|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)
|Key people||Michael Kogan (Taito)|
Akitoshi Kawazu (Game Designers Studio)
Taito Corporation is a brand owned by Square Enix.
- 1 Taito Trading Co., Ltd.
- 2 Taito Corporation
- 3 Aquisition by Kyocera
- 4 The Game Designers Studio
- 5 SQEX Corporation
- 6 Aquisition by Square Enix
- 7 Merger with SQEX Corporation
- 8 ES1 Corporation
- 9 Taito Soft Corporation and Taito Corporation
- 10 Absorption of Taito Soft Corporation into Square Enix
- 11 Emulated video games developed by Taito owned by the WEC Museum
Taito Trading Co., Ltd.
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%.
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.
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.|
PC Engine Mini
|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
|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!
|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.