Empire Interactive (Europe)
Sega (North America)
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows|
|Release||PlayStation 2 & Xbox|
Taito Legends is a compilation of 29 arcade games released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Microsoft Windows. The games were originally developed by Taito Corporation. The European release was published by Empire Interactive, who had licensed the games from Taito and developed the compilation. Although they did not get official credit for it in the American versions, Sega published the North American and South American releases.
While the Western Taito Legends consists of 29 arcade games, the Japanese Taito Memories includes only 25 arcade games per volume, omitting Jungle Hunt, Colony 7, The Electric Yo-Yo, Zoo Keeper and Tube It.
|Title||Arcade release||Taito Legends||Taito Memories||Alternative title|
|Space Invaders||1978||Yes||I Vol.2|
|Space Invaders Part II||1979||Yes||I Vol.2||Deluxe Space Invaders (USA)|
|The Electric Yo-Yo||1982||Yes||No|
|Jungle Hunt||1982||Yes||No||Jungle King (original) and Pirate Pete (official clone)|
|Elevator Action||1983||Yes||I Vol.2|
|Great Swordsman||1984||Yes||II Vol.2|
|Return of the Invaders||1985||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Bubble Bobble||1986||Yes||I Vol.1|
|Gladiator||1986||Yes||II Vol.1||Ougon no Shiro (Japan)|
|Tokio||1986||Yes||II Vol.1||Scramble Formation (Japan)|
|Operation Wolf||1987||Yes||II Vol.2|
|Plump Pop||1987||Yes||II Vol.2|
|Rastan||1987||Yes||I Vol.1||Rastan Saga (Japan, Europe)|
|Rainbow Islands||1987||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Super Qix||1987||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Operation Thunderbolt||1988||Yes||II Vol.1|
|The New Zealand Story||1988||Yes||I Vol.2|
|Battle Shark||1989||Yes||II Vol.2|
|Continental Circus||1989||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Plotting||1989||Yes||I Vol.1||Flipull (Japan)|
|The Ninja Kids||1990||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Space Gun||1990||Yes||II Vol.1|
|Tube It||1993||Yes||No||Cachat (Japan)|
The games on this compilation are emulations of their respective arcade originals; however, the software lacks light gun support for Operation Wolf, Operation Thunderbolt, and Space Gun. These games place a gun cursor on the screen, which the player can move around with the analog stick (console versions), or mouse (PC version).
The games that had to be altered due to licensing issues are Jungle Hunt and Rainbow Islands. Elements of Jungle Hunt had to be altered such as the design of the Tarzan like character and the signature Tarzan yell due to licensing issues with Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Rainbow Islands had to alter its music for the re-release due to licensing.
Taito Legends received slightly positive reviews with a score of 74.06% for the Xbox version, 71.68% for the PlayStation 2 version, and 75.17% for the Windows version on GameRankings.IGN praised the collection for a superb presentation, as well as the large amount of bonus material, but criticized some titles in the collection as "worthless filler". Other criticisms are the lack of online leaderboards, the omission of Arkanoid and Chase H.Q., the lack of light gun support for Operation Wolf, Operation Thunderbolt, and Space Gun, the lack of control configuration, and for the controls being "flipped", making it potentially uncomfortable and unnatural to many, less-adaptable players. Only the Windows version fixes the error regarding the collection's control scheme.