Taito

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Taito
Type Brand owned by Square Enix
Founded August 24, 1953 (Taito Trading Co., Ltd.)
1972 (Taito Corporation)
June 22, 1999 (The Game Designers Studio)
2005 (SQEX Corporation)
2006 (Taito Corporation - merger with SQEX)
June 1, 2009 (ES1 Corporation)
February 1, 2010 (Taito Soft Corporation and Taito Corporation)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Michael Kogan (Taito)
Akitoshi Kawazu (Game Designers Studio)
Industry video games
Products Video games
Employees 645
Website http://www.taito.com/

Taito Corporation is a subsidiary of Square Enix.

Taito Trading Co., Ltd.

Taito was founded by Michael Kogan on August 24, 1953 as Taito Trading Co., Ltd. (太東貿易株式会社, Taitō Bōeki Kabushiki Gaisha).

Taito Corporation

The company changed its name to Taito Corporation (株式会社タイトー, Kabushiki Gaisha Taitō) in August 1972.

Aquisition by Kyocera

In March 1986, Taito became part of the Kyocera group.

The Game Designers Studio

On June 22, 1999, Square formed The Game Designers Studio, Inc., a shell company that allowed them to get around a deal with Sony that stipulated they would create games exclusively for PlayStation video game consoles.

Square owned 49% of the company and Akitoshi Kawazu, the head of Square's Product Development Division-2, owned 51%.

SQEX Corporation

In 2003, Square and Enix merged to form Square Enix.

In 2005, Square Enix renamed The Game Designers Studio to SQEX Corporation.

Acquisition of Taito by Square Enix

On September 22, 2005, Square Enix purchased 97.3% of all stock holdings in Taito when it purchased 247,900 shares for ¥45.16 billion ($409.1 million USD).

In March 2006, Taito was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix.

Merger of Taito Corporation with SQEX Corporation

In March 2006, Taito Corporation was merged with SQEX Corporation. The resulting company retained the name Taito Corporation.

ES1 Corporation

On June 1, 2009, Square Enix formed ES1 Corporation, a company that operated arcade facilities.

Taito Soft Corporation and Taito Corporation

On February 1, 2010, in an effort by Square Enix to consolidate its arcade divisions, Taito Corporation was renamed Taito Soft Corporation and ES1 Corporation was renamed Taito Corporation.

Absorption of Taito Soft Corporation into Square Enix

On March 11, 2010, Taito Soft Corporation was absorbed into Square Enix. As a result, Taito Corporation was the only division of Square Enix that retained the Taito name.

Video games developed by Taito owned by the WEC Museum

Title Platforms Released Added to museum Notes
Puzzle Bobble Mini Neo Geo Pocket Color 1999 December 30, 1999 The WEC Museum owns the game, box, and manual.

Emulated video games developed by Taito owned by the WEC Museum

Title Platforms Released Added to museum Notes
Alpine Ski Switch 2019 March 2, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1981 arcade game.
Ben Bero Beh Switch 2020 March 2, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1984 arcade game.
Bubble Bobble NES Classic Edition 2019 May 4, 2019 The 1988 NES version is on the NES Classic Edition.
Cadash PC Engine Mini 2020 May 1, 2020 The 1991 PC Engine version is on the PC Engine Mini.
Chack'n Pop Pocket Player 2020 October 3, 2021 The 1985 Famicom version is on the Don Doko Don Pocket Player.
Darius
Super Darius
Genesis Mini
PC Engine Mini
2019
2020
May 4, 2019
May 1, 2020
The 2019 Sega Genesis version is on the Sega Genesis Mini.
The 1990 PC Engine version is on the PC Engine Mini.
Don Doko Don Pocket Player 2020 October 3, 2021 The 1990 Famicom version is on the Don Doko Don Pocket Player.
Elevator Action Switch 2019 March 2, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1983 arcade game.
The Fairyland Story Switch 2020 December 14, 2020 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1985 arcade game.
Front Line Star Blast!
Switch
2018
2019
April 20, 2020
March 2, 2021
The 1982 arcade version is on the Star Flashback Blast.
Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1983 arcade game.
Halley's Comet Switch 2021 April 16, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1986 arcade game.
Jungle Hunt Legends Flashback
Star Blast!
2018
2019
April 20, 2020
May 2, 2020
The 1982 arcade version is on the Star Flashback Blast!.
The 1982 arcade version is on the 2019 Legends Flashback.
Parosol Stars PC Engine Mini 2020 May 1, 2020 The 1991 TurboGrafx-16 version is on the PC Engine Mini.
Polaris Star Blast! 2018 April 20, 2020 The 1980 arcade version is on the 2018 Star Flashback Blast.
Puzzle Bobble 2 Switch 2018 August 16, 2018 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1999 Neo Geo MVS game.
Renegade Switch 2018 August 16, 2018
May 12, 2021
Taito localized the Japanese Technōs game for the North American market.
Hamster's Switch emulation of the 1986 arcade version.
The 1988 NES version is on Technōs Collection 1 for Evercade.
Space Invadera Legends Blast!
Star Blast!
2018
2018
April 20, 2020
December 6, 2020
The 1978 arcade version is on the Legends Flashback Blast!.
The 1978 arcade version is on the Star Flashback Blast!.
Time Tunnel Switch 2019 March 2, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1982 arcade game.
Wild Western Switch 2019 March 2, 2021 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1982 arcade game.