At some point starting in 1987, Konami decided to include a collector card with all their titles. Each card had an illustration related to the game. Some cards had screenshots or pieces of screenshots, others had artwork of scenes in the game.
There were multiple cards for each game, so perhaps Konami thought kids would be encouraged to get the same games their friends had to trade cards? Apparently it didn’t work, so they stopped including cards a couple of years later, and only the following 20 titles ended up with the cards:
- Ai Senshi Nicol
- Arumana no Kiseki
- Dracula II (Castlevania II)
- Do Re Mikko
- Dragon Scroll
- Exciting Baseball
- Exciting Basketball (Double Dribble)
- Exciting Billards
- Exciting Boxing
- Exciting Soccer
- Getsu Fumaden
- Konami Wai Wai World
- Majo Densetsu II (Knightmare II)
- Meikyujin Dababa
- Metal Gear
- Tetsuwan Atomu (Mighty Atom aka Astro Boy)
- Top Gun
I have the bolded ones already, and I always like the idea of complete sets of something (when the goal is achievable) so I’m on a mini-collection quest to get one card of each game that had one.
Of the ones I have, I like Arumana no Kiseki and Astro Boy best.
So now I have 12 to go. Some will be easy to get (there are plenty of cheap copies of Konami Baseball and Basketball), some will be harder (popular titles like Salamander and Metal Gear). Do Re Mikka will likely be hardest, it’s a very expensive music game that came with a piano keyboard controller.