San Francisco, CA - October 25, 2005 - SEGA of America, Inc. and Empire Interactive today announced the release of Taito Legends for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PC. This exciting compilation features 29 arcade classics and spans nearly 30 years of gaming history.
Long-time video game fans can re-live fond memories of their first arcade experiences with Space Invaders (1978), Jungle Hunt (1982), Zoo Keeper (1982), and Elevator Action (1983). Players weaned on prior console ports of Bubble Bobble (1986), Operation Wolf (1987) and Rastan (1987) can finally play these games at home exactly as they appeared in the arcades. And everybody will enjoy discovering forgotten classics like the addictive puzzler Tube-It (1993) and the hectic shooter Exzisus (1987).
"Taito Legends offers 29 exciting arcade games that have stood the test of time," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. "Welcome back to the early days of gaming; the only thing we've left out is the pizza grease on the joysticks."
"SEGA's distribution strength will allow a mass of consumers the benefit of playing and re-playing classic Taito arcade games - from Space Invaders to Bubble Bobble – in the comfort of their living rooms." added Ian Higgins, CEO Empire Interactive.
Taito Legends represents the first time most of these games have been made available on console and PC. The collection also offers a wealth of bonus material, including a comprehensive history of Taito and interviews with the designers of Space Invaders, Space Invaders part 2, Bubble Bobbble, Rainbow Islands and Volfied.
Complete Taito Legends Title List:
Space Invaders (1978), Phoenix (1980), Space Invaders Part 2 (1980), Colony 7 (1981), Electric Yoyo (1982), Jungle Hunt (1982), Zoo Keeper (1982), Elevator Action (1983), Great Swordsman(1984), Return of the Invaders (1985), Bubble Bobble (1986), Gladiator (1986), Tokio (1986), Exzisus (1987), Plump Pop (1987), Operation Wolf (1987), Rainbow Islands (1987), Rastan (1987), Super Qix (1987), The New Zealand Story (1988), Operation Thunderbolt (1988), Battle Shark (1989), Continental Circus (1989), Plotting (1989), Volfied (1989), Ninja Kids (1990), Space Gun (1990), Thunderfox (1990) Tube It (1993)
Taito Legends for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC will be available at major retailers on October 25, 2005 for an MSRP of $19.95. For screenshots and artwork, visit the SEGA FTP site at: http://segapr.segaamerica.com.
About SEGA of America SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.sega.com/usa.
About Empire Empire is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 14 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire also has offices in the US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles for current and next-generation platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire and its products can be found at: http://www.empireinteractive.com
About Taito Since its inception in 1953, TAITO has led the way for interactive entertainment. With the release of "Space Invaders" in 1978, a new form of entertainment was born – computer games. Leading the way for what is now a multi-billion dollar industry that has on occasion surpassed the film industry in popularity, TAITO continues to further expand its array of product and create and distribute games that will open the eyes, excite the mind (and fingers), and of course live up to the company motto, "Catch the Heart". Further information about the TAITO Corporation and its products can be found at: www.taito.co.jp/eng/.
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