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Coin-Op : Arcade : Space Invaders (1978, Taito)

General Information


This is one of the most popular games of all times. During its heyday, there were arcades that were filled with JUST Space Invaders. In Japan, this game caused a yen shortage!

Aliens are attacking, and you must use your base to defend the Earth. A classic game in which the background "thump-thumb-thumb" of the Aliens approaching only increases in intensity as you destroy more of them. Watch out for the UFO, who can be an easy 300 points.

A great classic game, and considered to be one of the games (if not THE game) that led the way for the 80s invasion.

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Some estimates are that 300,000 Space Invaders were produced worldwide.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Cocktail: 29" 22" 32" 0 lbs.   Cocktail
Upright: 68" 26.5" 34" 0 lbs.   Taken from flyer

Disclaimer: These are approximate weights and measurements taken from actual games or the manufacturer's literature. Occasionally games vary.

Technical Information

Knowledge Base Articles:

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MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1978 invaders Space Invaders Midway
1979 sicv Space Invaders (CV Version) Taito
1978 invaderl Space Invaders (Logitec) bootleg
1978 sisv2 Space Invaders (SV Version 2) Taito
1978 sisv Space Invaders (SV Version) Taito
1978 sitv Space Invaders (TV Version) Taito

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.

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