E3 '07: Konami lays out E3 lineup

Publisher brings diverse set of games for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo hardware; includes Dracula X, Dewy's Adventure, Hellboy, and Contra.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--At last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Konami floored event-goers with its stunning trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Announced earlier this week, the Japanese publisher hopes to capture the show's limelight again with the first English-language MGS4 trailer, featuring David Hayter's stylings, at Sony's and its own press conferences. Konami today revealed the rest of its E3 lineup, and the games slated to appear reflect the publisher's diverse portfolio.

Konami will feature three games on its portable front. With no new updates since its announcement last February, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles on the PlayStation Portable is sure to garner some attention at Konami's booth. The Castlevania-classic remake marks the first time Rondo of Blood will hit North American shores. Revisiting another spooky series, Konami's second PSP offering will be Silent Hill: Origins. A prequel to the 1999 original, Origins hopes to shock players by revealing some of the series' most closely guarded secrets.

Konami's lone Nintendo DS offering at this year's show is a brand-new Contra title, still tentatively named Contra 4. The game plans to supersize the arcade-style gameplay by incorporating both the top and bottom screens into the action. That's not to say the publisher won't be supporting Nintendo, however. Playing heavy to the Wii's widespread appeal, the publisher will be bringing several kid-friendly and casual games to market for Nintendo's flagship console.

First revealed during Konami's Gamers' Day last February, Dewy's Adventure posits you in the amorphous role of a cute blob of H2O. Players must use the Wii Remote to alter the chemical composition of Dewy to defeat the dastardly Don Hedron. Also revealed during February's Gamers' Day, Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party will be on display. In addition to the standard dance mat, Hottest Party will include Wii Remote and Nunchuk functionality. Konami will also be showing Hudson's Fishing Master.

Konami's other recently revealed DDR game, Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2, will be showing for the PlayStation 2. Konami also plans to show its upcoming edutainment-oriented Konami Kids Playground for the PS2. Designed for the tiniest of tots, Kids Playground hopes to give preschoolers a leg up with its emphasis on learning letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. The five games in the series being shown are Frogger Hop; Skip & Jumpin' Fun; Alphabet Circus; Dinosaur Shapes and Colors; and Toy Pals Fun with Numbers.

Konami's demon child will also be shown at this year's conference on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PSP. Hellboy: The Science of Evil is a brawler set in the universe originated by Dark Horse Comics. The portable version of the game will differ from the next-gen console versions, as it will cater to the on-the-go nature of the platform.

While MGS4 is still up in the air, Konami's entire E3 lineup is slated to be released this year. For more from Konami, stay tuned to GameSpot's in-depth E3 coverage.

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79 comments
Dima_06
Dima_06

To Drewt003: LOL!! Way to crap on Microsoft and their savior. Don't you know that Halo and Xbox 360 go together like butter and pancakes?! I wouln't worry though, at least Konami is trying to produce good games for the current crop of console and portable systems. Just look at Nintendo!!! Where is Donkey Kong, Conker, Earthworm Jim, a new Luigi game...maybe in 2-4 years that where. Finally, can anyone tell me why there is no Beetleguese, Edward Scissorhands, or a new Adams Family Values game?? I loved those movies and their shows of yore. Come on develpers and pick up their licenses. Is the new ATHF golf game the best any of these fine publishers can come up with??!! Jeessh.

marao
marao

Were is SUIKODEEEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm start to get crazy. There is notihing unless wait....boooring....i want suikoden NOW

villanX
villanX

nothing but contra for the DS, that blows the least they could have done is put some form of dracula x chronicles on DS.

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

WOW. A Great list. Games for every age. Konami Rules.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Contra looks interesting, but it doesn't seem like they're giving Nintendo much love... :(

collum1987
collum1987

MGS4 for PS3 and a NEW CONTRA FOR DS!!! YEAHHHHHH!!!!!!

interpolred
interpolred

I'm looking forward to Contra and Dewey. They seem promising!

drewt003
drewt003

anything beats the crappy halo 2.5 stuff

nazraq
nazraq

all i want to know is when

Doolum
Doolum

lets hope to get a definite release date for MGS4

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

We are definitely going to see something from MGS4

PlyrChicho
PlyrChicho

contra 4 for the DS???....that was a little unespected...but lame games for wii???....i think konami hasn't seen which console is selling faster huh?

NWA_31
NWA_31

Im so getting MGS4, Dewy's Adventure, Contra 4 and SH: Origins :D

vidgamer2002
vidgamer2002

Contra 4! Contra 4! Contra 4! Can't Wait 4 Contra 4!

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

most of those games sound really lame, shapes and colors? really?

mrsouporman
mrsouporman

I'm really looking forward to Rondo of Blood & Silent Hill Origins.

gertish
gertish

I'll try to live without a new Castlevania game for the DS. Even a console Castlevania would have made me giggle nerdly.

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

we seriously need some better PSP games

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

Bah, they need to make a Castlevania for the Wii.

Kirbysuperstar
Kirbysuperstar

"Hey Ps3 boys, did you hear that MGS4 is probably coming to X360 cause your console dosen't sell enough?" Keep dreaming.

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

mmm mm Rondo of Blood on PSP, it just doesn't get much better than that.

linkzero
linkzero

I didn't see the part in this article where Konami confirmed that MGS4 was coming to 360... It's just speculation so far.

Vash003
Vash003

listen i dont care if MGS4 may come out for 360 heck i like it for the PS3 so ill get it for the PS3 i dont know why you guys make such a big deal about it i mean if you like it for the PS3 just get it for the PS3 if you prefer the 360 go ahead and get it for the 360.

carddude
carddude

Hey Ps3 boys, did you hear that MGS4 is probably coming to X360 cause your console dosen't sell enough?

solsub
solsub

Me wants MGS4!!!!!

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

No way! its in english!?! im soo getting this game!

dexter111344
dexter111344

Contra for DS, Castlevania remake for the PSP, and maybe Silent Hill... That's all?!? Come on! I was hoping for a brand new Castlevania game. Maybe, oh I don't know... THE 1999 GAME!!! I've played the other two games plenty of times now. I want the 1999 game! And bring it to the Wii and 360. Oh, and MGS4 would do a whole lot better if you bring it to the 360.

danny_the_boy
danny_the_boy

hopefully they will show details of the next pro evo :D

N15PCA
N15PCA

For minute their I though you were talking about the Grand Old Party. Just joking blancobo.

ctkxtreme
ctkxtreme

Runningflame570 Jeesh the PSP hate is strong here. You should know by now, Gamespot and GameFAQs are filled with fanboys and trolls.

blancobo
blancobo

Nice news, but I still do not have a release date for MGS GOP. They are probably still deciding if Snake will die, stay old or else. My recommendation, do not leave him looking like the old fool Ocelot he currently resembles. Long live Snake! Give me a RELEASE Date PLEASE!

lamprey263
lamprey263

Meh, not as exciting as what Namco Bandai have lined up.

xBlitzerx
xBlitzerx

Not many games there... I was hoping for a new Castlevania.

kfd_05
kfd_05

where's the wii action games konami

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

"man_alive: come on. i need a real Silent Hill game. not this PSP hiccup." How precisely is Silent Hill Origins a "hiccup" as you call it? Jeesh the PSP hate is strong here. "rocafelon1001: D+ Not impressed. Contra and the PSP Silent Hill look interesting. The rest is garbage." Yeah..uhmm no. Dracula X Chronicles is the best announcement for fans of the franchise in probably the last decade bar none. "SaintRasmus: Good : MGS4 , Silent Hill. Bad : Rest of the games." Dear god, has anybody been keeping track of DXC here? And what about Contra? You may not like them but they are going to be very high quality. "REVOLUTIONfreak: Well that's a rip-off. Sounds like other than Contra Konami just wants to rip-off consumers with ports and casual games on Nintendo's platforms just like half of the other developers. Very disappointing indeed." The platforms install base buys them otherwise they wouldn't be making them, gripe at all the tots buying DS not Konami. Disappointing but not unexpected and really those who still primarily use PS2 are the ones with the most to gripe about in this lineup. "mars188: no castlevania for the wii this is just sad sad, worse line up i seen from konami here we go a new system with dorky games oh boy lets call billy over and lets play just dumb" "Mck2175: Come on Konami, where's Castlevania for the Wii?" Only if that Castlevania for Wii would be 2D and more towards the pre-SoTN paradigm would I call it sad. Igarashi definitely seems interested though so you may get something after DXC ships. Also mars, how the heck is this the worst Konami lineup you've seen? I'll take it over the twenty DDR titles they've had some years. This lineup is only really disappointing if you don't own a DS or PSP.

Runningflame570
Runningflame570

How have there been no updates since February? I'm sorry that you didn't get rights to any of them but to say there have been no updates since then for DXC is a lie of highest caliber. Those of us keeping track in the DXC forums have already ready the Play Magazine interview and seen footage of parts of Stage 1-5 and Alternate Stage 1-5 not to mention a Boss rush mode with Maria.Alternate Stage 1-5 not to mention a Boss rush mode with Maria.

Mck2175
Mck2175

Come on Konami, where's Castlevania for the Wii?

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

"Playing heavy to the Wii's widespread appeal, the publisher will be bringing several kid-friendly and casual games to market for Nintendo's flagship console." Ugh, no more kids games. Nintendo isn't necessarily a kids' system (Manhunt 2?).

chucholucho
chucholucho

Konami im preeettty disappointed you arent gonna give a glimpse on Winning Eleven... think outside the traditional US jocks and think of us latinamericans... futbol IS the worlds most popular sport ya know?

LiQuidSword02
LiQuidSword02

Patience SilentEdge256 it's just the beginning of the new generation... Brilliant games will come, New Bigger Brighter and more Eye popping than ever before... F@$& it, your right... something fresh would be nice... well at least sooner than latter (i.e. spore)