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What if I were to tell you that in

1984 Nintendo and Hudson soft teamed up to release several Nintendo titles on Japanese PCs.

Sounds weird, but it's true!

Most of them were ports, but a few were entirely new games including a sequel to Donkey Kong 3.

When Nintendo released the Famicom in

1983, it was an unprecedented success. Nintendo sold the system as quickly as they could produce it. By

1984 consumers demanded new games there were only 9 available and they were all first party titles.

Nintendo had more games on the way,

but they would be slow to trickle in. So to get more games Nintendo introduced a

Licensee program. The first two companies to sign on to the licensee program were Namco and Hudson soft.

Hudson soft was known for their PC games. None of their titles were huge hits, but the company was moderately successful.

They couldn't pass up the opportunity to develop on Nintendo's new console.

One of their first Famicom titles was a port of Lode Runner. It sold more than 1 million copies.

Previous Hudson soft titles never sold more than 10,000 units it made both Nintendo and Hudson soft a lot of money and

established a great working relationship.

So later that year in 1984 Hudson soft asked to port some of Nintendo's popular games over to Japanese pcs,

including the PC 88 and the sharp x1. And

surprisingly, Nintendo agreed.

So let's take a look at all of them and learn more about this interesting collaboration between Hudson soft and Nintendo.

It looks like Excitebike, and it definitely plays like it to Hudson soft sportive Excitebike stays pretty close to the original.

Well, I guess the Nintendo sign in the back has been changed to Nintendo/Hudson, but I digress.

Hudson soft Excitebike contains all of the same game modes as the Famicom version including the ability to design your own track

It's definitely not as smooth as its Famicom counterpart and has some screen tearing this version is also missing the knight levels

So every stage sort of looks the same but despite all of this Excitebike controls surprisingly. Well,

And it feels just like the Famicom version a solid port overall

I've always had a love hate relationship with ice climber. I loved the concept in when the controls work

It's great. But that's the problem ice climbers jumping is weird

You move great on the ground. But when you jump all momentum is lost this port somehow makes this problem even worse

Thanks to a larger resolution on the PC Hudson soft added some information on the side of the screen

Including your score and lives remaining which is nice

This is a straight port though every mountain from the Famicom version has been replicated and it feels like ice climber

Just a more frustrating version


Golf the only Nintendo game your dad ever loved out of all of Hudson soft sports

This is easily the most accurate it plays exactly like the Famicom version

That makes sense considering golf is not exactly pushing any hardware limits

There are still a few changes but nothing that affects gameplay the colors are a bit different in a crowd now

Cheers when you get better than par and they added some title music to the game. Other than that, this is golf

Call your dad and let him know about it

You would think tennis would be a fairly easy game for Hudson to port but the technical limitations

Of pcs at the time forced them to make some sacrifices

The lower frame rate in tennis make serving and returning shots more difficult. Everything else is fine

Mario is still there making calls during the match

The music is the same on the title screen the colors match up to the Famicom version

- the sea of red surrounding the court in other words. It's tennis at about half speed

If you didn't know balloon fight is one of my favourite games, I don't know why really

There's something so charming about the concept and the actual physics of the game are so perfect

I find it very addictive. So I was pretty excited to try Hudson soft version of balloon fight and

It's okay

The frame rate is much lower than the Famicom version and the scrolling in the balloon trip stage isn't smooth

It's sort of staggers which makes navigating the level a bit more cumbersome

So that wraps up all of the Hudson soft ports

These were for the most part unchanged from their console counterparts

They're also all in my opinion worse than the console versions

But now let's take a look at some more unique games

Hudson soft made some significant changes to the gameplay of these titles to create an all new experience

So what makes Mario Brothers special so

Special it's different than what you might be

Expecting the traditional Mario Brothers game has you knock over enemies that come out of pipes while collecting coins

Mario Brothers special changes the formula up a bit in stage one

You have to make your way up the moving platforms hit all the levers on top and exit stage two is full of

Trampolines when enemies come out of the pipe you have to jump on the trampoline

They are standing on to knock them down

Then you can take them out eliminate all the enemies to finish the stage in stage three

You have to collect all the dollar signs while avoiding enemies when you collect them all a ring appears at the top

Grab the ring to advance and finally in stage four

You just collect everything as fast as you can it's basically a bonus stage from here the stages loop and get progressively harder

similar to the original Mario Brothers game

Mario Brothers special is fun and Hudson soft did a great job putting a unique twist on the original game

This may be one of the first games that really showed the potential of outside developers working with a Nintendo IP

Hudson soft put out not one, but two versions of Mario Brothers. This is punched ball Mario Brothers

What is a punch ball? Exactly? Apparently it's a street game version of baseball that was played back in the day. Don't worry

This isn't a baseball game. The first thing you'll notice is the 8-bit rendition of Dixieland at the title screen

Oddly it works

Punch ball Mario Brothers is what happens when you combine

dodgeball with Mario Brothers

Mario and Luigi now have a punch ball that they can throw at enemies to knock them down

This little twist - Mario Brothers adds a new layer of strategy to the game

You can knock out enemies firm across platforms or even attack from above

The stages are all laid out the same but get progressively

difficult with more enemies and icy platforms

Once again another unique twist on the Mario Brothers game definitely worth checking out if you get the chance

Donkey Kong 3 is the misunderstood brother of the Donkey Kong series


The first two games in the series were platformers Donkey Kong 3 was a shooter featuring one-hit-wonder Stanley the bug man

It's my favorite old-school Donkey Kong game

So imagine my surprise when I learned that Hudson soft made a sequel Donkey Kong 3

Die you khushu or Donkey Kong 3 the great

Counter-attack features the return of Stanley the bug man and his trusty bug spray in this game

You have to spray Donkey Kong off the screen who slowly floats down with his tiny parachutes you no longer have to protect plants

But you still need to spray bugs out of the way. There are no more platforms

So the area of movement is much more open as far as sequels go Donkey Kong 3

The great counter-attack isn't anything special but the fact that it exists and is playable is special previously

There was no way to play the game unless you had a working Japanese PC and a copy of the game

Which is quite rare, but a group of fans were able to rally together snag a copy from Yahoo

Japan auctions and dump the game online

Finally preserving this rare oddity

We saved the biggest game for last with Super Mario Brothers special

Released a year after the first Super Mario Brothers Super Mario Brothers special is a brand new Super Mario game featuring eight new

worlds to traverse

unfortunately, the game suffers from really bad slowdown and glitches making it a less than stellar experience if you run the game at

Four megahertz. It's

Extremely slow but the music sounds correct. If you run the game at eight megahertz the game runs much better

But the music goes into hyperdrive

Pick your poison. I guess Hudson soft added several items and enemies from the Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong universe

Unfortunately, they appear very rarely making them more Easter eggs than anything else in world three four

You can grab a hammer power up while barrels fall down at you in world

3 - a wing powerup gives you the ability to swim through the air

There's also the famous Hudson B. When you collect the Hudson B, you are awarded a whopping

8,000 points

One thing players will notice right away is the fact that there is no scrolling


It's kind of scrolling the screen adjusts similarly to the Legend of Zelda when you move to a new area

This type of scrolling changes the gameplay

Completely Hudson soft design most of the levels to account for this but there are still some sections where you are blindly

jumping into the next area

Ultimately, you are looking at a slow-paced experience that doesn't live up to the console Super Mario Brothers at all

Super Mario Brothers special was the last in tendo game Hudson soft ported to Japanese pcs

It's unclear why this collaboration ended but most likely the soaring popularity of the Famicom and its superior capabilities

Force both Hudson soft and Nintendo to shift their focus elsewhere

Their working relationship would continue over the years

Hudson Saab continued to make games on Nintendo consoles including ones using

Nintendo characters the Mario Party series was originally developed by Hudson soft

They also created Hardware accessories for Nintendo such as the super multi tab

Today Hudson soft no longer exists as a company and its assets are all owned by. Konami

Hudson, soft specie ports of nintendo games aren't hidden gems or must play games

But they are a neat page in the history of video games. That's all for this episode of the game in astoria

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