Taito Legends Power-Up

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Taito Legends Power-Up
Taito Legends Power-Up cover.jpg
Developer(s) Empire Oxford
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Series Taito Legends
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • EU October 6, 2006
  • AUS November 9, 2006
  • NA May 17, 2007
Distribution UMD

Taito Legends Power-Up is a compilation of classic Taito video games released for the PlayStation Portable system. Patterned after the Taito Legends series for video game consoles, Power-Up marks the first release of the franchise on a portable gaming system.


Taito Legends Power-Up features 21 different games from Taito's back-catalog of arcade titles. Some of these games have appeared on the Taito Legends console releases, while others are exclusive to Power-Up. These titles include:[1]

Titles included in Taito Legends Power-Up
Title Release System Notes
Alpine Ski 1981 Taito SJ System
Balloon Bomber 1980
Cameltry 1989
Chack'n Pop 1983
Crazy Balloon 1980
Elevator Action 1983
The Fairyland Story 1985
KiKi KaiKai 1986
Kuri Kinton 1988
The Legend of Kage 1985
Lunar Rescue 1979
The New Zealand Story 1988
Phoenix 1980
Qix 1981 Qix Hardware
Raimais 1988
Rastan Saga 1987
Return of the Invaders 1985
Space Chaser 1980
Space Dungeon 1981
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders Part II 1979

Also included are deluxe versions of four games—Balloon Bomber, Cameltry, Crazy Balloon and Legend of Kage. These versions offer upgraded graphics and extended gameplay.

Taito Legends Power-Up also utilizes the PlayStation Portable's game-sharing feature. Any of the 21 games (original versions only) may be wirelessly transmitted to any other PSP, including those that do not own the full version of the game. Downloaded games remain resident within the PSP's memory until the unit is turned off.


Taito Legends Power-Up received mixed reviews with an aggregate score of 60.60% on GameRankings.[2] Greg Miller of IGN rated the game 7.2 (decent) for incomplete multiplayer support.[3] Jeff Gerstmann of GameSpot rated the game 6.5 (fair), and criticized the omission of Bubble Bobble and Double Dragon, (the latter was licensed from Technōs Japan for the U.S.), as well as including too many iterations of Space Invaders.[4]


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