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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

Space Invaders: Invincible Collection (Special Edition)(2020)
Space Invaders: Invincible Collection(2020)
Touhou Spell Bubble(2020)
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends(2019)
Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!!(2019)
Samurai Shodown(2019)
Zeke's Peak(2019)
Darius Cozmic Collection (Consumer Edition)(2019)
Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors, The(2019)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle(2019)
Darius Cozmic Collection (Special Edition)(2019)
Darius Cozmic Collection(2019)
Fighting EX Layer(2018)
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy(2018)
Groove Coaster(2018)
Space Invaders Gigamax(2018)
Million Arthur: Arcana Blood(2017)
Bust-a-Move: Journey(2017)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction(2017)
The King of Fighters XIV(2017)
Arkanoid vs Space Invaders(2017)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction - Gunslinger Stratos Pack(2017)
Groove Coaster 3: Link Fever(2016)
Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours(2015)
Skullgirls 2nd Encore(2015)
Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm(2015)
Left 4 Dead: Survivors(2014)
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike(2014)
Street Fighter Alpha 3(2014)
Darkstalkers 3(2014)
Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe(2014)
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition(2014)
King of Fighters XIII, The(2013)
Ikaruga(2013)
Do Not Fall: Run For Your Drink(2013)
Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!(2013)
Raiden IV (NESiCAxLive Version)(2013)
Groove Coaster 2: Original Style(2012)
The Rumble Fish 2(2012)
Akai Katana Shin(2012)
AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match(2012)
Raiden IV(2012)
Persona 4: Arena - Ultimate Edition(2012)
En-Eins Perfektewelt(2012)
Sugoi! Arcana Heart 2(2012)
Arcana Heart 2(2012)
Dariusburst: Second Prologue(2012)
Elevator Action: Deluxe(2011)
Groove Coaster(2011)
Battle Fantasia: Revised Edition(2011)

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Trivia

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

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