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 brand owned by 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.

Aquisition 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 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.

Emulated video games developed by Taito owned by the WEC Museum

Title Platforms Released Added to museum Notes
Bubble Bobble NES Classic Edition 2019 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the NES Classic Edition, on which the 1988 NES version is included.
Cadash PC Engine Mini 2020 May 1, 2020 The WEC Museum owns the PC Engine Mini, on which the 1991 PC Engine version is included.
Darius
Super Darius
Genesis Mini
PC Engine Mini
2019
2020
May 4, 2019
May 1, 2020
The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which a the 2019 Sega Genesis version is included.
The WEC Museum owns the PC Engine Mini, on which the 1990 PC Engine version is included.
Front Line Star Blast! 2018 April 20, 2020 The WEC Museum owns the 2018 Star Flashback Blast, on which the 1982 arcade version is included.
Jungle Hunt Legends Flashback
Star Blast!
2018
2019
April 20, 2020
May 2, 2020
The WEC Museum owns the Star Flashback Blast!, on which the 1982 arcade version is included.
The WEC Museum owns the 2019 Legends Flashback, on which the 1982 arcade version is included.
Parosol Stars PC Engine Mini 2020 May 1, 2020 The WEC Museum owns the PC Engine Mini, on which the 1991 TurboGrafx-16 version is included.
Polaris Star Blast! 2018 April 20, 2020 The WEC Museum owns the 2018 Star Flashback Blast, on which the 1980 arcade version is included.
Puzzle Bobble 2 Switch 2018 August 16, 2018 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1999 Neo Geo MVS game.
Puzzle Bobble Mini Neo Geo Pocket Color 1999 December 30, 1999 The European version of Bust a Move Pocket.
Renegade Switch 2018 August 16, 2018 Hamster's Nintendo Switch emulation of the 1986 arcade game by Technōs with graphic changes by Taito for the North American market.
Space Invadera Legends Blast!
Star Blast!
2018
2018
April 20, 2020
December 6, 2020
The WEC Museum owns the Legends Flashback Blast!, on which the 1978 arcade version is included.
The WEC Museum owns the Star Flashback Blast!, on which the 1978 arcade version is included.