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Remember FMV games? Back in the '90s they were briefly the hot new thing. Games like Phantasmagoria and 7th Guest were considered cutting edge adventure games. Perhaps you even bought a CD-ROM drive for your computer just to ...


I was too young to get into Space Invaders, influential as it was, but Arkanoid is my jam. Taito is working on a mobile game for iOS and Android that combines the two properties, according to Game Watch, and I'm loving the so...


This documentary takes a look at the state of these monolithic Japanese institutions circa 1995! It's hard to believe things have changed so much in just twenty years. NEC and Sega are no longer in the hardware game and NEC i...


You can never have too many coffee mugs. My favorite just happens to be the House Targaryen stein I've got chilling in my cabinet, but I rarely drink coffee (if ever) so I don't have much of a reason to use it. But if I ever ...




Left 4 Dead: Survivors is shambling to test locations in Tokyo today, courtesy of Taito. The Japanese arcade release sports a number of subtle changes to the classic zombie-shooting formula, including a strange new controller...


Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesica arcade systems, but today the official site has...


Earlier this month, Nastume announced it would be bringing Taito's Bust-a-Move 4 on PlayStation Network this spring. We didn't get a specific release date back then, but the latest episode of the Play...


Crime Connection, the latest iOS and Android title from Square Enix subsidiary Taito, is a free-to-play "social crime simulation" in the style of Mafia Wars. There is a serious caveat to the game, however, and I'm not talking...


Taito's classic pew-pew-pew space shooter, Raystorm, is now available on the Apple App Store, for iPhone and iPod Touch. The 1996 arcade classic has been recreated for iOS with a pixel-perfect arcade mode, but there's also a ...


Rayforce is now out on the App store for iPhone and iPod users. It's the classic shoot 'em up you remember, but there are some new features like the obvious touch controls. Additionally, you can view the game in the origin...


Takeshi Kitano, Japan's most extreme eliminator, hates technology. Naturally, he was the best person to ask to help make a videogame. The result was Takeshi no Chousenjou (Takeshi's Challenge), a Famicom title that was nearl...


Groove Coaster is awesome. It's easily one of my favorite iOS titles, and I think that every rhythm game fan should check it out. It's kind of like Rez in the visual department, but the music gaming is much simpler, as it has...


Nerdcore artist Random is currently touring Japan and taking the time to enjoy the sights and sounds in between gigs. Naturally, he had to check out a Taito Station and share the experience with his fans. This is pure guerri...


[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When it comes to '90s beat 'em ups, there are only a few ga...


Space Invaders Infinity Gene stands alongside Pac-Man Championship Edition DX and Galaga Legions DX as one of the best modern re-imaginings of a classic arcade title. All of those games share a certain subtle rhythm that snea...


Taito's arcade sequel, Music GunGun 2, again mixes music/rhythm gaming with light gun shooting. Take popular music and add a light gun to shoot notes to the beat and you've got the right idea. After waiting in an insanely ...


If you have an iPhone, you may have played Space Invaders Infinity Gene when it came out late last year. Why are we excited about a port then, you ask? Why, HD, of course. That, and the ability to use a gamepad rather than yo...


Famitsu has posted some information and screenshots on a new Puzzle Bobble game coming to the 3DS. Under the working title Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D (which translates roughly to "Jump Out! Puzzle Bobble 3D"), the game is exp...


Arcade cabinets have a lot of strikes against them. They take up a lot of space, for starters. And, with a few exceptions like the Neo-Geo multi-slot boards, cabinets only offer one game. So, if you're an arcade owner, the pr...


Space Invaders: Infinity Gene, a stylish update to the classic arcade game, will see a PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade release in September. Currently, you can only get this title for iPhone/iPod Touch (or Japanese m...


A bit of grand news for us wretched, iPhone-less individuals: Taito's Space Invaders: Infinity Gene is -- sort of unsurprisingly -- looking forward to a future on PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade. As with many of Tait...


I laughed when I saw Siliconera's reaction to the new ESRB rating write-up for water life-themed side-scrolling space shooter, Dariusburst. It seems that Spencer and I think alike as he also mentions "robotic fish and Zuntata...


At Destructoid we're always talking about "Living the Dream." The phrase refers to a lot of different things for us. In its most general form, it's about how we love that we do this for a living. It's about ow we've made job...


I like dinosaurs, so this is saying a lot, but Bub and Bob are the cutest f'n dinosaurs ever. Their one-toothed mouths and pink arms sound frightening on paper, but when you look at them, you're like aaaawwww. Taito passed al...


You remember Qix, right? That great old game where you draw lines, trying to fill the majority of a stage while not getting hit by the annoying squiggly line monster and its minions. It was and still is loads of fun, especial...


Good morning! What's the best thing to wake up to on a day like today? If you said "bacon and coffee," you are WRONG. The answer is actually these screenshots for Darius Burst on PSP. Alright, so I can think of better things,...


Warning! A new brand game is approaching! Above you'll find the new trailer for Taito's upcoming Darius Burst on PSP, complete with fishies, lasers, and Engrish. The triumvirate of features essential to any good handheld STG....


With all the Japanese games on display at this Japanese event happening in Japan, it's about time we got to look at a shmup. To that end, Taito has released some fresh screenshots for the upcoming remake of Raystorm on Xbox L...


Square Enix and Taito are have updated the classic Arkanoid for WiiWare. Arkanoid Plus! will have multiplayer, co-op, arcade mode, time mode, 122 levels and tons of upgrades and power-ups. There's no release date yet, but exp...


Taito and Square-Enix have just announced that Space Invaders Extreme 2, the sequel to what was easily one of my favorite DS games of last year, will be arriving in PAL region territories on October 2nd. The game is slated fo...


Taito has announced today in Japan that Puzzle Bobble Live! is on its way to XBLA, priced at 800 MS points, bringing along this gallery full of screenshots with it. If you live in North America, you probably know Puzzle Bobbl...


If you missed it when we first reported on it, Darius Burst is the latest entry in Taito's semi-classic robotic fish shooting series. It's set to revive the franchise after nearly a decade of quiet, and Taito has chosen the P...


As expected, word of a Raystorm remake coming to XBLA and PSN has turned out to be very true, and Famitsu has come through with the first video of the game in motion. The trailer was shown at an STG event in Japan over the we...


Hooray for Taito. After screenshots surfaced hinting at an HD remake of Raystorm on XBLA, a recently leaked Famitsu scan tells us the company is set to revive another of its classic shooter franchises with Darius Burst for PS...


Ah, Bust-A-Move. No matter how many incarnations of the little game seem to come about, I'm always interested in playing another one and losing myself in that mindless but addictive puzzle action. Naturally, as soon as I saw ...


You may have noticed that I've been anticipating Taito's Space Invaders: Infinity Gene pretty heavily since it was first announced for the iPhone. Originally released in Japan on mobile phones that aren't sold anywhere else, ...


Taito has just updated its YouTube channel with a new official trailer for its upcoming iPhone title, Space Invaders: Infinity Gene. This is the game whose announcement had my heart all aflutter a few weeks back, and now we'r...


[A critical eye takes time to develop. RetRose Tinted is a regular column in which I re-examine games of yesteryear to see if my memories of them live up to the reality.] Rastan is a game which I actively sought out as a chil...


Being the massive Space Invaders fan that I am, I've had an ear open for any word regarding a little-known addition to the franchise, called Space Invaders: Infinity Gene. Originally a Japan-only release for mobile phones, it...


Bust-A-Move is like crack as it’s always such an addicting experience. Well, all puzzle games are extremely addicting to me but especially the Bust-A-Move series. So, a new Bust-A-Move game is coming out for the Ninte...


According to ze German USK rating board, which is famous for spilling the beans on many an unannounced Taito remake headed for the land of downloadable games, the classic arcade title Qix is on its way to XBLA, (and if histor...


If you're a fan of the Bust-A-Move series, you likely already own several versions of the puzzler, but what's one more? The ESRB has rated Bust-A-Move Live! for Xbox Live Arcade, and unfortunately there's little information b...


Two new Taito games are headed to the Nintendo DS, and we have screenshots and details for both of them.Bub and Bob set off into space in Puzzle Bobble Galaxy. Out to save the universe, they get back to shooting colored bubbl...


According to a rating found on Germany's USK ratings board Web site, Taito is set to bring a title called Bubble Bobble NEO to the Xbox 360. Previously rumors floating around the Internet have indicate the game would be ...


In February Bubble Bobble Wii came to Japanese WiiWare, and I was oohing and aahing over it in hopes I might get to play one of my classic favorites with tons of extra maps including expert map packs. It seems that my wish wi...


Taito has announed today that it has begun distributing the classic games Space Invaders and Arkanoid Doh It Again on the Android Market. Even though both games have been on the market for a week. OLD! The deal is that each...


It seems that Play Asia has been a source of game announcement leaks lately, dropping news of Strikers 1945 and Crimsongem Saga. Hopefully it's going to be three for three, as it now contains a listing for Space Invaders Extr...


Space Invaders Extreme is a damn fine DS title, and it's sure to look even prettier on an HDTV when it comes to the Xbox Live Arcade. If you don't like pretty things, however, don't worry. The XBLA version looks like it will ...


The above video displays footage from what will soon be the latest reason for me to turn on my Wii, as it combines two of my very favorite things: cute Japanese characters, and utter batsh*t madness. The game is called Furu ...


[Hey all, Linde here. I know it's been awhile since I've been regular with the BBL updates, but what with review crew and Podtoid and all, keeping it up to date has been kinda tough. But rather than let the ol' column fizzle ...






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