Galaga (NES)

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Classic arcade shoot ‘em up Galaga was faithfully recreated for the home in this acclaimed NES version.

Galaga became an instant classic with its innovative fighter combination system and varied enemy attack patterns. Control your fighter and shoot down the waves of invading aliens; and win bonuses in challenging stages by not missing a single enemy. If your fighter gets captured by an enemy, free it from the tractor beam and combine with it to form a dual fighter with twice the firepower!

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That man is playing Galaga!

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Classic blasting action

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User Comments (33)



Kenjara said:

Oh dear my dads gonna be after my wii now I can remember playing this with him on my amiga hehe. Looks like this is going to be an essential purchase.



Dazza said:

Don't let the 3 stars put you off if you have good memories of this. It's still a classic but realistically we're comparing with much more accomplished shooters that came later.



Don-Bon said:

Whenever this game comes to America you can be sure I will be downloading it. This was one of my favorite games years ago.



1927 said:

Is this the same game as galaga 88 on the pc engine? If it is, how does it compare. Galaga 88 was one of my favourite games on the pc engine.



Dazza said:

Galaga 88 was a update to the original Galaga. It really improved on the original formula in my opinion. A good sequel.



Jansen said:

I just bought it (PAL in germany) and played it 2hours. Definitly 5Stars!



caz said:

so much of my youth (mispent youth) was playing galaga in the video arcades (remember those). this is a no brainer for me once its available in the us.



AzaMcWazza said:

I will be downloading this one. Was surprised that it only got 3 stars, but I was looking for a review to let mw know how faithful it was to the original. You can still find the arcade version in some fast food places these days and I played one about 3 months ago and still loved the game, so if the VC version matches it, well it's a no brainer for a measley 500 points.



Eric42 said:

I loved Galaga for the NES. I still have it somewhere with my NES games. I always felt it was a great, faithful port of the arcade game and it will be on my "must purchase" list. Here's to hoping it'll be out in America on Monday.



Ben said:

Practically an essential purchase for me! Sure there are many more accomplished shooters already available on the VC for only a couple hundred more points, but this is a classic. Both my parents also love this one and I know my little sisters and girlfriend will get kick out of this also. They won't like any other shooters and I think we'll all have a blast with this one. I've spend more than $5 in one sitting at the arcade for Galaga many times this is a bargain for me!



balsho said:

Beware this doesn't save the highest score... Better off getting the gamecube Namco disc with the true arcade port.



malchihi said:

My guess about why this game received only 3/5 stars is because of the cost of comparable games(Such as Namco Museum for GC) that have galaga as well as many other classic arcade games. The best part about Namco Museum is that you can usually find it very cheap.



Adamant said:

Agreed, I think Nintendo could benefit from lowering the price of Namco's classic arcade games - these have been released a bazillion times already, and those collections with 5 different games can be found for under 10$ nowadays, Namco Museum 15th Anniversary can be gotten new for 20$ for the GC, and thus played on the Wii as well. Not to mention the excellent 360 download.
Galaga is an excellent game, but 5$ is a bit too much to ask for the NES port today.



Luigison said:

I agree with most of your ratings, but you are way off on this one. Galaga is a 5 star game. There are other shooters that do more, but the simplicity of Galaga is what makes it great.



Peter said:

This game is amazingly fun. I used to drive to a nearby restaurant with my dad just so he could play this game for an hour on an arcade machine. Now that it's out on Wii we don't have to. This game never seems to get old, simple as it may be.

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Mii be you said:

I remember playing this on a Namco Museum game.
I hated it when my fighter got captured, but then I realized that if you rescue your fighter, you get to use 2 at the same time.
This game brings back memories.



fartbarker said:

played the heck outta this in the 80s
too bad this one doesnt save your high score which is essential, making this download completely useless imo



Tinlion said:

I'm really glad that they released this port. Finally, I can practice Galaga at home!



DJ_Triforce said:

This game is NOT like the arcade version at all. The arcade version is widescreen, only turned on it's side. I don't like it nearly as much. And I was a little let down, oh well. To be honest, the XBOX 360 version is much better (and I hate XBOX - and I wont get one myself, but this version is the closest to it). Anyway, the game is good, but definately not the original.




yeeat said:

well, this looks like the one i played all the time but the other one looks way better than this. Which one i should pick?
I guess i'll go with my addiction



Divock said:

The are are two reasons why I won't buy this.
1. I downloaded an emulator and the sound quality is not quite the arcade. And because I loved winning the bonus round and getting that sweet music, that really hurts the position of me buying it.
2. No saving record feature. I may not be the best or even very good at 2D shooters, but I think that not having a save feature is kind of lame.



Roo said:

Best played as a 40 second demo whilst waiting for Tekken to load up. Those were the days!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Arcade games can be played with the 3rd-party accessory known as The Shaft, designed with a joystick and buttons for that classic arcade feel.



The_Fox said:

Galaga is pretty kick-ass. but considering the number of times this game has been released I can't imagine anyone being suckered into paying $5 for it.



Mario90125 said:

This is not coming the US Virtual Console on the Wii U and 3DS since i i have Namco Museum DS, which emulates the arcade version perfectly.

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