Space Invaders [Upright model] [No. 739]

The Arcade Video Game by Midway Mfg. Co.


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Space Invaders © 1978 Midway Mfg. Co.

Export version manufactured by Midway under license from Taito. For more information about the game itself, please see the original Taito upright model entry; "Space Invaders".


Space Invaders [Upright model] [No. 739] the  Arcade Video Game
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Space Invaders [Upright model] [No. 739] the  Arcade Video Game
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Game ID : 739
[Upright model]

Buttons : 3 (LEFT, RIGHT, FIRE)
(The US upright model had no joystick)


Space Invaders by Midway was released in October 1978 in the USA.

The Space Invaders phenomenon stunned many conservative adults of the time who were convinced that video-games soured the minds of their youngsters. Residents of Mesquite, Texas, pushed the issue all the way to the Supreme Court in their efforts to ban the illicit machines from their Bible-belt community. A number of reported incidents of juvenile crime began to surface shortly after the game's release, adding to its 'controversy'. A girl was caught stealing $5,000 from her parents and gangs of youths were reported to have robbed grocery stores just so they would have money to play the game.

Of the reported 350,000 units produced world wide, about 65,000 units were produced in the U.S. alone.

Technology journalist Jason Whittaker credited the game's success to ending the video game crash of 1977, which had earlier been caused by Pong clones flooding the market, and beginning the golden age of video arcade games. According to The Observer, the home console versions were popular and encouraged users to learn programming; many who later became industry leaders.

Space Invaders inspired a catchy hit song by 'Uncle Vic' called 'Space Invaders' released over the spring to summer-time period of 1980. The Pretenders also released an instrumental song called 'Space Invaders' on their debut album in 1980.

A Space Invaders unit appears in the 1980 movie 'Midnight Madness', in the 1982 movie 'Jekyll & Hyde... Together Again', in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High', in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks', in the 1984 movie 'The Iceman', in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day', and in the 1998 sitcom 'That 70's Show'; Season 4, Episode 8 (Donna's Story).

An upright unit of the Midway release of Space Invaders appears in the ZZ Top music video, 'Legs'.


1. Space Invaders (1978, ARC)
2. Space Invaders Deluxe (1979, ARC)
3. Space Invaders II (1980, ARC)
4. Return of the Invaders (1985, ARC)
5. Super Space Invaders '91 (1990, ARC)
6. Space Invaders DX (1994, ARC)
7. Space Invaders '95 - Attack of the Lunar Loonies (1995, ARC)
8. Space Invaders (1999, PS)
9. Space Invaders 25th Silver Anniversary (2003, ARC)
10. Space Invaders Revolution (2005, DS)
11. Space Invaders Evolution (2005, PSP)
12. Space Invaders Extreme (2008, DS/PSP)
13. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (2009, DS)


NOTE: For ports released in Japan, please see the Taito upright model entry.


Atari 2600 usa (1980) "Space Invaders [Model CX2632]"
Atari 5200 usa (1982) "Space Invaders [Model CX5204]"
Atari XEGS
DynaVision brazil (198?)
ColecoVision usa (aug.9, 2003) "Space Invaders Collection"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
Sony PlayStation 2 korea (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"


Nintendo Game Boy australia (1994) "Space Invaders [Model DMG-SP-AUS]"
Nintendo Game Boy europe (1994) "Space Invaders [Model DMG-SP-NOE]"
Nintendo Game Boy [UK] (1994) "Space Invaders [Model DMG-SP-UKV]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa (oct.1994) "Space Invaders [Model DMG-SP-USA]"
Sony PSP europe (oct.6, 2006) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULES-00473]"
Sony PSP usa (may.17, 2007) "Taito Legends Power-Up [Model ULUS-10208]"


Exidy Sorcerer europe (1978) "Invaders"
Microtan 65 europe (1980) "Space Invasion"
TI99/4a usa (1981) "TI Invaders [Model PHM 3053]" by Texas Instruments
Tandy Color Computer usa (1981) "Space Assault"
Tandy Color Computer usa (1981) "Color Space Invaders"
Commodore Vic 20 usa "Avenger"
Commodore C64 usa (1982) "Avenger [Model C-64 621]"
Commodore C64 europe (1982) "Avenger"
BBC B europe (1982) "Super Invaders" by Acornsoft
Sinclair ZX-Spectrum europe (1982) "Spectral Invaders" by Bug-Byte
Sinclair ZX-Spectrum europe (1982) "Space Raiders" by Sinclair Research
Sinclair ZX-Spectrum europe (1982) "Invaders" by Artic Computing (UK)
Oric europe (1983) "Oric Invaders" by Arcadia Software
Tandy Color Computer usa (1985) "Super Vaders"
Commodore C64 europe usa (1987) "Arcade Classics"
Tandy Color Computer 3 usa (1988) "Space Intruders" : wave 9 is similar to wave 5 of "Phoenix".
Commodore Amiga europe (1988) "Amoeba Invaders" : included in the cover disk that came with the ST/Amiga Format Magazine (nov.1988, Issue number 5).
Atari ST europe (1989)
Sinclair ZX-Spectrum europe (1993) "Invaders" by Design Design Software (UK) : published exclusively on magazine covertape, appeared on side A of covertape "Your Sinclair issue 85: Christmas Collection 2".
PC [MS-DOS] (1997) "Champ Invaders" - CHAMProgramming
VTech Laser-VZ australia "Vz Invaders"
Apple II usa "Apple Invader"
PC [MS Windows] europe (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
PC [MS Windows] usa (nov.10, 2005) "Taito Legends"


LED handheld game usa (1980) black version by Entex
LED handheld game usa (1981) grey version by Entex
LCD handheld game usa (1982) by Tiger Electronics
LCD handheld game with calculator usa (1982) by Tiger Electronics
LCD handheld game usa (larger LCD) (1984) by Tiger Electronics
LCD handheld game europe (1999) by Systema
Arcade Legends : Space Invaders TV Game usa (2004) by Radica Games
Mobile Phones usa (2007) "3D Space Invaders"
Mobile Phones usa (2007) "Space Invaders Trilogy"

Game's picture.

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