The History Of Space Invaders


Backed by a thudding bass beat, dozens of invaders from another world descended on our planet in 1978. Within months, Space Invaders was one of the hottest fads on the globe, helping propel the video arcade into a multi-billion dollar industry.

The invasion began in Japan. Programmer Toshihiro Nishikado took the classic sci-fi riff of alien invasion and transported it to the video screen. The otherworlders, arranged in a tight row and column formation, marched left and right across the screen, dropping down one level each time they hit the side. You controlled a lone laser base, defending the planet by firing back at the hostile armies. You could also move left and right, using four convenient shields to play a dangerous game of fire and retreat as the aliens unleashed their own laser assault.

As the invaders were knocked out one by one, their march grew faster and faster, until a lone invader sped across the screen. If you managed to hit them all, a new wave of invaders would take to the sky. But if the baddies hit ground zero, it was game over for you and for the Earth.

When Taito released Space Invaders in Nishikado’s homeland, the game caused a national furor. Hundreds of thousands of Space Invaders machines were produced, and the game’s popularity caused a shortage of 100-Yen coins. When restaurants complained that customers were playing instead of eating, Taito simply supplied them with sit-down cocktail cabinets, further fueling the Space Invaders hysteria.

Space Invaders eventually lost its arcade supremacy to later hits like Asteroids, Centipede and Pac-Man, but these games might never have made the big time without Space Invaders’ breakout success. The energy and fan mania that Space Invaders brought to the arcade were instrumental in creating the video game business as we know it today, and its legacy lives on in every space shooter that has arrived in its cosmic wake.

Release History

1978 - Space Invaders
1980 - Space Invaders II (Deluxe Space Invaders)
1985 - Return of the Invaders
1991 - Super Space Invaders (Majestic Twelve)
1995 - Space Invaders '95

 

Programmer Toshihiro Nishikado


 
 

Midway Deluxe Cocktail Wiring Schematic (.gif image, 53K)
Midway Deluxe Cocktail Power Supply Schematic (.gif image, 29K)
Midway Deluxe Cocktail Power Supply Layout

Midway Deluxe Cocktail Mother Board Layout (.

Midway Power Supply Schematic

Midway Monitor Schematic

Midway Connector Pinouts, 5

Midway Board Dip Settings5K)

Midway Deluxe Board Dip Settings

Midway System 8080 Boardsets Info

Midway How To Test For Bad Ram

Midway Hum Bar Monitor Fix

Fixing Sound Problems

How To Use A Color Monitor In Space Invaders

How To Test A Midway Power Supply

Backdoor Sheet

 


Taito Space Invaders Upright To Cocktail

Taito Space Invaders 2708 to 2716

Taito Connector Pinouts (.gif image, 113K)

Taito Dip Switch Settings (

 

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Midway Space Invaders Manual NEEDED!

Midway Space Invaders Deluxe Manual

Midway Space Invaders Schematics (.tif images, 1,423 KB)

Midway Space Invaders Deluxe Schematics (.pdf, 1,925 KB)

Midway Space Invaders/Space Invaders Deluxe Pinouts

Midway Space Invaders 2 Cocktail Manual
(Includes Schematics + Same PCB's as SI Deluxe)

 

Taito Space Invaders Cocktail Manual (.zip with .html files, 189 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Trimline Manual (

Taito Space Invaders Upright ('L' Shaped) Board Schematics
(Includes sound board schematics for 25S10 & 74151 versions)
.zip with .pdf, 3,425 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Part II Cocktail Installation and Parts Manual (.pdf, 1,635 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Part I and II Schematics [3 Layer Boards ONLY] (.pdf, 3,033 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Part I and Part II Pinouts [2/3 Layer Boards] (.pdf, 63 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Part I ('L' Shaped) Upright pinouts [L-shaped boards] (.pdf, 63 KB)

Taito Space Invaders Credit Board DIP Switch Settings   (.pdf, 41 KB)

Taito Tabletop Video Game Glass Mask Layout Diagram

 

Intruder Schematics (Bootleg Space Invaders Similar To Taito Tabletop Part I Set) .doc, 7 

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Space Invaders Roms

Space Invaders Part 2 Roms

Space Invaders Deluxe Roms

 

Space Invaders SNES Roms 

Space Invaders Samples Roms

Human Space Invaders Video
 (.txt, 2K)

3-D View Of The Cabinet

HitNHide Space Invaders Video

Ken Ishii Space Invaders Video

Space Invaders Are Back Video

I Love 80's Space Invaders Video

Player One Space Invaders Video

Uncle Vic Sings Space Invaders Song

The Space Invaders Robot Chicken Video

 
 


Explosion (

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Invader Killed (.gif image, 29K)

UFO Sound 1 (.gif image, 53K)

UFO Sound 2 image, 55K)

Fast Invader 1 (.gif image, 53K)

Fast Invader 2 (.gif image, 29K)

Fast Invader 3 (.gif image, 53K)

Fast Invader 4 (.txt, 2K

 

General Midway Information

 
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        Japan Taito, 1978
   


USA Midway, 1980 (front)   USA Midway, 1980 (back)   USA Midway, 1979 (front)
   


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France Midway, 1978   USA Midway, 1978 (front)   USA Midway, 1978 (back)
   


USA Midway, 1979   USA Midway, 1980    
   


USA Taito, 1979       USA Taito, 1979 (front)
   


USA Taito, 1979 (back)   USA Taito, 1980    
   


         
   


USA Taito, 1994 (front)   USA Taito, 1994 (back)   Universe Affiliated International, 1979
   


 Taito, 1979        
 

 

 
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Space Invaders Collectables

Play Notepad Invaders

Space Invaders Wall Art Site 1

Space Invaders Wall Art Site 2

Space Invaders Invasion

 
 
 
Space Invaders- The original classic arcade game from 1978. Many tokens, quarters and yen were abducted by this great addictive game.

 

 

 

Taito Deluxe Space Invaders- The follow up to the original had some invaders that did very annoying things once you shot them, they would split in two. This version featured the invaders in COLOR! Which was considered very new at the time.

 

 

 

 
Midway Deluxe Space Invaders- Licensed to Midway by Taito.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Space Attack II

 

 

 

Cosmic Monsters

 

 

 

Space Invaders '95- The wackiest and most original Space Invaders! A cartoony satire on the invaders games. Very fun to play. Features power ups, weird invaders and settings. You HAVE to try this game.

 

 

 

Invaders Revenge- An original take on the Space Invaders hardware. Basically you are piloting a ship that is trying to destroy space invaders that are attempting to steal your energy from the bottom of the screen. Once one of them succeeds they skip back up to the top allowing the mothership to drop a bomb at you.

 

 

 

Space Invaders (color version)

 

 

 

Alien Invasion

 

 

 

Space Invaders DX- The kind people at Taito did a wonderful thing by collecting the most poplular Space Invaders games and putting them in one machine. And throwing in a dual action game where you battle on a split screen with a friend. Each person starts with their own row of invaders but some invaders are color coded. Once you hit one of these color invaders they either drop down one row or it sends the row over to your opponent or switches sides with your opponent, which can be frustrating when you are about to clear the board.

 

 

 

Space Fever

 

 

 

Space Intruder

 

 

 

Super Earth Invasion

 

 

 

Super Space Invaders/Majestic 12- A tremendous update to the original. New invaders to battle on new planets and all new power ups. Some levels have vertical scrolling while others feature the invaders spinning in a circle above you. Includes boss levels and cool music. Try this one!

 

 

 

Space Invaders NES version- Space Invaders comes home to the Nintendo Entertainment System.

 

 

 

Space Invaders Atari 2600 version- Probably the most popular Atari 2600 cartridge. Responsible for making the Atari 2600 one of the most wanted items that Christmas. It also allowed many kids and families a chance to play Space Invaders that didn't get a chance to play in the arcades.

2600 Invaders featured many variations on the Space Invaders game. Dual players, invaders firing curved shots, invisible invaders, etc.

January 7th, 1980:  "Space Invaders" debuts on Atari 2600.
  Programmer Rick Mauer earns only $11,000 for the game, which
  grosses over $100 million.  By comparison, the programmer of the
  Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man was paid $1 million for what is
  commonly regarded as the worst Pac-Man adaptation ever (at least
  by people who haven't played "Munchkin" for the Z-100 running CP/M).

 

 

 

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To the left are some Space Invader Icons for your desktop. Enjoy!

  
NOTE: These are windows icons - If you are interested in converting these icons into Macintosh icons, please let us know.

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The reason for this page is to help other Midway Space Invaders owners.

Thanks!

 Brent

My Arcade (including Space Invaders 8 In 1 Multi Kit):

http://www.brentradio.com/JackDanielsBARcade.htm

 

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Space Invaders Multigame Kit

Braze Technologies
Innovative solutions for the "classic" arcade collector

 
"Space Invaders Multigame" is an easy to install kit that extends your Midway Space Invaders or Midway Space Invaders Deluxe boardset to play 8 games.

Space Invaders
Space Invaders Deluxe
Lunar Rescue
Galaxy Wars
Jatre Spectre
Balloon Bomber
Space Laser
Super Earth Invasion

Plus many extras features such as Free Play, High Score Save, power-up Diagnostics, on-screen configuration Settings, and a interactive test-mode.

                              


Space Invaders Multigame Kit

Kit installs in minutes! No soldering or special skills needed. No special wiring or switches are needed! Switch between games by simply pressing both the player-1 and player-2 start buttons at the same time. A game selection menu will appear.

Includes on-screen game configuration settings and high score save for all games.

This is must have for any Space Invaders owner!

                          Purchase The Space Invaders Multi-Kit HERE

I Love This Kit!

 

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PCB Repair

ELEKTRON FORGE

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The Grandfather Of

Video Game Supplies And Info

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Rich Has Great Space Invaders Reproduction Parts For Sale!

Visit Rich At His Site HERE

 

New Space Invaders Metal CPO With Raised Letters Is Also Perfect!

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New Reproduction Orange Moon!

New Moon Is Nice and Bright!

Old         New

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New Colored Film!

In the pics below, the Top Is the Old Part, Bottom Is the New Part.

It's Nice To Take Off The Old Film And Clean The Monitor Really Good.

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Cabinet Stencil Sets 

 

Bezel Overlay

 

New Midway Coin Door Inserts Too!

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Light Bulbs

This light is a 15 watt black light fluorescent tube with white glass. It is tubular shaped with a glass diameter of 1 inch, a G13 base and an overall length of 18 inches. It is rated at 7,500 life hours.

General Electric F15T8-BL

The BL Stands For Black Light

It's A Known As A "White" Black Light

Buy it HERE

 

 

  The 5 Bezel Lights

The originals are #1895 bulbs.

Buy it HERE

Or you can use #57 bulbs. They are a near exact replacement.

Buy it HERE

 

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Buttons

Get New White Buttons HERE

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How To Play Space Invaders

 

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Space Invaders LINKS

.- The ultimate Space Invaders Shrine - The Classic Arcade ...

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Neave Games -- Space Invaders

Space Invaders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

SPACE INVADERS DOT COM

Flash Space Invaders

YouTube - Human Space Invaders

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AtariAge - Atari 2600 - Space Invaders (Atari)

SPACE INVADERS OPENGL - A cloned game in OpenGL

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