Taito Legends Power-Up
|Taito Legends Power-Up|
Mine Loader Software
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:
|Title||Release||System||Taito Legends console appearances||Notes|
|Alpine Ski||1981||Taito SJ System||Taito Legends 2|
|Balloon Bomber||1980||Taito Legends 2 (PS2 version)|
|Cameltry||1989||Taito Legends 2|
|Chack'n Pop||1983||Taito Legends 2|
|Crazy Balloon||1980||Taito Legends 2|
|Elevator Action||1983||Taito Legends|
|The Fairyland Story||1985||Taito Legends 2|
|KiKi KaiKai||1986||Taito Legends 2|
|Kuri Kinton||1988||Taito Legends 2|
|The Legend of Kage||1985||Taito Legends 2|
|Lunar Rescue||1979||Taito Legends 2|
|The New Zealand Story||1988||Taito Legends|
|Qix||1981||Qix Hardware||Taito Legends 2|
|Raimais||1988||Taito Legends 2|
|Rastan Saga||1987||Taito Legends||Japanese release|
|Return of the Invaders||1985||Taito Legends|
|Space Invaders||1978||Taito Legends|
|Space Invaders Part II||1979||Taito Legends|
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. Greg Miller of IGN rated the game 7.2 (decent) for incomplete multiplayer support. 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.