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18 May 2024

NEWS: TAITO Milestones 3 Set to Thrill Retro Gamers with Nintendo Switch Release

TAITO Milestones 3

By Jon Donnis

ININ, in collaboration with TAITO, has announced the highly anticipated third installment in the TAITO Milestones series, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Scheduled for release in Winter 2024, TAITO Milestones 3 promises to delight retro gaming enthusiasts worldwide with a collection of over seven classic TAITO games from the late 1980s and early 90s. This venture, supported by HAMSTER Corporation, aims to bring the golden age of arcade gaming to modern consoles through the celebrated "Arcade Archives" series.

The announcement, accompanied by a new trailer featuring original music from the legends at TAITO, has already generated significant excitement among fans. The trailer hints at a vibrant and nostalgic journey through some of TAITO's most beloved titles, each carefully ported to retain their original charm while offering a fresh experience for both longtime fans and new players.

Classic Games Revived
TAITO Milestones 3 includes an impressive lineup of games that defined an era, offering a mix of genres and gameplay styles that showcase the diversity of TAITO's arcade legacy. Here's a glimpse of the first batch of games included in the collection:

Bubble Bobble (1986)
The iconic two-player co-op arcade game that introduced Bubby and Bobby, who use their bubble-blowing powers to traverse 100 monster-filled levels to rescue their kidnapped girlfriends. This title remains a beloved classic, known for its cooperative gameplay and catchy music.

Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987)
A direct sequel to Bubble Bobble, this game features Bubby and Bobby in their human forms, using rainbows to defeat enemies and save the inhabitants of Rainbow Islands from the evil Boss of Shadow. It's a colorful and engaging adventure that expands on the original's gameplay.

Rastan Saga (1987)
Players take on the role of Rastan the Thief in this action-packed platform game. Set before he becomes king, Rastan embarks on a quest to protect the kingdom of Ceim, battling various enemies and using a range of weapons like fire swords, hammers, and axes to defeat a monstrous dragon.

Cadash (1989)
An action RPG where players can choose from a fighter, mage, priest, or ninja to rescue Princess Sarasa from the evil Baarogue. This two-player co-op game combines elements of role-playing and side-scrolling action, requiring players to defeat monsters, collect riches, and upgrade their equipment.

Champion Wrestler (1989)
A wrestling game that puts players in the ring for eight rounds of intense action. Featuring technical moves, aerial techniques, and brutal weapons, Champion Wrestler offers both tag-team and 1v1 matches, ensuring high-energy couch co-op entertainment.

Runark (1990)
A beat-em-up game supporting up to four players in couch co-op mode. Players join a squad of rangers tasked with saving animals from poachers. The game is known for its dynamic combat system, allowing players to use a variety of weapons and hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Thunder Fox (1990)
A run-and-gun action game where players join the Thunder Fox anti-terrorism team. Featuring a mix of on-foot and vehicle combat, players can drive tanks, pilot autogyros, and ride marine jets to take down a terrorist organization.

A Nostalgic Journey Awaits
With TAITO Milestones 3, ININ and TAITO aim to transport players back to a time when arcades ruled the gaming world. This collection not only preserves the essence of these classic games but also introduces them to a new generation of gamers. The release on the Nintendo Switch ensures accessibility and convenience, allowing fans to enjoy these timeless titles anytime, anywhere.

As the release date approaches, anticipation builds for what promises to be a must-have collection for retro gaming aficionados and Switch owners alike. Whether reliving fond memories or discovering these classics for the first time, players can look forward to an exciting and nostalgic gaming experience this winter.


What? Sad that you don't see your favorite TAITO arcade classic? Well, it's not over yet! Stay tuned for more titles to be announced in TAITO Milestones 3 later this summer!

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