Taito Legends Power-Up

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Taito Legends Power-Up
Taito Legends Power-Up cover.jpg
Developer(s)Empire Oxford
Mine Loader Software
SeriesTaito Legends
Platform(s)PlayStation Portable
  • EU: October 6, 2006
  • AU: November 9, 2006
  • NA: May 17, 2007

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 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
Phoenix 1980 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 Chaser 1980 No
Space Dungeon 1981 No
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.[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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