|Parent company / owner||Konami|
|Divisions / Subsidiaries||Hudson Soft USA, Hudson Studio, Hudson Entertainment, Inc.; Hudson Music Entertainment|
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.
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 would 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.
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