So Long, Honeybee: Konami Closes Hudson Soft

By Eder Campuzano

January 17, 2012

The company behind such classics as Adventure Island and Bomberman is no more, according to a report filed by Hudson Soft to the Kanto Local Finance Bureau today. As of March 1, Hudson will be dissolved and merge completely with Konami Digital Entertainment Group, which has held majority share in the publisher since April 2005.

What this means for the future of Hudson’s franchises, or what remains of them, is unclear. One of the last Hudson games published was last year’s Bomberman Live Battlefest, which was developed by Pi Studios. The other major series the soon-to-be-defunct publisher had a big hand in was the Mario Party games, which are now being developed in-house by Nintendo. Hudson was established in 1973 as a purveyor of radio equipment.

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Eder Campuzano

Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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