Retronauts Episode 521: Taito Part IV

Spoilers: This will not be our last Taito episode

As we rapidly approach the first anniversary of Episode 451, a Patreon-exclusive dive into the history of Taito, we have arrived at Part IV of this as-yet-unfinished conversation. That's good news for you, though, because each new installment means hours of in-depth Taito talk!

This week, host Jeremy Parish and guests Ray Barnholt and Brandon Sheffield cover 1992 through 1996, a period that includes a few all-time classics like Puzzle Bobble and Elevator Action Returns, but also wildly outside-the-box projects like the X-55, Taito's hybrid game console/karaoke machine.

Four episodes down and we're still in the 90s? Place your bets as to how many more sessions it will take until we reach Taito's absorption into Square Enix.

Description: Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt, and Brandon Sheffield do a deep dive into the amazing mid-’90s output of Japanese developer Taito, from shooters like Raystorm to role-playing adventures like Lufia. And lots of other stuff! It's an episode packed full of deep-cut classics that'll you'll absolutely want to add to your to-play list!

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Artwork for this episode by John Pading and editing thanks go to Greg Leahy.