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Konami takes 100% stake in Bomberman dev Hudson

By Alec Meer

Thu 20 Jan 2011 10:01am GMT / 5:01am EST / 2:01am PST

Publisher also picks up Digital Golf in mobile/social expansion

Japanese publisher Konami has confirmed its intention to make Bomberman developer Hudson its wholly-owned subsidiary.

Konami already owned a 54 per cent stake in Hudson, a majority share it's held since 2005.

The move to 100 per cent ownership will be made via stock swap, reports Andriasang, and is due to happen on April 1.

Hudson boss Michihiro Ishzuka will step down in favour of Konami's Kazuhiko Uehara. Konami has yet to decide on whether the subsumed developer will keep its name.

The publisher intends to use its new acquisition to move further into mobile and social games.

Konami has also revealed plans to absorb another Japanese developer, Digital Golf.

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Wow, interesting. Hudson have done heaps of Nintendo content in the past - will this change, or will it bring Nintendo and Konami together?

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Good question Michael, this will be interesting to see.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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That indeed does raise some questions. In fact, Nintendo themselves owned a small portion of those remaining shares. A little over 1% as of 2005.

Incidentally, Hudson was the developer for the popular Mario Party series. After Mario Party 8, many Hudson developers left to join NdCude (now fully owned by Nintendo as of August) who developed Wii Party.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Smelled this one coming a while ago and the last Konami Gamer's Day I went to (which had Hudson titles there) last year more or less confirmed it for me. Too bad Lost in Shadow shipped before the news was announced. This may have helped push a few more copies...

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Brian Depaul Editor/Owner, Geek Gamer

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So what does that mean will Hudson be dissolved or just become a subsidiary ?

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Konami and Nintendo have collaborated on harware/sfotware before.. so don't see it changing anytime soon. ^^

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