Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gaming Ads: Hudson Soft

Hudson Soft was a Japanese company founded in 1973 as CQ Hudson, a seller of radio telecommunications items before getting into software a few years later. It became the first third-party publisher for Nintendo's Famicom (NES) console in 1983 and opened Hudson Soft USA in 1988. Although Hudson Soft developed and published many games in Japan, Hudson Soft USA only released around 30 games and all of them were for Nintendo platforms. Hudson made hardware too, including the Super Multitap (SNES) and the PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) console in collaboration with NEC. NEC marketed the TurboGrafx-16 in North America so those platform ads will show up later when I post about NEC.

Hudson Soft USA closed in 1995 though Hudson Soft would continue to publish games in the U.S. out of Japan and this time not only for Nintendo platforms. It did open another North American branch in 2003 called Hudson Entertainment that lasted until 2011. It was in 2011 that Hudson became a subsidiary of Konami and less than a year later the Hudson name ceased to exist.

Flickr album: Hudson Soft

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