More Taito Legends headed to US

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

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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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