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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Castlevania franchise, everybody’s favorite company Konami has deigned to release a ‘Memorial NFT’ collection of mostly NES media (pixel art, bgm, and sequences) for auction. And you know what? They would, wouldn’t they. If you had told me a year ago that Konami…
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Castlevania franchise, everybody’s favorite company Konami has deigned to release a ‘Memorial NFT’ collection of mostly NES media (pixel art, bgm, and sequences) for auction. And you know what? They would, wouldn’t they. If you had told me a year ago that Konami would celebrate the 35th anniversary five months after the actual 35th anniversary (in September 2021) by releasing an NFT collection, I’d respond, “What’s an NFT?” And then when you explained I’d go, “Yeah, that sounds like Konami alright.”
The auction consists of 14 items – the pixel art for Dracula’s map, five NES-era BGMs, two visual arts for Circle of the moon, and six gif sets of sub-weapons and bosses from the original game. In other words, none of it is actual original content, you’re merely paying for your name appearing on Konami’s website as the purchaser, basically (and only for the remainder of the year plus maybe a little longer if they feel like it). It all goes on auction from January 12th at 2 p.m. through January 14th at 6 p.m. (both PT).
 

 
While this is an extremely Konami move, let it be known they are not the first game company to dive into the highly contentious NFT space — Square Enix, Sega, EA, and Ubisoft have all announced some sort of commitment to the idea. While there’s little space for a complete breakdown, NFTs are hotly controversial online due to — among other things — environmental impact, the idea of digital scarcity in the first place, and the seeming needlessness of purchasing a token for an item you can just save to your computer with a right click. Anyway, you can listen to “Vampire Killer“on YouTube right now for free. 
 

 
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