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News: Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

An import classic that will be missed

If you've yet to play Hudson Soft's adorable Turbografx cute-em up Star Parodier, you are unfortunately out of luck as the title has been removed from the North American Wii Virtual Console. It joins some other titles in the past year and more that have been removed from the service, with issues such as...

Review: Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

I got soul, but I'm not the best Star Soldier

We may as well stop playing games en masse right now, because we all suck. That may sound harsh, but this 3DS eShop release of Hudson Soft’s vertically scrolling NES shoot-em-‘up will either make or break you. Unfortunately, if you play Star Soldier on the smaller screen of an original 3DS, the tiny...

News: Hudson May Continue as a Brand

Hudson May Continue as a Brand

There's hope yet

Late yesterday we reported the sad news that Konami is dissolving Hudson Soft, one of the industry's most experienced development companies. Although it's clear that Hudson will no longer exist as an independent entity, there's now hope that it may still retain its own brand and identity. Hudson released a statement on its website, translated by Andriasang, which seems to suggest..

News: Tetris: Axis Swings By 3DS on 2nd October

Tetris: Axis Swings By 3DS on 2nd October

Form a line

Remember your first time playing Tetris on Game Boy? You know what would make that experience even better? 3D. Nintendo has just announced that Tetris: Axis will see release in North America on 2nd October, bringing with it 8-player Download Play, Augmented Reality and SpotPass features too. In fact, there are over 20 gameplay modes,...

News: 16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

16-Shot Legend Takahashi Meijin Leaves Hudson

No parting shots

Takahashi Meijin, known to many as Master Higgins or as the master of rapid fire button-tapping, has announced he is leaving Hudson after nearly 30 years at the company. Joining the company in 1982, Takahashi rose to prominence for his ability to fire 16 shots per second in Hudson's Star Soldier, a skill that led to the creation of a specific practice tool, the 16 Shot! Shooting..

News: Bomberman and Bonk Cancelled for 3DS

Bomberman and Bonk Cancelled for 3DS

Omega Five gone, too

At a time when we all want to hear about more 3DS games in the pipeline, it seems Hudson has struck a few games from its release schedule, cancelling Bomberman, Omega Five and Bonk. Andriasang reports the games are confirmed as cancelled in this month's Famitsu magazine, but also warns that there may be other games facing the chop as well. Whether or not this is connected to..

News: Scratch That, There's Three Adventure Island Games Coming to Virtual Console

Scratch That, There's Three Adventure Island Games Coming to Virtual Console

Hudson's going all out

A few days ago we spotted a rating for Super Adventure Island on the OFLC, but now yet another game in the series has been rated for the Virtual Console, although this time it's by the ESRB instead of the OFLC. It might be easy to miss on the ESRB site, as it's not a "new" rating, but if you search for Super Adventure Island II, you will find that the game's old..

News: Master Higgins Has Not One But Two Upcoming Virtual Console Games

Master Higgins Has Not One But Two Upcoming Virtual Console Games

Another Adventure Island game added to the queue

Only last month, we reported that the OFLC had rated the second NES outing of everybody's favourite overweight islander based on a real person, Master Higgins, thus very likely meaning it was on its way to Virtual Console. Well, the OFLC has struck again, and has rated yet another Adventure Island game. This time, it's Super Adventure Island, the..

News: Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Good old ESRB

Remember that old Nintendo 64 romp Bomberman Hero? If you never got to play it, you soon might, as the ESRB has rated the game for Virtual Console. Bomberman Hero is most notable for being a completely single-player Bomberman adventure, forgoing the series' famous multiplayer options in favour of a solo quest based largely on the plot of Star Wars. Naturally the ESRB rating doesn't..

News: Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

OFLC reveals that Hudson's still got some retro plans

When it was announced that the North American branch of Hudson Soft would be shutting down just last week in order to focus on more "casual" games for Konami, many people took it as a sign that the company would also drop its remaining Virtual Console support. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the latest OFLC ratings update has..

News: Konami to Take Over Hudson in April

Konami to Take Over Hudson in April

Studio to be absorbed like one of Bomberman's explosions

Hudson, well known for its Bomberman and Deca Sports series, is to be fully absorbed by Konami on April 1 of this year. Konami, the studio behind Castlevania, Dance Dance Revolution, Silent Hill and many other titles has been Hudson's parent company since April 2005, holding a 54% stake. The new arrangement will switch this to a 100% stake,..

News: Hudson Announces 3DS Line-up

Hudson Announces 3DS Line-up

Ball-playing, bomb blasting and brain training on the menu

Hudson has just announced the first three titles that they plan to bring to the 3DS this year. We already knew about the next entry in their Deca Sports series, now titled Deca Sports Extreme, and they've also added Bomberman and Nikoli's Pencil Puzzle, both working titles, to the mix. The former will obviously continue the popular..

News: All Ten Disciplines in Deca Sports 3D Now Revealed

All Ten Disciplines in Deca Sports 3D Now Revealed

A couple of surprises

Last December left us scratching our heads over what the complete list of sports were in Hudson's upcoming 3DS title, Deca Sports 3D, known as Sports Island in Europe. Aside from the initial four that were revealed, the remaining six were largely recognisable but a couple left us guessing. In the lead-up to the 3DS's Japanese...

News: Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Back in time for Christmas

If you're up for some Super Bonk action – and you live in Europe – you're in luck, as the game headbashes its way to Virtual Console this Friday. The Super NES classic isn't the only Virtual Console title heading to Europe before Christmas: Mario Party 2 is Nintendo's festive gift to you, launching on Christmas Eve. Will you be grabbing Bonk this Friday?

News: Opening Round of Info on Deca Sports for the 3DS

Opening Round of Info on Deca Sports for the 3DS

4 out of 10 sports officially revealed

Hudson is keeping itself busy with its line-up of 3DS titles and the company's Japanese website has been updated with some screenshots of the upcoming instalment in the Deca Sports franchise (otherwise known as Sports Island in Europe). Deca Sports 3D (not final title) will feature ten different sports, and from the icons on the website's game page, they..