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Konami Corporation (コナミ) is a leading video game developer and publisher. The company was founded in 1969 in Osaka, Japan by Kagemasa Kozuki. It is now headquartered in Tokyo.
Over the years, Konami has created some of the biggest and most memorable video games. From the vampire hunting Castlevania series to the action/shooter Contra series to the espionage action Metal Gear series to the console role-playing game series Suikoden, and even to the pop culture craze of Dance Dance Revolution and Dancing Stage. Konami is particularly notable for its side-scrolling shooter games, such as Gradius, Parodius, and Twinbee, which are highly regarded. Konami's games based on cartoon licenses, especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tiny Toon Adventures series, are still remembered fondly. More recent, cinematically-styled franchises from Konami are the continuing Silent Hill survival horror game franchise, and the Metal Gear series, which underwent a public renaissence with Metal Gear Solid.
Old Konami logo
Many easter eggs are hidden in a number of Konami games through the mechanism of the Konami Code. While in the game's start screen, the player presses "Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A" in rapid succession. The exact results vary per game.
In 2003, Konami of America closed down their arcade division due to heavy losses. All machine inquiries and new machines will be handled by Betson Enterprises.
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