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January 6, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Japan is getting a savage compilation of Space Invaders games in March - the Space Invaders Invincible Collection

Space Invaders Invincible Collection for Switch
Space Invaders is loved around the globe. We hope this collection is soon released for the world to enjoy!
This March Taito is releasing two editions of a Space Invaders compilation for Nintendo Switch - the Space Invaders: Invincible Collection. At this time there is only info about the Japanese release, however, I'm confident this game will be globally released as Space Invaders is such an iconic franchise.

There will be a Standard Edition with 8 games and Special Edition containing three additional titles. The chosen games are by no means comprehensive, but rather a selection of games from 1978 arcades to 2017 smartphones. It looks to be a pretty eclectic amalgamation of titles.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection - Standard Edition game list

  1. Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) - Original Version
  2. Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) - Color Version
  3. Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
  4. Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)
  5. Super Space Invaders '91 (1991, Arcade) - Overseas Version of Majestic Twelve
  6. Space Invaders Extreme (2018, PC)
  7. Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018, Real Event) - Supports Four-Player Co-op
  8. Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017, iOS / Android)

Space Invaders Invincible Collection - Special Edition (Additional titles)

  1. Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)
  2. Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)
  3. Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)
Seeing a genuine Nintendo Switch case makes me hopeful that this amazing collection will get a physical release. I loved Konami's Contra Collection, but was disappointed is only arrived as a download. Games like that and this Space Invaders collection come from an era of game cartridges and should get the same treatment. Here's hoping Taito will release a physical version!

Space Invaders was my gateway to arcades. After discovering a lone cabinet at a local bowling alley, I was infatuated with it and dropped quarters on a regular basis. This led to a lifetime of seeking out arcades containing my favorite titles and discovering new ones along the way. Forty years later I found a local Space Invaders Deluxe and the cycle began again with my son!

Space Invaders Invincible Collection Trailer

Taito dropped a trailer for the Japanese versions today. Check it out...

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