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Creator: Taito
One of the most famous names in Arcade Games, 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 Space Invaders, 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 Allumer, Hot-B, Kaneko, Natsume, Technos Japan and 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 Psychic Force and RAY Series games would go on to form CyberConnect2.

Taito's in-house band, Zuntata, has composed distinctive soundtracks for many of their games, particularly the Darius series and the RAY Series.

Taito Corporation was acquired by Square Enix 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 Grev, producing shoot 'em up titles such as Border Down, Senko no Ronde, Strania -The Stella Machina-, and Mamorukun Curse.


Games and series developed and/or published by Taito:


SunsoftJapanese GamesTecmo
Synergistic SoftwareVideo Game CompaniesTake-Two Interactive

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