300 Famous Characters, Redrawn in Pixels

Inspired by Bubble Bobble, pixel artist Paul Robertson took Taito's 1986 classic's style and redrawn a whole bunch of video game and pop culture characters. 300 of them to be exact. » 7/21/14 10:42am 7/21/14 10:42am

Japan's Left 4 Dead Characters Include Schoolgirl, Bartender

Left 4 Dead is being released as an arcade game in Japan. None of the eight existing characters, however, are making the trip (despite featuring in the local releases of the console titles). Instead, publishers Taito have swapped in an all-new cast. » 5/22/14 8:11pm 5/22/14 8:11pm

Space Invaders' Creator Says He Would Have Made It 'Far Easier'

At 69, Tomohiro Nishikado readily admits he's bad at video games. That's not unusual for a man his age, but he was bad at them when he was making them, specifically Space Invaders. "Had it been left up to me, Space Invaders would have been a far easier game," he told The New Yorker. » 10/20/13 1:30pm 10/20/13 1:30pm

Two of the world's most addictive mobile games, Taito's Groove Coaster Zero and GungHo Online's Puzzles & Dragons, are crossing-over August 12-24. There'll be special Groove Coaster Zero-themed dungeons and creatures popping up in the puzzler, while a special P&D song pack will be available in the rhythm game for… » 8/09/13 6:45pm 8/09/13 6:45pm

This Space Invaders Watch Is As Expensive As It Is Stylish

In the event that you have an extra $20,000 or so lying around, you probably wouldn't want to spend it on a watch. But on the off chance that you do, boy, have I got a treat for you. » 12/23/12 7:00pm 12/23/12 7:00pm

One of the Greatest Mobile Music Games Goes Free-to-Play

Experimenting with new ways to make folks pay for their iOS games, Square Enix releases Groove Coaster Zero, injecting new songs and adapting a free-to-play model to Reisuke Ishida's original musical masterpiece. » 11/20/12 9:25am 11/20/12 9:25am

Taito's Love Affair With Old Jackie Chan Movies

What kind of developers have the peanuts to rip off Jackie Chan not once, but twice, at the same time? Taito have the peanuts, that's who.


This image is from Silent Dragon, a side-scroller Taito released in 1992. The blue dude on the left may look familiar to anyone who's seen Jackie Chan's awesome Big Brawl, because… » 8/07/12 1:00am 8/07/12 1:00am

The Feel Good Fighting Game Story of the Summer

The fighting game community gets a bum rap. Sometimes it's deserved. Often it's not. There are good people in the fighting game community. People like Daigo Umehara » 6/28/12 4:01am 6/28/12 4:01am. People like Osamu Ichikawa. And people like the folks at .

Now You Too Can Play the Terrible Akira Video Game!

In 1988, Taito released Akira » 5/21/12 11:30pm 5/21/12 11:30pm, cash-in on the hugely-popular animated film of the same name. Just in case you were wondering if Japanese developers somehow made better movie adaptations in the 1980s, no, they did not. The game was .

Press This Arcade Button. A Real Person Will Appear.

One of the best things about Japan is the service. The service is generally great. One of the things that makes it so great? Call buttons.


Instead of sitting in a restaurant waiting around for a waiter or waitress to make his or her way towards your table, you can press the call button, and your server will come… » 3/14/12 7:15am 3/14/12 7:15am

So Many Wonderful Arcade Prizes. Which Do You Want?

The 26th Prize Fair recently wrapped up, showing off prizes available in arcade redemption games during the first half of 2012. Companies including Taito, Banpresto, and Sega were on hand. Ditto for their prizes. » 11/09/11 5:00am 11/09/11 5:00am

The Only Things Missing from This Model Spacecraft Are Lasers

RayStorm, the classic 1990s shooting game, always felt like it got somewhat overlooked compared to the spate of shooters released that decade. » 10/10/11 8:30am 10/10/11 8:30am

The Games, the Girls, and Prizes of Japan's Amusement Machine Show

The 49th Amusement Machine show wrapped up recently in Japan. The show played host to new arcade games like Sega's Operation G.H.O.S.T., new medal games for Monster Hunter and Pokémon, and a bunch of prizes. » 9/20/11 6:00am 9/20/11 6:00am

Giant Plastic Alien Heads, Badass Fantasy Art & Video Games

Fans of classic rock and fantasy art will no doubt be familiar with the name Roger Dean. The British artist is as synonymous with 1970's prog rock (especially the band Yes) as epic guitar tracks, and his bold, unique art style means you've probably seen and remembered his work, even if you've never remembered his name. » 9/12/11 12:00am 9/12/11 12:00am

Akira Was a Great Comic, An Amazing Movie, But its Games, Hrm...

It's one of the defining works of modern popular culture, and features plenty of stylised, graphic action. So why is it nobody has ever made a good game out of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira? » 9/06/11 12:00am 9/06/11 12:00am

When You're a Rock Star, You Snort Cocaine off Space Invaders

Noel Gallagher, the former Oasis songwriter, probably doesn't remember most of the 1990s. He was out of his mind, doing drugs—maybe even doing them off a glass top Space Invaders arcade cabinet. » 9/02/11 8:00am 9/02/11 8:00am

Elevator Action Deluxe Adds Much Needed Dancing, Pompadour to Arcade…

What's a developer to do when the game they're bringing from the arcade to console is already just fine? Add funky dancing and crazy haircuts of course! » 8/26/11 1:00pm 8/26/11 1:00pm

Groove Coaster is a Finger-Tapping Musical Space Invaders Masterpiece

Just when I was certain there was no new way to combine tapping fingers and music on the iPhone, Reisuke Ishida marries the aesthetic of his award-winning Space Invaders: Infinity Gene with an equally gorgeous collection of tracks in Groove Coaster. » 7/29/11 9:30am 7/29/11 9:30am