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Hudson closes its doors, all planned projects canceled photo
Hudson closes its doors, all planned projects canceled
by Jonathan Holmes

Here's the worst piece of news I've heard in a while. According to Morgan Haro, the CEO of Hudson Entertainment, the Western branch of Hudson Soft, will be closing down at the end February when Konami acquires the company. All projects being headed by Hudson Entertainment are now canceled. We don't know exactly what that means, as Hudson is yet to release a list of which games were headed by Hudson Soft, as opposed to Hudson Entertainment. That said, I doubt this is good news for those looking forward to the now ironically titled Bonk: Brink of Extinction.

When SNK went bankrupt, I was all sorts of depressed. I was sure that it meant the end of Metal Slug, King of Fighters, and any chance of a Ikari Warriors revival. Turns out my depression was mostly over nothing, as after SNK was acquired by Playmore, we've seen tons of new Metal Slug and KoF games, more than some of us might have even wanted.

I'm hoping the same thing happens with Hudson in the long run, but I'm sure that's no consolation for the employees of Hudson Entertainment who are now out of work. Let's hope they all find new jobs soon, at Konami, Hudson Soft, or otherwise.

Report: Hudson Entertainment Shut down [Joystiq]

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6:30 PM on 01.20.2011

Hudson's soul (and property) now belongs to Konami

Hudson Soft is now 100% owned by Konami, it was revealed this morning. The Bomberman publisher is to be fully consumed by the Japanese powerhouse, which already owns a 54% stake in the company.  Hudson shall become a who...

Jim Sterling

3:20 PM on 01.05.2011

NA PlayStation Store getting TurboGrafx-16 games

Starting this month, Hudson will gleefully begin pumping out TurboGrafx-16 games for the North American PlayStation Store. They'll be offered as individual downloads for PlayStation 3 and PSP should you feel the need to reliv...

Jordan Devore







Review: Lost in Shadow photo
Review: Lost in Shadow
by Nick Chester

Drawing as much inspiration from Jordan Mechner’s classic Prince of Persia as from Team ICO’s gloomy, haunting aesthetics, Hudson’s Wii-exclusive Lost in Shadow seemingly begs for gamers’ attention.

The good news is that it’s a striking and impressive journey that manages to mimic its influences rather well in a few key areas. Unfortunately, it staggers in a few areas, and ultimately can't quite stand alongside the masterpieces that inspired it.

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7:00 PM on 12.27.2010

Best Buy stores get Lost in Shadow demo

Odd because it's not a Madden NFL title or something with plastic instruments, you'll be able to find a demo for Hudson's upcoming Wii title, Lost in Shadow, at select Best Buy stores starting this week. By "select" I mean th...

Nick Chester

4:00 AM on 12.17.2010

Fishing Master now available for iPhone, totally free

Laugh if you must, but I love Fishing Master. Lord knows I have taken abuse for it before. But its charm and gameplay are worth more than anybody who would mock me for enjoying them. And now it'll be even easier for me to tak...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:20 PM on 12.13.2010

Hudson brings TurboGrafx Gamebox to iPhone, iPad

The TurboGrafx Gamebox app, coming soon to the iPhone and iPad, will let users download and play a bunch of classic TurboGrafx-16 videogames in their device. The app comes with one free title: World Sports Competition. Don't ...

Dale North

10:30 PM on 11.30.2010

Bomberman LIVE: Battlefest out on December 8 for XBLA

Time to blow up your friends all over again as Bomberman LIVE: Battlefest is coming to Xbox Live Arcade on December 8. Expect eight-player online battles, customizing Bomermens and new items too. Four new modes are also inclu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:30 AM on 10.05.2010

New Lost in Shadow screenshots

We got a batch of images for Hudson's Lost in Shadow tonight. They show off the eighth area of the game (according to the name of the folder they arrived in) and, apparently, there's a lot of water in the level. I know t...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:40 AM on 09.14.2010

Birth of Lost in Shadow isn't as messy as actual birth

 Hudson has released the first of a four part documentary detailing the making of its upcoming Wii title, Lost in Shadow.  In this first part, the game's director, designer, programmer, and sound lead discuss the g...

Nick Chester



PAX 10: Lost in Shadow deserves a little spotlight photo
PAX 10: Lost in Shadow deserves a little spotlight
by Jim Sterling

It's looking like a golden year for platformers on the Wii. Sonic Colors, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Epic Mickey are all to come, and with such an excellent roster of games, it would be easy to forget this humble little offering from HudsonSoft -- Lost in Shadow

You'd be wise to make a note of this title though, as my time spent with it at its tiny little PAX Prime booth was more than enough to convince me that it could be something very special.

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5:00 AM on 08.11.2010

Half a dozen Lost in Shadow screenshot unveiled

A word like "unveiled" gives an air of drama that probably should not be used to describe the release of screenshots. If I go back and change the headline now, I'll have to spend another twenty minutes trying to find a way to...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:30 PM on 08.10.2010

Rare SuperGrafx Ghouls ‘N Ghosts headed to Japanese PSN

If you’re okay with not owning one to put on your shelf, here’s an easy way to get the rare SuperGrafx version of Ghouls ‘N Ghosts -- download it from the PlayStation Network. Siliconera is reporting that Hu...

Nick Chester



Preview: Deca Sports 3 photo
Preview: Deca Sports 3
by Samit Sarkar

In April, Hudson announced the third entry (or fourth, if you count Deca Sports DS) in its multi-million-selling Deca Sports series, Deca Sports 3. This time, the franchise is back on the Wii with ten all-new sporting events, although as a sports fan, I feel like Hudson is reaching with a few of these:

  • springboard diving
  • kayak slalom
  • volleyball
  • giant slalom (skiing)
  • log cutting [really?]
  • racquetball
  • air racing
  • lacrosse
  • halfpipe (snowboarding)
  • fencing

Deca Sports 3 is compatible with Wii MotionPlus; in fact, each of the ten sports can be played in Normal mode (Wii Remote alone) or Master Mode (requires MotionPlus). Master Mode, as you probably guessed, presents a stiffer challenge. I had the chance to play air racing and lacrosse last week in New York, and they're pretty fun -- hit the jump for more.

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Preview: Deca Sports Freedom photo
Preview: Deca Sports Freedom
by Samit Sarkar

During E3, Hudson announced that it was bringing its Deca Sports franchise -- which has sold more than 2.5 million units worldwide on Wii and DS -- to Kinect this fall. The controller-free compilation of sports offers the following events:

  • snowboard cross
  • beach volleyball
  • figure skating
  • mogul skiing
  • dodgeball
  • paintball
  • archery
  • boxing
  • tennis
  • kendo

As you can see, many of the mini-games in Freedom aren't what you'd typically expect from a sports title. That's because this game has been designed from the ground up for Kinect -- it's not merely a port of one of the Wii Deca Sports games. I saw the game last week in New York, and came away impressed. (Special thanks to PR man Ron Burgess, who suffered through the indignity of the figure-skating mode for me, when he could've picked any of the other, less dainty games.)

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3:20 PM on 07.28.2010

Release date for Lost in Shadow comes to light

Hudson Entertainment has dated its gloomy Wii platformer, Lost in Shadow, for a January 4 release. To mark this momentous occasion of putting a date on a game release, Hudson has decided to pull the wrapping off one of the g...

Nick Chester