Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game - NES prototype footage

Definitely a few changes between the prototype and the final game, but this version still looks every bit as good as the one we got. This is definitely one of my favorite beat'em-ups on the NES. What an awesome arcade-to-home translation.

Thanks to Ross for the heads up!

IGN Video - Super Castlevania 4 Finished In 31 Minutes (Speedrun)

Watch FuriousPaul speedrun through Super Castlevania 4 for the Super Nintendo in the Any% category. Note: Hosting of this video was allowed by its original owner.

IGN Video - Castlevania Finished In an Incredible 11 Minutes

Watch FuriousPaul speedrun through the original Castlevania for NES in the Any% category. Note: Hosting of this video was allowed by its original owner.

God of War creative director inspired by Metroid and Castlevania

Cory Barlog, the creative director for God of War, has revealed that Metroidvania titles had a lot of influence on the most recent entry in the God of War franchise, as well as other titles he's worked on. In the video feature above, you can see how those classic franchises helped inspire Kratos' latest journey.

Super Bomberman R getting special sale price in Japan for Golden Week

Golden Week is a big time for video game sales in Japan, and Konami is getting in on the action with a special limited-time price drop for Super Bomberman R. The title, which is usually 5,378 Yen, will be dropped to 3,480 Yen until May 6th, 2018.

Konami to end partnership with UEFA

The 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv will mark the end of a very successful and fruitful 10-year partnership between Konami and the UEFA Champions League.

The UEFA Champions League offered the perfect media and activation platform for Konami and has been a key feature within its world-renowned Pro Evolution Soccer video game.

Commenting on the end of this long-standing partnership, Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events SA, said: "Konami has been a strong licensing partner for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with our competition brand being heavily featured within the video game and as part of the popular Konami-organised UEFA Champions League e-sports tournaments’.

"It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership. UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football."

Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand & business development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. said: "The UEFA Champions League licence has given us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand.

"This year, however, we will shift our focus into other areas. We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong."

Thanks to Gerjet for the heads up!

RUMOR - The reason why some of Konami's classic games never made it to the Virtual Console is absolutely baffling

Ever wonder why Konami classics like Contra, Castlevania Bloodlines, Rocket Knight Adventures, and others never made it to any version of the Virtual Console, or the NES/SNES Classics? A supposed former Konami employee who wishes to remain anonymous has shared details, and the reasoning is just plain dumb.

Back before the Wii VC went live, Nintendo sent third parties a list with their titles, and asked which ones would be eligible for release on the VC. When Konami got the list, all their classics were mentioned. The problem is, whoever filled it out forgot to checkmark certain titles before they sent it back to Nintendo. This mistake went on for years, and when an employee finally decided to update the list with the correct info, the opportunity didn't come up before they moved to a new position.

Seems like an absolutely ridiculous explanation, doesn't it? I honestly wouldn't believe it if it were any other company but Konami. The way they handle things in recent years has been mind-boggling, and this fits right in.

Thanks to ReyVGM for the heads up!

Gecco shows off Metal Gear 'Gray Fox' prototype figurine

- 1/6 scale
- between 11 to 12 inches
- comes with an interchangeable sword, gun arm, and helmet that shows his face

Fan-Art: Hand-draw Contra guide and art book now available

Pay what you want for this Hand-Drawn Contra Guide & Art Book based on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System game. The book was fully illustrated and written out by hand and contains maps of all 8 stages, plus character artwork for every single character, along with tips, secrets and much more! Enjoy!

This amazing book was put together by the super-talented Shamoozal. If you've been around GoNintendo for a few years, you definitely recognize the Shamoozal name. We partnered up with Shamoozal for a series of animated shorts, and they're still one of the high points of my career here on GoNintendo. Shamoozal has been honing their craft ever since then, and it culminates with this fantastic art book. Check it out here!

Konami grabs the Goemon.com domain

I'm a huge fan of the Mystical Ninja series. It hasn't gotten much love at all in recent years, and I can't even remember the last time an entry in the franchise got localized. I always hold out hope for another installment making it stateside, and perhaps now that's not such a pipedream. After letting domain squatters hold the site for years, Konami has stepped in and purchased the Goemon.com domain. Right now it redirects to the official Japanese site for Goemon, but perhaps this is a small glimmer of hope for the character getting some love in the near future.

Thanks to Archaic Sage for the heads up!