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Konami Corp : KONAMI's "DRAGON COLLECTION" to be a Manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Konami Digital Entertainment)

08/18/2011 | 02:10am US/Eastern

KONAMI's social game "DRAGON COLLECTION" will be serialized in manga form in Kodansha Ltd.'s Weekly Shonen Magazine. The first installment of the series is slated to start with the August 31st (Wednesday) issue.

The appearance of "DRAGON COLLECTION" in the widely read Weekly Shonen Magazine will introduce more people to the game's unique style and game world, strengthening the title's position as a forefront brand of the social game market.

"DRAGON COLLECTION" manga to appear in Weekly Shonen Magazine
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"DRAGON COLLECTION" is a social game that sees players embarking on a fantastical journey in pursuit of the legendary Dragon Cards as they have adventures and battle rival players, all while collecting Monster Cards and treasure. The title has remained the top ranking title on GREE*1, the social networking site it is available on, for 44 consecutive weeks*2, and has garnered more than 3 million registered users*3. In addition, "DRAGON COLLECTION" received the Best Overall Application Award at the GREE Platform Awards 2010 and was inducted into the GREE Hall of fame at the GREE Platform Awards for the First Half of 2011. KONAMI is further expanding the user base of this popular title through the launch of a smartphone version*4 of the game on GREE.

The manga series, drafted and edited by KONAMI, will be written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Kyota Shibano. It will feature an original story complete with popular monsters from the game.

In addition, readers will be able to obtain rare, limited-edition Monster Cards from 5 Kodansha comic magazines*5 in a special tie-in campaign. The featured monsters will boast designs from artists of each magazine.

KONAMI will continue to hold its position at the vanguard of the social gaming movement as it works to introduce even more fans to its social games and other fun productions.

*1 "GREE" is a social networking site operated by GREE, Inc.

*2 As of August 17, 2011.

*3 As of end June 2011.

*4 Supports both Android and iOS devices.

*5 Weekly Shonen Magazine (8/31 issue), Young Magazine (9/5 issue), Monthly Shonen Magazine (9/6 issue), Bessatsu Shonen Magazine (9/9 issue),

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