1st Logo (1980s-1990s)
Nicknames: The Konami Logo, "The Bacon Strips"
Logo: On a black (or white) background, two curvy ribbons, one orange and one yellow, are seen arranged diagonally with "KONAMI" written below. The ribbons scroll up. Below it is the title screen.
FX/SFX: The scrolling.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the game or none.
Availability: Seen on Konami games like Contra.
Scare Factor: None.
2nd Logo (1980s-1990)
Logo: Just the words "KONAMI" in white italics scrolling up against a black BG.
FX/SFX: The scrolling.
Availability: Seen on some Konami games for the NES/Famicom and Game Boy.
Scare Factor: None.
3rd Logo (1991-1995)
Top left: The purple laser forming the logo as seen on Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Konami games.''Top center: The green laser forming the logo as seen on Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Konami games.''Top right: The blue laser forming the logo as seen on NEC TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine Konami games.' Bottom: The finished logo. Nicknames: "3D Konami Logo", "Laser Bacon Strips" Logo: Against a black BG, a spark draws a purple line at the top of the screen. It moves downward until a dark blue outline of the Konami logo from before is shown. Colors fill the Konami logo (the top ribbon orange, the bottom ribbon red, and "KONAMI" silver) and textures as the background fades to white.
- On Sega Mega Drive/Genesis versions of Konami games, there was a variant with a green line being drawn out. This could also be spotted on the Sega CD Konami games (such as Snatcher).
- On PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 versions of Konami games, there was a variant with a blue line being drawn out.
FX/SFX: The line animation (whether it be purple for Super Nintendo/Super Famicom, green for Genesis/Mega Drive, or blue for TurboGrafx 16/PC Engine) and the color fill.
Music/Sounds: An ascending/descending bell-like synth sound as the color appears (which sounds different depending on the game/system); otherwise silent.
- On Metal Warriors and the SNES version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the sound "reverberates" more.
- On NFL Football for the SNES, the music sounds more muffled.
- On Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure for the Sega Genesis, the music is fast.
Availability: Seen on all Konami releases for the SNES and Sega Genesis/MegaDrive (and the Sega CD/Mega CD add-on), as well as some for the NEC TurboGrafx 16/PC Engine. The logo is preserved on Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP and Wii Virtual Console versions of Konami releases. Wipeout 2097
Scare Factor: Minimal. That music may catch someone off-guard.
4th Logo (1994-2000)
Left: The Konami logo walks along. ''Right: The finished logo. Nicknames: "Walking Konami Logo", "Konami Gumby", "Gumby Bacon Strips"
Logo: Against a black BG with a white floor, we see the Konami logo from before, but rendered in 3D, walking across the screen from right to left, with the silvery text "KONAMI" following behind. The text then stops in the middle and the logo walks off-screen. The logo then walks in ahead toward the screen, pushing the text along with it until the screen turns white and both the text and logo turn into 2D images (but in more solid colors than the 1st logo).
FX/SFX: The logo and text moving.
Music/Sounds: A series of synth chimes as the logo walks around, followed by a synth fanfare as the logo is fully formed.
Availability: Seen on Konami releases of the period for the PS1 and Saturn, mostly in Japan. Konami releases in North America and PAL territories used the next logo.
Scare Factor: Minimal to low.
5th Logo (1996-2003)
Left: The nearly finished logo, with sky and ground intact.''Right: The finished product. Nicknames: "Through the Rocks", "Rocky Bacon Strips" Logo: Against a swirly dark blue sky looking similar to the Northern lights, we see some boulders rising from the ground. The words "KONAMI" in steel flip up from underneath. We zoom out, and this ends with the two strips flipping up to the screen really fast. The screen quickly shifts to white, with the logo in slightly lighter colors and a Registered trademark "®" symbol.
FX/SFX: The boulders, the logo rising, the Northern lights sky, and the logo forming.
Music/Sounds: A dramatic tune with boulders crumbling (sounds more like explosions), a jet-like sound as the strips fly forth, and an orchestral "hit" as the logo is formed.
Availability: Seen on pretty much all Konami games for the PS1 and Saturn released in North America and PAL territories.
Scare Factor: Low to medium, the dramatics may scare some.
6th Logo (1998-2000)
Nicknames: "Flip In", "Flipping Bacon Strips"
Logo: Against a black/blue gradient BG, the three pieces of the Konami logo flip in, the orange ribbon coming in from the left, the red ribbon coming in from the right, and the company name in gray zooming out. When they join together, the screen turns white. The logo lacks the Registered trademark "®" symbol from before.
FX/SFX: The parts of the logo coming together.
Music/Sounds: Just a chime when the logo comes together.
Availability: Was seen on Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon and some Konami games for the Nintendo 64.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The chime may catch some off guard.
7th Logo (1999-2003)
Logo: Just a still picture of the ribbons logo.
Variant: Sometimes it may be in a black borderline box.
Music/Sounds: None, the game's theme, or a synth chime.
Availability: Seen on some games from Konami, such as Metal Gear Solid.
Scare Factor: None.
8th Logo (2003-2013) Nickname: "The Knife", "The Banner"
Logo: Just the words "KONAMI" in a much different font on a red knife-shaped banner. This takes place on a white or black background.
FX/SFX: The fade-in.
Music/Sounds: Usually none. On arcade games, a tune is heard which just a little bit sounds like the Capcom jingle.
Availability: Seen on later Konami games. Xiaolin Showdown
Scare Factor: None. It's just boring.
Logo: Same as the last logo, but without the knife-shaped banner.
FX/SFX: Same as the last logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.
Availability: Brand new. Seen on the newest Konami games.
Scare Factor: None. _______________________________________________________________
Logo: On a black background, two glowing lines crawl in from the top and bottom of the screen (the top line is red and the bottom is yellow). They meet and pass each other, forming the Bacon Strips logo as they move. When the lines go off-screen, the logo rises a bit and a blue line quickly moves downwards, then slows down to form "KONAMI" as it goes off-screen. The logo glows.
FX/SFX: The lines, forming the logo, the glowing.
Music/Sounds: A Japanese-style synth piano tune with metallic sounds when the lines form the logo. A sparkling sound is heard when the "KONAMI" is formed and when the logo glows, the ascending/descending bell synth sound as seen on the third Konami logo is heard.
Availability: Seen on anime tapes from Japan.
Scare Factor: Low, the lines, music and black background might scare some, but it's not too terrifying.
COMMERCIAL LOGOS' (Late 80s)
Logo: On a white and gray gradient background, the 3-D "KONAMI" (in a dark gray color" rotates and eases back to the top of the screen. As this happens, the Bacon Strips (also 3-D) rapidly spins past the text. They both rest on the top of the screen and copyright and store disclaimers appear below.
FX/SFX: The moving text and spinning Bacon Strips. Standard 1980s computer animation.
Music/Sounds: A spinning noise is heard with a whoosh and a "THUD" when the logos rest.
Music Variant: The soundtrack from the commercial might be heard when the logo animation plays. It ends when the "THUD" is heard.
Availability: Extinct, this appeared on TV spots for the NES games The Adventures of Bayou Billy and Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest. Check old tape recordings.
Scare Factor: Low, the noises could get to some.