"Space Invaders" Celebrates 40 Years of Planetary Conquest in Roppongi

Simple but challenging shooter-defense game took the arcade world by storm in 1978


This year marks the 40th anniversary of Space Invaders - a 1978 shooter-defense arcade game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and distributed by Taito in which players attempt to blast on-coming waves of aliens with a laser cannon - and fans of the game have the chance to celebrate at a special commemorative event that kicked off on January 12, 2018, in Roppongi, Tokyo.



The event includes a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Space Invaders, including the original artwork for the enemy aliens as well as a retrospective on how Space Invaders became a social phenomenon before the advent of the Internet, including a look at the development of the "Nagoya Shot" technique.


Visitors will also have to opportunity to experience Space Invaders like never before in an attraction that combines bouldering (in-door rock climbing) and projection mapping to allow would-be defenders to defeat aliens with their hands and feet. Another attraction allows up to 10 players to challenge each other for high scores with their games being projected on a giant screen 7 meters (23 feet) tall and 15 meters (49 feet) wide.



The Space Invaders 40th anniversary event is being held until the end of January at the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan. Admission to the event costs 1800 yen ($16.22 US).



NHK News Web via Otakomu

The Asahi Shimbun


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