During the PlayStation 2 era, Taito released several compilations of its classic arcade games under the names Taito Legends and Taito Memories. Now developer Hamster and publisher ININ Games are readying a similar collection for Nintendo Switch called Taito Milestones. The upcoming collection is set to receive both digital and physical releases and will include The Ninja Warriors, a 2-player co-op classic.
Taito Milestones is a smaller scale collection than the Taito Legends series. Whereas those previous collections offered more than 20 classic arcade games a pop, this one will consist of only 10 games. Nine of the 10 games have been announced so far:
- 1981: QIX
- Draw lines as the “Marker” and capture areas by encircling them. Watch out for enemies while moving around!
- 1982: ALPINE SKI
- Enter the stage of the world of snow and take part in three competitions: Downhill ski, slalom and ski jump!
- 1982: FRONT LINE
- Push forward to the enemy camp as a foot soldier! Drive tanks and armored vehicles!
- 1982: WILD WESTERN
- Defeat the gangs attacking from all directions with your trusty rifle! You are the law!
- 1983: Chack'n Pop
- Hang in there, Chack’n! Get back the hearts from the thieving Monsta.
- 1983: ELEVATOR ACTION
- Infiltrate a building as a spy on a solo mission, get all secret documents and make your escape!
- 1985: The FairyLand Story
- As the witch Ptolemy, you have to defeat the monsters deep inside the castle!
- 1986: HALLEY’S COMET
- Halley’s comet is headed for the planets of our solar system. Destroy the computer at its center!
- 1987: THE NINJA WARRIORS
- Advance into enemy territory as an android ninja to crush the evil Banglar’s ambitions!
A tenth game will be announced in the near future. I'm hoping for a strong co-op title like Bubble Bobble. Of the nine announced games, only The Ninja Warriors features 2-player local co-op, so another cooperative game is certainly needed.
ININ Games has not announced any specific features for Taito Milestones just yet, so we can't say for sure whether the ten included games will receive extras or enhancements.
While much about Taito Milestones remains up in the air, we do know that Strictly Limited Games will be offering physical limited and collector's editions for preorder starting on Thursday, November 25. A regular boxed edition and digital edition will go up for preorder soon after.
We'll share more details about Taito Milestones for Nintendo Switch as they become available. In the meantime, you can check out the collection's product page at the ININ Games website. Taito fans will also want to read about the upcoming Taito Egret II Mini arcade cabinet.