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Konami just had its best-ever year, thanks to games you've never heard of
 

 
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Konami has announced that its last financial year (April 2021—March 2022) was the most profitable in the company's history by a huge distance. The Japanese publisher's operating profit was ¥74.4 billion, which translates to roughly $577 million USD, and its net profit was ¥54.8 billion or about $425 million.

Despite the perception among some that Konami doesn't make games anymore and is basically a pachinko business, the financial results show that the opposite is the case. What is true, however, is that many of Konami's biggest successes either don't come to the West, or largely go under the radar outside of their captive audiences.

A big recent success, for example, is Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, released on Steam in January. This F2P game has since amassed over 30 million players and will doubtless be kept going for many years to come. But Konami's also had a big hit with Momtaro Dentetsu, which is only available on Switch in Japan, and sold over 3.5 million (this is a long-running series, originally a HudsonSoft joint, that's basically a cheery board game about train stations).

Within the financials Konami breaks down its business into Digital Entertainment (home videogames), Amusement (here are the pachinko machines, as well as arcade games like Beatmania), Sports (it runs leisure centres in Japan), and rather confusingly Gaming & Systems (casino software). Of Konami's ¥299.5 billion in revenue over this financial year, ¥215 billion of that is from Digital Entertainment, and ¥19.5 billion from Amusement. There's no clearer language than money, and that means 72% of Konami's revenue is coming from videogames.

Just to ram home the point, Konami released 18 videogames over this financial year, admittedly some of them doubling-up across mobile and PC / console. The home titles: Super bomberman R Online; eBaseball Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2022: Grand Slam; Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale!!; Beat Arena Konasute; Castlevania Advance Collection; eFootball 2022; Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 4th Heart; Dance Dance Revolution Grand-Prix Konasute; Power Pro-Kun Pocket R; Sound Voltex Exceed Gear Konasute; Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel; GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon.

Mobile games: jubeat; Contra Returns; Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls (iOS); eFootball 2022; Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel; Edens Zero Pocket Galaxy.

All of which is to say: Konami's had a bit of a monstering in the West since the Kojima split, but a lot of the things said about it are just straight-up untrue. It does, admittedly, seem to be less interested in bringing certain of its titles to Western audiences than other big Japanese publishers. But it's not just sitting there churning out pachinko machines.

Another notable element in these financial results, though this is probably wishful thinking, is that Konami references Metal Gear several times as one of its biggest franchises. The financials include a note that the Metal Gear series has sold 58.3 million units, making it Konami's second-highest selling series after Winning Eleven / eFootball. Given today's apparent Silent Hill leak, and Konami's aggression in going after it, that may not be the only classic series that has a future.


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 2 weeks ago '08        #2
mh bich who els 
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ashamed to say i play their casino games on iphone regularly...actual rewards to redeem in Vegas
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 2 weeks ago '22        #3
usafveteran  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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Also they make a fu*k load of slot machines they k*ll it every year on the low!
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 2 weeks ago '05        #4
Tonero 
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Konami makes a ton of casino software. I’d imagine they have some sort of licensing agreement


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 2 weeks ago '17        #5
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x22
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And this is why they got out of the gaming business. I wish Sony would by the their gaming IP's.
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 2 weeks ago '05        #6
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 Tonero said
Konami makes a ton of casino software. I’d imagine they have some or of licensing agreement
Wow never knew that

You learn something new everyday on this forum
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 2 weeks ago '21        #7
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Yugioh Master Duel is really, really popular.

I don't play it but when I look for competitive guides for IRL on YouTube, the search results are flooded with Master Duel content.
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 2 weeks ago '12        #8
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 Dun Language said
Wow never knew that

You learn something new everyday on this forum




Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Castlevania.

This why when folks keep trying to say they gone make games again....man they pulling half a billion a year and all they gotta do is maintenance on the machines lol. I hope they make games again, but sh*t somebody gone have to really drop the bag to get just one of those titles up off em.

I hope that Metal Gear and Silent hill rumor is true...that Castlevania game on mobile with all the transactions does good money too
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 2 weeks ago '08        #9
Kewop Decam  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I remember when Konami said fu*k console gaming, we're here to make money. And look at that, making money hand over fist
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 2 weeks ago '17        #10
Poncho520 
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Kept my a*s out them streets
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 2 weeks ago '21        #11
Fatt Kidd 
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I like how Konami gets brownie points for making casino machines but Sega gets sh*tted on for it.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #12
YNWA  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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For a free game (f*ck micro-transactions) eFootball is fun to k*ll time.

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Avon_Barksdale  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x148
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 Poncho520 said





Kept my a*s out them streets
Me too bro, I can still hear the game music in my head right now as I type this...



GOAT games...

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 2 weeks ago '05        #14
Tonero 
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 YNWA said
For a free game (f*ck micro-transactions) eFootball is fun to k*ll time.
Ugh they what the bed with E football. Not sure what they were thinking

 2 weeks ago '06        #15
Doe Sun 
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 mh bich who els said
ashamed to say i play their casino games on iphone regularly...actual rewards to redeem in Vegas
What games? What can you redeem it for?

 2 weeks ago '21        #16
Tlatoani  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Fatt Kidd said
I like how Konami gets brownie points for making casino machines but Sega gets sh*tted on for it.
People are still salty about Sega abandoning their Dreamcasts

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 2 weeks ago '11        #18
Blue Dream 
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 Tlatoani said
People are still salty about Sega abandoning their Dreamcasts
They took some great games down with that mf Power Stone was a classic party game that still hasn't been matched in that area by anything I played after.
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 2 weeks ago '11        #19
gc le phresh 
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 Blue Dream said
They took some great games down with that mf Power Stone was a classic party game that still hasn't been matched in that area by anything I played after.
Not even smash bros?

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kriskross00  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Dun Language said
Wow never knew that

You learn something new everyday on this forum
Yep..huge building out here in vegas

 2 weeks ago '11        #21
Blue Dream 
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 gc le phresh said
Not even smash bros?
Not conceptually. Smash Bros is great as a brawler, but in terms of party games Power Stone had angles even Fuzion Frenzy and Mario Party didn't and combined them all together.

It was a platformer, puzzle, brawler, side scroller, and dungeon crawler all in one while simultaneously being cooperative and competitive.

So like Smash you had to whip a*s to stay up on the f*ghting and surviving front, but like Fuzion and Mario Party had to sabotage each other to maintain your edge on the scoreboard and build a lead, but then on a beat em up/dungeon crawler tip had to work together to beat the bosses/not get mobbed by enemies/also potentially jumped by whoever was looking to come up.

I'd say check out Power Stone 2 on YouTube since it can sound like a clusterfu*k but watching doesn't do the fun as much justice as playing firsthand with a room full of people was, the elements made it as socially entertaining as it was game wise, alliances were made and broken on the spot, mfs would call truce and backstab each other left and right literally every time that sh*t got thrown on it was non-stop laughter.

 2 weeks ago '17        #22
Poncho520 
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 Avon_Barksdale said
Me too bro, I can still hear the game music in my head right now as I type this...



GOAT games...

Salute OG. NES saving Lives
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 2 weeks ago '07        #23
Avon_Barksdale  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x148
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 Poncho520 said
Salute OG. NES saving Lives
Indeed fam...

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 2 weeks ago '08        #24
mh bich who els 
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 Doe Sun said
What games? What can you redeem it for?
4 of them are slot machine games. 1 is black jack. 1 is bingo

you can use it to book comp'd (free) MGM property rooms on the strip (mostly weekdays, some weekends but rarely), bogo buffets/meals at said properties, helicopter tours (when not sold out) and other various tourist attractions. mostly in Vegas but also in some other cities that have MGM casinos like Detroit, DC, etc. of course its subject to selling out though.

sometimes there are some really good rewards like 2 tickets to the Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak show

the names of them are


myVEGAS
myVEGASBlackJack
MGM SLots Live
MyKONAMI
myVEGAS Bingo
POP! Slots

even without spending a penny, you can rack up enough "loyalty points" to get a free night or two. the more you spend in app, the more likely it unlocks 2-3 or even 4 comp'd nights.

i started playing in February and have enough for any reward in the game i want. i heard years ago the rewards were alot better though
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 2 weeks ago '06        #25
Doe Sun 
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^thank you

Just moved to Vegas so maybe I’ll start. Genius marketing by them. Get you addicted then take all your money when you come visit lol



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