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Epoch released the Japan-exclusive TV Vader in 1980, which was a Space Invaders clone that could be played at home.

Space Invaders is a Japanese shooting video game released in 1978 by Taito. It was developed by Tomohiro Nishikado, who was inspired by other media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars.[1] Though simplistic by contemporary standards, it was one of the forerunners of modern video gaming and helped expand the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry.[2][3] It was first released as an arcade game and later remade on different platforms; re-releases include ported and updated versions. Ported versions generally feature different graphics and additional gameplay options, including moving defense bunkers, zigzag shots, invisible aliens, and two-player modes.[4]

Taito released numerous sequels and spin-offs, many of which have also been remade on multiple platforms, including home consoles and handheld devices. Follow up titles are typically released in celebration of the original's anniversary. The first sequels were primarily released in arcades, while later titles were released on portable devices. Sequels often added power-ups and incorporated new gameplay mechanics—like three-dimensional playing fields, bosses, and rhythm-action—to the original's design.[5] Most titles were released internationally, though some are exclusive to select regions. The games have received different receptions: the Atari 2600 port of the original became the video game industry's first "killer app", while some sequels were regarded as insignificant updates.[4][6] Space Invaders and several of its arcade sequels are often included in video game compilations released by Taito. It inspired numerous other games;[7] many companies created clones that copied its gameplay (such as Super Invader and TI Invaders), while others built upon the original's gameplay (such as Galaxian and Galaga).

Arcade games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[8]
June 1978
Release years by system:
1978 – Arcade[8]
1980 – Atari 2600, Atari 400 and 800[4]
1982 – Atari 5200, Handheld electronic games[4][9]
1985 – Nintendo Entertainment System,[4] SG-1000[10]
1996 – Sega Saturn[11]
1999 – WonderSwan[12]
2002 – Sky Active[13]
2006 – VG Pocket Caplet[14]
2007 – Mobile phone[15]
2009 – iOS[16]
Notes:
  • An urban legend blames the game for causing a shortage of yen in Japan, which led to an increase in production of 100-yen coins;[2][17] however, 100-yen coin production was lower in 1978 and 1979 than in previous or subsequent years.[18][19] The claim also doesn't hold up to logical scrutiny: arcade operators would have emptied out their machines and taken the money to the bank, thus keeping the coins in circulation.[19] Reports from those living in Japan at the time indicate "nothing out of the ordinary ... during the height of the Space Invaders invasion."[19]
  • By 2007, it had generated almost US$500 million in revenue.[17]
  • Several publications attribute the expansion of the video game industry from a novelty into a global industry to the success of the game.[2][3][20][21][22]
  • The Atari 2600 version was the first official licensing of an arcade game and became the first "killer app" by quadrupling the system's sales.[4][23]
  • The Atari versions feature different sets of gameplay variants.[4]
  • The handheld electronic games include LCD and VFD versions developed by Tiger Electronics and Ramtex. Clones were also created by other companies.
  • Early 1980s handheld electronic versions are considered collectables.[9]


Space Invaders Part II

Original release date(s):[24][25]
1979
Release years by system:
1979 – Arcade
1990 – Game Boy and Skill for Prizes[4]
Notes:
  • It was released in the United States as Deluxe Space Invaders (also known as Space Invaders Deluxe)
  • The United States version features a different graphical color scheme and a lunar-city background.
  • The Game Boy version was released only in Japan and used the Game Link Cable for the multiplayer mode.
  • The Skill for Prizes version is titled Prize Space Invaders and features increased difficulty. Players are rewarded with money.[4]
  • Designer Nishikado prefers its gameplay over other Space Invaders titles, citing the game's variety.[26]


Space Invaders II

Original release date(s):[27]
1980
Release years by system:
1980 – Arcade
Notes:
  • It was released exclusively in the United States in a cocktail-table format.
  • The game features a competitive two-player mode.[4]


Return of the Invaders

Original release date(s):[28]
1985
Release years by system:
1985 – Arcade
Notes:
  • It features updated color graphics as well as more complex movements and attack patterns for the aliens.[4]
  • The game was developed by UPL


Super Space Invaders '91

Original release date(s):[29]
1990
Release years by system:
1990 – Arcade[29]
1991 – Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, PC, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum[6][30]
Notes:
  • Also known as Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV.
  • The game features new graphics and gameplay elements, as well as a two-player mode.[4][29][31]
  • It uses Taito's F1/F2 system hardware.[32]
  • The home versions are titled Super Space Invaders.[6][30]
  • The Sega Master System manual for the game included a comprehensive history of the Space Invaders franchise.
  • Super Space Invaders was reviewed in 1992 in Dragon #187 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 2 out of 5 stars.[33]


Mininvaders

Original release date(s):[4]
1990
Release years by system:
1990 – Arcade
Notes:
  • It was released only in Japan.
  • The audio and scoring are omitted.[4]


Space Invaders DX

Original release date(s):[34]
September 1994
Release years by system:
1994 – Arcade
1994 – Game Boy and Super Nintendo Entertainment System
1995 – TurboGrafx-CD
1996 – Sega Saturn
1997 – PlayStation
2001 – Nuon[6]
Notes:
  • A remake of the original with several new options and gameplay elements, including a competitive two-player mode.[32][34]
  • Introduced a "parody mode" that replaces the traditional sprites by those from other Taito games including Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, The NewZealand Story, and Darius.[6]
  • Early versions use Taito's B system hardware, while later ones use Taito's F3 system hardware.[6][32]
  • The home versions were released as Space Invaders - The Original Game. Other names include: Space Invaders XL on the Nuon, Space Invaders '94 on the Game Boy and Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Space Invaders 2000 and Space Invaders 1500 on two PlayStation re-releases.
  • The home releases feature variants of the two-player mode.
  • The Game Boy release was an update to the 1990 version of Space Invaders Part II. Extra options similar to Space Invaders DX are available when played via Nintendo's Super Game Boy.
  • The first PlayStation release lacked the two-player mode. Subsequent PlayStation re-releases in 1998 and 2001 restored it. The 2001 release, known as The Invaders and Space Invaders 1500, includes a 3D version, and was part of D3 Publisher's Simple series of budget games that sell for ¥1500.[6]
  • The Super Nintendo Entertainment System version was also released on Nintendo's Virtual Console.[35]


Space Invaders '95

Original release date(s):[36]
June 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Arcade
Notes:
  • An updated, parody version of the original arcade game that features colorful, super deformed designs.[32][36]
  • The game is also known as Akkanvader and Space Invaders '95: Attack of the Lunar Loonies
  • It uses Taito's F3 system hardware.[32]
  • A 2004 release on the PC was canceled.[37][38]


Space Invaders The Beat Attacker

Original release date(s):
2008
Release years by system:
2008 – Arcade
Notes:
  • A rhythm-game style game in which the players shoots three defense turret by stepping over three control panels
  • Dedicated cabinet sports a giant LED display
  • The game awards achievement tickets which can be exchanged for prizes


Home console games[edit]

Title Details
Space Invaders: Fukkatsu no Hi

Original release date(s):
1990
Release years by system:
1990 – PC Engine

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Space Invaders 90

Original release date(s):[39]
  • JP September 7, 1990
  • NA 1991
Release years by system:
1990 – Sega Mega Drive
Notes:
  • The game was released in North America as Space Invaders 91.[4][39]


Space Invaders

Original release date(s):[6]
1999
Release years by system:
1999 – PlayStation, PC, Nintendo 64, and Game Boy Color[6]
Notes:
  • It is known in Japan as Space Invaders X.[6]
  • The title features 2D and 3D graphics, as well as co-operative and competitive modes for two players.[40]
  • The Game Boy Color version features different graphics and uses a password system to access levels.[6]
  • The PC version is included in the PC compilation pack Weekend Play Pack.[41]
  • Crawfish Interactive developed the Game Boy Color release, while the other versions were developed by Z-Axis. Activision published the four versions.[42]
  • A Dreamcast version was canceled.[43][44]



Original release date(s):[45]
  • JP August 26, 2008
  • NA December 1, 2008
  • EU November 7, 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – Wii
Notes:
  • The game is available on the Wii via Nintendo's WiiWare service.
  • It was released as part of the original's 30th anniversary.
  • Players control the alien invaders as they attack the Earth.[46]


Portable and handheld games[edit]

Title Details
Space Invaders

Original release date(s):[47]
1999
Release years by system:
1999 – Color FX
Notes:


Space Invaders

Original release date(s):[50]
  • NA March 19, 2002
  • EU May 3, 2002
Release years by system:
2002 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Based on Z-Axis's 1999 multiplatform release of Space Invaders, the game features updated graphics and new gameplay elements: levels, worlds, aliens.
  • It uses the Game Link Cable for the two-player mode.
  • The original arcade version is included.
  • It was developed by Torus Games and published by Activision.[50]
  • The game is known as Space Invaders EX in Japan.[51]


Space Invaders Revolution

Original release date(s):[52]
  • JP March 24, 2005
  • NA September 20, 2005
  • EU July 8, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • It is known in Japan as Space Invaders DS.[52]
  • The game features two modes of play: a classic version that emulates the original arcade game, and an updated version with different stages and aliens.[53][54]
  • Tomohiro Nishikado oversaw the game's development.[54]


Space Invaders Evolution

Original release date(s):[55]
  • JP September 22, 2005
  • EU November 3, 2006
  • AUS October 27, 2006
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • The game is known in Japan as Space Invaders: Galaxy Beat.[55]
  • It features 3D graphics and new modes of play including multiplayer.[56]
  • Elements of rhythm-action gameplay are incorporated.[6]



Original release date(s):[57][58][59]
  • JP February 21, 2008
  • NA June 17, 2008
  • EU July 4, 2008
  • AUS July 30, 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable[57][58]
2009 – Xbox Live Arcade[60]
Notes:
  • The game features similar gameplay as the original arcade version integrated with musical elements.
  • It was released as part of the original's 30th anniversary.[46]



Original release date(s):[61]
  • JP March 26, 2009
  • NA October 19, 2009
  • EU October 2, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 - Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • The sequel features new content compared to its predecessor.[62]



Original release date(s):[63]
2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Mobile phone and iOS[63][64]
2010 – PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360[65][66]
Notes:


Compilations[edit]

Title Details
Space Invaders Virtual Collection

Original release date(s):[67]
  • JP December 1, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Virtual Boy
Notes:
  • The collection features 2D and 3D versions of the original game and Space Invaders Part II.
  • It is one of the rarest commercially released games.[6]


Space Invaders Anniversary

Original release date(s):[68][69]
2003
Release years by system:
2003 – Arcade, PlayStation 2, and PC[6][68]
Notes:
  • The compilation includes nine Space Invader variants.[37]
  • It was released as part of the original's 25th anniversary and Taito's 50th anniversary.[6][37]
  • Though Empire Interactive obtained the North American and European distribution rights of the PlayStation 2 version, the company only released the game in Europe.[37][70]


Space Invaders Pocket

Original release date(s):[71]
  • JP May 12, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • The compilation includes four variants of the original title, Space Invaders Part II, Return of the Invaders, Super Space Invaders '91, and Space Invaders '95.
  • Super Space Invaders '91 includes new content intended for its arcade release.[6]
  • It was the first Universal Media Disc released in Japan to include a BIOS version checker for the PlayStation Portable.[72]
  • The developers purposely reproduced programming errors present in the original Space Invaders.[73]


Taito Memories Volume 1

Original release date(s):[74]
  • JP July 28, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • The title is a compilation of Taito's classic arcade games.
  • It features the original Space Invaders with color graphics, Super Space Invaders '91, and Space Invaders DX.[75]
  • An earlier version was planned for the Nokia N-Gage in 2003; Super Space Invaders was planned to be included. The title was canceled.[76][77]


Taito Memories Volume 2

Original release date(s):[78]
  • JP August 25, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation 2
Notes:
  • The title is a compilation of Taito's classic arcade games.
  • It features the original Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, and Space Invaders '95.[79]



Original release date(s):[80][81][82]
  • NA October 25, 2005
  • EU October 14, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC[83]
Notes:
  • It is a compilation of Taito's classic arcade games.
  • The compilation includes Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II and Return of the Invaders.[83]



Original release date(s):[84]
  • NA May 16, 2007
  • EU March 31, 2006
  • AUS March 30, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – PlayStation Portable
Notes:
  • The title is a compilation of Taito's classic arcade games.
  • The compilation includes Space Invaders and Space Invaders Part II.[85]



Original release date(s):[86][87][88]
  • NA May 17, 2007
  • EU October 6, 2006
  • AUS November 9, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC[86][87][88]
Notes:
  • It is a compilation of Taito's classic arcade games.
  • It includes Space Invaders '95, Super Space Invaders '91 and Space Invaders DX.[85]


Space Invaders Trilogy

Original release date(s):[89]
2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Mobile phone
Notes:
  • The mobile phone game is a compilation developed by HanaHo Games.
  • It includes the original Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, and Return of the Invaders.[89]


Other titles[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[4]
1983
Release years by system:
1983 – Atari 2600
Notes:
  • It was produced specifically for The Coca-Cola Company employees.
  • The game is also known as Coke Wins.
  • It features individual letters spelling out "PEPSI" in place of the aliens.
  • It is one of the rarest video games produced; only 125 copies were made.[4][90]


PD Ultraman Invaders

Original release date(s):[91]
  • JP December 22, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – PlayStation
Notes:
  • It is an Ultraman-themed shooting game based on Space Invaders.
  • Features several modes of play including a multiplayer mode.[6]
  • Developed by Taito and published by Bandai.[6][91]



Original release date(s):[92][93]
  • JP December 19, 2002
  • NA April 19, 2004
  • EU September 5, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – GameCube, PlayStation 2[92][93]
Notes:
  • The game is also known as Space Invaders: Invasion Day.[6]
  • It is a Taito developed third-person shooter reminiscent of Space Invaders.[94]


Space Invaders Collection

Original release date(s):[6]
2003
Release years by system:
2003 – ColecoVision and MSX
Notes:
  • It is an unofficial compilation of Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part II, and Space Invaders Deluxe.
  • The collection was developed by Opcode Games.
  • Taito contacted Opcode Games about the project but ceased contact during development.[6]


Arcade Legends Space Invaders

Original release date(s):[95]
2004
Release years by system:
2004 – Plug-and-play
Notes:
  • The game is a plug-and-play game controller that plays Space Invaders and four other classic Taito arcade games.[95]


Space Invaders × Pac-Man

Original release date(s):[96]
  • JP September 1, 2005
Release years by system:
2005 – Mobile phone
Notes:
  • The title is a collection of two cross-over games that swaps characters between Taito's Space Invaders and Namco's Pac-Man.
  • It was released for a limited time (September 1, 2005 – October 31, 2005) via NTT DoCoMo's i-mode service.
  • The game was released as part of Namco's 50th anniversary, as well as to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pac-Man.[96]


Yawaraka Sensha vs Space Invaders

Original release date(s):[97]
November 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – Mobile phone
Notes:
  • It is an Adobe Flash-based video game developed by Taito.
  • The game features elements from Space Invaders and the Livedoor animation series Yawaraka Sensha (やわらか戦車?)[97]


Space Invaders Pinball

Original release date(s):[98]
2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Mobile phone
Notes:
  • It is a Space Invaders-themed pinball video game developed by Taito.[98]


Minna de Invaders

Original release date(s):[99]
2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Mobile phone
Notes:
  • The title, Minna de Invaders (みんなでインベーダー?), translates as "Invaders for Everyone".
  • It is a collection of mini-games that feature the aliens from Space Invaders.[100][101]
  • The four mini-games—Invader Bound, Invader Chain, Invader Catcher, and Invader Click—were released from 2007 to 2008.[99]


Space Invaders World War

Original release date(s):[102]
April 2008
Release years by system:
2008 – Web browser[102]
Notes:
  • Space Invaders World War was a Flash-based massively multiplayer online game that tracked scores from 193 countries.[102]
  • Service of the game lasted from April 18, 2008 to September 30, 2009.[102][103]
  • In conjunction with the game's release, Italian clothing company 55DSL released its own version along with a Space Invaders t-shirt.[104]


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