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Konami Dissolving Hudson Soft

Posted by Corbie Dillard

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Konami has just announced that they will be dissolving Hudson Soft on 1st March, bringing to an end a company that's become beloved by gamers over the years for such unforgettable contributions to gaming as the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 systems and the ever-popular Bomberman and Star Soldier series.

For those of you who don't remember, Konami purchased a majority stake in Hudson Soft back in April of last year, a move the company hoped would turn things around for the struggling publisher. Sadly, this was not to be.

No word on whether or not Konami will continue to release Hudson titles in the future, but we'll keep you posted on any news as it becomes available.

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Link79

#2

Link79 said:

So this just means Hudson has gone under right?
Eh no big loss. They haven't had anything really noteworthy come out since the 16-bit days. They died a long time ago as far as I'm concerned.

NintyMan

#3

NintyMan said:

That is a shame. I might have only played their Mario Party titles, but it disappoints me greatly when a video game company falls apart.

Retro_on_theGo

#4

Retro_on_theGo said:

NO!! D:
Wha--w-w-w-Wha!? :(
I will dread March 1st. If this means no more Bomberman games I will never look at you the same way again Konami! >:[

Vincent294

#5

Vincent294 said:

Mario Party was OK. Lost in Shadow suffered from unresponsive controls I heard. "WE" Ski was a rip-off of Wii Sports. However, it's kind bad to see Hudson Soft go. It would be really bad if their series died off.

CorbsAdmin

#7

Corbs said:

One of my all-time favorite game publishers. Thanks for all you guys did over the years and for all your amazing contributions to the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 systems. It was a hell of a great run! :D

sykotek

#8

sykotek said:

@Retro_on_theGo: I wouldn't worry about it. It's been a long time coming, this is just a formality I'm sure. Also, I wouldn't worry about the release of Hudson titles...unless you live outside of Japan.

Linkuini

#13

Linkuini said:

They had a good run. Sadly, it seems like they've been running out of steam for a while now, anyway.

JGMR

#14

JGMR said:

Noooooooooooo!!! I always hated these corporate takeovers; they're left to rot and die. Again, another legendary company which has dissolved into oblivion. Adventure Island 4 life!

Aqueous

#17

Aqueous said:

At least Nintendo got Iwata, still sad to see them go, I guess Kirby is now purely first party. Though I bet we will see more Bomberman, I don't think Konami will let a popular character go.

TRON

#19

TRON said:

This is sad news to me. In the 16 bit days I loved all the systems, but my TG-16 was my favorite, being a fan of scrolling shooters. Hudson's games had a special something to them, and were a great alternative to the more mainstream games.

Swiket

#21

Swiket said:

@Link79 That's like saying that death of an elderly person is "no big loss" because they stopped working a long time ago.

In other news, have you guys tasted these oranges? They're great.

lonlon-milker

#24

lonlon-milker said:

Show that takes away my fanship for konom....{castlvainia 3 plays in the backround} oh dang it konami I can't hate you!

pixelman

#26

pixelman said:

Saw this earlier. So sad. :( I still wish Adventure Island would've made a comeback.

gyyrro

#28

gyyrro said:

I've never really played many hudson soft games, but it is still saddening to see a classic developer die.
R.I.P. Hudson Soft

shinesprite

#29

shinesprite said:

The N64 Mario Party games were among the first Console games I owned. I'm really sad to see them go. :(

Dashtag

#30

Dashtag said:

I feel bad even though I've never played one of their games... Unless they did Mario party... I can't keep track though, which is odd for meūüėÉ

Dashtag

#31

Dashtag said:

If they did Mario party... then... Is Mario party 9 going to be the last Mario party... EVER?

SparkOfSpirit

#34

SparkOfSpirit said:

So long Adventure Island, Bonk, Bomberman, and some interesting shmup games. I'd be hopeful that the older games would all get rereleased, but this is Konami. They won't even give us the original Contra on the VC or the Sparkster games.

So tired of Konami this gen.

iroxursox

#35

iroxursox said:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! no more bomber man SOB SOB

TheGreenSpiny

#39

TheGreenSpiny said:

Like Midway, this is sad news but honestly I could care less for their games.

Maybe Konami will make better Bomberman and Adventure Island games now?

the_shpydar

#44

the_shpydar said:

Guys, this doesn't automatically mean that all the Hudson franchises are dead. Konami isn't just going to toss money in the bin by dumping popular franchises.
/me looks at Capcom's Mega Man
Then again ... :) :(
That all said, it is a shame to see another classic-era company fade away, but i don't think anyone's really surprised by this after their buy-out last year.

CrazyOtto

#45

CrazyOtto said:

Damn, Konami already killed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now they might kill Bomberman as well? I really hope Konami doesn't go down the path that Namco and Capcom are going.

MagicEmperor

#47

MagicEmperor said:

Truth be told, I'm not the least bit bothered by this news. I haven't willingly paid for a Hudson title since some Mario Party game back in the 2000's. That said, it's still sad to see a classic developer shut down.
RIP, Milon. You are now free to shoot bubbles in your Secret Castle in the sky...

Knuckles

#49

Knuckles said:

@ nintendo_life_readers/staff what was the last good game they even made? i own 2 from the last few years and they are licensed cash-ins our just not great. is this the same with most, and should i bee grieving?

Xiao_Pai

#50

Xiao_Pai said:

...I'm lost, didn't we already knew Hudson was closing down? o.0
...And, wait...so it's Konami's fault? xD

cheetahman91

#51

cheetahman91 said:

Sad news indeed. Really wanted Bonk to be revived (came close, but never did :(). Hopefully they'll release a couple more VC games on the VC like Adventure Island II (both versions) before they're gone forever because you know Konami won't release them considering the fact that they haven't touched the VC in nearly 3 years.

RedYoshi999

#52

RedYoshi999 said:

I will always remember the good old days when they made Mario Party 1-3. :) Nintendo is making Mario Party 9 so it probably won't die yet.

TheChosen

#53

TheChosen said:

Such is live.I dont really see why we should hate Konami for doing what is just business.

Nevertheless, another legend has passed on. Master Higgings, Bomberman, Bonk, that ship from Star Force....we salute you.

grimbldoo

#54

grimbldoo said:

@TheChosen , Very true. I see many people getting mad and blaming Konami, but they have to ask themselves, if Hudson was doing good, would have Konami dissolved it?

ecco6t9

#55

ecco6t9 said:

Actually that's why Konami bought Hudson since they were doing real well.
Konami has owned a majority of Hudson since 2003,Hudson stared making great games, and it became worth it for Konami to buyout Hudson.

Deca Sports,Bonk,Bomberman will probably live on.
Kororinpa,Ninja Five O,Lost in Shadow,Honeycomb Beat,Milon are probably dead.

ThreadShadow

#56

ThreadShadow said:

Oh dear...with Bomberman on the streets he's liable to become a danger to himself and others. He won't endanger the Konami offices will he?
I know, since Konami isn't doing anything these days, why don't they dissolve into Hudson Soft?

metalpants

#57

metalpants said:

Whaaaat? Lame! Why not just use them as one more of their studios? They made Bloody Roar for crying out loud!

Chris720

#58

Chris720 said:

I only ever liked Bomberman and I can play that on the computer, so no big loss for me...

Besides, companies close down and get bought out every day, it's just life.

naotanandaba

#59

naotanandaba said:

Bomberman Blast (2008)
Bomberman Blitz (2009)
Rooms: The main building (2010)
Hudson was not so dead IMHO.

Ducutzu

#60

Ducutzu said:

I am very sorry to hear this. They published Bloody Roar: Primal Fury on the GameCube, which was one of my favorite games.

kurtasbestos

#61

kurtasbestos said:

Saturn Bomberman and Lost in Shadow will forever remain in my video game collection. Farewell, Hudson.

SqueakyTheBone

#62

SqueakyTheBone said:

After bringing me some fantastic Bomberman flavoured experiences growing up, its a real pity to see Hudson are finally going. Ah well!

JimLad

#64

JimLad said:

That is sad, I'm gonna miss that Bee.
But like most people have already said, their main exports will live on, so no real loss for us.

SKTTR

#65

SKTTR said:

In the last 3 weeks I bought 3 HUDSON games: A Shadow's Tale (Wii), Bonk III (VC) and Onslaught (WW).
And I have about 30 HUDSON games for the Wii and a few on DS.

From 2005-2007 Nintendo helped out, then Konami tried to. Ultimately HUDSON didn't release the mega hit to get themselves out of their misery.... but I still hope they survive somehow.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#66

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

GAH! Very sad. I'll treasue my Kororinpa Wii copy even more now. Thanks for your good games and hard work.

SyFyTy

#69

SyFyTy said:

this IS a sad day, I realy enjoyed bomberman and there seems to be a few othetr titles (on DSi) that I enjoyed to boot. I hate seeing a long timr player in Vid games dev. go under...

SyFyTy

#70

SyFyTy said:

they publiswhed ROOMS: the Main Building also? Ohhh I LOVE that game.... sob*sob*sob* that puzzler had more character in its little pinky than some have in thier whole digital bodies (IMO). very sad indeed.

misswliu81

#72

misswliu81 said:

yet another video games developer goes under- i do worry about some of the other companies, who could be in danger of or may go out of the gaming business altogether; i.e. SEGA for example.

but this is sad to see. i think their best work was during the 80s- mid 90s with bomberman, adventure island, bonk, whilst the bloody roar games weren't too bad.

R.I.P

Karakato

#73

Karakato said:

It's sad to see Hudson go. Well I just hope for the best that Konami will have the heart to continue the IP's like Bomberman. Speaking of Bomberman, There was a supposed game for the 3DS that was in development just before Hudson's bankruptcy. Here is a screenshot for the game:
Untitled

Just hope that this isn't vaporware.... I love Bomberman just as I do for Megaman.

eviLaTtenDant

#76

eviLaTtenDant said:

Beebye Hudson. It's sad to see one of the most original videogame companies leave the ring. I loved the special charm a lot of your characters and games had.
You might never have been able to be as good or successful as in your 8- and 16-Bit days but that still didn't stop you from making unique games like Rooms and Lost in Shadow. Or from making the best Sudoku game ever with Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle. (Love logic puzzles, dislike Sudoku, been very pleased with the other three puzzle types.) :) I can only hope your approach will either live on in Konami or at least inspire some more devs to think outside the box.
Hope we'll still see more of your games on Ninty's VC's as well.
Also special nods to Bonk, Adventure Island, Star Force / Star Soldier, Bomberman, Wonderboy and Alien Crush / Devil Crush.


@ThreadShadow(56.): :D
@Clinker(45.): I don't get the comparison to Namco. Would be great if you could explain it. :)
@3Dangerous3Dash (31.): What Mario_Party_Fan_999 (52.) wrote.
@Swiket(21.): I really like your comparison.

Robo-goose

#77

Robo-goose said:

Ah... Bomberman was my childhood hero. I liked him way more than Mario and Sonic. That was also back when Sega was making GOOD Sonic games without all those unnecessary there-to-be-there characters.

Rawk_Hawk

#79

Rawk_Hawk said:

I wish I would have payed more attention to the Turbo Grafx 16 growing up. It was an awesome system but at the time my world revolved around Nintendo and Sega.

Wolfenstein83

#80

Wolfenstein83 said:

Sad news, they were one of the best developers during the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.
They always had a different style to their games, and you could usually tell it was a Hudson-soft game.
Well, all I can do is hope that Konami takes the license to produce new games, based on those from Hudson.
I mean seriously, I cannot live in a world with no Bomberman, and all the other great games they produced in the past.
Sure, I am not going to jump off a bridge, but I hope the legacy of their games does not disappear.

SMW

#81

SMW said:

Not surprising considering Hudson's current state, but still very sad news. It is also sad seeing the lack of knowledge about such an outstanding developer. Say what you want about Hudson, but they were one of my all time favorite developers.

Hudson had a ton of classic games, including the old Mario Party games, but they made some good stuff for Wii as well. Bomberman, of course. Some lesser known games that I loved include: Snowboard Riot, Onslaught, Water Warfare, Pool Revolution: Cue Sports, and Lost in Shadow. DECA Sports was obviously a cash-in, but they must have done something right for it to become such a good seller.

Snowboard Riot really lacked content, but it made up for it with addictive gameplay. I played those 4 stages way too many times, but I still had fun.

Onslaught was one of, if not the first FPS for WiiWare. I usually do not like shooters, but this one had giant insects and online co-op. Just what I love!

Water Warfare more than made up for the lack of player vs player multiplayer in Onslaught with its many modes and crazyness. Just too bad that it never got patched. (Glitch in the Plaza that lets players hide in areas usually off limits.)

Cue Sports is still a good time waster for me. A challenging puzzle mode, multiple gametypes, and online play. Simple but fun.

Lost in Shadow. What an outstanding game. I loved the overall atmosphere of the game and the whole concept behind the game. Just too bad that it was largely ignored like a majority of Hudson's games. Unresponsive controls? I completed it 100% and did not have any issues with the controls.

nathanbjohnson

#82

nathanbjohnson said:

Will we still have access to their titles on virtual console and WiiWare? I assume the titles are the property of Konami and Konami will collect revenue from the sale of Hudson's titles?

komicturtle

#83

komicturtle said:

I really liked Hudson Soft... Really sad to see them end like this :(

What happens to Bomberman? Or future Tetris titles...?

Ryon

#84

Ryon said:

FUUUUUUAAAHHHH!!!!!!

I want another Blood Roar!! Damn it. Hudson has always been one of my favorite gaming companies. I'll cry rivers with them leaving!

Urbanhispanic

#86

Urbanhispanic said:

It would be nice if Konami decides to release more HS games from the NES and Turbo-Graphix 16 days because there are people out there who missed out on quite a few gems.

vio

#88

vio said:

Definitely sucks, but at least their games should remain on Virtual Console since Konami owns the rights to all of them.

Cobra

#89

Cobra said:

Wish I had a boat load of cash. Hudson Soft was one of those companies I would have loved to get behind and help out rather than it coming to an end like this.

Inkling

#90

Inkling said:

@Cobra If I owned Hudson, I would have sold the company to Nintendo, not Konami.

Boy, how I loved playing Bomberman.

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