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 clubs 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.
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 cancelled many highly anticipated titles, such as Silent Hills. Tensions between Konami and one of their most prominent people, Hideo Kojima, rose after that game was cancelled. Both parties had disputes over wages and the future of their games, which ultimately lead to them parting ways.
- They announced that they will shift their focus to mobile games, which are inferior for no reason other than that they're cheaper to produce.
- They focused way too much on Metal Gear, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow sub-series, Pro Evolution Soccer, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, ignoring the rest of their franchises. In an effort to make gambling legal in Japan, they decided to turn their most beloved franchises into pachinko machines after announcing that they would shift their focus to mobile gaming. Since Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was met with mixed reviews and middling sales, nothing has been done with the Castlevania franchise with the exception of pachinko machines.
- 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.
- Both employees and ex-employees have been very poorly. 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 studio (Kojima Productions) from the box of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and banned him from an accepting an award at The Game Awards 2015. They've even come to pretend Kojima never worked there in the first place.
- Rather than selling their franchises to companies who still are interested in gaming, they keep ignoring or abusing them.
- 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, "Hacked" APKs of Konami games can be played online without any negative repercussions.
- The announcement of Metal Gear Survive.
- Also, if one YouTuber makes a video about why Konami sucks now, they will straight-up take down the video. They did this to Jim Sterling and Super Bunnyhop.
- They riddle all their games with micro-transactions now, like Pro Evolution Soccer and this.
- They bought out Hudson Soft, absorbed them, and did nothing with their IPs until the release of Super Bomberman R on the Nintendo Switch in 2017 and the announcement of Bombergirl for the Arcades.
- Just like at #11 when they purchased Hudson Soft, They murdered there mascot Bomberman in 2008 with the game (Bomberman 2 (DS)) and everyone thought that it was Bomberman: Act Zero that murdered the whole franchise, but no, it was a medicore game that did it, Bomberman also did not make a good comeback due to Franchise Milking and his dork age.
Konami used to be one of the greatest companies in the video game industry. For the redeeming qualities, click here.