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Hudson Soft Company, Limited 『株式会社ハドソン』 was a Japanese electronics company founded in 1973 by Yuji and Hiroshi Kudo under the name Honeybee Soft. It began developing and publishing computer games in 1978, but the company only became a big name in video games in 1983, the year it released the first Bomberman game.

From 1985 to 1992, Hudson Soft ran the "Hudson All-Japan Caravan Festival" tournaments in Japan. These contests were the origin of the 2-minute and 5-minute modes found in many of the Star Soldier games.

Has the distinction of being Nintendo's very first third-party developer, signing on to make games for the Famicom in 1984.

In 1987, Hudson collaborated with NEC to produce the PC Engine console (also known as the TurboGrafx-16).

Konami acquired a majority interest in Hudson in 2001 and made it a fully-owned subsidiary a decade later. Then, Konami merged with Hudson on March 1, 2012, ending the latter company's 39-year-run as a game developer.


Hudson Soft has produced/developed the following games/game series:

Hudson Soft was also responsible for porting several Nintendo games to the PC-88 and other Japanese home computer systems, such as Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong 3, Excite Bike, Golf, Ice Climber, Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.. Hudson Soft also produced ports of Lode Runner for NES and Star Force for MSX and Famicom (but not the later NES version).


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