Gaming giant Konami celebrates Castlevania’s 35th anniversary with NFT collection

Konami, the Japanese entertainment and gaming firm, announced Thursday that it is releasing a non-fungible token (NFT) collection to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its hit video game franchise Castlevania. 

Castlevania is a long-running gothic horror game franchise originally launched in Japan in 1986 and North America in 1987. The NFT collection includes memorabilia such as the songs “Vampire Killer,” scenes from gameplay and pixel art drawn specifically for the collection. These NFTs will be auctioned off between January 12 at 5 p.m. ET to January 14 at 9 p.m. ET. 


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The auction will occur within the United Kingdom and Japan in addition to the United States. To bid on Castlevania NFTs, users must have wrapped ETH in their wallet and be of legal age within their country. 

Konami follows other video game giants like Square Enix and Ubisoft in entering the NFT space. And as with these two gaming firms, Konami has faced backlash from video game enthusiasts who dislike NFTs. Other titles from Konami include Frogger, Metal Gear, Yu-Gi-Oh and Silent Hill.

Image from the Castlevania 35th Anniversary NFT Collection official webpage. 

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