Hudson Soft was a Japanese corporation located in Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Originally, Hudson Soft worked with computers, but soon evolved into video games and mobile content.
Hudson Soft was founded on May 18, 1973, by two brothers, Hiroshi and Yuji Kudo. They named their company from their favorite train, the Hudson locomotive. In March 1978, they began selling computer games.
On January 2011, Hudson Soft became a subsidiary company of Konami. On April 1, Konami liquidated Californian subsidiary Hudson Entertainment. On March 1, 2012, Hudson Soft officially ceased to exist as it merged with Konami Digital Entertainment, with its music business being absorbed into Konami Music Entertainment.
In late 2001, Hudson founded its animation studio based in Dublin, Ireland, known as Hudson Imagination Productions, Ltd. and its logo featured a 2D version of White Bomberman (with the Generation design, holding a paintbrush) inside a black circle and the words "HUDSON" in its corporate font, with "imagination" written in a childish font in rainbow colors. This logo debuted on the 2002 television series based on the video game of the same name produced with Decode Entertainment, Studio B Productions and CBC.
Hudson Soft is known for creating popular games, such as the Mario Party series and Bonk. A list of notable video game series Hudson Soft created, beside the Bomberman series:
- Adventure Island
- Cannon Ball (re-released a year later as Bubble Buster)
- This game is a prototype of Mitchell's coin-op Pang
- Driller Tanks
- Dungeon Explorer
- Mario Party
- Milon's Secret Castle
- Momotato Dentetsu
- Sonic Shuffle
- Stop the Express
- Tengai Makyou
- Hudson Soft (Japanese website)