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The Konami Code – specifically, the code as used to start a 2-player game of Contra where both players start with 30 lives
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Konami Holdings Corporation is a popular Tokyo-based maker of video games, toys, slot machines and trading cards, founded by Kagemasa Kozuki on March 21, 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan. Konami transitioned to arcade development in the '70s, and was responsible for arcade hits throughout the '80s such as Frogger, Gradius, Contra, and Track & Field. It became one of the leading third-party developers during the NES era, thanks to best-selling ports of many of its arcade hits, as well as console-exclusive titles such as Castlevania, and Metal Gear. It is currently the fourth-largest game company in Japan, behind Nintendo, Sega Sammy and Bandai Namco.

Due to Nintendo's restrictions on third-party licensing during that era, Konami could release only five games per year for the NES. Konami found a way around this by creating a quasi-independent subsidiary known as "Ultra Games", which published the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, Skate or Die, Metal Gear 1, and an expanded version of Gyruss, among others. (They made a similar move in Europe with Palcom Software Ltd.) After Nintendo relaxed its standards, Konami closed Ultra in 1992 and absorbed its remaining employees into its American branch. Some of the other Konami staff left that same year to create Treasure Co. Ltd. Konami also owned a majority stake in Hudson Soft until making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

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In the mid-80s, Konami became famous by one of their Classic Cheat Codes, dubbed the "Konami Code". First appearing to US players in the 1986 NES port of Gradius and made popular in the 1988 NES port of Contra, it provided the players of the notoriously-diffiicult game with 30 lives, rather than the original 3. Due to the game's popularity, the Konami Code now enjoys a pop-culture status on par with the famous 'XYZZY' keyword from Colossal Cave Adventure — mention the 'Konami Code', and it's a sure bet than any console gamer worth his eyeteeth will know exactly which code you mean.

Konami came under fire in 2015 when, for a number of reasons, they canned Silent Hills and Hideo Kojima, along with quite a few of his long time collaborators, left Konami due to intolerable working conditions, which shone a spotlight on the terrible morale at the company. Following that, Konami announced their departure from console gaming to focus on mobile gaming and a larger focus on its non-video gaming domestic efforts, namely pachinko and slot machines — a move that has left a sour taste in many fans' mouths, especially Western fans. While Konami still produces arcade games, most notably the BEMANI franchise, many Westerners find no relevance in such games due to a combination of No Export for You and an overall decline in arcade games in the West. There were reports that the rumors of departing from console gaming were false and Konami was hiring for a "new Metal Gear" project — but this turned out to be the critically and commercially panned spin-off Metal Gear Survive as well has yet another pachinslot machine.

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In spite of mobile gaming market focus, Konami recently entered the PC gaming and e-sports market with their own brand Arespear (similar to Dell's Alienware and HP's Omen), after seeing the resurgence of PC as a gaming platform in Japan after decades.

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Important note: Konami is an extremely polarizing company with a vocal hatedom as a result of their business practices, but still with many fans of their present works (BEMANI and Pro Evolution Soccer in particular). Regardless of what you think of them, please observe the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment.


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