Hudson Soft Company, Ltd.
Hudson Soft Company is Sapporo's biggest games developer and one of Japan's oldest for home platforms. In the 80s, Hudson was well-known for its shoot'em-ups, for which it arranged tournaments called "carnivals" each year. Albeit a strong supporter of Nintendo's Famicom, Hudson went on to develop the PC Engine together with NEC. In the early 90s, the Bomberman
games became a big hit, and have been developed as Hudson's main property for various platforms since then. In later years, the company has once more had strong bonds to Nintendo
, developing a long series of titles in the Mario
By 2005 54 percent of the company was owned by the Japanese games company Konami
. In January 2011 Konami took a 100 percent stake and it closed the US publishing division Hudson Entertainment
in February 2011.
Hudson Soft was the very first third-party developer and publisher for the Nintendo Famicom (NES). They produced the game programming system Family Basic
, which was published by Nintendo in June 1984, and soon after published the first Famicom games not produced by Nintendo, Nuts & Milk
and Lode Runner
, in July 1984.
Interestingly, Hudson also produced the very last licensed release for the Famicom as well, Takahashi Meijin no Bōkenjima IV