Konami's New Initiative: Erotic Castlevania Pachinko

Once upon a time, there was a company called Konami that would release all sorts of delightful video games in all kinds of genres under big, beloved franchises with names like Suikoden, Contra, Gradius, Silent Hill, Castlevania, Metal Gear, and Zone of the Enders.

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Today, there is a company called Konami that makes pachinko machines—Japanese gambling devices that are sort of like a cross between pinball and slots—and just announced a new one based on Castlevania. It promises “erotic violence.” Welcome to 2015.

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Roll your eyes all you want, but this one machine will probably make more money than Phantom Pain’s entire lifetime sales.

The pachinko business in Japan makes some 30 trillion yen profit annually, that’s US$241 billion (you read that right), profit... mind you!! Not income.

And we wonder why Konami ditched their video games division...