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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.

Video games developed by Taito owned by the WEC Museum

Title Platforms Released Added to museum Notes
Bubble Bobble Nintendo Entertainment System 2019 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the NES Classic Edition, on which a port of Taito's 1986 arcade game by Toei Company is included.
Darius Sega Genesis 2019 May 4, 2019 The WEC Museum owns the Sega Genesis Mini, on which a port of Taito's 1987 arcade game by M2, based on the work by Hideki Konishi, is included.
Puzzle Bobble Mini Neo Geo Pocket Color 1999 December 30, 1999 The European version of Bust a Move Pocket.
Renegade Arcade 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.