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Simpsons arcade machine rebooted for home play, 30 years later

Simpsons arcade machine rebooted for home play, 30 years later

The people at Arcade1Up revealed a new full-sized arcade machine this week, 30 years after its first launch. The Simpsons Konami arcade game is the title you very possibly played back in the year 1991 - the one where you could be Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa. This game allows you to smack and bash your way through wave after wave of Simpsons TV show enemies, here in the year 2021, in a cabinet very similar to that of the original.

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Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

Pro Evolution Soccer becomes eFootball and adopts a free-to-play model

There is no shortage of football, a.k.a. soccer in some countries, video games, but very few actually manage to stand out and stay on top of the others. Of these games, EA's FIFA and Konami's PES are probably the most renowned and purchased titles. That said, Pro Evolution Soccer or PES will be no more, at least not in the way we know it. Not only is Konami renaming it into a more generic "eFootball" brand, but it is also switching to a somewhat controversial free-to-play or freemium business model.

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Konami dissolving all three production divisions [UPDATE: but they’ve still got games!]

Konami dissolving all three production divisions [UPDATE: but they’ve still got games!]

Gaming company Konami announced that as of February 1, 2021, they'll be formally dissolving all three of their production divisions. After each division is dissolved, they'll be restructured. In the restructuring of their company, a whole BUNCH of major players in the company will be reassigned and instated to new positions. It's unlikely we'll see the company pushing any major title games in the very near future.*

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Konami now makes expensive gaming PCs for some reason

Konami now makes expensive gaming PCs for some reason

Though Konami's focus on video games has been a bit wishy-washy in recent years, the company also has a long history in producing all kinds of hardware, whether that's arcade cabinets or pachinko machines. Today, Konami revealed that it's going to branch out into an entirely different line of hardware production: gaming PCs. More specifically, the company today announced a grand total of three different gaming PCs with different specifications.

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Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini console finally gets a shipping date

Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini console finally gets a shipping date

The previously announced and then delayed TurboGrafx-16 Mini console from Konami finally has a shipping date, at least for people who preordered the device in the United States. The company revealed the shipping date in a tweet on Friday, explaining that it still doesn't have availability information for the European variant called the CoreGrafx Mini.

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Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini delayed until further notice due to COVID-19

Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini delayed until further notice due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 coronavirus is wreaking havoc not only on lives but on events and businesses as well. The latter is mostly caused by the shutdown of factories and offices in China, perhaps the biggest proof of how many depend on the country's products and services. This is especially true for the tech industry that has only recently started to move facilities outside of China. The latest to get hit by this situation may be a literally small console but the situation could foreshadow the trouble that gaming consoles will face in the months ahead.

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Konami Code creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto has passed away

Konami Code creator Kazuhisa Hashimoto has passed away

While modern video games and gamers are more obsessed with mods and, sometimes, hacking to modify behavior and gain an upper hand, the console games of old had very little room for after-market modification. Instead, game developers would often sneak in some obscure techniques to make gamers' lives a bit easier or at least more amusing, a strategy that gave birth to an Easter egg culture that continues to exist today. One of the most popular and more usable Easter eggs is the now iconic Konami Code whose original programmer just died at 61 years of age.

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Extremely rare Konami NES games emulated after auction discovery

Extremely rare Konami NES games emulated after auction discovery

Four of seven extremely rare Famicon (NES) games created by Konami for schools and a public utility company in Japan decades ago have been discovered and dumped online for use with emulators. The emulation was made possible by two Russian enthusiasts and a very lucky auction discovery, one that included special and extremely rare hardware that is needed to use the game cartridges.

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Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini launch details arrive

Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini launch details arrive

The latest entry to the retro mini console is just around the corner. Well, if that is a very big corner and you have no problem waiting for a year before you get your hands on one. If you do have that much faith in Konami, you'll be able to put in an order for the TurboGrafx-16 mini to play 50 classic titles next March. Actually half that many titles only unless you speak English and Japanese.

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Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini is the latest entry to the retro console race

Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini is the latest entry to the retro console race

Nintendo, Sony, Sega, SNK, and even Atari have all put out their attempts at reviving old, beloved consoles and making them new. While Atari's VCS is a full-sized modern version of its iconic entertainment system, the rest have opted to shrink their revivals down in both size and the games they can play. Konami, who is probably better known for making games than any actual console, is jumping on the latter bandwagon with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, a console that few might actually remember.

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Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

Contra Anniversary Collection detailed: The games list

It was a strange time in video game history when Contra first hit NES. International rules forbade content of too violent a nature - if it contained humans - and all blood was highly, highly pixelated (no matter where you lived). Now, here in 2019, for the first (official) time ever, Konami's prepared the entire history of one of the most classic running and gunning games of all time.

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Castlevania classics arrive in new PS4 collection next month

Castlevania classics arrive in new PS4 collection next month

Castlevania fans will soon be able to play two classic games from the franchise on Sony's latest and greatest PlayStation consoles. The company has revealed the upcoming launch of a new Castlevania collection that will include both Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night as a digital download.

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