The Japanese electronics company Hudson Soft was founded in 1973. 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.
In 1987, Hudson collaborated with NEC to produce the Turbo Grafx 16 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. It has since been announced the company is being shut down and will merge with Konami on March 1st of this year.
Hudson Soft has produced/developed the following games/game series:
- Adventure Island
- Adventures of Dino Riki
- Binary Land
- Blazing Lazers (with Compile)
- Bloody Roar (in cooperation with Eighting Raizing)
- Bonk (with RED Entertainment)
- the Crush Pinball series (Alien Crush, Devil's Crush, and Alien Crush Returns)
- Dream Mix TV World Fighters (Konami/Hudson/Takara Mascot Fighter)
- Dungeon Explorer
- Far East Of Eden (a.k.a. Tengai Makyou)
- Faxanadu (with Nihon Falcom)
- Game Boy Wars (Turbo, 2 & 3 only)
- Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu
- Lost in Shadow
- Mario Party (published by Nintendo; They did Mario Party 1 to 8 plus Advance, Mario Party-e and DS, Mario Party 9 is done by ND Cube)
- Miami Law
- Mickey Mousecapade (published by Capcom in the U.S.)
- Military Madness (a.k.a. Nectaris)
- Milon's Secret Castle
- Nuts & Milk
- Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
- Robo Warrior
- Sonic Shuffle
- Star Soldier
- Stop The Express
- Sunday VS Magazine Shuuketsu Choujou Daikessen
- Water Warfare
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).