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Extreme trailer for Space Invaders Extreme

This trailer for the upcoming Space Invaders Extreme shows off all that re-invented gameplay and new visual style we've been touting about. The trailer music is also infectiously delightful, so make sure you check out the vid to witness the game's sights and sounds.

Celebrating 30 years of invasion, Taito has really done quite well tweaking the classic without changing the original formula too much. This makes us extremely excited to shoot down some multi-colored aliens and defend the home planet. Luckily, we won't have to wait too long; the game will be out in just about a month's time: June 17.

Space Invaders goes Extreme in June

Ever wonder how the classic Space Invaders could make a return? Make it faster, brighter, and add the word Extreme to it. Yep, Space Invaders Extreme is slated to hit the PSP on June 17, 2008. Taito has given us a list of features for the game, which should excite those who remember playing the original just to see how far it's evolved.

The design is the same, but with revamped graphics and new background movies, while up-beat techno music plays in synch with the gameplay. In the middle of the normal game, mini-games might launch that allow you to rack up the points, though what sorts of mini-games are available aren't described. Also vaguely introduced are new "twists" that add to the new faster pace of play. A multi-player element is available as well. If you're into these old-school revivals, this one might be worth a look.

Celebrate 30 years of Space Invaders with snuggle pillows

Has it already been 30 years since Space Invaders first conquered the hearts of gamers everywhere? It seems like such a long time ago. We're happy though, make no mistake. We want to get in on the celebration, and one way that we can is with these Space Invader pillows.

These little 45 cm pillows are priced at $29.90 each at NCSX. They should be available by mid-late July; that's probably right in line with Europe's summer release of Space Invaders Extreme.

[Via DS Fanboy]

Space Invaders Extreme hits Europe this summer

Aliens from outer space are set to invade Europe sometime this Summer. Well, not real aliens, but Space Invaders Extreme aliens. So don't worry folks, there's no need to flee for your lives in War of the Worlds-like fashion. This is good news; it means one more delightfully entertaining game for that good old PSP of yours.

Space Invaders Extreme on the PSP is a re-vamped, wide screen version of the classic arcade shooter. Does it live up to the classic of yesteryears? Give this previously posted demo a go and see for yourself.

[Via press release]

Space Invaders Extreme hits PSP as well

Should you really get excited over a new Space Invaders game? The answer is: yes. Originally announced exclusively for the DS, the PSP will receive a widescreen version of this hyperactive re-envisioning of Taito's arcade classic. The surreal graphics, speedy gameplay, and massive power-ups gave us goosebumps at TGS, and we think PSP will be able to more than pull off an equally intense experience. In fact, we'd much rather have a wide version of the game, than be forced to look at two screens at once. It's just easier that way.

Check out more screens at Dengenki Online.

[Via PSPHyper]

New Bubble Bobble sequel coming to PSP


The title doesn't really flaunt its Bubble Bobble heritage, but Rainbow Islands Evolution is yet another addition to the Bubble Bobble franchise. Taito is working on a PSP revival of the long-forgotten Rainbow Islands, which originally released in the arcades in 1987. The new puzzler feature Bub and Bob "under the shadow of an evil record company who is polluting the ecosystem with a constant, mass-produced musical dirge." Does that sound like a political statement to you? According to the press release, "the strict vertical ascents of the original have been expanded and extrapolated into three dimensions, with each level's building-block platforms now following perspective and disappearing into the distance." Once we get video and screenshots of the game, we're sure that'll make a lot more sense.

Exit exits PSP and enters 360

IGN is reporting that Exit will be making the leap from small screen to big screen. No, it's not getting a movie made of it, but it is becoming an Xbox Live Arcade title. For those who haven't played Exit, it has you take control of Mr. ESC as he guides civilians from burning buildings, and other deadly situations. The Xbox 360 version will also feature new levels not found in the PSP title. There is no word on whether the XBLA Exit will be a port of the first game, it's sequel, or a mixture of both. For those interested, it will retail for $10, and be out in Japan this summer.

Lumines previously made the jump from PSP to Xbox 360, so this move isn't unprecedented. This just goes to show that the PSP isn't the only system getting another console's ports.

[Via Joystiq]

ESRB uncovers new retro games

Lately the ESRB has been a better source for game announcements than gaming magazines. This time the game rating reveals have a definite theme; retro gaming. The first up is one we've been aware of for a while, EA Replay 2. I bet there'll be a sports game or two in the collection (call it a hunch). The other listed collection was Taito Legends Power-Up. Taito has some quality games, but will there be enough recognizable hits to warrant its purchase? I suppose we'll have to wait until Bub and Bob's keeper releases it in stores.

I can't wait until all that's left to do are 3DO or Ocean game collections.

[Via Gamespot]

Heaven's Will gets moody

While American gamers can enjoy the likes of Killzone next October, Japanese gamers will be able to experience Heaven's Will. You play Nameless (Nes for short... somehow), and you must escape a dangerous labyrinth, filled with traps and evil robots that, for one reason or another, want to kill you. It shares a similar concept as the movie Cube: let's hope it's not as awful.

The PSP as karaoke machine


Just when we thought we were rid of warbling, off-key renditions of "This Land", Taito turns around and makes karaoke sessions even more public. Our parent site Joystiq (you know, the one sporting the checkered pants and matching clutch bag) reports that game developer Taito has just made a roster of karaoke videos available for download via Sony's PortableTV service. However, unless you're an aspiring William Hung copycat living in Japan, your dreams of quick-burning stardom won't have a mute guy's chance in American Idol since the treat is only available for gamers in the Land of the Rising Sun.

We assume that once Sony decides to set up an online shop in the US, then we'll have our chance to annoy our friends and family. Until then, our bathrooms will have to do.

[via Joystiq]

Exit announced for US, Europe; reviewed

Exit, whose entry into the Japanese market we noted previously, has been announced for the US and Europe markets as well. Ubisoft has gained the publishing rights to the title from Taito and will be releasing the puzzler in both the US and Europe this February 2006. Ubisoft has also secured the rights to two other games from Taito's library, although what these games are haven't been revealed.

While the game won't see our shores for another two months, PSP411 already has a review up of the game. They've scored it pretty favorably, their only quibble being the time that has to be put into learning the controls, but otherwise the cell-shaded 2D game is fun and addicting. Sounds like we may have another winner on our hands, and hopefully will be the watershed of our gaming predictions for the PSP in 2006.



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