Takahashi Meijin ("Master Takahashi") is the nickname of a longtime Hudson
employee named Toshiyuki Takahashi, who became famous in Japan for his ability to tap buttons really, really quickly --
up to 16 times a second. This amazing power lent itself to videogames, naturally.
After making a few TV appearances, and becoming a Hudson
mascot of sorts (along with that adorable bee
), he lent his appearance to videogames, too. Specifically, the Adventure Island
games, which were called Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima
("Takahashi Meijin's Adventure Island") in Japan. When you play New Adventure Island
on the Virtual Console-- which you should do, as soon as possible-- you're playing as a grass-skirted Takahashi Meijin.
Hudson's US branch has posted an interview with this legendary figure, which is not only interesting for the novelty of being an interview with a videogame character, but because he really knows his stuff about Hudson and their history.
We can't wait until they post an interview with Air Zonk