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16 Aug - 2019

Konamy Cross Media New York deal with INC’s licensing for Contra and Bomberman, Blacklist Games and IDW Games are new Licensees

Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. announced that it has signed agreements to turn, the KONAMI video game titles, Contra and Bomberman into board games.

These are just some of the exciting new deals Konami Cross Media NY is signing as it builds its cross-media strategy.

We are pleased to welcome Blacklist Games (in conjunction with Kess Co.) and IDW Games as licensees to our rapidly growing slate of partners helping us expand the consumer products for our gaming brands, Contra and Bomberman,” said Jennifer Coleman, Konami Cross Media NY’s Vice President, Licensing & Marketing, in making the announcement. “We hope fans will love the fantastic and compelling game play the board game versions will offer from these two KONAMI titles. This is just the start of the different engagement points we plan to develop in order to create a truly robust experience for Contra and Bomberman fans.

New Licensee to turn Contra and Bomberman into board games

Targeting a North American launch in Spring 2020, Blacklist Games is developing a cooperative board game based on the original Contra video game, with tactical, card-driven game play and detailed miniatures of the famous heroes, enemies, and environments from the iconic video game. Contra gained its notoriety through its run and gun-style action and trailblazing multiplayer cooperative gameplay. Initially debuted in 1987, the Contra library has several titles across multiple platforms.

We’re extremely excited with this opportunity to work with an iconic property like Contra and having Blacklist Games create an immersive board game that captures the essence of Contra’s action-packed experience,” said Alex Kessler, Founder and CEO of Kess Co.

IDW Games has licensed the global rights to develop Bomberman-branded board games, card games, puzzles and collectible pins.  The board game will launch later this year. Bomberman was originally launched in 1987 for NES as an action videogame. The newest version, Super Bomberman R, launched in 2017 exclusively on Nintendo Switch and is now also available on Xbox and PlayStation 4.

Added Jerry Bennington, IDW Games’ VP of New Product Development: “Super Bomberman R’s epic battling and colorful characters translate well into the multi-player board game we’ve envisioned.  We hope fans will embrace the opportunity to discover that when the game debuts.”

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