Archive for the ‘Xbox 360 Live Arcade’ category

Virtual On heading for XBLA

February 25, 2009


If Sega’s Border Break news has wet the appetite for some mech action, then your in for another treat as Sega are bringing the classic  mech game; Virtual On to Xbox Live Arcade. Not any old VO, but the final release Oratorio Tangram which was the final release for the Naomi. The game is pencilled for an April release at 1200 points. Can’t wait, but one thing that does concern me is the more and more common 1200 point price tag for XBLA games. Are Microsoft gradually sneaking them up, me thinks? 

[via Kotaku via Famitsu]     [Discuss on the Forum]

Outrun Online Arcade coming to XBLA & PSN

December 19, 2008

Great news for Outrun lovers. Sega’s classic racer is coming to XBLA and PSN in early 2009. From the above video it looks like we will be getting a similar game to the original xbox home conversion of Outrun 2.

Hopefully this game will do better than the xbox version. Obviously I’m not talking about critical success, more retail. It may have sold OK, but there were never many people playing it online. Now that xbox live has even more members and the fact this is sure to be cheaper as it’s download game, we may see a lot more people playing it. I, myself , can’t wait to battle it out against the worlds best on my favourite arcade racer!

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Tempest heads to XBLA

December 18, 2007


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As you may already know, I hold a soft spot for anything Atari so when I see some updates of their awesome arcade classics, I find it hard to resist mentioning it. This week Tempest is headed to XBLA and once again I am excited about this. Tempest was a breakthrough color vector game that is always highly sought after in collectors circles. On top of that, it has seen some excellent updates over the years, including the masterful Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar (one of several reasons to own a Jaguar – many say this game alone makes the console worth it) and Tempest 3000 for the NUON. While Space Giraffe for XBLA was sort of an update to Tempest, the games are a little bit different and now we can see another vision of this excellent shooter. It will only be 400 points too so that makes it easier to grab this one.

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Asteroids blasting its way to XBLA Wednesday

November 27, 2007


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We don’t mention arcade remakes coming to XBLA that often but I felt that this one is worth mentioning as it’s Asteroids. That’s right, Atari mighty classic makes it way to XBox Live Arcade this Wednesday, both the original and Asteroids Deluxe (which was an excellent game that gave the idea a greater challenge). The originals and the ‘evolved’ versions of the game will be available for a mere 400 points and if it is like the revamped version of Centipede then it should be good. Even if it wasn’t, the original versions of the game are worth it for that price even though they aren’t running on a vector set.

It would be nice to get a collection of these enhanced titles out into arcades as official releases. I think they would be appreciated even more running in a cabinet with authentic controls and an HD monitor to impress. I’d buy that over any of those ‘multi-cade’ MAME cabinets like Ultracade any day.

[Asteroids Landing on XBLA this week – Kotaku] [Discuss on the Forum]

Track & Field leaps into Live Arcade

August 8, 2007

[via Xbox 360 Fanboy]

We just got the release informing us that this week’s Xbox Live Arcade title will be the 1983 classic, Track & Field. As a retro title, it will run you (Nyuk!) 400 Microsoft Points, and will feature all the XBLA standards, like Achievements Leaderboards, and also has 4 player local and online multiplayer over Xbox Live, which is a nice touch. The main menu, pictured above, looks pretty snazzy, with a familiar red, white and blue motif. While it’s not a twofer, it’s still a nice retro title for the week.

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Console Arcade Downloads – Catch Up

July 16, 2007

It has been a while since I’ve covered any of the arcade releases that have been released on Xbox, Wii or PS3. So here’s a little catch up for anyone who has missed any of these golden oldies.

Xbox 360 Live Arcade

  • Golden Axe – 400 points
  • Missile Command – 400 points
  • Centipede & Millipede – 400 points
  • Contra – 400 points
  • Also Bomberman Live is out this week for 800 points with 8 player online play!

Wii Virtual Console

  • Bloody Wolf – 600 points
  • Dragon Spirit – 600 points
  • Mighty Bomb Jack – 500 points
  • Balloon Fight – 500 points
  • Ice Climber – 500 points
  • Excitebike – 500 points

PS3 Network

  • Q*Bert
  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

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More Pac-Man

June 6, 2007

Following up on the retirement of Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, heres a video of the new Pac-Man Championship Edition, that was just released on XBLA. I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised, this has to be one of the first retro remakes for a while that actually looks really good fun to play. Also here’s a snippit from Kotaku who were at the championships itself, which Namco and Microsoft just held.

While Ms. Pac-Man is one of those go-to games that I’ll still drop a quarter in today, my dot munching days are pretty much over. However, after seeing the “history making” Pac-Man Championship Edition in motion, I’m totally into this. Pac-Man is seriously back. Did we mention this is going live tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade yet?

[via Kotaku]

Toru Iwatani was moved nearly to tears by the proceedings; it’s clear that Pac-Man really is his “greatest gift to the world,” as terrifyingly ephemeral as that seems. Kudos to Namco for promoting a new edition that keeps the basic formula intact. I was sure that Iwatani’s sending off was going to be used to launch a new platformer version of the game or something equally as inane. Instead he goes into the sunset, leaving behind a game that’s been played over 10 billion times by Namco’s estimations, a game-inspired pop theme song, and a host of licensed and unlicensed merchandise, not the least of which were the glazed doughnuts with M&Ms for eyes I used to eat on the way to school in kindergarten in Bolivar, Missouri. If nothing else, I’ll always be grateful for those, Mr. Iwatani.

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