Retro Wrap-Up: Hudson Soft Edition


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Another week is behind us, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve been at the helm of the Retro Wrap-Up for a little while now, so it’s high time I made it truly mine by celebrating Hudson Soft. The Adventure Island games are the reason friends and family affectionately referred to me as Master Higgins in my youth, after all. My favorite game in the franchise hasn’t been released on the Virtual Console yet, though. Whether they decide to release the Game Boy version, the NES version, or both…Adventure Island III, I long for thee. Another Hudson Soft franchise I’ve grown up with: Bomberman. And while I’m still waiting for Konami or someone out there to release Bomberman 64 on the Virtual Console…there’s nothing quite like Mega Bomberman for the Sega Genesis (or as it’s known on the TG16/Wii Virtual Console, Bomberman ’94).

In the spirit of nostalgia, or perhaps not being lost in shadows of time, the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team—me—brings you a handful of Hudson Soft’s greatest TV moments here in the United States. (And trust me…they’re harder to find than you might think. I don’t think Hudson Soft had much marketing muscle; do you?)

Here are the highlights from this past week:

REVIEWS:
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and inFAMOUS: Second Son courtesy of Tyler Lubben
- ZombiU courtesy of Arik Yates
- The Witch and the Hundred Knight courtesy of Steve Baltimore
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 courtesy of Phil Schipper
- Legend of Legaia courtesy of Nathan Stiles

ORIGINAL CONTENT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS:
- OPERATION MADNESS: RPG Villain Tournament—Round 2
- OPERATION MADNESS: RPG Villain Tournament—Round 3
- Building Character: Edea Lee
- PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT: Curve Studios
- Staff Picks: Top 10 Most Wanted Game Boy Advance Games for Virtual Console
- Smashing Saturdays! Week 21: March 24-28, 2014
- The Downpour Podcast Episode 46

THIS WEEK’S BIGGEST NEWS:
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd Coming to North America and Europe
- Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Heading West
- Bravely Default Series May Expand to New Platforms
- Global GBA Virtual Console Launch Lineup Revealed
- Sonic Lost World “Zelda Zone” DLC Revealed

Do you have any awesome ideas for the retro commercials I should try to find next time? Email jhiggins@oprainfall.com or send a tweet (https://twitter NULL.com/radical_defect). Of course, you can always let me know in the comments below!

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