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Hudson Soft Company, Ltd.

Historical Events

    May, 1973:

    • Established Hudson Soft Ltd. (capital: 500,000 yen) at 7-26, Hiragishi 3-jo, Toyohira-ku in Sapporo for the purpose of selling telecommunications devices and art photographs.

    Mar, 1982:

    • Opened a Tokyo Office at Kojimachi in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

    Jul, 1984:

    • Began selling software for "the Nintendo Entertainment System ", a game machine launched by Nintendo Co., Ltd.

    Nov, 1984:

    • Reorganized Hudson Soft Ltd. as Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.

    Jun, 1985:

    • Moved the Tokyo Office to Ichigaya-Tamachi in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo.

    Jul, 1985:

    • The "Caravan" held at sixty venues throughout the country, a first for the industry and becomes a regular summer vacation game event.

    Jul, 1987:

    • Developed the "C62 System" with a unique embedded LSI. Developed "PC-Engine", a high-level game machine, in collaboration with NEC Home Electronics, Co.,Ltd.

    Jul, 1988:

    • Established HoneyBee Music Publishing Co., Ltd. (100%-owned subsidiary with capital stock of 10 million yen) for the purpose of managing trademarks and copyrights for computer software.

    Aug, 1990:

    • Began selling software for "Game Boy", a game machine launched by Nintendo.

    Apr, 1991:

    • Established Hudson Computer Designer's School Co., Ltd. (100%-owned subsidiary with capital stock of 50 million yen) for training computer programmers and designers.

    Jan, 1992:

    • Began selling software for "the Super Nintendo Entertainment System ", a game machine launched by Nintendo.

    Sep, 1992:

    • Established the Hudson Central Laboratory (at present, Core Technology Division) at Geijutsu No Mori in Minami-ku, Sapporo.

    Mar, 1994:

    • Independently developed "HuC62 Series", a 32-bit semiconductor chip set, for use in products such as "PC-FX", a game machine launched by NEC Home Electronics

    Jan, 1996:

    • A detailed report on Hudson Soft's founding provided in an "NHK Special Shin Denshi Rikkoku (The New Electronic Republic) series" (Oct.'95 - Mar.'96) entitled "Video-games Kyofu No Kobo (The Battle For Video-Games)" was screened.

    Mar, 1996:

    • Began selling software for "Sega Saturn", a game machine launched by Sega Enterprises, Ltd.

    Feb, 1997:

    • Renamed Hudson Computer Designers' School Co., Ltd. as FutureBee Co., Ltd., and changed the purpose to planning, designing, and selling future toys as well as managing trading card shops.

    Aug, 1997:

    • Began selling software for "Nintendo64", a game machine launched by Nintendo.

    Nov, 1997:

    • Began selling software for "PlayStation", a game machine launched by Sony Computer Entertainment Co., Ltd.

    Dec, 1997:

    • Commenced sales of "Teku Teku Angel", the game pedometer to build characters through walking. The game picked up on the health boom and became a huge hit.

    Mar, 1998:

    • Renamed FutureBee Co., Ltd. as Mirai-Bachi Karuta Shokai, Inc.

    Aug, 1998:

    • Began providing the network compatible game "Denpashonen-teki Kensho-seikatu Software - Nasubi's Room", game software where players connected to our servers compete either for prizes in a virtual environment or for actual gifts.

    Feb, 1999:

    • Gained the "Best Producer/Director Award" for "Denpashonen-teki Kensho-seikatsu Software - Nasubi's Room" in the Network Division of "AMD AWARD '98" sponsored by the Title Association of Media in Digital and gained the Excellence Award from Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun for a pedometer "Teku Teku Angel".

    Mar, 1999:

    • Started selling software for "Dreamcast", a game machine launched by Sega Enterprises.

    May, 1999:

    • Moved the Tokyo Office to Tsukiji in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

    Mar, 2000:

    • Started game distribution service compatible with i-Mode mobile phones in network operated by NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (NTT DoCoMo).

    Dec, 2000:

    • Listed on the Nasdaq Japan section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.

    Jan, 2001:

    • Initiated services incorporating i-Appli content, in conjunction with the launch of 503i Series handsets by NTT DoCoMo.

    Mar, 2001:

    • a) Began selling software for "PlayStation2", a game machine launched by Sony Computer Entertainment, b) Received third party share allocation in JBtoB Co.,Ltd., an ASP venture established in Sep. 2000 by Fujitsu Ltd. and four other prominent companies. (Hudson thus obtained 30% of JBtoB, which had post-allocation capital of 200.5 million yen.), c) Began selling software for "GameBoy Advance", a game machine launched by Nintendo and d) Implemented Syndicated Loan financing arrangement to secure long-term funding for game software development.

    Aug, 2001:

    • Game-maker Konami Corporation, purchases a stock allocation of 5.6 million shares and becomes the company`s largest shareholder.

    Dec, 2001:

    • a) Under the terms of August deal, acquired the Sapporo division of Konami Computer Entertainment Studio, named it Hudson Studio and succeeded the business & b) Corporate restructuring and merit-based pay system implemented to improve worker relations and increase profit.

    Jan, 2002:

    • "Momotaro Dentetsu X (Batten) " is released and ships over 500,000 pieces in its first month of sales.

    Mar, 2002:

    • The company's i-mode service starts in Europe with two games. "i-Football" is released in the Netherlands and Germany.

    Apr, 2002:

    • Began selling software for "GameCube", a game machine launched by Nintendo.

    May, 2002:

    • a) The company releases a Ringing Tones site for 100 yen and immediately scores 200,000 users and b) Hudson responds to DoCoMo's release of the 504i phone service with two unique and captivating titles, "i-Aquazone" and "SimCity Classic".

    Jun, 2002:

    • Hudson's i-mode service starts in Taiwan with Pin-up Girl standby pictures.

    Jul, 2002:

    • The company announces the release of an animated cartoon show for it flagship character Bomberman. The program, called "Bomberman Jetters", will air beginning in October. The venture is a collaboration with Konami and Konami group member Takara Co.,Ltd., who will promote the program with marketing initiatives.

    Nov, 2003:

    Apr 11, 2005:

    • Becomes a subsidiary of Konami Corporation.

      Source: IGN
    • Konami becomes the new majority stockholder as they up their shares from 45% to 54%.
    Company history contributed by Roger Wilco (1173), Sciere (833205), Freeman (66433) and Jeanne (76180)