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  • Hudson Soft (1990)

    Source: SWATPro – Issue Number 1 – Fall 1990

    Hudson Soft was truly one of the great video game companies. It’s origins started with personal computer byproducts all the way back in the mid 1970s but most game players would probably know them for their Nintendo games or perhaps one of the most underrated video game consoles of all time, the TurboGrafx-16 (or PC-Engine as it was known outside of North America). To be fair, it was a huge success in Japan, it’s just that it was rather underrated in the U.S.

    The ad above is from the first issue of SWAT Pro from the Fall of 1990. The TurboGrafx-16 had been released relatively recently but clearly Hudson Soft’s catalog of games for the NES was still hugely important as this ad features a whole bunch of them. I’ve played some of these but there are a couple I always really wanted to play based on their ads but still haven’t. Milon’s Secret Castle and Medel Palace come to mind. In addition to those systems, Hudson Soft developed games for many other systems over the years including the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Nintendo 64, Xbox 360, etc. Some of these were developed for other publishers. For instance, Hudson Soft was responsible for the development of Mario Party 1-8 (and 9 was developed primarily by former Hudson Soft employees).

    Hudson Soft was bought out by Konami in 2012 so Hudson Soft does not exist any more. Konami has the rights to Hudson Soft’s back catalog but unfortunately haven’t done a whole lot with it besides some Virtual Console releases.

  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (May 1991)

    Source: VideoGames & Computer Entertainment – Issue Number 28 – May 1991

    While perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, VideoGames & Computer Entertainment was my favorite video game magazine of the late 1980s/early 1990s. The May 1991 issue includes:


    • VG&CE’s Games Line – Hey Gamers! VG&CE has introduced the GAmes Line, (900) 45-GAMES, to help keep you up-to-date on happenings in the video game world. Don’t miss out!
    • Castlevania III Player’s Guide, Part II – Don’t forget to bring your garlic! This month, Clay leads us up to Dracula’s front door.
    • Castle of Illusion Strategy Guide, Part I – Minnie Mouse has been taken captive by the wicked witch Mizrabel, but no need to worry. In this installment, our guide will help you help Mickey rescue Minnie and get past the Masters of Illusion.
    • Summer Games Preview Guide – We’ll take a look at how the latest in innovative technology has influenced this summer’s heat wave of upcoming computer software releases.


    • Editor’s Letter
    • Reader Mail
    • Crash & Boom
    • Tip Sheet
    • Yea & Nay
    • News Bits
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • Destination Arcadia
    • Advertiser Index
    • Inside Gaming
    • Game Doctor
    • Gaming on the Go


    • Video-Game Reviews – Battletoads, James Pond, Castellan, Whomp ‘Em, PGA Tour Golf, S.C.A.T., Dick Tracy and Bimini Run.
    • Computer-Game Reviews – Rise of the Dragon: A Blade Hunter Mystery, Freakin’ Funky Fuzzballs, Elvira, The Killing Game Show, Spirit of Excalibur, Interceptor, Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire and The Amazing Spider-Man.
    • Computer-Game Strategies – This month, our computer-game dilettante shows us how to master Ishido and outwit do-gooders in Night Hunter.

    …and more!