Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Ports of Entry: Konami

This list excludes the majority of games credited to Konami's subsidiaries and internal development studios (e.g. KCE Tokyo, Team Silent, etc.). Other Ports of Entry posts will cover them later.

Unknown lead platform:


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

First released for GameCube, PS2, and Xbox on 10/23/2003.

Released for PC on 11/21/2003.

Little information suggests a lead platform. The toon shader effect looks rather different on all console versions owing to different hardware - only Xbox has dedicated pixel shader hardware - and PC alone allows it to be turned off.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Released for PS2 and Xbox on 11/01/2005.


In Japan, this was a PS2 exclusive, and the PS2 version credits Digital Zero with additional graphics work. This may indicate PS2 as a lead platform, and would be consistent with Konami's contemporary works, but it isn't strong evidence at all - and the Digital Zero credit could even credit work done converting to PS2.


Select chronology: 


Arcade era:

Title Date Contemporary ports
Space King 1978
Astro Invader 1980
Strategy X 1981 1981 port to Atari 2600
Turtles 1981 1982 handheld version and ports to various consoles
Amidar 1981 1982 port to Atari 2600 and PC-6001
Scramble 1981 1982 ports to Tomy Tutor and Vectrex
Super Cobra 1981 1982 handheld version and ports to various consoles and computers
Frogger 1981 1981 port to PC-6001
1982 ports to various consoles and computers
Loco-Motion 1982 1983 ports to Intellivision and various Japanese computers
Tutankham 1982 1982 port to PC-6001
1983 ports to various consoles and computers
Time Pilot 1982 1983 ports to Atari 2600, ColecoVision, and MSX
Pooyan 1982 1982 ports to Atari 2600, 1983 ports to various computers

3rd gen:

Title Lead platform Date Contemporary ports
Antarctic Adventure MSX 1983 1984 ports to ColecoVision and Coleco Adam
Track & Field Arcade 1983 1984 ports to Atari 2600 and various computers
Gyruss Arcade 1983-3 1984 ports to various consoles and computers
Circus Charlie Arcade 1984 1984 port to MSX
Road Fighter Arcade 1984-12 1985 ports to MSX and NES
Yie Ar Kung-Fu Arcade 1985 1985 ports to Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, and ZX Spectrum
1986 ports to C64, Commodore 16, C64, and Electron
TwinBee Arcade 1985 1986 ports to MSX and NES
Rush'n Attack Arcade 1985 1986 ports to various computers
Gradius Arcade 5/29/1985 1986 ports to NES and various Japanese computers
Double Dribble Arcade 1986 1987 ports to NES and PlayChoice-10 arcade system
Life Force Arcade 1986 1987 ports to NES and MSX
Castlevania NES 9/26/1986 1987 port to PlayChoice-10 arcade system
Jackal Arcade 1986-10 1987 ports to Amstrad CPC, C64, and ZX Spectrum
Contra Arcade 2/20/1987 1987 ports to Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum by Ocean Software
1988 ports to C64 and PC
The Goonies II NES 3/18/1987
Metal Gear MSX 7/7/1987
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest NES 8/28/1987
Blades of Steel Arcade 1987-10 1988 port to NES
Top Gun NES 1987-11
Metal Gear NES 12/22/1987 Mobygames lists as a distinct game from MSX version
Super Contra Arcade 1988-1
Contra NES 1988-2 1988 port to PlayChoice-10 arcade system
Vulcan Venture Arcade 1988-3 1988 port to NES
The Adventures of Bayou Billy NES 8/12/1988
Snatcher PC-88 11/26/1988 1988 port to MSX
Gradius III Arcade 1989 1990 port to SNES
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade 1989 1990 port to NES
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES 5/12/1989 1989 port to PlayChoice-10 arcade system
1990 ports to various computers
Castlevania: The Adventure Game Boy 10/27/1989
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse NES 12/22/1989
Snake's Revenge NES 1990-4
Parodius Arcade 4/25/1990 1990 port to NES
1991 port to Game Boy and Sharp X68000
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake MSX 7/20/1990

4th gen:

Title Lead platform Date Contemporary ports
Sunset Riders Arcade 1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade 1991-3 1992 port to SNES
The Simpsons Arcade 1991-4 1991 port to C64 and PC
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Game Boy 7/12/1991
Super Castlevania IV SNES 10/31/1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project NES 12/13/1991
Bucky O'Hare NES 1992-1
X-Men Arcade 2/12/1992
Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES 2/28/1992 1992 port to Nintendo Super arcade system
Axelay SNES 1992-9
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! SNES 12/18/1992
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist Genesis 12/22/1992
Batman Returns SNES 2/26/1993
Castlevania Chronicles Sharp X68000 7/23/1993
Rocket Knight Adventures Genesis 8/6/1993
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood TurboGrafx CD 10/29/1993
Castlevania: Bloodlines Genesis 3/18/1994
Policenauts PC-98 7/29/1994 1995 port to 3DO
Contra Hard Corps Genesis 9/15/1994
Castlevania: Dracula X SNES 7/21/1995
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe SNES 9/22/1995 1996 port to Genesis by Factor 5

6th gen:

Title Lead platform Date Contemporary ports
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ??? 2003 Same-quarter releases for PC, GameCube, PS2, and Xbox
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness ??? 11/1/2005 Simultaneously released on PS2 and Xbox
Suikoden V PlayStation 2 2/23/2006

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