• With “Castlevania” NFTs, Konami enters the NFT scene

  • Konami has introduced a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on its “Castlevania” brand.

    NFTs include video game scenes, music, and posters.

    A new NFT series will be based on Konami’s “Castlevania” franchise.

    Konami’s NFTs will pay tribute to the series, which began with “Castlevania” for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986. (NES).

    Scenes from several series entries on the NES and its Japanese equivalent, the Famicom, are included in the NFT collection. Original pixel graphics of Dracula’s Castle, poster art for the Title Boy Advance game “Castlevania: Circle of the Moon,” and audio for the recurring music theme “Vampire Killer” are among the other tokens in the collection.

    These NFTs, unlike some non-fungible tokens from gaming firms, will have no in-game utility. They are simply collectibles commemorating the series’ 35th anniversary.

    There are 14 separate non-fungible tokens up for sale, and bidders will only be able to purchase one copy of each NFT.

    The auction will take place on January 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST and will last four hours.

    However, some people have already made offers on the NFTs, which are viewable on OpenSea. So far, bids on items in the series have ranged from 0.005 ETH ($17) to 0.014 ETH ($48).

    NFTs are being pursued by game companies.

    Konami is one of a number of game firms interested in NFTs. Ubisoft, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, and GameStop have all launched or have tentative plans to introduce NFT products and services.

    However, many of those initiatives have been greeted with public opposition, owing to both the perceived environmental cost of blockchain mining and the excessive hype surrounding NFTs.

    Konami has already faced some criticism for its NFT plans, with critics drawing parallels to the company’s recent and unpopular turn toward pachinko machines. However, no organized opposition appears to exist, and Konami looks to be proceeding with the NFT sale nonetheless.

    This report comes on the heels of SEGA’s recent announcement that it may abandon its NFT plans due to unfavorable feedback. SEGA first unveiled its NFT ambitions in March 2020.

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