Glossary

Dariusburst

Dariusburst

Release date: 2009

Genres: Shooter

Publishers: Taito

Dariusburst is a horizontal scrolling shooter developed by Pyramid and published by Taito. Forming part of the Darius series, it was released for the PlayStation Portable December 24, 2009. Like previous Darius games, Dariusburst is an offbeat sci-fi shooter set in outer space with aquatic-themed (typically fish-shaped) robotic enemies. In keeping with tradition, the game also features branching paths instead of the linear progression found in most video games. There are a total of 11 zones in t…

Densha de Go! 2 Kōsoku-hen

Densha de Go! 2 Kōsoku-hen

Release date: 1999

Genres: Simulation

Platforms: Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast

Publishers: Taito

Densha de Go! 2 Kōsoku-hen (Japanese: 電車でGO!2 高速編, "Go by Train! 2: High Speed Volume") is a train driving simulation game. It was released in Japan in 1998. It was ported from Dreamcast to Nintendo 64 and released as Densha de Go! 64 in Japan in 1999. Densha de Go! 64 supports its uniquely bundled train driving controller for Nintendo 64, which simulates actual train controls. It is one of two games that utilize Nintendo 64's Voice Recognition Unit (VRS). Like Hey You, Pikachu!, it is packaged…

Darius II

Darius II

Release date: 1993

Genres: Shooter

Publishers: Taito

Darius II is a 1989 arcade video game developed by Taito. It is the direct sequel to the 1987 Darius. It was later released as Sagaia in Japan in 1991 for the Game Boy as well as non-Japanese ports. A remake was released for the PC Engine Super CD-ROM² as Super Darius II in 1993.

Darius Twin

Darius Twin

Release date: 1991

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Super Nes

Publishers: Taito

Darius Twin is a 1991 horizontal-scrolling shooter video game developed and published by Taito for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is part of the Darius series. It was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console in Japan on April 13, 2010 and in North America on December 13, 2010.

Dangerous Curves

Release date: 1995

Genres: Racing

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Dangerous Curves is a video game developed and published by Taito for arcades in 1995. The game was considered "mediocre" by critics.

Depthcharge

Depthcharge

Release date: 1977

Genres: Arcade

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Sega, -Gremlin, Taito

Depthcharge is a single-player arcade game released in 1977 by Gremlin Industries for the Sega VIC Dual system board. Taito licensed the game and released it as Sub Hunter in Japan. The game, which uses a black-and-white CRT display, presents the player with a cut-away view of a section of ocean, on the surface of which is a destroyer with submarines passing beneath it. The player drops depth charges (up to six at a time) to destroy the submarines and moves the ship back and forth in order to a…

Don Doko Don 2

Don Doko Don 2

Release date: 1992

Genres: Action, Platform

Platforms: Nintendo Nes

Publishers: Taito

Don Doko Don 2 (ドンドコドン2) is a side-scrolling 2D platform game, developed by Natsume and published by Taito, which was only released in Japan in 1992. It is the sequel to the arcade game Don Doko Don. On January 15, 2020, the game was released as part of the limited edition Pocket Player handheld by My Arcade worldwide, alongside its predecessor and Chack'n Pop.

Do! Run Run

Do! Run Run

Release date: 1984

Genres: Adventure, Maze, Platform

Platforms: Amiga, Atari ST, Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Do! Run Run, also known as Super Pierrot (スーパーピエロ Sūpā Piero), is the fourth and final incarnation of Mr. Do!, the Universal video game mascot. Returning to his Mr. Do! roots, the clown has a bouncing powerball with which to hurl at monsters. Mr. Do runs along the playfield picking up dots and leaving a line behind him, which the player is encouraged to create closed off sections with. Precariously balanced log traps, can be rolled downslope, crushing enemies. The resulting game is somewhat of a…

Darius Gaiden

Darius Gaiden

Release date: 1994

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Sega Saturn, Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Darius Gaiden is a 1994 horizontal-scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Taito. The fifth entry in its Darius series, players control a starship named the Silver Hawk in its mission to destroy the Belsar empire before it wipes out the population of planet Darius. Gaiden adds several new features to the core concepts of its predecessors, including screen-clearing black hole bombs and the ability to capture mid-level bosses. The game has been ported to several consoles, includin…

Dino Rex

Release date: 1992

Genres: Action, Combat

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Dino Rex is a fighting arcade video game developed and originally released by Taito in Japan on November 1992. Set during the 25th century BC on a prehistoric South America, players assume the role of a warrior commanding his dinosaur companion as he enters a tournament held by the current titular king in order to become the next ruler while facing matches against other rivals. Its gameplay consists of one-on-one fights, with a main three-button configuration, featuring special moves and combo t…

Dino Master

Release date: 2005

Genres: Action

Platforms: Nintendo DS

Publishers: Taito, Majesco Entertainment

Dino Master is a game for the Nintendo DS system similar to a fusion of Pokémon and the arcade game Qix. The player takes the role of "Dave the Digger", who excavates fossils from various sites while avoiding enemies. The fossils can then be revived into living dinosaurs and pitted against each other in Battle Mode. To battle, the player would choose a part of the dinosaur to defend, and a part of the opponent dinosaur to attack. Smaller dinosaurs are weaker but have less vulnerability points; …

Densha de Go!

Densha de Go!

Release date: 1996

Genres: Simulation

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Nintendo GameBoy Color, Sega Dreamcast, PSP, Sega Saturn, Arcade

Publishers: Taito, Square Enix

Densha de Go! (電車でGO!, "Go By Train") is a Japanese train simulation game series originally produced by Taito and more recently by Square Enix (who purchased Taito) and Railfan Holdings Co., Ltd. The game originates from a 1996 arcade version and was first released for the PlayStation in 1997. There are also PC versions released by the Japanese publisher Unbalance. All of the games in the series are exclusively available in Japanese. As for the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the game se…

Demon Sword

Demon Sword

Release date: 1989

Genres: Action, Platform

Publishers: Taito

Demon Sword (不動明王伝, Fudō Myōō Den, "The Legend of Acala") is an action video game developed by TOSE and published by Taito in 1989 for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Double Axle

Release date: 1991

Genres: Racing

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Double Axle is a monster truck racing game created by Taito in 1991. The object of the game is to complete every single race by coming in 3rd Place or better. If the player fails to do so, the game will end. By completing races successfully, the player will be awarded prize money depending on how well they did. This game also features the option of upgrading the monster truck, which is essential for completing harder races. Additional money can be earned by completing the bonus stages after each…

Darius

Darius

Release date: 1987

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Amiga, Atari ST, Nintendo Switch, PC Engine, Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Darius is a 1987 horizontal-scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Taito. Players control a starship named the Silver Hawk in its mission to destroy the Belser empire before they wipe out the planet Darius. Its gameplay involves traversing through a series of scrolling levels while destroying enemies and collecting power-up icons. It is notable for its unique three-screen panoramic display.The game was designed by a small team of others lead by Junji Yarita. In contrast to othe…

Dead Connection

Dead Connection

Release date: 1992

Genres: Shoot 'em up

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Dead Connection is an arcade game released by Taito in 1992. The game takes place on September 5, 1953 "in a big city somewhere". It features a group of detectives who set out to fight a crime family. The game has a strong Film noir vibe, shown through the appearance of the detectives and the featuring of a female protagonist. Each stage is preceded by a short cinematic interlude that explains the transition between the game's different locales.

Dungeon Magic

Dungeon Magic

Release date: 1993

Genres: Beat'em-up

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Dungeon Magic, also known as Light Bringer (ライトブリンガー) in Japan and Europe, is a 1994 arcade game by Taito Corporation Japan and is also included in Taito Legends 2. Unlike most medieval/fantasy beat 'em ups, it featured an isometric viewing angle, some platforming (usually involving players stacking rocks or crates to climb on and jump to treasure chests), unusually large stylised sprites, and variable blood/gore settings. Unusually, there are two European versions of the game: one uses the titl…

Darius Force

Release date: 1993

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Super Nes

Publishers: Taito

Darius Force, known as Super Nova in North America, is a horizontal scrolling shooter for the Super Famicom/SNES, released in 1993 and is part of the Darius series.

Don Doko Don

Don Doko Don

Release date: 1989

Genres: Action, Platform

Platforms: PC Engine, Arcade

Publishers: Taito

Don Doko Don is a platform arcade game developed and released by Taito in 1989. In the game, the player(s) control two dwarves, Bob and Jim, with the objective being to clear the screen of all the enemies. Bob and Jim use their mallets to stun the enemies, pick up the enemies, then throw them at a wall, or other enemies to kill them off, resulting in bonus points. Bonus items also appear during stages that will have varying effects on the players. Taito and ITL ported the game to both the Family…