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Space Invaders Forever – Switch Gameplay Footage!

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders is a separate game file that comes included with the Space Invaders Forever purchase. Due to the game only being playable via touchscreen, I wasn’t able to capture footage for it. The Switch needs to be held vertically to play the game as well.

The Space Invaders Forever Collection is Now Available on Nintendo Switch!

Stuttgart, December 11th 2020 – TAITO and ININ Games are happy to announce that Space Invaders Forever, a collection featuring the iconic shooter brand, is out today, 11th December 2020 for Nintendo Switch™ both digitally and physically in North America, Europe and Australasia together with the PlayStation®4 platform versions with the exception of the Nintendo Switch™ digital North America release that will be on 15th December 2020.

The legendary arcade game series is finally back on in its greatest iteration ever! In this collection, take part in the never ending fight against the invaders as we have put together three awesome and brand new takes on the bona fide arcade legend.

Space Invaders Extreme

In Space Invaders Extreme, mind, body and skills are all put to the test in this exhilarating and modern take on Space Invaders. Team up with friends, experience the psychedelic visualizer coloring the environments and feel the beat of one of the coolest soundtracks you’ve ever heard from TAITO’s legendary sound production team ZUNTATA.

Arkanoid vs Space Invaders

But for those who want something entirely different, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders brings two legends together for the very first time in an all new way of playing Space Invaders! Take control of the Vaus paddle ship and see what happens when things go balls to the wall crazy with plenty of twists and bounces throughout the fight, as well as some other familiar faces from the TAITO family

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE

For those who want to go classic and relive this with friends and family, Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE brings back the familiar sights and sounds from the 1978 phenomenon, but this time space has expanded and the invasion can be fought with up to four people! The graphics might be simple, but the challenge is not! Luckily, no quarters are needed this time, so keep up the fight!

For over 40 years, Space Invaders has captivated gamers and helped shape the video game industry as we know and cherish today. This collection is a celebration of an icon, a modern take on a timeless classic and fun that will keep you coming back again and again… FOREVER!

Don’t miss out on the excitement!

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Space Invaders Forever Arrives December 11th on Nintendo Switch!

Stuttgart, Germany – November 25th, 2020 – TAITO and ININ Games are proud to announce the sensational Space Invaders Forever that will be released on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation4 both through the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store as well as boxed versions in retail on December 11th. Space Invaders Forever will be released in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

In around two weeks, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners can immerse themselves in a fantastic collection of games of its kind.

An Iconic Experience
Young or old, novice or hardened gamer, everyone knows the name Space Invaders! Perhaps it is one of the most famous brands ever! Some say it launched the video gaming scene into a new stratosphere/era. It’s simple, but revolutionary game design was so addictive it was cloned in many other forms over the years but the original Space Invaders is still the benchmark for all that followed.

The Space Invaders Forever Collection

  1. Space Invaders Extreme – Featuring greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack. Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, packed with devious Invaders and fiendish boss fights. Practice individual stages in Free Play, then boost your high score to new heights in Arcade Mode! Can you find all the countless, hidden bonuses?
  2. Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE – Team up with up to 3 friends to shoot down the Invaders to clear the stages as fast as possible. This brand new 4-player-coop-experience offers new stages, gimmicks and new music written by TAITO’s in-house sound team ‘ZUNTATA’.
  3. Arkanoid vs Space Invaders is the perfect union of two Arcade Kings. Two of TAITO’s most iconic and beloved video game series clash on console and combine elements from both arcade classics. Players are controlling the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat waves of Space Invaders. Beat all 150 stages with your skills and unlock 40 different characters from the TAITO legacy. Each character has unique abilities – use more than 20 different skills, including power-ups and protective fire. Are you ready to defeat the huge 3D Invader bosses and save the galaxy?

The Ultimate Space Invaders Experience!

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Darius Cozmic Revelation Coming to Nintendo Switch!

Stuttgart, September 24th 2020 – Strictly Limited Games and TAITO are pleased to announce Darius Cozmic Revelation, which will include G-DARIUS HD and DARIUSBURST Another Chronicle EX+. Darius Cozmic Revelation will be released physically on Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4 for the West as a Limited and Collector’s Edition. Pre-order starts on September 27th 2020 only at www.strictlylimitedgames.com.

G-DARIUS HD and DARIUSBURST Another Chronicle EX+ are the two 3D games of the Darius series, both of which will include updated features to appeal to newcomers and longtime fans of the series alike.

G-DARIUS HD is the port of “G DARIUS” in high resolution – developed by the emulation specialists at M2. The game can also be played in low resolution like in the original arcade version.

From the epic boss battles to the memorable soundtrack, G-DARIUS stood out when it first got released in the arcades and up to these days, critics and fans are praising this game as a prime example of how to bring a 2D game series properly to 3D.

DARIUSBURST Another Chronicle EX+ is the latest iteration of the awesome DARIUSBURST series which started in 2009 on PSP, with gorgeous 3D graphics and additional features to expand the arcade version from 2010. The game is developed by Pyramid and will include all features of the arcade version of “Another Chronicle EX”, as well as several new elements that will be revealed during the next weeks.

The limited edition is priced at 59,99€. The Nintendo Switch Edition is limited to 3500 copies worldwide, while the PlayStation 4 Edition is limited to 2000 copies worldwide.

Darius Cozmic Revelation Collector’s Edition is priced at 139,99€ and features a lot of great and exclusive items:

  • Darius Cozmic Revelation Game (PS4/NSW)
  • Papercraft – DARIUSBURST Arcade Game Cabinet
  • Hardcover Book: 128 page Official Book “DARIUS ODYSSEY -COZMIC VOYAGER- fully localized in English, including special interviews and discussions with developers and game experts
  • SLG-exclusive Flyer DariusBurst AC
  • SLG-exclusive Flyer G-Darius
  • SLG-exclusive BluRay (region-free) : “DARIUSBURST ANOTHER CHRONICLE Live in O-EAST -revolt-” including Bonus Track with Audi Sorlie and John Linneman
  • OST : “DARIUS THE OMNIBUS III “(tentative name)
  • SLG-exclusive CE Box with magnetic latch
  • SLG-exclusive Retro PCB-Box
  • SLG-exclusive 4-set acrylic art cards
  • SLG-exclusive Acrylic Standee
  • SLG-exclusive Darius Revelation Pin

The Nintendo Switch Collector’s Edition is limited to 2500 copies worldwide, while the PlayStation 4 Collector’s Edition is limited to 1500 copies worldwide.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back & Space Invaders Forever – Taito Double Whammy!

Stuttgart, Germany – August 27th 2020 – TAITO, together with ININ Games, is pleased to announce more news on two iconic titles; Space Invaders Forever and Bubble Bubble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!, which will both be released later in the year.

Space Invaders Forever will be released as boxed editions as well as digitally on the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand by ININ Games.

Lighting the fuse for a gaming revolution.

Space Invaders is surely one of the most famous video games of all time and was the launching pad for the video gaming revolution. The game mechanics and its design make it a game that encompasses all the very best.

The following games are part of the Space Invader Forever Collection:

  • Space Invaders Extreme
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders

Space Invaders Extreme has arrived to invade consoles with greatly improved graphics and interactive sound to deliver a new immersive experience! Packed with vibrant visuals and a pulsing soundtrack. Space Invaders Extreme comes with 16 stages, packed with devious invaders and fiendish boss fights. Practice individual stages in Free Play, then boost your high score to new heights in Arcade Mode!

Can you find all the countless, hidden bonuses?

Welcome to the new invasion!

Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE will finally be available on consoles as part of the Forever Collection.

Team up with up to 3 friends to shoot down the invaders to clear the stages as fast as possible. This brand new 4-player-coop-experience offers new stages, gimmicks and new music written by TAITO’s in-house sound team ‘ZUNTATA’.

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders is the perfect union of two Arcade Kings. Two of TAITO’s most iconic and beloved video game series clash on console and combine elements from both arcade classics. Players are controlling the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat waves of Space Invaders.

Beat all 150 stages with your skills and unlock 40 different characters from the TAITO legacy. Each character has unique abilities – use more than 20 different skills, including power-ups and protective fire. Are you ready to defeat the huge 3D Invader bosses and save the galaxy?

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!

TAITO together with ININ games, have exciting news for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! later in the year. The game will be available digitally and in physical editions in America, Europe and Australia and New Zealand.

Online Ranking Feature!

A newly included feature for Switch will be the much requested online ranking. This will allow players worldwide to compare their high scores and compete against each other, giving the game an additional boost on replayability and fun.

More Stages – more content!

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends received a lot of praise from the critics and fans, with many requesting more content. TAITO and ININ Games listened. The Baron is Back comes with 100 unique, new stages: twice as many stages as before!

The brand new trailer shows the tons of fun that will be added.

The return of the fan-favourite villain, Baron von Blubba, brings additional thrills and makes the new stages quite challenging, given that he is invincible. The player has to dodge him while defeating the other enemies one by one to clear the stage.

About the game

After the successful release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on Nintendo Switch, the cutesy adorable Bub and Bob mark their return with a bigger and more comprehensive offering that PlayStation 4 fans will be excited to play for the first time – Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back!

Switch fans haven’t been forgotten and are in for a special treat. Nintendo Switch fans who purchased the current Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will be able to download the new content with all new stages and features for free.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a single-screen platform action game released as a complete new addition to the legendary Bubble Bobble series, in which you control the bubble dragons Bub and Bob, clearing stages by blowing bubbles to trap enemies, then bursting them to defeat them. Players can acquire special skills by completing an area, and level them up by collecting letter bubbles that form the word “EXTEND”. You can play together in multiplayer with up to four players. Also included is the original arcade version of Bubble Bobble.

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Space Invaders Invincible – The Most Complete Boxed Collection to Date!

Stuttgart, Germany – June 22nd 2020 – TAITO and Strictly Limited Games are very excited to announce the most complete Space Invaders collection on cartridge ever coming to Nintendo Switch. Three limited, physical versions of the Space Invaders Invincible Collection will be available exclusively on strictlylimitedgames.com starting Sunday, June 28th.

Space Invaders is a founding block of video game history that filled the arcades. It is said that the game made 100 Yen coins scarce and defined the visuals and mechanics in the first decade of video games.

Until this day, Space Invaders remains highly successful in the gaming industry as well as it is highly prominent in pop culture.

Now the most complete collection on cart ever, the Space Invaders Invincible Collection, is heading to the West. It combines all titles from the Japanese standard and special releases on one cartridge, including Space Invaders DX (1994), Space Cyclone (1980) and Lunar Rescue (1979) – the limited Western collection even has the console port of the game Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders on cartridge, a unique title which was only available as a download code in the Japanese version. The experts from Gotch Technology have ensured a perfect and accurate realisation on consoles.

The following games are part of the Space Invader Invincible Collection:

  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – b/w
  • Space Invaders (1978, Arcade) – colour
  • Space Invaders Part II (1979, Arcade)
  • Majestic Twelve: The Space Invaders Part IV (1990, Arcade)
  • Super Space Invaders ’91 (1990, Arcade)
  • Space Invaders Extreme (2018)
  • Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE (2018)
  • Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017)
  • Space Invaders DX (1994, Arcade)
  • Space Cyclone (1980, Arcade)
  • Lunar Rescue (1979, Arcade)

Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017) is, for the first time ever, available on console. The game is a crossover of Arkanoid and Space Invaders and features gameplay elements from both games.

To celebrate 40 years of Space Invaders, Square Enix and TAITO held an art installation and limited time event in Japan called “PLAY! Space Invaders”. For the event, TAITO, with Square Enix, created a huge version of the game “Space Invaders Gigamax” with a 7 meter high by 15 meter wide screen. Now the game “Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE” will be available as part of the Invincible Collection.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection Limited Edition

The Limited Edition for Nintendo Switch will contain all 11 games and will be available for 59,99€.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection Collector’s Edition

The limited Collector’s Edition for Nintendo Switch features:

  • Soundtrack
  • Arcade Book
  • Sticker Sheet
  • 4 Instruction Cards
  • 6 Flyers
  • Pin
  • 4 Acrylic Art Cards
  • Arcade PCB Box
  • Collector’s box with magnetic latch

The Collector’s Edition will be available for €99.99.

Space Invaders Invincible Collection Ultra Edition

The limited Ultra Edition for Nintendo Switch features everything of the Collector’s Edition plus the ultimate Space Invaders Board Game and more special items. The Ultra Edition will be available for €149.99.

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Darius Cozmic Collections are Now Available on Nintendo Switch!

Stuttgart, June 16th – ININ Games and Taito are pleased to announce that the localised, digital versions of two Collections of classic Darus Shoot ‘Em Up titles are out today. Nintendo eShop and PSN store will be releasing the Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade and Darius Cozmic Collection Console.

Iconic bosses, fast-paced action, mesmeric battles and giant robotic sea creatures – The Darius series pioneered horizontal Shoot ‘Em Up games and was developed by the legendary TAITO Corporation. The first Darius game wowed arcade fans in 1986 with its dedicated dual-display cabinet and its revolutionary enemy and sound design.

Numerous sequels and ports followed over the years, setting new standards for Shoot ‘Em Up excellence each time.

All games have been faithfully ported to modern consoles by M2 in Japan, so gamers can rest assured that these are absolutely high-quality ports with perfect performance.

Darius Cozmic Collection Console – Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

This download collection includes 6 titles (9 versions) from the Darius home console series:

  • Darius II (Mega Drive, JP version)
  • SAGAIA (Genesis, US version)
  • SAGAIA (Master System, EU version)
  • Darius Twin (Super Famicom, JP version)
  • Darius Twin (Super NES, US version)
  • Darius Force (Super Famicom, JP version)
  • Super Nova (Super NES, US version)
  • Darius Alpha (PC Engine, JP version)
  • Darius Plus (PC Engine, JP version)

Price: 54.99€ / 44.99 GBP / 59.99 USD

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade – Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

This download collection includes 4 titles (7 versions) from the Darius arcade series:

  • Darius (Arcade, original version)
  • Darius (Arcade, new version)
  • Darius (Arcade, extra version)
  • Darius II (Arcade, Dual Screen version)
  • SAGAIA (Arcade, ver.1)
  • SAGAIA (Arcade, ver.2)
  • Darius Gaiden (Arcade)

Price: 39.99€ / 34,99 GBP/ 44,99 USD

Bombs Away!

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Darius Cozmic Arcade Collection – Switch Gameplay Footage!

Two TAITO Darius Cozmic Collections Launch June 16th on Nintendo Switch!

Stuttgart, June 11th – The localised, digital, versions of one of the highest revered Shoot ‘Em Up game series in the history of video gaming are heading to the Nintendo eShop and PSN. The Darius Cozmic Collection Console and the Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade will be available on 16th June 2020.

Make it Simple, Make it Tough!

The Darius series pioneered horizontal Shoot ‘Em Up games and was developed by the legendary TAITO Corporation. The first Darius game wowed arcade going fans when it was released in 1986 with its dedicated dual-display cabinet, imaginative enemy designs and revolutionary sound design.

The first Darius is set in a futuristic 2D world, where the player pilots a Silver Hawk craft alone, or with a second player, and shoots their way through enemy hordes, navigating tricky terrain and battling giant robotic sea creatures. Armed with missiles, bombs and a forcefield, which can be powered up along the way, the players must defeat the alien invaders through a series of branching ‘zones’ to be victorious.

Numerous sequels and ports followed over the years, setting new standards for Shoot ‘Em Up excellence each time, from the outstanding soundtracks, to the unforgettable, aquatic-lifeform-themed boss design and the innovative branching paths at the end of each section

The Darius Cozmic Collection represents the classic 2D history of this iconic Shoot ‘Em Up series. All games have been faithfully ported to modern consoles by M2 in Japan, so gamers can rest assured that these are absolutely high-quality ports with perfect performance – as one would expect from the retro game experts at M2.

Darius Cozmic Collection Console – Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

This download collection includes 6 titles (9 versions) from the Darius home console series:

  • Darius II (Mega Drive, JP version)
  • SAGAIA (Genesis, US version)
  • SAGAIA (Master System, EU version)
  • Darius Twin (Super Famicom, JP version)
  • Darius Twin (Super NES, US version)
  • Darius Force (Super Famicom, JP version)
  • Super Nova (Super NES, US version)
  • Darius Alpha (PC Engine, JP version)
  • Darius Plus (PC Engine, JP version)

Price: 54.99€ / 44.99 GBP / 59.99 USD

 

Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade – Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

This download collection includes 4 titles (7 versions) from the Darius arcade series:

  • Darius (Arcade, original version)
  • Darius (Arcade, new version)
  • Darius (Arcade, extra version)
  • Darius II (Arcade, Dual Screen version)
  • SAGAIA (Arcade, ver.1)
  • SAGAIA (Arcade, ver.2)
  • Darius Gaiden (Arcade)

Price: 39.99€ / 34,99 GBP/ 44,99 USD

2D or Not 2D – Don’t Miss Out!

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Taito’s Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Out today in North America with a BIG worldwide surprise!

ININ and Taito are pleased to announce some exciting news that fans of Bubble Bobble, as well as those new to the franchise, should not miss.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, developed by the original studio, TAITO Corporation, and exclusively released on Nintendo Switch, is released today in North and South America. All gamers worldwide will be excited to know that those who purchase the game will be able to download later in the year new must-have content, for free, and that includes European or Australian Nintendo gamers who got their fix of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends since the end of 2019.

Expanding Bubbles being created

Taito are currently developing and expanding the game’s content to deliver everything fans’ wish for, including new stages and the return of a fan-favourite enemy character – “Baron von Blubba’. More news on this, and additional upcoming features, will be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

Taito’s latest instalment of this all-time classic since their return to the home console market has been warmly received by fans and critics worldwide. The development team wanted to create something that can be enjoyed not only by fans of the IP who grew up with the two cute Bubble Dragon Twins Bub and Bob but also with their family and friends. It was important to capture the spirit of the colourful original and to bring it to Switch.

Switch on to Bub & Bob

As the Bubble Bobble IP is something very dear to Taito, they listened closely to the feedback they were given so far.  It was only natural that the team would not rest on their laurels and to make sure that players would be able to enjoy Bubble Bobble for many weeks to come. They are working hard to develop deeper and more challenging content that will definitely be going to please gamers all around the globe.

Play alone or with up to 3 friends in couch co-op mode and jump your bubble dragons through 100 levels to defy the wicked wizard Bonner and his henchmen. The bubbles don’t just let you trap your opponents, either – your dragons can also jump on them to reach higher platforms.

Collect E-X-T-E-N-D bubbles to activate and upgrade skills, such as lightning and bomb bubbles. Develop countless new strategies to travel through the worlds and take advantage of air currents.

The original Bubble Bobble arcade game from 1986 is also included, which captured the hearts of players around the world and still has fans humming its title melody today.

A celebration for fans and fun for the whole family!

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