Toshiyuki Takahashi leaves Hudson Soft

Public face for company under the alias of Master Higgins and Takahashi Meijin leaves after 29 years of service.

Toshiyuki Takahashi has been the mascot of sorts for the Japanese publisher Hudson Soft thanks to his appearance as Master Higgins (Takahashi Meijin in Japan) in the Adventure Island series. Now, Master Higgins will no longer be at Hudson, with Takahashi announcing on his blog (translated by Andriasang) that he will be leaving the company on May 31.

Master Higgins will be leaving Hudson Soft end of May.

Takahashi did not state the reasons for his departure on his blog, nor did he indicate what he will be doing next. Another recent post on Andriasang.com said that Takahashi and Japanese gravure idol Haruna Anno would be starting a new venture together. The specifics of this joint venture have yet to be revealed, though the post has stated that Anno was a fan of Takahashi and retro games.

Takahashi joined Hudson Soft on August 21, 1982, with his first major appearance as the company's spokesperson in March 1985. He was renowned for his fast trigger finger speed of 16 shots per second in Star Soldier and Star Force in the '80s, as well as starring in the Adventure Island series.

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15 comments
sdnoriko
sdnoriko

And now he'll ride into the sunset on a dinosaur.

KhanBloodsucker
KhanBloodsucker

"Gravure idol".....lol I love Japanisms that marginalize questionable social practices.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Thank for you service, Hudson Soft will always have a slot on my top 10 game develop. Miss a lot Adventure Island, maybe its time for a new one or redo.

subtenko
subtenko

dont know why, but i glanced at the pic thinking this was john locke. just wanted to say that

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Best to get out now, before the company goes under. Smart man. Thanks for your service to the game industry.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

1982-2011 That is a long career in the Videogame industry. Very few have that kind of staying power. He is indeed a Master.

WintersMidnight
WintersMidnight

@NoLifeGamin Your cloud avatar proves that you are nothing but a mere child who does not appreciate gaming. It proves that you care nothing about the past. It proves that you are not a real gamer. It proves you are a nothing but a child. Your name should not be Nolifegamin, but no gamin. You are an embarassment to us true gamers that respect people such Takahashi....

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I enjoyed reading all of the negative comments, it just proved to me that 12 year olds have no respect for the past paved the way for the games they are playing now. It must be great never having to know what up, up, down dow....... never mind, it would just confuse you.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

I hate seeing Hudson go away. I miss Bloody Roar/Beastorizer already :(

Guzthon
Guzthon

I wish Sensei Toshiyuki Takahashi (Master Higgins/Meijin) all the success in the future projects.

Chr0m3_
Chr0m3_

Adventure Island... good old times. And guys... this man is a classic.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Who the heck is this person?......moving on