Gigantic Japanese publisher of Castlevania buys a stake in the creators of Bomberman. Gothic multiplayer insanity: Q3 2002. Joking.
Konami, the largest third-party game publisher in Japan, has bought out 38% of Hudson Soft, making them the major shareholder. Hudson is probably best known for the long-running Bomberman series.
We heard this as a rumor last week, but now the Magic Box has confirmed it. Konami has generally been stoic about GameCube support thus far, while Hudson is traditionally a major Nintendo supporter. Whether this new business move will affect either company's attitude towards Nintendo or the GameCube remains to be seen.