Popular Icon, And Special Guest, “Master Higgins” Will Make His First
U.S. Public Appearance in Nearly 20 Years
REDWOOD CITY, CA – June 20, 2008 – Hudson Entertainment, the North
American publishing arm of Hudson Soft and GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME),
the world’s largest video game and software entertainment retailer
today announced that a post-launch tournament for the recently
launched DECA SPORTS for Wii will be held at GameStop’s Tournament
Store in San Jose, on 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd. Saturday, June 28 from
noon to 3 p.m. As part of the special event, Hudson Soft’s popular
games master and all-around character, Takahashi Meijin (Master
Higgins), will make his first appearance in the U.S. since 1990.
Three separate tournaments for DECA SPORTS will be held between the
hours of noon and 3 p.m. on June 28. Participants will compete for
prizes, Hudson Entertainment games and more. Master Higgins will also
be on-hand as a special guest and will be giving advice on the game.
To sign up for the tournament players need only arrive early to
register for tournaments at 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm. Registration and
participation are on a first-come, first-registered basis.
Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan in 1959, Toshiyuki Takahashi joined
Hudson Soft in Japan in 1982 and was officially appointed “Master” by
Hudson in 2006. Meijin became Hudson Entertainment’s most beloved and
well-known employee in the 1980’s when the Adventure Island series’
character “Master Higgins” was created based on the real-life Meijin.
The character, a square-jawed man who wears only a red baseball cap
with the Hudson Soft trademark bee and a Hawaiian-style grass skirt
and rescues his mate from aliens, sorcerers, witch doctors and much
more went on to star in multiple sequels and has become a legend in
classic gaming circles. Master Higgins occasionally makes appearances
throughout Japan and also maintains a popular blog www.16shot.jp, but
has not made an appearance in the U.S. for almost 20 years. He will be
here supporting the recently released Wii title, DECA SPORTS.
DECA SPORTS offers an immersive experience for players of any age,
motivating them to get off of the couch and up on their feet for hours
of entertainment. Featuring 10 sporting activities which support both
single and multiplayer modes, the sports include beach volleyball,
snowboard cross, badminton, basketball, curling, figure skating,
archery, supercross, soccer and kart racing. Up to 4 players can
compete on one system and in several events, co-op on the same team.
Single player modes include Open Match, Tournament (one sport
competition between eight teams), Deca League (ten sport decathlon
between eight teams) and Deca League (time/point based challenge
mode). Team and player management is an important aspect of the game
as certain players are better at certain sports. In the Deca League
mode gamers must maneuver their players through ten sports as well as
manage their fatigue levels through the competition. Awards are also
a big part of the game, as the Locker Room feature allows players to
keep track of their medals and trophies.