Remembering Space Invaders, Japanese Style

Remembering Space Invaders, Japanese Style

On April 1, 2008, TAITO and Yahoo! Japan did a nifty little thing to celebrate the 30th aniversary of the game Space Invaders. TAITO sent out a message to me and some folks a few days ago touting the archived version of the Space Invaders take over of Yahoo! Japan’s website back then.

Its weird playing the game with a mouse. *lol*

BTW, it is game over if you get shot vs. having two other plays. I haven’t tried to actually make it through but maybe when I have a bit more time. I’m guessing there’s only one level but if any of you make it through, let me know.

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5 Responses to “Remembering Space Invaders, Japanese Style”

  1. Todd says:

    I wonder how many quarters I spent on this and other games when I was a kid. Play in the arcade, then come home and play on the Atari. Fun times.

  2. AstroNerdBoy says:

    I heard that. *lol* I didn’t play much Space Invaders in the arcade though, but I did play a lot of other games.

  3. quigonkenny says:

    Only one level. And it doesn’t appear to be downloadable from outside of Japan, if I’m reading the Google ranslate version of the page correctly.

  4. Zeether says:

    Ah, Space Invaders. One of my favorite Taito games besides Arkanoid, Darius, and the “Ray” series (Rayforce, Raystorm, Raycrisis)

  5. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @Quigonkenny — I’m not surprised that it isn’t downloadable outside of Japan. The original ROMS I believe weren’t supposed to be sold outside of Japan. Private collectors manage to get them just the same though.

    @Zeether — Twin Cobra is by far my favorite Taito game. I remember a friend and I both spending a quarter each and getting through the WHOLE thing. That’s when we learned that the game eventually cycled back on itself to the first level, but shifted the graphics over a bit so that it didn’t look 100% the same. I lost my last chopper shortly after that. If I ever get money, that would be an arcade game I’d love to have in my basement.

    Rastan was another Taito game I spent WAY to many quarters on back in the day. *lol*

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