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4:30 PM on 12.22.2012

Remembering studios that closed in 2012

This year was great in general for videogames. Beyond the predictable success of games like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, there were a ton of hits that came out of nowhere, including not just big publisher titles, bu...

Sterling Aiayla Lyons


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




8:30 PM on 12.21.2012

New VGM supergroup Lords of Thunder to debut at MAGFest

You won't just find old faves performing at MAGFest. Sometimes, new bands will take to the stage! Lords of Thunder is a supergroup that consists of Mike Villalobos and John Pike from Descendants of Erdrick, Mateo Marshall fr...

Tony Ponce



It Came From Japan! DoReMi Fantasy photo
It Came From Japan! DoReMi Fantasy
by Allistair Pinsof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]

There is a wide divide between Super Mario World and all platformers that came after. Despite being the genre of choice in the '90s, very few platformers came close to capturing that launch title’s colorful graphics, tight controls, and creative levels. If you leave out all the action/shooting-based platformers, you’re pretty much left with only Kirby and Donkey
Kong Country. If you ever had the nagging suspicion that there was one more pure platformer gem out there for the Super Nintendo -- well, there wasn’t.

However, there was one for the Super Famicom. It not only matches Super Mario World’s excellence, it does so without copying its style and mechanics.

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Hudson games might... MIGHT... keep getting made photo
Hudson games might... MIGHT... keep getting made
by Tony Ponce

[Illustration by Ashley Davis]

Just before the blackout, we learned that the last remains of Hudson are to be absorbed by Konami on March 1. While nothing has changed in that regard, Hudson saw fit to issue a statement clarifying a couple of points, namely that the Hudson homepage will remain open and that Hudson-brand properties will continue to exist.

You will have to excuse me if that doesn't quite fill me with confidence. Hudson was still somewhat alive when a bunch of its upcoming projects were cancelled. I can see perhaps a token Bomberman release for iOS, and I'm sure Konami wants to get those TurboGrafx-16 games out on the 3DS Virtual Console as soon as possible, but beyond that? I'm skeptical.

Oh, well. It's something, at least.

Hudson Bee May Live [Andriasang]

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Hudson is officially dead on March 1, 2012 photo
Hudson is officially dead on March 1, 2012
by Tony Ponce

[Illustration by Ashley Davis]

This is the end, my friends.

After the heart-breaking closure of Hudson Soft's North American division last year, tears were shed, but there was still hope that the properties that put the company on the map would live on in some form. This Japanese filing, however, states that whatever remains of Hudson will be absorbed into its parent company Konami on March 1. The Hudson name will subsequently be retired.

This past year, Hudson had been focused on mobile content, and the remaining teams will most likely continue this path under Konami. Does this mean that icons like Bomberman and Master Higgins are truly dead? After the recent cancellation of Hudson titles, the future was looking grim. Now it seems pretty clear. I just don't see Konami putting its resources into new ex-Hudson games when it can instead make fifty bazillion new Metal Gear collections, remakes, and spin-offs.

Long live the bee.

Hudson Ceases to Exist on March 1 [Andriasang]

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Review: Tetris Axis photo
Review: Tetris Axis
by Dale North

Count on this: where there's a new Nintendo portable there's a new Tetris game. This time around, for the Nintendo 3DS, it's Tetris Axis. A strange name for a strange system. And it's a prety strange game, too.

Yes, there's classic Tetris in here somewhere under all the 3D graphics, party modes, extra features and new connectivity. It's just that it's not as good as the last time you got a Tetris game for a new Nintendo portable.

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11:15 AM on 10.03.2011

Hudson working on a new Bloody Roar game! (Update: Nope)

[Update: Well, horrible news is in store for those who wanted to play with anthropomorphic furry pugilists. It appears the Twitter account was a fake. One that duped pretty much everybody online. It was just a joke, and ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 PM on 08.08.2011

Uh oh: Some WiiWare games are now off the market

A handful of WiiWare games were just pulled from the U.S. and European Wii Shop channels. As far as I know, the full list of removed games includes The Magic Obelisk (in the U.S.) and LONPOS, Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem, D...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 06.26.2011

Get your Nintendo (and non-Nintendo) fan art here

Fan art alert! Artist Zac Gorman has a web page dedicated just to Nintendo fan art, and it's pretty incredible. His animated comics are particularly stunning. As his style is a little on the cartoony side, you might expect hi...

Jonathan Holmes

3:44 PM on 05.30.2011

Nintendo DLC: House M.D., Super Adventure Island

It may be a national holiday in America, but that doesn't mean that Nintendo is taking a day off. There's plenty of DLC coming our way this week. Here's what we've got: Wiiware: FAST - Racing League (1,000 Wii Points) - futu...

Dale North

1:40 PM on 04.20.2011

Diner Dash and Dream Chronicles removed from PSN, XBLA

No! I'm a big Diner Dash fan. I have various versions on PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad, but one of the coolest is the console version. Moving Flo around with a joystick is a totally new challenge that makes the game a bit more ten...

Dale North





6:00 AM on 04.14.2011

Canceled Bonk's soundtrack is free to stream

Bonk: Brink of Extinction was one the more prominent titles to get the big boot once Hudson Entertainment closed. Sure, our impression from last year's E3 was rather lukewarm, but it was still a revival of a beloved property ...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 04.04.2011

Nintendo DLC: Super Bonk!

This week's downloadable offerings for Nintendo's systems includes a classic Super Nintendo title that is so old that you could even call it prehistoric. Super Bonk was great on the SNES -- such a fun game. In it you worked t...

Dale North

9:30 PM on 03.30.2011

Hudson's final Tweet

Dear Hudson fans. Thanks for your support for all these years! We'll be closing our account tomorrow. Please follow our titles @Konami :(

Dale North

8:00 PM on 03.23.2011

Hudson 3DS titles not necessarily canceled

Earlier today, we reported that a few Hudson games for 3DS -- Bomberman, Bonk, and Omega Five -- had been dropped. But, that might not be the case, exactly. "If (the announcement) didn't come from us, it's not true. We have n...

Jordan Devore

9:40 AM on 03.23.2011

Hudson games killed: Three 3DS titles including Bomberman

Konami took over Hudson recently, and with that came a canceling of titles. Sad, I know. The latest issue of Famitsu updates us on what exactly was canceled. We don't know why they were canceled, but we do know that...

Dale North