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One of the most famous names in {{Arcade Game}}s, Taito was founded in 1953 as Taito Trading Company. One of its first products Taito sold was vodka, perhaps not surprising since founder, Michael Kogan, was a Russian Jew. But Taito branched into all sorts of businesses, including amusement equipment, and in 1973 Taito became one of the first Japanese companies to enter the video game industry. Taito's ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', released in 1978, became an international phenomenon, leading to the establishment of the subsidiary Taito America in 1979. Taito's leading position in the video game industry enabled it to produce and distribute many games created by smaller developers such as Creator/{{Allumer}}, Hot-B, Kaneko, Creator/{{Natsume}}, Technos Japan and Creator/{{Toaplan}}. Taito closed its North American subsidiaries in 1995, due in part to the decline of arcades in the U.S. Several key members of the VideoGame/PsychicForce and VideoGame/RaySeries games would go on to form ''Creator/CyberConnect2''.

Taito's in-house band, Zuntata, has composed distinctive soundtracks for many of their games, particularly the ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' series and the ''VideoGame/RaySeries''.

Taito Corporation was acquired by Creator/SquareEnix in 2005. Since then, games have been distributed under the label "Taito - A Square Enix Company". Some members of Taito's arcade division later branched off from the company and started their own with Creator/{{Grev}}, producing shoot 'em up titles such as ''VideoGame/BorderDown'', ''VideoGame/SenkoNoRonde'', ''VideoGame/StraniaTheStellaMachina'', and ''VideoGame/MamorukunCurse''.

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!!Games and series developed and/or published by Taito:
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* ''VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}}''
* ''VideoGame/BattleGear''
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''
** ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cadash}}''
* ''VideoGame/ChackNPop'' (a [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual predecessor]] to the Bubble Bobble series.)
* ''VideoGame/ChaseHQ''
* ''VideoGame/CookingMama'' (Japanese publisher; originally developed by Office Company)
* ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}''
* ''VideoGame/DenshaDeGo''
* ''VideoGame/{{Double Dragon|1}}'' (arcade publisher; developed by Technos)
* ''VideoGame/ElevatorAction''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exit}}'' (developed by Moss)
* ''VideoGame/TheFairylandStory''
* ''VideoGame/TheFirstFunkyFighter'' (developed by Nakanihon Wreath/East Technology)
* ''VideoGame/{{Gladiator}}''
* ''GlobalChampion'' (known as ''Kaiser Knuckle'' [[MarketBasedTitle in Japan]])
* ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/GrooveCoaster''
* ''VideoGame/{{Growl}}''
* ''VideoGame/GunFrontier''
* ''VideoGame/HauntedMuseum''
* ''VideoGame/JungleHunt''
** A later, lawyer-friendly version of ''[[Film/{{Tarzan}} Jungle King]]''.
* ''VideoGame/KikiKaiKai''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKage''
* ''VideoGame/LittleSamson'' (developed by Takeru)
* ''VideoGame/LostMagic''
* ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' (most installments developed by Neverland)
* ''VideoGame/MagicPengel''
* ''VideoGame/MetalBlack''
* ''VideoGame/TheNewZealandStory''
* ''VideoGame/NightStriker''
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaKids''
* ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriors''
** ''VideoGame/TheNinjaWarriorsAgain'' (developed by Natsume)
* ''VideoGame/OperationWolf''
** ''Operation Thunderbolt''
** ''Operation Wolf 3''
** ''Operation Tiger''
* ''VideoGame/PanicRestaurant'' (developed by EIM)
* ''VideoGame/PowerBlade'' (developed by Natsume)
* ''VideoGame/PsychicForce''
* ''VideoGame/PuLiRuLa''
* ''VideoGame/{{Qix}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{Volfied}}''
* ''VideoGame/RaySeries''
** ''[=RayForce=]''
** ''[=RayStorm=]''
** ''[=RayCrisis=]'' (later ported to the [=PlayStation=] with the subtitle "Series Termination" in North America.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Renegade}}'' (developed by Technos; a DolledUpInstallment version of ''NekketsuKouhaKunioKun''.)
* ''VideoGame/SonicBlastMan''
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''
* ''VideoGame/TubeIt'' ("Cachat" in Japan)
* ''VideoGame/TakeshisChallenge''
* ''[[VideoGame/TroubleWitches Trouble Witches AC]]'' (developed by Studio [=SiestA=])
* ''VideoGame/TigerHeli'' (developed by Toaplan)
* ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' (later converted and reprogrammed for the SegaCD by Telenet [AKA: Wolf Team]; only this version was released in North America)
** ''VideoGame/NinjaHayate'' (also has a later Sega CD version also ported by Wolf Team; released in North America as "Revenge of the Ninja")
** ''Cosmos Circuit'' (similar in both concept and appearance to [[Creator/WilliamsElectronics Williams']] ''Star Rider'')
** ''Laser Grand Prix''
* ''VideoGame/TwinCobra'' (developed by Toaplan)
* ''VideoGame/{{Wardner}}'' (developed by Toaplan; also known as "Pyros")
* ''VideoGame/{{Zookeeper}}'' (not to be confused with the later puzzle game)
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