Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eye on Japan 25: Good bye Hudson

Many of us gamers, especially the retro kind, have fond memories of the companies that created the games we loved.  Sometimes they are almost as dearly to our hearts as the games they created. This make it even harder for us to see them go. It is one thing to say goodbye to the series they worked on, because you know that the company is still there to represent them, but it is another to say goodbye to the company as it feels like the final nail in the coffin. The reasons above are why it is hard for me to write this. The Japanese gaming company known as Hudson Soft, already had most of its shares being owned by Konami Corporation. Now Konami has announced they are going to do a complete take over and absorption of Hudson Soft. Hudson Soft was known for many great game series and a console (Turbo Graphic / PC Engine) that gave Nintendo a run for its money (at least in Japan). Bomerman,Tengai Makyou, Adventure Island, and the Mario Party series, are just a few of the well known titles that Hudson Soft was responsible for.  Now Konami, who in my opinion hasn't released anything of true worth in the past few years, might view this as a way to acquire a few more titles in their repertoire, however, it is highly doubtful that these titles will return to how they were in their golden age with Hudson at the helm. If Konami is going to keep all of the employees of Hudson in order to focus on these titles is completely up to Konami now.
Konami can do what they want, but I know that I, as well as many other gamers, will continue to look upon the Hudson Bee with nostalgia and fondness in our hearts.  Live long Hudson Bee!

Source: http://news.infoseek.co.jp/article/inside_53961

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