Taito Legends

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Taito Legends
Publisher: Sega (US)
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Game total: 29
System(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
Genre: Compilation

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Windows PC

Sony PlayStation 2
$? SLUS-21122

$? 64066

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Taito Legends is a 2005 compilation containing a number of arcade games released by Taito in the 1980s and early 1990s. It was published for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC by Empire Interactive (under the Xplosiv label) in Europe, however Sega were licensed to publish the PC, PS2 and Xbox version in North America, although the only appearance of their name and logo is on the packaging; the game itself only mentions Empire and Taito.

Several of the 29 included games have been released on Sega platforms, including Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, Operation Wolf, Volfied, The New Zealand Story, Rainbow Islands, Space Gun, Thunder Fox and Rastan.

Notable differences include Rainbow Islands' omission of its signature theme inspired by Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" as, rather than using the altered theme seen in many ports of the 1990s, the lead instrument is cut entirely.

Sega were not involved in any of the sequels.

Production credits

  • Executive Producer: Simon Prytherch
  • Project Lead: David Hunt
  • Programming - Empire Oxford: Bryan McPhail, Jarek Burczynski, Mike Montgomery, Neal Tringham, Nicola Salmoria, Scott Williams, Steve Burge
  • Programming - Atomic Planet Entertainment: Andrew Seed, Andrew Taylor, Duncan Chambers, Gary Gray, Martin Pegg, Richard Frankish, Stuart Leonardi
  • Programming - Razorworks: Dan Clarke, Dave Proctor, Dave Lomas, Ioannis Venetsanopoulos, Todd Gibbs
  • Art: Andy Debus (Razorworks), Pat Fox, Pete Lyon, Rick Nath (Razorworks)
  • QA - Empire Oxford: Gavin Clark, Richard Hughes
  • QA - Empire Interactive: Dave Cleaveley (Manager), Steve Frazer (Assistant Manager), Cliff Ramsey, Caolan Newell
  • Additional Testing: Gaurav Hudva and his team at RelQ Software Pvt. Ltd.
  • Producer: Jason Falcus (Atomic Planet), Steve Hart (Razowrosk)
  • Producer Support: Steve Metcalf, Vince Farquharson
  • Title Music: "Neon" and "Neon Lite" written and recorded by Jill Stark - Purity
  • Sound Design:Richard Beddow
  • Video Production & Japanese Translation: Tadasu Hasegawa
  • Video Editing: Haydon Farrar
  • Licensing: Calvin Hutt
  • Special Thanks To: Aaron Giles, Fukio Mitsuji (MTJ), Phil Stroffolini, Tatsuya Hitasawa, Toshihiro Nishikado
Source: US manual

Magazine articles

Main article: Taito Legends/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

PlayStation 2 version

PlayStation 2, US
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Xbox version

Xbox, US
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PC version

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