Square Enix’s Taito has released two apps for the iPhone 3G/iPod touch. Space Invaders has all the fun of the original version, bonus content, and can be controlled with the motion sensor or other touch methods. Cooking Mama features both old and new recipies. You can find each at the App Store, with prices $6.99 for the cooking game and $4.99 for the ETs. The company says that there will be other apps available down the road.
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Game maker Taito has teamed with NTT DoCoMo and come up a clever app that lets users play in an orchestra with their fingers. The Chokkan Classic software is part of their i-mode Internet service. Participants move a finger in front of their cell phone’s sensor. Once they remove their finger, the music stops. The application allows the ability to sync with others to create a concert. This demonstration certainly makes it appear simple but then again the participants look a little silly.
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Last year we featured lots of Space Invaders stuff, such as the bling, welcome mat, tote bag and even a baby mobile. Well we just found out the classic video game turns 30 this year. To celebrate, manufacturer Taito and New Era caps have teamed up to release a collection of seven black, fitted-style 59Fifty caps embroidered with the game’s characters. We think they’re a tad pricey at $57 each, but think of how great it will go with this scarf. According to StrictlyFitteds.com, the caps are available at Cap Collector One and New Era.
Fast on the heels of Pac-Man and NES controller related items are Space Invaders swag, which is great for us retro-lovin’ types. We recently told you about the tote bag featuring Taito’s primitive aliens, now comes—of all things—a mobile, handmade by an enigmatic Chicagoan named PixelParty. The nine aliens and laser base are made of felt, dowels and cord, and actually resembles the video game when hung over your little one’s crib. A interesting gift for an expectant parent? Or a subliminal way to introduce your infant to gaming? You decide. Available for $70 USD.
Ok, this writer is just going to admit it: in addition to goofy USB items and off-kilter (or useful) iPod docks, she has developed an obsession with anything recently retro, waxing nostalgic about doo-dads that remind her of the 70s or 80s. Case in point: Rockza’s Space Invaders Bag, made of PVC (translation: faux leather), and decorated with rows of the scurrying aliens. Oddly missing are the four protective “shelter blocks” and cannon, but we’ll let it go. Unfortunately, the bag is only available in Korea for 42,000 Korean Won ($45 USD). But let’s hope the trend comes stateside, as we think a Centipede version would look really cool, in a geeky sort of way.