Hudson Soft

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Hudson Soft
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Founded 1998
Parent company / owner Konami
Divisions / Subsidiaries Hudson Soft USA, Hudson Studio, Hudson Entertainment, Inc.; Hudson Music Entertainment
Website N/A

Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. (also referred to simply as Hudson) was a third-party video game publisher and developer in Japan. The company was mostly known for developing series such as Bomberman and Mario Party. The main company was based in Midtown Tower in Tokyo, and a second office was established in Hudson Tower in Sapporo before being purchased by Konami.

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History

Hudson Soft was initially founded as an electronics store called QC Hudson in 1973, by Yuji and Hiroshi Kudo in Sapporo, Japan. In 1975, Hudson started to develop and publish their own video games. In 1985, after ten years developing video games, Hudson reorganized their business, becoming Hudson Soft.

In 2005, Hudson's main office was transferred to Tokyo, Japan, though the office in Sapporo remained open, becoming their secondary office.

In April 2005, 53.99% of Hudson's stock was purchased by Konami, making them the majority shareholder. Later, in January 2011, Hudson Soft was fully purchased by Konami, becoming a subsidiary of the company. Finally, on March 1, 2012, Hudson Soft was merged into Konami Digital Entertainment, their music division being merged into Konami Music Entertainment, effectively making the company defunct, though Konami will continue to develop and release products under the Hudson brand. Between 2010 and 2011, many of Hudson Soft's employees had moved to Nd Cube.

Games published by Nintendo

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Game Year Console
4 Nin Uchi Mahjong 1984 Famicom
Bomberman 1985 NES
Faxanadu 1987 NES
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! 1994 Game Boy
Undake30 Same Game 1995 SNES, Satellaview
Bomberman: Panic Bomber 1995 Virtual Boy
Vertical Force 1995 Virtual Boy
Bomberman GB 1995 Game Boy
Bomberman 64 1997 Nintendo 64
Pocket Bomberman 1997 Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Bomberman Hero 1998 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 1998 Nintendo 64
Pokémon Trading Card Game 1998 Game Boy Color
Mario Party 2 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 3 2000 Nintendo 64
Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! 2001 Game Boy Color
Mario Party 4 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party Advance 2005 Game Boy Advance
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 7 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Koroinpa: Marble Mania 2006 Wii
Wing Island 2006 Wii
Mario Party 8 2007 Wii
Mario Party DS 2007 Nintendo DS
Bomberman Blast 2008 Wii, WiiWare
Tetris Party 2008 Wii, WiiWare, Nintendo DS, DSiWare
Tetris Axis 2010 Nintendo 3DS

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Presidents
Managers, etc. Internal
Subsidiaries
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre