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If Konami Has To Die, What Will Be Your Fondest Memories?

If it's really true that Konami has to disappear, perhaps it's time to start thinking about the eulogy.

After the news that the Japanese publisher voluntary de-listed itself from the New York Stock Exchange, and after they announced the cancellation of Silent Hills, everyone is wondering:

How much time does Konami have left?

They already parted ways with Hideo Kojima and right now, we're trying to figure out how Konami will stay in business. If they don't, I wonder what will be our fondest memories of the publisher... Sure, there's Metal Gear Solid, which is arguably the company's biggest claim to fame. But there's also the iconic Castlevania series, which - along with another Konami IP, Contra - helped shape action/adventure games in the earliest days of the industry.

Silent Hill is a widely renowned horror franchise and many fans give it credit for maintaining the purity of the survival/horror franchise. And hey, don't forget about other 8-bit classics like Blades of Steel and Double Dribble. Being an old-school RPG fan, Suikoden remains one of my all-time favorite role-playing IPs. So, there's plenty to choose from and I hardly named all of Konami's great franchises.

What's on your list?

Tags: konami, konami games, silent hills, metal gear

4/27/2015 9:21:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

MRSUCCESS
Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 10:37:27 PM
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This is like Coca-Cola removing sugar or any sugar substitute from its soda lines... How would they stay afloat?

While I love Castlevania, my fondest moment is watching the intro of MGS1 and being in complete awe.

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tes37
Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 11:58:35 PM
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Apparently Konami can't function without Kojima. I think they had the names backwards at the company and Kojima was tired of it.

Metal Gear is all I'll remember them for and if I played something from them before that, I forgot already.

Should of kept MGSV with Sony, now look at you Konami. You know your Boy didn't like Microtrash.

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Breadlover
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 12:22:44 AM
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Ben, all the games you mentioned are historical gems in gaming history that will forever be remembered to have had effected the monumental growth and given off inspirations to their respective genres.

All these games you mentioned, for me, holds top spot (yes, all equal!) in my personal list as Konami's collective legacy to the gaming industry should they truly leave this fun world behind.. (feelsbadman).

There is, however, one game that holds, not the top spot as these games, but a special special place in my heart. That would be Kensei: Sacred Fist for the PSX. It's one of those games that my dad (together with my brother) would just play all day and have fun. It wasn't a Tekken or Street Fighter contender, but, it always was our top choice for playing together. Dunno why, really.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 7:07:06 PM

Yes indeed!

Though, sadly, I never played Kensei. Always wanted to, though.

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JDC80
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 12:28:21 AM
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I would probably remember Konami for Metal Gear series and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from the NES up to the PS2 era.

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Xzer0
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 1:02:33 AM
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If they are closing their doors then Sony must buy or rent, all their franchises, maybe not all but definitely Silent Hills, MGS, Zone of the enders and Castlevania and make a proposal for Kojima to work with them. Sony must act fast and i sincerely believe that Konami will decide on a national basis and decline MS ginormous bag of cash.

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Bio
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 1:51:14 AM
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Less than 1% of Konami's international trading takes place in the United States, and they weren't even listed on the NYSE until 2002. Something like 98% of their international trading occurs on the Tokyo exchange, so I'm not sure how big and issue their delisting on the NYSE really is.

Keep in mind, Konami's biggest cash cow since 2001 has been Pro Evolution Soccer, selling over 80 million copies (more than twice as much as the MGS franchise). Losing Kojima will undoubtedly hurt their bottom line, but so long as they keep pumping out PES games, they'll probably be fine.

That said, MGS is one of my all time favorite franchises, which is done either way as far as I'm concerned. I don't really play any non-Kojima Konami games. Super bummed we never got ZoE 3.

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Xzer0
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 5:04:30 AM

Yes they can pump more money form PES, but only then if they got decent game engine and FOX engine is Kojima property and it means that they need to make new game enigine or rent it form Kojima and pay to him a lot of money :) I just cant understan their logic in 2011 Kojima become vice-president of Konami and all is going well, but when Kojima says I do not want to make new MGS game; konami overreacting and makes an suicidical step. Are they idiots or what....????

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Bio
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 5:33:22 AM

Kojima doesn't own the rights to FOX Engine. Everything he creates as an employee for Konami is the property of Konami, including every franchise he's developed and directed as well as every proprietary engine his teams have built.

But yes Konami is pretty stupid for letting Kojima go. I'm kind of excited to see what he does, though, now that he's no longer being forced to pump out MGS games.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 2:56:29 AM
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I remember Konami from the 8 bit days on the Commodore 64 and Commodore Amiga. Can't remember any games but Green Beret springs to mind.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 2:57:05 AM
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From me the peak of Konami was with the start of the PS2 - Metal Gear Solid 2, Silent Hill 2, Zone of the Enders, Ring of Red and my beloved Shadow of Memories/Destiny. All really superb games released within such a. Short period of time. My fondest memory is just experiencing MgS2 for the first time with the demo and being utterly mindblown on just how interactive the game was. Gameplay wise it was just such a leap forward in diversity and a range of actions and brilliant AI, The Phantom Pain looks like it is making that leaps once more :)

Since the PS3 the only games I've bought from Konami are all Metal Gear related.... So yes this confrontation and the cancelling of Silent Hills is really going to make them suffer what else do they have, Pro Evolution Soccer - which is inferior to FIFA.

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JackieBoy
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 3:25:33 AM
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Undoubtedly Metal Gear Solid franchise is only one I can think of. You will be missed, Snake.

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FAREEZ
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 3:41:48 AM
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Radio static and cardboard box no more...

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mk ultra
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 6:14:39 AM
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Playing the tanker mission in MGS2 was life changing at the time. It was so beautiful. And Contra remains one of my favorites from NES. I'm sad my dream of a next-gen ZOE is dead.

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 9:27:53 AM
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I will always remember the blood geysers in Vandal Hearts, it made a big impression on me when I was 10. It just was such a good visual effect to be sure that your enemy was dead.



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Squirreleatsman
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 9:54:17 AM
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My fondest memory is gonna sound pretty odd. It was actually the original description by Nintendo Power of Castlevania 64. The game itself turned out pretty mediocre but it had a very eery quality to it that was unlike any game I had played before. Some of the character were also very interested for the time.

Next up would have to be MGS 2, Despite Raiden, it was possibly the first and only MGS that I actually cared about the majority of the supporting cast.

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gumbi
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 10:00:26 AM
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Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A !

Lets not start the funeral pyre just yet. Though if the writing really is on the wall for Konami, maybe they'll sell off some of their iconic IP's and other developers can take up the reigns.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 10:34:55 AM
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Contra with friends/brother as a kid in pajamas.

Castlevania's many ups and downs.

Suikoden's shocking betrayals.


I hope Silent Hill is sold to Kojima's new company, Castlevania is sold to Ninja Theory via any big publisher, and Suikoden is sold to Tri-Ace via Square Enix or Level 5.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 11:10:36 AM
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I grew up with Konami.
My first NES memory was with Contra. That game blew me away. It also made me aware of 'slow down' in video games. Back then I thought the slow down was purposely put into the game in an effort to help you during all the intense action.

Other awesome games were Life Force, the space ship equivalent to Contra. Blades of Steel. I loved that game. Not only would I hit the reset button on the console again and again to be blown away by the crunchy sounding "Blades of Steel" digitized audio, but you could get into fist fights with guys. Double Dribble was another awesome game with mad impressive slam dunk cutscenes.
And then there were the awesome Castlevanias.
I still have the original game on NES.

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 3:29:58 PM
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MGS4, nuff' said.
It's pretty much the one game back then with a gameplay so unique there's nothing like it.

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godsman
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 7:21:41 PM
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I thought all those titles that Ben had listed were from Kojima. I find it more funny that everyone are so psyched to play Silent Hills. Then Kojima leaves, and no one steps up to pick up the baton.

Even if Konami gets someone that makes half the game the PT teaser was, they would've made profit. It's just mind boggling what else is going on in Konami.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 7:17:27 AM
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Metal Gear Solid series would be the first the one that comes to mind then my time on the net i came to know the Castlevania series and the Contra games in the industry and i remeber hearing about Silent Hill when i was at high school. so those are my memories of konami

happy gaming

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