Konami (Japan)

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Credits
Logo captures by
mr3urious and Logophile


Editions by
mr3urious, Hoa, GETENT, BenIsRandom and KirbyGuy2001 (Logoblin)


Video captures courtesy of
Bloodreign1, RapierInternational and AdjustTracking

Background

Founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business, but later making arcade games in 1973, Konami is a familiar and famous game publisher based in Japan known for their franchises such as Metal Gear, PES (Pro Evolution Soccer), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (until Ubisoft acquired rights to the franchise, which would later be given to Activision), Castlevania, Gradius, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Contra, and Dance Dance Revolution.

1st Logo (1986-1998)

Nicknames: "The Konami Logo", "The Bacon Strips"

Logo: On a black (or blue or white) background, two curvy ribbons, one orange and one yellow (or in white on the blue background version; in gray on the white background version), are seen arranged diagonally with "KONAMI" written below. The ribbons scroll up. Below it is the title screen.

FX/SFX: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game or none.

Availability: Seen on a lot of Konami games on the NES, the MSX, and the arcades such as Contra.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo (1990-1996)

Nicknames: "3D Konami Logo", "Laser Bacon Strips"

Logo: Against a black background, a spark draws a line at the top of the screen. It moves downward until a dark blue outline of the Konami logo from before is shown. Colors fill the Konami logo (the top ribbon orange, the bottom ribbon red, and "KONAMI" silver) and textures as the background fades to white. The end result is a beveled version of the Konami logo.

Trivia: This logo is based on the Konami Video logo.

Variants:

  • Depending on the video game system, the line drawn by the spark is in a different color.
    • Purple on Super Famicom/Super Nintendo games
    • Green on Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games (this can also be spotted on Sega CD games, such as Snatcher)
    • Blue on NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 games
  • Strangely, on the SNES/Super Famicom version of Gradius III, the logo is shown after the familiar cross hatch screen seen when an arcade game is turned on. There is no copyright info.
  • A still variant exists when region lockout occurs on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

FX/SFX: The line animation and the color fill.

Music/Sounds: A digitized rendition of the second half of the Konami Video logo music, which is an ascending/descending bell-like synth sound as the color appears (which sounds different depending on the game/system); otherwise silent.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Metal Warriors and the SNES version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the sound "reverberates" more.
  • On NFL Football for the SNES, the music sounds more muffled.
  • On Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure for the Sega Genesis, the music is fast.

Availability: Seen on all Konami releases for the SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (and the Sega CD/Mega CD add-on), as well as some for the NEC TurboGrafx 16/PC Engine. The logo is preserved on Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP and Wii Virtual Console versions of Konami releases as well as the Anniversary Collections for both Contra and Castlevania on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (1991-199?)

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Logo: Just the words "KONAMI" in white scrolling up against a black background.

FX/SFX: The scrolling.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen on later games by Konami for Game Boy and the NES, such as Contra III: The Alien Wars and Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (1991-1993)

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Nicknames: "Laser Bacon Strips II", "Sharp Konami Strips"

Logo: TBA

FX/SFX: The lasers wiping in the logo, the background changing and the text appearing.

Music/Sounds: The chime from the 2nd logo, arranged depending on the game and sound hardware used.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the X68000 ports of Detana!! TwinBee, Gradius II and Akumajou Dracula (Castlevania).

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (December 3, 1994-April 1, 1999)

Nicknames: "Walking Konami Logo", "Konami Gumby", "Gumby Bacon Strips"

Logo: Against a black background with a white floor, we see the Konami logo from before, but rendered in 3D, walking across the screen from right to left, with the silvery text "KONAMI" following behind. The text then stops in the middle and the logo walks off-screen. The logo then walks in ahead toward the screen, pushing the text along with it until the screen turns white and both the text and logo turn into 2D (but in more solid colors than the 1st logo).

FX/SFX: The logo and text moving.

Music/Sounds: A series of synth chimes as the logo walks around, followed by a synth fanfare as the logo is fully formed.

Availability: Seen on Konami releases of the period for the PS1 and Saturn in Japan, such as Dance Dance Revolution and GuitarFreaks. It made its first appearance on the Japanese release of Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack and lastly on Tokimeki Memorial Drama Series Vol. 3: Tabidachi no Uta. This also appears on some Konami games distributed around Europe. It was also seen on a Japanese promotional tape for the Playstation.

Editor's Note: A memorable logo for many video game players thanks to the familiar CGI animation and whimsical music.

6th Logo (1995-2003)

Nicknames: "The Konami Logo II", "The Bacon Strips II"

Logo: Just a still of the ribbons logo.

Variants:

  • Beginning in late 1998, the "KONAMI" text is now rendered in an un-italicized, bold font. The logo might often be seen with a border surrounding it.
  • On some arcade games, the logo appears in a small white box over a black background.
  • There have been a few post-2000s games that had the older logo with the italicized text, including Metal Gear Solid.
  • On the arcade of Jurassic Park 3, only the white text on the black background is shown.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds:

  • None, or the game's theme.
  • For arcade releases, the chimes from the Konami Video logo (albeit with low marimba notes and the string chord) are used.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Metal Gear Solid, there is a 12-note synth vocal jingle based off of the Policenauts theme song.
  • On Tokimeki Memorial 2 and 3, female seiyuus from the game would say "Konami!".

Availability: Seen on some games from Konami, such as Metal Gear Solid, Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories, Konami Arcade Classics, and Evolution Skateboarding. Can also be seen on the company's arcade games of the time, including early titles under the BEMANI series (beatmania IIDX, DanceDanceRevolution, pop'n music, GuitarFreaks, and DrumMania).

Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo (1995-1998)

Nicknames: "3D Konami Logo II", "Rotating Konami Logo", "Segmented Bacon Strips"

Logo: Against a black background, the two bacon strips in a segmented fashion rotate 180 degrees until they stop and form; below is "KONAMI" in 2D flipping in. The logo's background turns grey or white and the text "KONAMI" turns gray.

Variants:

  • Some games have the logo convert into plain 2D instead of remaining in 3D.
  • On Fighting Bujutsu, the Konami logo moves from left to the center, almost in warp speed.
  • On Gradius IV, the finished logo has the border design with it.
  • On Hang Pilot, the logo appears on both screens of the arcade setup with its background kept white.

FX/SFX: The logo moving in 3D.

Music/Sounds: A chiming synth at the beginning with a whoosh, then the remixed chime with a reverb effect (this time sounding more like the one featured in the Konami Video logo).

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • A shorter version of the music can be found on later games such as Hang Pilot and Gradius IV, which is 4 seconds long and comes with an ascending string section ending with a more MIDI-ish chime sound.
  • Some games, like Operation Thunder Hurricane and Racing Jam: Chapter 2, feature an orchestral rendition of the chime sound.
  • Solar Assault features another arrangement of the chime, with a longer tail end.

Availability: Seen on some Konami arcade games released from 1995 until 1998 starting with Midnight Run: Road Fighter 2 and ending with Racing Jam: Chapter 2. Note that the majority of these games can range from very rare to extinct. However, the Hang Pilot (a.k.a Gradius IV) variant can be found on Gradius III & IV Collection on the PlayStation 2 and other compilations of Gradius games.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo (April 4, 1996-November 30, 1998)

Nicknames: "Through the Rocks", "Rocky Bacon Strips"

Logo: Against a swirly dark blue sky looking similar to the northern lights, we see some boulders rising from the ground. The word "KONAMI" in steel flips up from underneath. We zoom out, and this ends with the two strips flipping up to the screen really fast. The screen quickly shifts to white, with the logo in slightly lighter colors and a registered trademark "®" symbol.

FX/SFX: The boulders, the logo rising, the northern lights sky, and the logo forming.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic tune with boulders crumbling (sounds more like explosions), a jet-like sound as the strips fly forth, and an orchestral "hit" as the logo is formed.

Availability: Seen on pretty much all Konami games for the PS1 and Saturn released in North America and PAL territories, such as Contra: Legacy of War, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Kensei: Sacred Fist and select sports games from the company.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo (1997-1999)

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Nicknames: "Flip In", "Flipping Bacon Strips"

Logo: Against a black/blue gradient background, the three pieces of the Konami logo flip in, the orange ribbon coming in from the left, the red ribbon coming in from the right, and the company name in gray zooming out. When they join together, the screen turns white. The logo lacks the registered trademark "®" symbol from before.

FX/SFX: The parts of the logo coming together.

Music/Sounds: Just a chime when the logo comes together.

Availability: Seen on Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon and all other Konami games for the Nintendo 64.

Editor's Note: None.

10th Logo (2003-)

Nickname: "The Knife", "The Banner", "The Text"

Logo: Just the word "KONAMI" in a much different font on a red knife-shaped banner. This takes place on a white or black background.

Variants:

  • Starting in 2013, the knife-shaped banner is removed, so it's only the text.
  • Beginning in 2018, the logo's colors are inverted; now it's white text displayed on a red background.
  • A split-screen version of the logo with the trademark text appears on the English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.

FX/SFX: The fade-in.

Music/Sounds: Usually none. On arcade games, a tune is heard which just a little bit sounds like the Capcom jingle.

Music/Sounds Variant: Early releases use the Konami Video chimes.

Availability: Common. Seen on all Konami games since 2003.

Editor's Note: None.

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