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Taito details TGS 2019 games and schedule

Taito has announced their TGS 2019 lineup. It's not much, but there's still some Switch love. Check out the full rundown below.

■ Lineup

Arcade 1UP: At Home Arcade
Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! (Switch)
Rakugaki Kingdom (iOS, Android)
■ Stage Schedule

September 12

11:00 to 11:45 – Lineup Introduction + Rakugaki Kingdom Side Colaboration (Taito Channel) – An introduction to Taito’s exhibiting lineup. Plus, an introduction to “teddy,” which led to the creation of the Rakugaki series. Also, a new collaboration will be announced. Featuring Tetsu Yamada (Taito president), Takeo Igarashi (The University of Tokyo Gradual School of Information Science and Technology professor), Akihiro Ito (Pixiv VRoid project marketing head), and Youichi Shimosato (Rakugaki Kingdom producer at Taito).

12:30 to 13:15 – Rakugaki Stage Side: “Story” (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – An analysis of the story scenario and world of Rakugaki Kingdom with main story writer Takeshi Shimomura as a guest. Featuring Kei Obayashi (scenario writer at Qualia Writers), Takeshi Shimomura (scenario writer), and Youichi Shimosato (Rakugaki Kingdom producer at Taito).
14:00 to 14:30 – Arcade 1UP Stage: Now is the Time for Retro Games (Taito Channel) – A dialogue about the appeal of retro games with Space Invaders creator Tomohiro Nishikado and Arcade 1UP creator Scott Bachrach. Featuring Tetsu Yamada (Taito president), Tomohiro Nishikado (game designer and Taito adviser), and Scott Bachrach (Tastemakers president).
15:30 to 16:15 – Groove Coaster Debut Party!!!! (Taito Channel) – The latest information on Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! with Dempagumi.inc’s Mirin Furukawa and various other guests. Featuring Mirin Furukawa (Dempagumi.inc), DECO*27 (sound composer), COSIO (Groove Coaster sound director), and DJ 87GT (Groove Coaster producer at Taito).
September 13

11:00 to 11:45 – Rakugaki Stage Side: “History of Rakugaki Oukoku” (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – A discussion about the history and development stories of the Rakugaki series with guest ZUN, who had a hand in the development of Rakugaki Oukoku and created the Touhou Project series. Featuring ZUN (Team Shanghai Alice founder) and Youichi Shimosato (Rakugaki Kingdom producer at Taito).

12:30 to 13:15 – Darius Cozmic Stage (Taito Channel) – A talk between Taito game director Yuuichi Toyama and M2’s Naoki Horii and Yukiko Karashima, with news on Darius Cozmic Collection. Featuring Naoki Horii (M2 president), Yukiko Karashima (Darius Cozmic Collection director at M2), and Yuuichi Toyama (Taito game director).
15:30 to 16:15 – Rakugaki Stage Side: “Sound” (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – A stage that touches on what kind of thought went into creating the music of Rakugaki Kingdom. Featuring Yuzo Koshiro (Ancient president), Michiko Naruke (composer), Yuu Shimoda (Zunata), and Youichi Shimosato (Rakugaki Kingdom producer at Taito).
September 14

11:00 to 11:45 – Rakugaki Stage Side: “Game System” (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – Nagi Nanami voice actor Yukiyo Fujii and Mafia Kajita explain the game systems surrounding the world of Rakugaki Kingdom. Featuring Yukiyo Fujii (Nagi Nanami voice actor), Mafia Kajita (game writer), and Youichi Shimosato (Rakugaki Kingdom producer at Taito).

12:30 to 13:15 – Groove Coaster Virtual Party (Taito Channel) – The latest information on Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!!. Featuring Kagura Suzu (VTuber) and DJ 87GT (Groove Coaster producer at Taito).

14:00 to 14:45 – Rakugaki Stage Side: “Legend Battle” (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – Two legendary voice actors appear alongside Mafia Kajita to explain the battle system of Rakugaki Kingdom. Featuring Masako Nozawa (voice actor), Toshio Furukawa (voice actor), and Mafia Kajita (game writer).

15:30 to 16:00 – Zunata Concert (Taito Channel) – A talk and concert event from the Taito sound team Zunata. Featuring Katsuhisa Ishikawa (Zunata), Masaki (Zunata), and Kenji Matsumura (guitarist, composer, and arranger).

September 15

11:00 to 11:45 – Groove Coaster DJ Party (Taito Channel) – A discussion about the music featured in Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!!, followed by a DJ concert by t+pazolite and REDALiCE in the latter half. Featuring t+pazolite (composer), REDALiCE (composer), COSIO (composer), and DJ 87GT (Groove Coaster producer at Taito).
12:30 to 13:15 – Rakugaki Stage Extra (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – We have no idea what will happen now! A Rakugaki Kingdom special stage event. Featuring Tomokazu Sugita (voice actor) and Mafia Kajita (game writer).
14:00 to 14:30 – Zunata Concert (Taito Channel) – A talk and concert event from the Taito sound team Zunata. Featuring Katsuhisa Ishikawa (Zunata), Masaki (Zunata), and Kenji Matsumura (guitarist, composer, and arranger).
15:30 to 16:15 – Rakugaki Stage: RakuKin TV at TGS 2019 (Rakugaki Kingdom Channel) – The official Rakugaki Kingdom web broadcast RakuKin TV live from Tokyo Game Show 2019. Featuring Yukiyo Fujii (voice actor), Naomi Ohzora (voice actor), and Nobunaga Shimazaki (voice actor).

Space Invaders: Invincible Collection launching in Japan on March 26th, 2020, details on standard and special editions

A slow invasion

Taito has announced that the Space Invaders: Invincible Collection will launch for Switch in Japan on March 26th, 2020. The standard edition will cost 5,200 yen, and the special edition is priced at 16,800 yen. The following games are found in both the standard and special edition.

- Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Black-and-White Version
- Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – Color Version
- Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
- Super Space Invaders ’91 (also known as MJ-12 / Majestic Twelve) (1990, Arcade)
- Space Invaders Extreme (2018, PC)
- Additional titles to be announced in the future

The next wave of titles are part of the Special Edition exclusively.

- Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)
- Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)
- Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)
- Additional titles to be announced in the future

Amazon Japan is going to sell Amazon Prime Day 2019-exclusive versions of the standard and special editions on July 15th and 16th, 2019. These will include the exclusive Space Invaders 90 as DLC.

Finally, the bonus goodies packed with the special edition includes a Space Invaders-themed board game, an official art book, a Taito-branded pouch, and five instruction cards.

Check out the screens for the titles included in Space Invaders: Invincible Collection

An all-out invasion

In a previous article, we covered the 6 known Space Invaders titles that are included in Space Invaders: Invincible Collection. Here's the list for those who need a refresher.

- Space Invaders (black-and-white)
- Space Invaders Part II
- Super Space Invaders ’91 (Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV)
- Space Invaders DX
- Space Invaders Extreme
- Space Cyclone

If you want to check out screens for each one of those games, you can now do so right here. Again, there will be more games in the collection, but these are the titles announced for now.

TAITO returns to the North American and European market with a new Ninja Warriors title

Not of the 'ultimate' variety

Stuttgart, Germany; June 18th, 2019 – As already announced in 2018, the pioneer of the Japanese video game industry, TAITO Corporation, is returning to the market for console games after around ten years with well-known and new TAITO IPs. The first Western title from the game developer and publisher TAITO is a reboot of Ninja Warriors – a game which came onto the market for the Super Nintendo in 1994. Details on Ninja Warriors will be announced later.

The game will be released in North America and Europe by the German United Games GmbH, digitally and physically. The title will be marketed through Strictly Limited Games as limited editions and through the newly founded publishing label ININ as traditional retail and digital versions.

TAITO Corporation was founded 65 years ago and shaped video game history at the time. In the 1980s and 90s, TAITO enthused millions of players with megahits such as PUZZLE BOBBLE®, Rainbow Islands®, ARKANOID® and many other megasellers which enjoy cult status with gamers all over the world even today. In particular, SPACE INVADERS®, the company’s best known title, brought global fame to the game pioneer TAITO and took the international game market by storm. The famous characters from SPACE INVADERS® have since become the corporate characters of TAITO and represent a piece of pop culture which appears again and again, even outside of games. No matter if in Hollywood movies, advertising, fashion or art – the ironically designed extraterrestrial invaders draw attention everywhere.

“We are proud to work together with TAITO Corporation, which has been a legend in the Japanese game industry for many years. We look forward to and are convinced that this cooperation will be a great success,” says Helmut Schmitz, CEO, United Games.

Six titles confirmed for Space Invaders: Invincible Collection

An invasion is upon us

More info on Space Invaders: Invincible Collection is trickling in from this week's issue of Famitsu. Six titles in the collection have been revealed, and more will be shared at a later date. The first six titles are as follows.

- Space Invaders (black-and-white)
- Space Invaders Part II
- Super Space Invaders ’91 (Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV)
- Space Invaders DX
- Space Invaders Extreme
- Space Cyclone

Taito confirms Space Invaders: Invincible Collection for Switch

Invading in 2020

The other day, retailers had leaked the existence of Space Invaders: Invincible Collection (name not final) for Switch. Turns out their listings were right, as Taito confirms the news via the latest issue of Famitsu. The game is set to launch sometime in 2020 in Japan.

Space Invaders: Invincible Collection includes six titles, among which is Space Cyclone, a title never ported to consoles before. There's more details to be gleaned from Famitsu's feature, but we'll have to wait for translations to come through before we can share.

Amazon Japan adds listing for Space Invaders Collection on Switch

Invading Switch soon?

According to Amazon Japan, some Space Invaders action is coming to Switch. The online retailer has a listing for Space Invaders Collection, which they have being published by Taito, and releasing on Dec. 31st, 2020. This listing is specifically for a Famitsu DX Pack. The release date is definitely placeholder, but the game itself will likely see official reveal soon.

The Ninja Warriors: Once Again officially announced for Switch, releasing worldwide in 2019

Taito talked a tiny bit about a project called Ninja Warriors Again back in July, but now they've come forward with the debut trailer and a name change. The game, now called The Ninja Warriors: Once Again, is set to launch for Switch worldwide in 2019.

This game is a port based on the 1994-released console game The Ninja Warriors Again, but will include updated graphics, 16:9 screen support, new characters Yaksha and Raiden, and local two-player co-op support. The Ninja Warriors: Once Again will be at the Indie Game Corner Natsume Atari booth at Tokyo Game Show 2018, with Kunoichi, Ninja, and Kamaitachi available to select.

You can check out more screens and art at the official website

Taito bringing Ninja Warriors Again to Switch

- due out 2019 in Japan
- Super Famicom-style 2D action game

We'll get more details on Ninja Warriors Again once we get a look at the full Famitsu feature, which should be available later today.

Over 3,000 Music Tracks by ZUNTATA, the Sound Team Behind TAITO Games, Now Available on Spotify

TOKYO (February 22, 2018) – TAITO Corporation (TAITO®) today announced the release of over 3,000 music tracks created by Japanese sound creation team ZUNTATA™ on Spotify®, the world’s largest music streaming service.

ZUNTATA is the team behind the creation of game sounds within Taito, and just celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017. Mainly focusing on arcade, home console, and mobile game music and sound effects, ZUNTATA has created sounds for multiple games including the Darius™ series, The Ninja Warriors™, Arkanoid®, the Ray™ series, and Puzzle Bobble® (Bust-A-Move®).

In addition to Spotify, these songs are also available on iTunes®, Apple Music®, mora®, and Amazon®.

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