June 17, 2008

TAITO Rewrites Gaming History by Bringing Classic Arcade Games to Handheld Consoles
Los Angeles (June 17, 2008)
TAITO Corporation (TAITO™), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd., announced that SPACE INVADERS EXTREME™ and ARKANOID™ DS were shipped to North American retailers today.

These highly anticipated releases are legendary titles reimagined for the 21st century. SPACE INVADERS®, a worldwide sensation since its original release in 1978, has been reborn as SPACE INVADERS EXTREME for Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, SPACE INVADERS is as addictive as ever, with this new edition carrying on the classic gameplay experience while adding fast-paced new twists.

Meanwhile, the 1986 blockbuster hit ARKANOID comes exclusively to Nintendo DS with multiple modes and playful new backgrounds. With ARKANOID DS, players can test their skills against other DS users through the multiplayer option.

Loved around the globe for generations, these milestone titles in computer game history are simply timeless. Both SPACE INVADERS EXTREME and ARKANOID DS were developed to appeal to fans of the original titles and a new generation of players alike. The exhilarating arcade experience is now portable and available on store shelves today.

  • New Look: The classic design of the original SPACE INVADERS, now with revamped graphics and new background movies that add to the game’s excitement.
  • New Music: Get in the groove with upbeat techno tunes that are synched to gameplay.
  • New Mini-Games: Experience varied gameplay with mini-games (Rounds) that are launched mid-game – they add to the fun, and are a good way to rack up points.
  • New Twists: Discover exciting twists to the classic game that provide exciting, fast-paced game play.

  • New Functionalities:

    DS Version

  • Worldwide (Japan, North America and Europe) two player competitive play and score ranking available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Two player wireless competitive play and game sharing available.
  • Compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS™ Lite Rumble Pak PSP system Version


    PSP Version
  • Two player competitive play available via ad hoc wireless connection

  • Explore three game modes that offer varied gameplay designed for a wide range of users.
  • Compete against two to four players via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and enter high scores in the ranking system.
  • Decorate ARKANOID DS with colorful designs by trading points gained through gameplay for fun backgrounds and icons.
  • Rock to an irresistible soundtrack produced by Zuntata, TAITO’s award-winning sound team.

  • SPACE INVADERS EXTREME is rated E (Everyone). ARKANOID DS is rated E (Everyone). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

    SPACE INVADERS EXTREME will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD). The official website can be found at http://www.taito.com/csm/title/2008/sie/.

    ARKANOID DS will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD). The official website can be found at http://www.taito.com/csm/title/2008/arkanoid_ds/.

    About TAITO Corporation

    TAITO Corp. (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS, and developed such fan favorites as EXIT™ and ARKANOID. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries. More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.co.jp/english.

    About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.

    Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 80 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 43 million units worldwide – under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

    Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com.

    ARKANOID, EXIT, SPACE INVADERS, SPACE INVADERS EXTREME, TAITO and the TAITO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TAITO Corp in the United States and/or other countries. DRAGON QUEST, FINAL FANTASY and SQUARE ENIX are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Co., Ltd., in the United States and/or other countries. Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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