Taito Corporation

Overview

Taito was originally established in 1953 by Russian-Jewish businessman Michael Kogan in Tokyo as Taito Trading Company. The company started importing, leasing, and later developing amusement machines in the 1960s. The company's current name of Taito Corporation was adopted in 1972. Taito was among the first makers of electronic games, selling their own Pong clone in 1973.

The company became a major player in 1978 after the enormous success of Space Invaders, and continues to be involved in a wide variety of arcade and home game development to this day. Two North American divisions were later started, Taito America in Elk Grove Village, IL in 1973, and later Taito Software in North Vancouver, BC in 1988. The Vancouver studio was shut down by 1991 and North American operations moved back to Wheeling, IL where Taito America had relocated back in 1985. In July, 1996 Taito also closed its American branch as the company focused its efforts on the domestic Japanese market, licensing its titles to other publishers such as Acclaim for international markets.

In August 2005, it was announced that Square Enix had made a bid to take majority ownership of Taito. The deal was approved and completed by the end of September, making Taito a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix.

Games

Bust-a-Move: Journey(2017)
Arkanoid vs Space Invaders(2017)
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore(2016)
Groove Coaster 3: Link Fever(2016)
Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours(2015)
Groove Coaster 2: Original Style(2012)
Dariusburst: Second Prologue(2012)
Elevator Action: Deluxe(2011)
Groove Coaster(2011)
Bubble Bobble: Double(2010)
Mikado Defenders(2010)
Darius Burst(2009)
QIX++(2009)
ARKANOID Plus!(2009)
Terminator: Salvation(2009)
Bubble Bobble Neo!(2009)
Arkanoid(2009)
Bust-A-Move(2009)
Bust-A-Move Plus!(2009)
Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!(2009)
Bubble Bobble Plus!(2009)
Arkanoid Live!(2009)
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me 2(2009)
Cameltry: The Labyrinth of Enigma(2009)
My Pet Shop(2009)
Space Bust-A-Move(2008)
Space Invaders Infinity Gene(2008)
Space Invaders Get Even(2008)
Spac3 Invaders Extr3me(2008)
Exit DS(2008)
Colony 7(2007)
Arkanoid DS(2007)
Turn It Around(2007)
Furu Furu Park(2007)
Cooking Mama: Cook Off(2007)
Monster Bomber(2006)
Taito Legends: Power-Up(2006)
Dungeon Maker: Hunting Ground(2006)
Exit 2(2006)
Ultimate Spider-Man(2006)
Half-Life 2: Survivor(2006)
Suzuki TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing(2006)
Asphalt: Urban GT(2006)
Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand(2006)
Over G Fighters(2006)
Cooking Mama(2006)
Top Gun(2006)
Reishiki Kanjō Sentōki 2(2006)
Ibara(2006)
Castle of Shikigami III(2006)

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Trivia

Founded by a Russian, Taito was the first Japanese maker of vodka.

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