September 17, 2007-- Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President and Representative Director: Hidetoshi Endo) is pleased to announce that Turbo CD and Super CD game software will be available for download via the Virtual Console™ feature on Nintendo’s Wii™. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download these classic games through the Wii Shop Channel. Soon, Wii™ owners will be able to enjoy even more software titles previously released on other platforms. These titles will be available for download beginning in October of this year in Japan, and thereafter will extend to North America, Europe and Australia. Now Wii™ gamers will be able to play games originally created specifically for CD-ROM media, in addition to TurboGrafx-16 game titles already available via Virtual Console™.
Players will simply select their favorite games in the Wii Shop Channel to download the software via the Internet. Each Turbo CD and Super CD download will be priced at 800 Wii Points, which can be purchased either by credit card or through a Wii Points Card which are available at various retail locations.
*1 Wii Point = JPY1 = USD0.01 = EURO0.01 = AUD0.01
In November 2006, Hudson Soft launched its Virtual Console™ business in North America, extending the service to Japan and Europe in December and to Australia in July of this year. As of the end of August 2007, 49 titles were available in Japan, and an impressive amount of titles were being distributed outside Japan (including third-party software). Hudson Soft will continue adding to the lineup of popular games for Virtual Console™.
About the download service for Turbo CD and Super CD games
Price per download: 800 Wii Points per title
Projected distribution: over 5 games in 2007, over 10 games in 2008
About Virtual Console™
Virtual Console™ is a feature of Wii™, the latest game console produced by Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kyoto-shi, Kyoto; Director and President: Satoru Iwata). It enables video game fans to play a wide range of titles, previously released for other game consoles, on their Wii™. Games are downloaded via the internet using the Wii Shop Channel. Looking to take full advantage of our own extensive game software library, Hudson Soft has been re-launching many past hits through Virtual Console™. These titles were originally created for the PC Engine, a game console jointly developed by Hudson Soft and NEC Corporation (formerly NEC Home Electronics, Ltd.). In addition, Hudson Soft has also been distributing third-party released PC Engine games.
About the PC Engine and the TurboGrafx16
The PC Engine was a video game console marketed by NEC Home Electronics, Ltd. (release date: October 30, 1987; price: 24,800 yen) with a unique LSI“C62 System” (microchip system) developed by Hudson Soft. The console’s cutting-edge speed and performance surpassed the conventional computing wisdom of the day. Among the PC Engine’s noteworthy features were high-speed CPU processing, gorgeous 512-color graphics, and a powerful sound system with up to two output channels and six stereo audio channels. Another feature that got people talking was the small, high-capacity plastic ROM“Hu-CARD (Turbo Chip)” that the PC Engine used as software. A successor to the original PC Engine, the“PC Engine CD-ROM2 System” became the world’s first game console to utilize CD-ROM as a gaming media platform when it was launched on December 4, 1988. An overseas version of the PC Engine was marketed in North America from 1989 under the name TurboGrafx16, and subsequently in Europe as Turbografx.
A photo of the PC Engine DUO-R (released March 1993) is available. Please contact media contact Mika Kelly of Clever Communications if you would like one sent to you.
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