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SAN MATEO, Calif. - May 9, 2006 - Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm for Hudson Soft Co., Ltd, announced today that a version of Bonk's Adventure for Nintendo's recently-announced Wii gaming system will be playable at Nintendo of America's booth at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The game will ultimately be available for purchase on the Virtual Console, Nintendo's game download service.
Designed for western audiences, Bonk's Adventure is a side-scrolling action game that was originally launched in Japan in December 1989 under the title "PC Genjin" on the PC engine, and in the U.S. in 1990 on the TurboGrafx system. A hit among critics, the title featured a prehistoric hero named Bonk who was characterized by his use of powerful headbutts as a favored form of attack. Bonk has a wide range of comical maneuvers. Bonk came to represent the TurboGrafx-16 system and he remains one of the most popular video game characters of all time.
About Virtual Console
Gamers can download classic games released through the Virtual Console on Nintendo's new Wii. Hudson will provide a large number games for the Virtual Console. Those games were co-developed with NEC corporation through a joint venture known as NEC-HE. Hudson also plans to release a number of third party titles originally released on the TurboGrafx as well.
About the TurboGrafx-16
The TurboGrafx system, also known as the PC Engine in Japan, was a popular video game system originally launched in the US in 1989. The system was based on the HE-SYSTEM code standard, and featured the LSI "C62 system," which Hudson had originally developed. It was the most powerful system on the market when it launched, realizing high CPU processing speed, a robust color palette of 512 colors, and a powerful sound system with 6 channel stereo, and 2 channel output. Hudson also created the ROM "Hu-CARD" which could store a whole game on the size of a credit card size cartridge. Hudson released the PC engine CD-ROM2 video gaming system on December 4, 1988, which featured CD-ROM technology for the first time in gaming.
About Hudson Entertainment, Inc.
Hudson Entertainment is the North American publishing arm of Hudson Soft, an international provider of games and entertainment content founded in 1973. Hudson introduced best-selling classic videogame franchises including Bomberman, Bonk, and Super Adventure Island.
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