So Long, Honeybee: Konami Closes Hudson Soft
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.