Viewing Company : Konami

Konami is an entertainment company based in Japan with business interests including video and arcade games, slot machines, trading cards, anime and wellness clubs. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan Konami has produced and published hundreds of titles across franchises including Castlevania, Metal Gear, Yu-Gi-Oh, Contra, Silent Hill, BEMANI and more. In November 2015 the company changed its name to Konami Holdings Corp. with a renewed focus on mobile gaming.


The creator of Unreal PT is pulling the game offline next week

P.T., the much-loved, Playable Teaser for what would’ve been a fresh start to Konami’s Silent Hill franchise, might as well be as cursed as the characters in the game. After Silent Hills was abandoned, Konami announced that P.T. would be removed from the PlayStation Store and fans have been fighting to keep it alive ever since.

Previous attempts to recreate the game on PC have either petered out of existence or been forcibly removed by Konami. But just as the latest offering — Unreal PT — is blowing fans away with its accuracy and rekindling the community’s passion for the mysterious project, its creator has chosen to take it down himself.

In the latest update to the game’s itch.io page, creator RadiusGordello finishes out the changelog of bug fixes with the following announcement:

I’ve got school starting up again soon. With the work-load that’ll give me, as well as another project I’d like to start working on, I’ll have a lot of other stuff to keep me occupied. With that said, I’ll be officially taking down Unreal PT next week. This has blown up far more than I expected, but now that it’s finished, I would like to move on and start work on something original.

Thank you all for playing!

Given the game’s cursed history and Konami’s tenacity at protecting its IP, it’s not hard to read into this announcement and dream up some clandestine conspiracy. Whatever you choose to believe, there isn’t much time left for Unreal PT though. Go ahead and grab the free download this weekend because “next week” starts awfully soon!

1989 TMNT Arcade Game is (technically) still out there

After posting about some clearance priced copies of TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan that I spotted last week, someone pointed out that the long-delisted (and much loved) 1989 arcade game is technically still available out in the wild. Tracking down a copy of 2004’s TMNT: Battle Nexus 2 and finding a hidden collectible in that game’s 9th stage isn’t the easiest way to play the arcade original at home but it is the most legal.

While it’s leaps and bounds above the other home versions of the game — released on early 90’s computers and the NES — Wikipedia points out that the copy tucked into Battle Nexus 2 is missing almost all of the original voice samples and that the music has also been altered. It’s a shame to hear that it isn’t a totally faithful conversion but it’s great to know there’s a legal way to get at the game, and that it’s on a format that can’t be delisted.

I missed this detail when I wrote the game page in 2016 so I’ve updated the page on the site with links and details on the Battle Nexus 2 incarnation.

assaultheroesDigital Release:Xbox 360 Arcade
December 13, 2006 (EU, US, JP)

PC
October 23, 2007 (US)

PlayStation 3 PSN
January 28, 2010 (US)
Delisting (approx):June 2016
Developer:Wanako
Publisher:Konami
Available On:Xbox 360 (US)
Retail (PC)
Links:None

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