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Konami's 2003 Lineup

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2003 @ 8:59 a.m. PST

Konami of America, Inc. announced 16 new titles for 2003, including all-new versions of blockbuster franchises such as Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, Gradius, Silent Hill, Winning Eleven, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Zone of the Enders. Focusing on powerful brands, Konami's broad 2003 lineup includes titles for all genres, age groups and skill levels. Brand new games that are scheduled to debut in 2003 include Casino Manager (working title), Cy Girls, K1 World Grand Prix, McFarlane's Monsters, Ninja Five-O, and Street Kings (working title). Read more for details ...

Bloody Roar
Release date: Summer 2003
Genre: Fighting
Platform: Microsoft Xbox

Bloody Roar makes its debut on the Microsoft Xbox in a 3D brawler that's as ferocious as they come. Sixteen fighters, interactive 3D environments, incredible graphics and the ability to transform into Hyper-beast forms make Bloody Roar an instant classic.

Casino Manager (working title)
Release date: March 25, 2003
Genre: Simulation
Platform: PC CD-ROM

Take a gamble on your skills as a casino manager in the cutthroat business full of card sharks, hit men and escorts. With game play both inside the casino and outside in the surrounding city, Casino Manager (working title) requires gamers to build, manage and expand their empire by whatever means necessary. Hire troublemakers to disrupt the competition, place advertising throughout the city and even set up shuttle routes or limo services to drive in customers. Casino Manager (working title) features simple and accessible controls, in-depth tutorials, 120 unique characters and the widest variety of attractions yet.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Release date: May 6, 2003
Genre: Action/Adventure
Platform: Game Boy Advance

A brand new Castlevania adventure begins on the Game Boy Advance! Continuing in Konami's tradition of delivering stellar Castlevania titles on the handheld system, Aria of Sorrow takes players through an all-new demon-hunting saga! As the first solar eclipse of the 21st century approaches totality, friends Soma and Mina black out - only to discover when they awake that they are inside of a mysterious castle. Unravel the mysteries of the castle, defeat the menacing bosses and experience it all with lush color, breathtaking music and signature Castlevania gameplay.

Cy Girls
Release date: Fall 2003
Genre: Action/Adventure
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

Prepare for a wild cyber-thriller adventure with female espionage agents Ice and Asuka in Cy Girls, a brand new action adventure game from Konami. Using explosive firepower and deadly martial arts skills, Ice and Asuka take down criminals with style and flair. While battling an evil syndicate, these sexy heroines will have the ability to dive into a "cyber world" where they can download additional information, skills, and techniques. Fighting futuristic crime has never been this smart, sexy or cool.

DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution
Release date: Fall 2003
Genre: Music
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

Get your dancing shoes on and pump up the volume! Konami's dancing revolution rolls on with the release of DDRMAX2 for Sony PlayStation 2. Now offering players a whole new library of unforgettable licensed and exclusive songs for the U.S., DDRMAX2 includes all-new high-energy play modes and an enhanced interface. Players will still have to stay on their toes as all of the standard game modes and the ever-challenging Workout Mode return!

Gradius V
Release date: Fall 2003
Genre: Shooting
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

The Vic Viper returns in Gradius V - the first title in Konami's classic space-shooter series that has been specifically designed for the Sony PlayStation 2. Gradius V preserves the franchise's classic gameplay and features stunning 3D graphics, inspired game design elements and a new control scheme that gives players more power than ever!

K-1 World Grand Prix
Release date: Summer 2003
Genre: Fighting
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

A growing combat sport that has taken Japan by storm, K-1 brings together the toughest practitioners of karate, kickboxing, Tae kwon do and Kung Fu to create the world's most challenging fighting competition. And now, players can step in to the virtual ring and feel the sweat on their brow in Konami's new videogame, K-1 World Grand Prix - the most realistic recreation of the sport ever. Highlighted by stunning true-to-life graphics, realistic fighting styles and a unique damage/health system, K-1 World Grand Prix features over 20 real-life fighters, each of whom performed their own motion capture to deliver signature moves and celebrations that are true-to-the-man. Further delivering the sport, K-1 World Grand Prix boasts a wealth of game modes, including Grand Prix, Champion's Revolution, Exhibition, Trial, Revival and more. Get your kicks with K-1 World Grand Prix in Summer 2003!

McFarlane's Monsters
Release date: Fall 2003
Genre: Action/Fighting
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

Based on the popular line of toys developed by legendary comic book and action figure creator Todd McFarlane, this 3rd person action/fighting game brings players into the terrifying world of McFarlane's Monsters. Using original McFarlane-designed Monster Hunters, players battle through treacherous deserts, perilous jungles and foul swamps in an effort to stop Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf and their evil cohorts from corrupting the world. Armed with swords, magic spells, and other unique weapons, McFarlane's Monsters guarantees non-stop action and thrills.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
Release date: March 4, 2003
Genre: Action/Adventure
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

The follow-up to Konami's 2001 hit action game, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for Sony PlayStation 2, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance offers gamers a whole new experience within the extraordinary Metal Gear world. All of the energy and excitement return in Substance, as players navigate through 350+ VR missions, 150+ alternate missions and 5 Snake Tales - an entirely new game with 5 distinct chapters starring Solid Snake. In addition, the highly anticipated Skateboarding Mode makes its debut in this version of Substance, allowing players to grind, ollie and grab big on the Big Shell as Raiden or Solid Snake.

Ninja Five-O
Release date: April 15, 2003
Genre: Action
Platform: Nintendo GameBoy Advance

Konami unleashes intense side-scrolling Ninja action on the Game Boy Advance in Ninja Five-O. Playing as Ninja cop Joe Osugi, players will battle a series of evil Ninja masters and the terrorist cells under their control. Ninja Five-O features authentic ninja swords, shuriken throwing stars, ninjutsu magic and a unique Kaginawa grappling hook system to create spectacular acrobatic moves and an innovative fighting style. Step in to the world of Ninja Five-O and restore honor to the ancient Ninja arts.

Release date: March 25, 2003
Genre: Action/Platform
Platform: Sony PlayStation

Featuring countless hours of family-friend gameplay, players will run, jump and dash their way through nine lush and exciting worlds in Pinobee for Sony PlayStation. Created by Grandpa Bee, the game's hero Pinobee is a noble robotic bumblebee who is charged with defending the insect world from the clutches of Vestor and his evil robot army. Players will use a series of dash attacks and power-ups to defeat enemies while the game's comical cast of characters help Pinobee in his epic quest to save the insect world!

Silent Hill 3
Release date: Summer 2003
Genre: Horror
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

Silent Hill 3 carries on Konami's trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As in previous games in the series, this title incorporates a mix of action and puzzle solving, with an intricate story line, haunting music and twisted imagery that bind these elements together. With unparalleled graphical detail, a more engrossing storyline and even more grotesque monsters than the previous games, Silent Hill 3 promises to be the best horror adventure ever.

Street Kings (working title)
Release date: Summer 2003
Genre: Sports - Basketball
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube

Konami is back in the game and hitting the blacktop in Street Kings for Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube. Featuring in-your-face 3-on-3 basketball, Street Kings delivers rough-and-tumble lawless street ball with plenty of attitude. Through an innovative RPG mode that takes players from neighborhood obscurity to nationwide fame, players see if they have what it takes to become King of the Street. You got game?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release date: October 2003
Genre: 3-D Fighting Action
Platform: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars the famed heroes Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael and their legendary foe the Shredder. In these 3D fighting/action videogames, players take on the role of their favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as they punch, kick and duck their way through battles against the Shredder and his vile pack of Foot Ninjas.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 6 International
Release date: March 2003
Genre: Sports - Soccer
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

The world's most popular soccer game comes to North America in 2003! Having sold over 2.4 million units in Europe and Japan since its debut in April 2002, Winning Eleven 6 (known as Pro Evolution Soccer in Europe) is poised to up the ante for soccer simulation supremacy in the United States. In WE6, players choose from thousands of players and nearly 100 teams in five game modes - Exhibition, League, Cup, Practice and Master League. WE6 combines unprecedented player physics and A.I. with a gameplay style that flawlessly recreates the speed and excitement of real-life soccer. Gooooooooooooal!

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
Release date: March 2003
Genre: Mech Combat
Platform: Sony PlayStation 2

Go on a high-flying mech combat adventure in Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner. In this hyper-speed action-packed game, players are once again thrown into an interplanetary conflict. As the fate of Jupiter and Mars are held in the balance, players must master exhilarating new maneuvers, target and destroy

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