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TAITO Classics Space Invaders and Arkanoid coming to handhelds

Posted by: Dan at 4/2/2008 9:24 AM
TAITO announced today that Space Invaders Extreme and Arkanoid DS will be coming to handheld consoles in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Space Invaders Extreme is due on the PSP and DS and will feature new backgrounds, music, mini-games and multiplayer mode. Arkanoid DS will be coming to the DS and will feature three game modes, 2-4 person multiplayer and the ability to earn and trade different backgrounds. Both games are due out on June 17th at a cost of $19.99. Check out all the details after the jump:


Apr 02, 2008 07:15

The Games That Started It All Are Back! SPACE INVADERS EXTREME and ARKANOID DS Jump into Players' Hands

TAITO Brings Two Classic Arcade Games to the Handheld Arena on June 17th, 2008

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Apr. 2, 2008 TAITO Corporation (TAITO(TM)), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd., announced today that it is launching all-new versions of two of its classic arcade games.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of SPACE INVADERS(R) - a worldwide sensation since its original 1978 release - TAITO has re-imagined the legendary game to appeal to both the original SPACE INVADERS generation and those that are new to the game. Now faster-paced and more intense, SPACE INVADERS EXTREME(TM) will become available on Nintendo DS(TM) and PSP(R) (PlayStation Portable) system on June 17, 2008.

TAITO is also launching ARKANOID(TM) DS, a fresh take on an old-school favorite, coming exclusively to Nintendo DS on June 17, 2008. Originally released in 1986, ARKANOID was a blockbuster hit that introduced new innovations to the genre. The game that players know and love now offers multiple modes and fun, colorful backgrounds. Players can also match their ARKANOID skills against other DS users with multiplayer options.

"Both SPACE INVADERS and ARKANOID are milestones in computer game history," said Akira Ohtsuki, TAITO's General Manager of CS R&B Development, AM Business Division. "We are thrilled to introduce these legendary games to a new generation of players and reignite the excitement for fans of the original titles."

Simple but addictive, these timeless games are loved by generations around the globe. TAITO has maintained the simple, beloved gameplay, while adding new twists to create exhilarating gaming experiences.

Features: SPACE INVADERS EXTREME

-- New Look: The classic design of the original SPACE INVADERS, now with revamped graphics and new background movies that add to the game's excitement.

-- New Music: Get in the groove with up-beat techno tunes that are synched to gameplay.

-- New Mini-Games: Experience varied gameplay with mini-games (Rounds) that are launched mid-game - they add to the fun, and are a good way to rack up points.

-- New Twists: Discover exciting twists to the classic game that provide swift, fast-paced game play.

-- New Multiplayer Element: Battle against a friend with the all-new multiplayer element, available on both platforms.

Features: ARKANOID DS

-- Explore three game modes that offer varied gameplay designed for a wide range of users.

-- Compete against others with two or four person multiplayer options to claim the title of ARKANOID DS champion.

-- Decorate ARKANOID DS with colorful designs by trading points gained through gameplay for fun backgrounds and icons.

-- Rock to an irresistible soundtrack produced by Zuntata, TAITO's award-winning sound team.

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME is rated E (Everyone). ARKANOID DS is rated E (Everyone). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD).

ARKANOID DS will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD).