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Obscure Video Games

Obscure Video Games: Combat Queen


Am I buggin' you? I don't mean to bug you
Apr 11
// Obscure Video Games
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 ...
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Taito mashup

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders should have happened years ago


Mobile game announced for Japan
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Japan

This Japanese documentary goes inside Nintendo, Sega, Enix, and more


Taken off a real-life VHS!
Aug 14
// Brittany Vincent
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...
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Taito mugs

Sip in style with these retro Taito coffee mugs


Bubble Bobble has my name on it
May 28
// Brittany Vincent
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 ...
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Left 4 Dead: Survivors

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version


And check out this weird controller!
May 23
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Project Z

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game


Grabbin' peels.
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
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...
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PUZZLE BOBBLE 4

Bust-a-Move 4 bobbles over to PSN next week


Bub is adorable
Apr 26
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Crime, indeed

Taito's Crime Connection wants your phone's contact info


I'd rather pay to play than agree to these terms
Apr 11
// Allistair Pinsof
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...
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Raystorm now available on the App Store


Jun 22
// Dale North
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 ...
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TAITO's Rayforce out now on the App store


Jan 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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'Impossible' Famicom game Takeshi's Challenge translated


Dec 30
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Get this game: Groove Coaster is $0.99 for the holidays


Dec 20
// Dale North
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...
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Friggin' Japan and its awesome Taito Station arcades!


Dec 11
// Tony Ponce
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...
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It Came from Japan!

It Came from Japan! PuLiRuLa


Nov 10
// Allistair Pinsof
[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...
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Rhythm-based Space Invaders? Get ready to Groove Coaster


Jul 17
// Jonathan Holmes
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...
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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 ...

Review: Space Invaders Infinity Gene (PS3/360)

Oct 01 // Colette Bennett
Space Invaders Infinity Gene (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)Developer: Taito CorporationPublisher: Square EnixRelease date: September 14th, 2010 (XBLA), September 15th (PSN) I remember the first time I played Space Invaders Extreme 2 on my DS -- I was not remotely convinced that it was going to hold my interest. Until I heard the music, that is. New design goes a long way for these iconic games. Infinity Gene performs in a similar manner when it comes to bringing something new to the table, not only providing solid music but gorgeous new graphics to complement it. To start off, your ship will only be able to move left and right, but as you blast ships and rack up points, you'll fill up a little meter at the bottom of your screen. Once you fill it up all the way and finish a level, you'll get a cool little white flash and the screen will say "EVOLUTION", making you feel super accomplished and kind of like shaking your tailfeather a bit. Its so Darwin up in here, yo. One of your first unlocks is full screen movement, which is cool in that it does really make you feel as if you are watching the classic arcade game evolve into something new -- a cool feeling for a gamer that's been around as long as I have. It only gets better from there, though. As you complete each level, you'll see a little growth tree that fans out its branches and shows you your progress. If you unlock anything special, you'll see that here too. As you blow things up, you'll notice little gene clusters floating around the screen. Grab them to make your weapon more powerful. If you get hit they'll fly all over the screen, but you have a chance to chase them down before they vanish, which is another feature of the game I really love. The console version of the game offers several upgrades the iPhone version does not have, such as additional weapons, an increased lives limit, unlockable bonus stages and music. Of course there are leaderboards as well, but the new modes distracted me from them for a while. My favorite was the Music Mode, which will generate stages based on the music you have stored on your PS3 or 360. I tried this with some wacky stuff such as Vola and the Oriental Machine's new album Principle, and I had some serious fun watching the levels it came up with. A Challenge Mode is also available, which is 99 challenge stages -- ought to keep you busy for a while. There are times in the game when the monochromatic imagery suffers that same issue as the iPhone version did. You're not always sure what's going to kill you and what's just a part of the constantly moving design, but then again, its hardly a design flaw -- it just means you're going to have to play the level through a few times before you get fully acclimated. The levels are very short at first, but you'll see a serious ramp up in difficulty by the time you get further in. Blasting bosses also seems quick at first, but don't worry ... you're going to really like it once you get to the ones that take you more time. The game evolves from simple, bare bones to a full on shmup with bullets flying every which way, and I think you'll find plenty to both challenge you and keep you coming back. For $9.99, this seems like a pretty good deal to me, and something you'll be able to get a lot of replay out of. Score: 8.0 - Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)
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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...

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Puzzle Bobble coming to 3DS


Sep 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Taito reveals new digital distributed arcade game cabinet


Sep 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Space Invaders: Infinity Gene on XBLA/PSN in September


Aug 30
// Jordan Devore
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...
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XBLA and PSN are getting Space Invaders: Infinity Gene


Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Fish lasers! Dariusburst listed by ESRB


May 03
// Dale North
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...
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Living the Dream: Work in a virtual convenience store


Feb 01
// Dale North
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...
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Adorable Bust-A-Move Christmas card, game sale


Dec 18
// Dale North
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...
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This week on Xbox LIVE Arcade: Qix++


Dec 07
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Here, have a buttload of Darius Burst PSP screens


Oct 28
// Topher Cantler
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,...
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New brand trailer for Darius Burst on PSP


Oct 09
// Topher Cantler
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....
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TGS 09: New screens from Raystorm HD on XBLA


Sep 26
// Topher Cantler
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...
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Arkanoid making a comeback on WiiWare


Sep 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...






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