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This version of Space Invaders is based on the 1994 arcade game Space Invaders DX but lacks the parody mode of that game. What remains is the classic mode that allows the player to choose the type of arcade cabinet (upright, black & white, etc.) as background to the action as well as the versus mode for two players. The versus mode is split-screen, each player trying to survive and eliminate more invaders than the opponent.

The Game Boy version has both one- and two-player modes using the usual Game Boy tones (black and grey). However, plugging the cart into a Super Game Boy allows playing the game in all four cabinet types of the SNES version.

The PC Engine (TurboGrafx) CD version offers an additional "cosmic versus" mode, where the background is composed of anime-style pictures of girls. They also appear in the "omake mode", which is a single-player variant with the same backgrounds.

The WonderSwan version doesn't offer all four cabinet types (only black & white) but keeps the versus mode.


Space Invaders SNES VS Mode - An additional bonus to the SNES version. Funny!
Space Invaders SNES Black & white screen - the most classic of four screen types.
Space Invaders SNES This golden invader appears in the opening sequence.
Space Invaders SNES Color screen - The UFO in the top of the screen appears randomly in the game. Shoot!

Promo Images

Space Invaders Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Space Invaders Screenshot
Space Invaders Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "太空侵略者" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "スペースインベーダー The Original Game" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "Space Invaders: They're Back!" -- Game Boy title

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All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Jun, 1994 74 out of 100 74
The Video Game Critic Oct 11, 1999 C+ 58
Mega Fun Dec, 1994 41 out of 100 41
IGN Nov 17, 2008 4 out of 10 40
Nintendo Power Magazine Oct, 1997 3.9 out of 10 39


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Kartanym (12779) added Space Invaders (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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