Can I just go back to spending 10p a credit?
Taito has announced that retro collection Space Invaders Invincible Collection is finally headed westward on Switch. The localized port of the classic shmup compendium is now available to pre-order on the Nintendo eShop, ahead of its August 17 release date. Perhaps a little more eyebrow-raising, however, is the full retail price of $59.99. That’s something.
Originally released in Japan in the spring of 2020, Space Invaders Invincible Collection features 11 different variants of the alien-blasting franchise — from 1978’s pioneering classic to 2018’s Space Invaders Gigamax 4 SE. Also included is a free download of 2017 mobile release Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders, for a total of 12 blip-blooping shooters. Custom dip switch settings and a selection of screen filters are available on most included games.
As a niche release, Taito will be looking to capitalize on every available sale, but given how similar many of these games are, as well as their admittedly slim retention value, 60 bucks sure is a mighty bill. Strictly Limited’s range of physical editions at least included fun bonuses (including a reprint of the tie-in Space Invaders board game), but the price tag of this digital pre-order suggests that perhaps only the most devoted of Earth’s defenders should consider bagging this release.