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Once Again Asking the Father of Space Invaders About its Creation

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Tomohiro Nishikado

We ask developer Tomohiro Nishikado everything from the standard questions to urban legends about Space Invaders.

Space Invaders was a game that was also a social phenomenon, and you could argue that the history of Japanese games began with it. Why is it that developer Tomohiro Nishikado joined Taito and made games? Why did Space Invaders have a vertical monitor? Why did it use a joystick? And what was the company structure like at Taito back then? We interviewed Mr. Nishikado to ask him these kinds of questions. If you read these alongside the other four interviews in this book, you'll certainly deepen your understanding of the Space Invaders legacy.

Tomohiro Nishikado - Taito Advisor
Born in Osaka Prefecture's Kishiwada City in 1944. He joined Pacific Industrial, a development subsidiary of Taito, in 1968. There he worked electro-mechanical games such as Sky Fighter, and a Pong clone called Soccer. And in 1978, the previously mentioned huge hit known as Space Invaders was released.

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Space Invaders Invincible Collection: Creator Interview

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Space Invaders - Title Image

To commemorate the announcement of this new title, we have an interview with the original Space Invaders creator Tomohiro Nishikado, as well as Yuuichi Toyama, who is handling the collection. They tell us some behind the scenes stories about the legendary game that created such an enormous boom, as well as some interesting things about the collection. Pay close attention to this first hand account from the person that helped create game culture as we know it today.

Tomohiro Nishikado (Taito Advisor) - The creator of Space Invaders needs no introduction. He currently works as an adviser for Taito.
Yuuichi Toyama (Producer of the Space Invaders Invincible Collection) - He joined Taito in 2017, and has previously worked on the Darius Cozmic Collection.

The Game That Caused a Move From Electromechanical to Video Games

As of 2018, it's been 40 years since the first Space Invaders game. Mr. Nishikado, do you have a lot of emotional attachment to it, being the developer?

(Nishikado) I continue being surprised at how much time has passed, every 10 years since its release.

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