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Taito Legends Lands Straight At The Top Of The Charts

Taito Legends proves that quality never goes out of fashion as this slice of retro gaming heaven drops straight into the number one slot in the all format budget charts. A compilation of 29 classic games that have thrilled gamers since the '70s Taito Legends is the game retro fans have been clamoring for but it has also struck a chord with a younger audience who want to know where gaming began.

James Spice General Manager of Xplosiv commented on the launch, 'It's great news, but not a huge surprise - the whole team has worked really hard on this strong compilation of games. It was always felt Taito Legends would launch well and continue to sell strongly in the market.'

Taito are the original coin-op arcade masters and have always been at the forefront of arcade gaming, with many of the original and most memorable classics coming from their design stables. The catalogue of games included in the retro collection spans from as early as 1979 through to 1997 and includes arguably the most famous Coin-Op of all time, Space Invaders. Other games include Battle Shark, Bubble Bobble, Elevator Action, New Zealand Story, Operation Thunderbolt, Rainbow Islands and many other great classics. The collection also contains extras including video interviews of the original games creators Mr Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, Pop 'n' Pop) and Mr Fukio Mitsuji (Bubble Bobble, New Zealand Story, Volfied).

Mr Hironori Ishii, General Manager of Overseas Releases for Taito, commented, "There remains an overwhelming interest in the classic games of the 70s and 80s, of which TAITO played a leading role in. This compilation is for all those fans out there, eager to either turn back the clock to those glory days of gaming, or discover altogether why these games are referred to as "classics". We are proud to have a company of such strong repute as Empire representing us, and trust they will do their best with this title."

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Robert Lightbody

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Email: robert.lightbody@xplosiv.net

Notes for Editors

About Taito Legends

Taito Legends is a retro collection of classic games consisting of 29 of the best loved classics, including Bubble Bobble, Space Invaders, Rainbow Island, Operation Wolf, New Zealand Story to name but a few. Taito Legends will be available from 14th October on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

About Xplosiv

Empire launched Xplosiv as a value brand selling PC software in mid 2000 and PlayStation2 in 2004, proving a great success in the UK and overseas due to the group's license wins with, Sega, Ubisoft, Taito, Activision, Microsoft, Vivendi and CDV. Further information on Xplosiv products can be found at www.xplosiv.net

About Empire Interactive

Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 17 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles across all platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: www.empireinteractive.com

About Taito

Since its inception in 1953, TAITO has led the way for interactive entertainment. With the release of "Space Invaders" in 1978, a new form of entertainment was born - computer games. Leading the way for what is now a multi-billion dollar industry that has on occasion surpassed the film industry in popularity, TAITO continues to further expand its array of product and create and distribute games that will open the eyes, excite the mind (and fingers), and of course live up to the company motto, "Catch the Heart". Further information about the TAITO Corporation and its products can be found at: www.taito.co.jp/eng/.

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