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Space Invaders is inherently fun in all its incarnations.
The Video Game Critic
I was expecting this cartridge to offer a brand new Space Invaders with fancy 16-bit graphics, but instead Nintendo opted to bring back the classic in its original form! That's not a bad idea considering the original Space Invaders had not been previously available for a console before. Not only do you get the classic game as it was in 1978, but also four color variations including black and white, color, color background, and cellophane (simulated color strips on screen). Its great to play Space Invaders again, but I have to admit that its not the kind of shooter you can play for hours on end. Perhaps that's why Nintendo threw in a great two-player, split screen competitive mode. A pleasant surprise, it effectively pushes this cartridge over the top.
Nur haben es die Japaner bis auf den durchaus fordernden Zwei-Spieler-Modus bei dem Uraltspielprinzip bewenden lassen und nicht an eine aufgemotzte Version a la Galaga ‘88/PC-Engine gedacht. So kommen nur eingeschworene Fans auf ihre Kosten, der “Rest“ wird an 1:1 Umsetzungen der s/w-, Farbfolien- und Farbversionen des Originals kaum Gefallen finden, dafür ist das Gameplay für heutige Verhältnisse einfach zu dürftig; schade auch, daß der amüsante Two Player Split-Screen-Modus der japanischen SNES-Version nicht hinübergerettet wurde.
So what you get in this package is by no means bad -- a solid conversion of single-player Space Invaders, multiple graphical options and an interesting added multiplayer mode. It's just that, even with the added bells and whistles, it's still too hard to justify spending a full eight dollars for Space Invaders. You might have happily dropped 32 quarters into one of the original coin-op cabinets if you were around and gaming three decades ago, but today that same amount of cash should buy a much larger amount of content in a Wii download.
Nintendo Power Magazine
If you were hooked back in 1978, you may get hooked again. Fans like it. Everyone else will find it simple and repetitive, but challenging. I was never a huge fan of the original and this is just that and nothing more.