Hudson Soft

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Hudson Soft
Hudson Logo.gif
Founded May 18, 1973­
Defunct March 1, 2012­
First Mario Game Punch Ball Mario Bros.­
Latest Mario Game Mario Party DS

Hudson Soft, commonly referred to simply as Hudson, was a Japanese video game developer and publisher most well-known for the Bomberman series. They also co-developed the NEC Turbo-Grafx 16/PC Engine video game console in the late 1980s. Hudson's most notable work for Nintendo and Mario is the Mario Party series, of which they developed eight console games and two portable games (Mario Party Advance, and Mario Party DS). Most of the Mario Party staff at Hudson moved to the Nintendo-owned Nd Cube when Hudson's former president moved over there.

In January 2011, Konami revealed that it was to fully acquire Hudson, buying out the company and merging it into Konami on April 1; as a result, all Mario Party games starting from Mario Party 9 were developed by Nd Cube. On March 1, 2012, Hudson Soft officially ceased to exist, having been merged into Konami Digital Entertainment, though quite a few of Hudson's staff members migrated to Nd Cube.

Hudson's mascot was Hu-Bee, a reference to the Hudson Hornet, a sedan from the 1950's built by the unrelated Hudson Automobile Company. Hu-Bee appears in Super Mario Bros. Special (known by its Japanese name, Hachisuke) as an item that can be collected to earn 8,000 points.

Hudson Soft also created Family BASIC.

Mario games developed[edit]

Title Year Released Systems
Punch Ball Mario Bros. 1984 NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-6601, FM-7
Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushuu 1984 Sharp X1, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-6601
Mario Bros. Special 1984 NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-6601, FM-7
Super Mario Bros. Special 1986 NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, Samsung SPC-1500
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! 1994 Game Boy
Mario Party 1998 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 2 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 3 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 4 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party Advance 2005 Game Boy Advance
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 7 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 8 2007 Wii
Mario Party DS 2007 Nintendo DS

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