Japanese game publishing and development giant, founded in March
1969 by Kagemasa Kozuki as a jukebox rental/repair business. The
company was officially established under the name Konami Industry
Co., Ltd. in March 1973. Made famous in the old days for the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Contra coin-ops series,
and Castlevania, Konami expanded its brands over the years
with titles like Metal Gear Solid, NBA In the Zone, NHL Blades
of Steel and Silent Hill, as well as a large number of rhythm
games like Dance Dance Revolution.
Since then, it has successfully grown with increased product franchises and continues to expand its lineup for both the home and coin operated markets. In 1998, Konami became a $700 million dollar publicly traded company in Tokyo. It also has offices in North and South America, Europe and Asia.