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Taito

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Fast facts on Taito
Founded: 1953
T-series code: T-11
Merged into: Square Enix (2005)
Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Taito Corporation (タイトー) is a video game developer established by Russian Jewish businessman Michael Kogan as the Taito Trading Company in 1953. It is headquartered in Taitō (or Taito City), a special ward of Tokyo, Japan, which is where the company gets its name from.

The company started its life off importing and distributing vending machines, and later jukeboxes before beginning to manufacture their own. In the 1960s it moved on to producing pinball tables, and saw its first video game released in 1973 (the same year the company was renamed Taito Corporation). In 1978 Toshihiro Nishikado, a designer at Taito, created Space Invaders, an arcade game so popular it caused a coin shortage in Japan. It's success allowed Taito to open up Taito America Corporation to handle operations in North America.

Taito have since seen further success with their Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, Bust-A-Move and Darius series.

Taito also distributed their own Sega NAOMI GD-ROM systems and games.

Taito were acquired by Square Enix in 2005, though the brand is still in use to this day.

Softography

SG-1000

Master System

Game Gear

Mega CD

Mega Drive

Mega LD

Saturn

Dreamcast

NAOMI GD-ROM

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