More Taito Legends headed to US

Destineer confirms domestic release of Taito compilations for PS2, PSP set for second quarter.

If the original Taito Legends was a "greatest hits" of the classic arcade game publisher's work--including Space Invaders, Elevator Action, and Bubble Bobble--then the sequel focuses more on forgotten gems and latter-day successes. Originally released in Europe a little over a year ago, the sequel collection of the company's arcade games is finally slated for an American release.

A Destineer representative today confirmed that the company would publish Taito Legends 2 for the PlayStation 2 and Taito Legends Power-Up for the PlayStation Portable in the US. As for the Xbox and PC editions of the game released overseas, the representative said that Destineer is not announcing domestic releases for those right now.

Taito Legends 2 is headlined by a number of sequels to the company's classic games, including Puzzle Bobble 2 (Bust-A-Move Again in the US), Space Invaders '95, Space Invaders DX, Elevator Action Returns, and Nastar (Rastan 2). It also contains a wealth of shoot-'em-ups, including G Darius, Darius Gaiden, Insector X, Ray Storm, and more.

The lineup for Taito Legends Power-Up features some overlap with its console counterpart, as well as games like Rastan Saga, the original Space Invaders, and New Zealand Story. It also contains four recently remade versions of Taito games, including The Legend of Kage and Cameltry.

Taito Legends 2 and Taito Legends Power-Up are scheduled for a second-quarter release. The full lineup for each collection's European release follows:

Taito Legends 2 for the PlayStation 2
Alpine Ski
Arabian Magic
Balloon Bomber
Bonze Adventure
Cameltry
Chack 'n Pop
Cleopatra Fortune
Crazy Balloon
Darius Gaiden
Don Doko Don
Dungeon Magic
Elevator Action Returns
The Fairyland Story
Football Champ
Front Line
G Darius
Gekirindan
Grid Seeker: Project Storm Hammer
Growl
Gun Frontier
Insector X
KiKi KaiKai
Kuri Kinton
Legend of Kage
Liquid Kids
Lunar Rescue
Metal Black
Nastar (Rastan 2)
Puchi Carat
Puzzle Bobble 2 (Bust-A-Move Again)
Qix
Raimais
Ray Storm
Space Invaders '95
Space Invaders DX
Sylvalion
Violence Fight
Wild Western

Taito Legends Power-Up
Alpine Ski
Balloon Bomber
Balloon Bomber (enhanced version)
Cameltry
Cameltry (enhanced version)
Chack 'n Pop
Crazy Balloon
Crazy Balloon (enhanced version)
Elevator Action
The Fairyland Story
KiKi KaiKai
Kuri Kinton
Legend of Kage
Legend of Kage (enhanced version)
Lunar Rescue
New Zealand Story
Phoenix
Qix
Raimais
Rastan Saga
Return of the Invaders
Space Chaser
Space Dungeon
Space Invaders
Space Invaders Part 2

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Discussion

28 comments
erikthe10man
erikthe10man

NO MAT MANIA???? C'mon, Taito...you can do better than that!

Mr_Koenshaku
Mr_Koenshaku

Darius Gaiden, G- Darius, Raystorm... very nice. :) I see a tasty-looking selection of shooters on here... a few of which I've been curious about for awhile, too. I'm definitely going to have to scoop this one up. All it needs is Rayforce (aka Layer Section or Galactic Attack) and I wouldn't have to worry about getting the temptation to hook up the Saturn for a good while. :)

undox
undox

I thought that they would never bring this collection to North America. Looking forward to it.

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

zsc4 Isn't this a bit too late Too late? Retro NEVER runs out of time.

RetroGameFanCom
RetroGameFanCom

I will be getting this. Too bad no Xbox version since the 1st Taito Legends I have is on Xbox. Guess i will get the PS2 version...

Terebi_chan
Terebi_chan

Unfortunately, the only version I can get is the PC version. So I'm still waiting for that one...

zsc4
zsc4

Isn't this a bit too late :?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I have owned Taito Legends 2 for about a year now here in the UK. You Rednecks sure are getting it late

blackace
blackace

I play many of those games. Fairytale Story was a pain in the butt. I remember Growl and everyone has played Elevator Action by now I'm sure. A lot of those games are crap, but there are a few diamonds in the rough.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Now that's a collection of games! Looking at that list of games is like getting a history lesson behind the origin of the gaming business almost 30 years ago. By numbers alone, it makes the Namco Museum on the DS look paltry. I'm not saying which will be more fun to play (as I suspect some of these games haven't aged well) but the numbers alone go to the other (non-DS) consoles.

fierro316
fierro316

Wow great list although some titles are missing like the ones PowerSitchOff are mentioning and Rastan 1 was the best.

PowerSwitchOff
PowerSwitchOff

Wish they included RayForce (aka Layer Section aka Galactic Attack), but oh well. Nice to see RayStorm and the better Darius games included.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Why bother? It's been out in Europe over a year now. And also, the PC version is region-free anyway!

dracos9000
dracos9000

what was that game called where you shoot super huge beams out of your spaceship and practically blow up the entire screen? I know the game was made by taito. Another clue is that most of the bosses where of sea creature designs like fish, whales, sharks, etc.

Halo05
Halo05

No Xbox version? For shame... That was the one in Europe that had, among others, Cadash and Bubble Symphony.

inlikeflt
inlikeflt

It's really a shame that Space Dungeon is coming for the PS2 version since the dual analog would be great for that game. It was awesome on the Atari 5200 with the controller holster.

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

Elevator Action Returns is a great game. Ray Storm and Rastan 2 are true classics as well.

EBWCLIF
EBWCLIF

Where the heck is Mat Mania!!! Or was that on the first one I don't remember?

Tenjikuronin
Tenjikuronin

Aside from Operation Wolf on the NES, I can't think of a single Taito game that really stuck out for me....

limelight022
limelight022

i already have this. Its a very poor collection of games. Nothing like the Capcom Classics or Genesis Collection, not even close.

BigC43
BigC43

Cool. I might check that out.

Hedfix
Hedfix

Live Arcade, fools.