparts (Critter Round-Up came out in the US in May) it’s a shame that the actual game is so uninspiring. We didn’t think much to it – feel free to check out our review. It costs 1000 Wii..
WiiWare seems to be a hot bed for retro revivals at the moment, what with Mega Man 9 and Gradius Rebirth already announced for the service. And if a recent interview with Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi is anything to go by, another highly esteemed franchise might be inbound, too.
IGA is the current producer of Konami’s legendary Castlevania series and he had this to say when Nintendo World Report..
In an interview with Wired, the current Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi (who you might know as the man who nearly always wears a black cowboy hat and carries around a whip) was asked what he thinks about Mega Man 9. He responded as follows:
I'm watching that very closely to see how it does. Myself, I'm a big retro gaming fan, so if it is successful that definitely opens up doors for..
WiiWare, much like Virtual Console, is turning into a heaven for shoot 'em up fans. Konami today announced that it's going to resurrect the Gradius franchise on the service with Gradius Rebirth (A fitting name)!
Last seen in 2004 on the PlayStation 2, Gradius really needs no introduction to most gamers, as it's one of the most popular shoot 'em up series of all time, due to being one of the first..
His name might not be as familiar to you as Hideo Kojima or Shigeru Miyamoto, but Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi is the man currently responsible for the wellbeing of Konami’s highly esteemed Castlevania franchise and this role bestows him a certain degree of kudos and respect amongst videogame fans. The vampire-hunting series is well regarded and each new entry is put under intense scrutiny by veterans of the series.
However, of late the home console versions of Castlevania have been somewhat disappointing. Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness were both 3D flops and for the past few years the lineage has flourished solely on portable machi..
In a recent interview with IGN Fumiaki Tanaka the president of Konami has hinted that Konami may be looking at bringing classic franchises to WiiWare.
Tanaka stated that Konami will be releasing more remakes of old titles and revisiting past projects as the company moves forward. He suggested that digital distribution services like WiiWare could...
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