76 posts tagged taito
“Irem vs Taito” by Paul Robertson (click for a much larger image). It’s pixelart pandemonium as the titans of these two Japanese video game publishers duke it out!
Hammerin’ Harry versus the Puzzle Bobble Crew! Ninja Baseball Bat Man versus Time Gal’s Reika! R-Type crafts versus Darius ships! Mr. Heli versus Invaders! The only battle missing is the kusoge match-up of the millenium, Deadly Towers’ Prince Myer versus Beat Takeshi.
Robertson created this image and two others — one based on Konami’s obscure arcade beat’em up Violent Storm, and another NSFW piece for Custer’s Revenge — for the Super iam8bit show. See them all here.
Perfect reminder to watch some King of Famicom.
Cooking Mama plush doll, free with pre-order of Cooking Mama 4 at GameStop. Something looks slightly off about the face on this doll, but it’s still pretty dang cute! If you can identify what it is that’s bothering me, though please do — because I can’t.
I’ve only seen this available at GameStop, so if you want a little plush companion to watch you break eggs, you’ll have to pre-order the 3DS game from there.
See also: More Cooking Mama posts
Bust-a-Move Universe saw a cool reception from JC and other reviewers, but I believe this is the first time Amazon has singled out a 3DS game as its Deal of the Day, so this seemed worth featuring on the flagship site (most of our sales posts are on the DS Dates blog nowadays).
If you’re looking for a cheap game to pop into your 3DS, you can snatch this for $19.99. Otherwise, Amazon is still running its $50 deal for two select Nintendo 3DS games — includes Ghost Recon (!), Ridge Racer, and other third-party / non-SSFIV3D titles.
See also: More 3DS news and media
I didn’t think it was even possible to make a crummy Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble game. I’ve played a bunch of them, and they’ve all been, at worst, unremarkable Bust-a-Move games, but still fun.
Bust-a-Move Universe on 3DS is unremarkable at best, and kind of irritating at worst. A session of Azumanga Puzzle Daioh last weekend confirmed that I still like good Puzzle Bobble games, and that this isn’t one. For one thing, that arcade game has awesome multiplayer, and Universe has no multiplayer.
Space Invaders and Darius Burst cases for iPhone 3G/3GS. These are actually arcade prizes, but NCSX is selling them to those of us not lucky enough to be near a Taito Station arcade, and not lucky enough to, you know, actually win prizes from those damn crane games!
I’m pretty excited to see new accessories for my phone, since I’d expect any new things to be iPhone 4-shaped. At $26 each, though, I’m going to decide just how excited I am.
See also: More Space Invaders junk!
Bubble Bobble, The Legend of Kage, and Front Line shirts from The King of Games’s DotLike series. These Taito-licensed shirts will be released in Japan November 6, for ¥5,145 ($64) each…
If there’s ever been a t-shirt I’d consider paying $64 on, it’s that Legend of Kage design. Check out that dope situation! Kage all reading his scroll, ninjas all dropping out of the sky against a giant moon.
See also: More shirts
Though GameStop doesn’t have any to sell online, if you can bring yourself to visit your local shop, you can pick up a new copy of Space Invaders Extreme 2 for just $4.99. You might want to check the site’s “store availability” or call ahead to make sure your visit isn’t fruitless.
I remember buying the original Space Invaders Extreme for the same price — money well spent — but lost it along with other cherished DS carts during my move last year. Might be time to replace it!
Also, why didn’t Square Enix ever release Space Invaders Extreme Z in the U.S. That’s some ol’ bullshit.
Oh, and speaking of sales, Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen is only $17.99 at Amazon right now.
The Tablecloth Hour, a new Taito arcade game being location-tested in Shibuya. Like Cho Chabudai Gaeshi, this is an arcade machine in which players interact with virtual tables. While Cho Chabudai Gaeshi was all about pounding and, finally, upending a table, The Tablecloth Hour tasks you with pulling the tablecloth off smoothly and quickly.
This is as “practical” as any amusement-focused arcade game could be: it’s a lot easier to practice this on the machine, and get feedback from the game, than it is to dump salt, pepper, vase water, etc. all over your floor repeatedly.
[Via Arcade Heroes]
Taito has released a free iPhone app that allows users to create Space Invaders-themed virtual business cards and trade them with other iPhoners. The app lets you choose your invader sprite and color, add whichever personal details you’d like to the card, and even recommend a Taito iPhone title in the corner of the card. Then you trade cards wirelessly by sliding the image toward the recipient.
I’m looking forward to handing out lots of Invader cards to other nerds at E3. I’ll pretend I like them because the virtual card system is greener than distributing paper, but mostly I like them because of a combination of goofy gimmickry and having pictures of Space Invaders on them. Considering that not everyone will have an iPhone and this app, I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of excuses to brandish the Spelunker card case.
Space Invaders umbrella. Apparently, Taito is lending these out from its arcades in Japan starting today, with a 30-day lending period. Would people really return these? I’m not sure I’d be able to.
Densha de Go! Special Version — Revived! Showa Yamanote Line from Square Enix. A new version of Taito’s famous train simulation game, which allows you to experience the thrill of operating a commuter train in Japan, will be released in Japan July 22, and I’m… slightly excited? Maybe?
I say “maybe” because a DS version will be more easily accessible to people like me who can’t afford to import one of the specialized controllers made for other versions of the game (which are designed to simulate real train controls). But at the same time, the weird controller is kind of the whole point. Instead of a big controller, the DS version uses the touch screen to display a control panel.
In addition to simulating the modern Yamanote Line (which basically surrounds Tokyo), this version includes a “Showa Mode” that recreates Tokyo of the ’50s/’60s as the backdrop for your regular, careful routes.
(I wanted to link to the Nasubi episode here, in which Nasubi, stranded in an apartment with only contest winnings as his possessions, acquires a copy of Densha de Go! and a PlayStation. However, Hulu no longer has the series :( )
Screenshots from Pet Shop Monogatari 2. How could Taito expand upon its first DS game about stocking your pet store with wild animals that you’ve caught and trained?
Raccoon dance-off! And puppy handstands! It’s hard to look at these without giggling.
Import: Pet Shop Monogatari DS 2
Buy: My Pet Shop