Konami Registers Big Boss Pachinko Trademark

Star of Metal Gear Solid 5 could appear in trading cards games, slot machines, pachinko, and board games.


Konami has filed a trademark for "Big Boss" pachinko, indicating the new machine will feature the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain protagonist. The trademark, which was discovered by Siliconera, covers games, trading cards, slot machines, pachinko, and board games.

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The trademark was filed by Konami Pachinko Entertainment, an arm of the company that deals specifically with the popular Japanese pinball machines.

Konami's commitment to console game development has been the subject of debate recently, although the publishr has insisted there is no debate to be had.

In May 2015, Konami president Hideki Hayakawa said Konami will "pursue mobile games aggressively" going forward, and that smartphones will be considered as its "main platform."

"Our main platforms will be mobiles," he began. "Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies. With multiplatform games, there's really no point in dividing the market into categories anymore. Mobiles will take on the new role of linking the general public to the gaming world."

The statements were taken as evidence the publisher was backing away from the console gaming, but Konami followed-up and released a statement reaffirming its commitment to console games, adding it is interested in producing content for all the platforms available to it, including consoles.

"Konami will continue to embrace the challenge of creating entertainment content via different platforms," it said. "Not only mobile platforms, but for home consoles, arcade units, and cards, to meet the changing needs of the times."

In September 2015, it was reports stated Konami has ceased development of all triple-A console game projects, with the exception Pro Evolution Soccer. This, however, was not confirmed in any way by the company and seems to be in contrast with previous statements saying it has started the hiring process for a new Metal Gear game.

In March 2015, Konami said it is conducting "auditions for main staff to lead the development," of a new Metal Gear project and has asked interested developers to get in touch.

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Good thing this doesn't affect me as I was never a fan of MGS, but I can see MGS fans waiting to destroy their HQ for this "wonderful" news.

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Wow, sounds to me Konami doesn't honestly know anything for certain. I certainly hope that Konami doesn't focus all its attention solely on mobile games, as anyone can see console releases such as MGSV are among the best to date and hold their own against any competition. I can only pray that MGSVI gets the green light with Kojima coming back to work on it and they magically revive the horror PT Silent Hills. In a perfect world,,,,

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You know, when I first heard this I thought I'd be angry or upset, but now I realize I just don't even care anymore. Make a new AAA game, a small portable one, a pachinko machine or even a fucking Big Boss sexdoll, I won't give a **** (literally or figuratively!) if it's not Hideo Kojima approved.

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@Galbrei: Right. I didn't care for Metal Gear Ac!d( this is a game I tried to play on acid, but found it to be torture), or any of the other crap they've done without him in the past. It will die out. RIP Metal Gear.

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Konami literally taking a dump on their (or rather Kojima's) legacy. That grave for Konami is already dug. All that's left is the burial and tombstone at this point.

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All of the yes. I want to see Konami just crumble.

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Kept you waiting uh? Rip Big Boss

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Such a lust for revenge. . . . WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?!

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Well this is one way to kill the MGS series in a shitty style

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It begins. Remember, they're still totally developing AAA games.

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@Thanatos2k: sonething tells me this all scam I don't think mgs creator has left

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If they make Suikoden pachiko instead of, ya know, an actual Suikoden game...ALL OF MY HATE.

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@ghost140: Sorry dude, but that already exists and it has for many years :'(

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@mocheck: Hmm indeed but this was before S5 yea? Ok well as long as it is not made from now on.

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Ooooooo, this is great news Konami.....you fuckin' douchebags!

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Snake finally getting the Mega Man treatment now that Kojima is gone and can't do anything about it.

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yes, i have been waiting for this!

on a serious note... who did not see this coming? is this what konami was referring to when they said they have begun development on a new mgs project post pp? just a matter of time before suikoden get its own pachinko gambling machine (castlevania and contra are already there).

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HIT THE LEVER. **** Konami #Fuckonami

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What about making more video games you greedy assholes...

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So we all got past denial.....some of us are still on anger, some on grief.

Four more stages to go, right?

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@olddadgamer: I was on anger back when they made a Goemon Pachinko in either 07 08 or something.

I'm long pass this and accepted it long ago now.

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We know what you are, Konami - the junk at the bottom of the bin, a disgusting flegm on the gaming industry. But at least shut the hell up about it, it's not a thing to boast about. What a way to fall...

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Of course they did. The first thing we should do when time travel is invented is go back in time and kill the man who invented pachinko. 1.) To keep Konami from going down this stupid path and 2.) To keep Yakuza 4 from having that Pachinko trophy in it

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"Ok, Kojima's out, so how can we ruin everything in minimal amount of time and effort?"

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sega did that got them nowhere at all RIP MGS

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@playstationzone: Yep. Sega's been posting losses every single year since they've gone all mobile, pachinko, and pc.

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PAHAHAHA! Oh dear. What a sad end to one of the longest running video games in history.

Well Konami I'd like to say I'll miss you but I'm not sad in the slightest.

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The beginning of the end.

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I hate to say I told everybody so but hey I did now see MGS get turned into a pachinko machine. I hope it was worth the price.

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Colonel AI : ...Infiltrate... ...the enemy fortress... ...Konami! ...Destroy... ...the final weapon... ...Metal Gear Pachinko!

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@fend_oblivion: [David Hayter voice] ...Metal...Gear...Pachinko??

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@fend_oblivion: Hahaha awesome.

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Konami knows what gamers want

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Jim? Where are you, Jim? JIIIIIIIIIM!!!

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@bioswat: #fuckonami

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Awwww fucking hell :(

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