Turns out that Sonic the Hedgehog and Golden Axe are merely the tip of the iceberg. SEGA has formally announced their SEGA Vintage Collection for XBLA. What it breaks down to for us is this: more vintage SEGA games; In HD; With online multiplayer (where appropriate), achievements, and leaderboards.
Sounds pretty good right? (Actually, it sounds pretty amazing to me personally.)
The scoop is that the next set of games out of SEGA for XBLA will be Ecco the Dolphin, Streets of Rage 2, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (the latter two sporting online multiplayer).
Keep 'em coming SEGA. Or as Destructoid says "MOAR PLZ!"
DaKing240 has broken the news that our likely addition to XBLA this week is Golden Axe. Not only that, but he has the full achievement list and scores. (Here's the announcement thread at x360a.org.)
Looking through the achievements you can see that local and online co-op will be featured in the game.
I'm listing this as a rumor until we have the official announcement. More details as we get them.
[via daking240.com and thanks DaKing240!!]
[Update]: As of now, DaKing240 is also listing Sonic the Hedgehog as arriving alongside Golden Axe.
[Update 2]: This is a rumor no longer. Official announcement came out that Sonic and Golden Axe are arriving tonight.
It's really a shame that the ESRB doesn't have an RSS feed. They are quickly becoming the de facto standard for XBLA leaks. Today, IGN UK brings us the word that Sonic the Hedgehog (I assume the classic version) has been submitted to the ESRB for a rating. This supports the "rumor" (when do they ever turn out to be false?) that classic Sonic was on its way to XBLA via a SEGA Vintage Collection.
The new bit though was the additional submission of Ecco the Dolphin. Looks like animal lovers of the Genesis age can begin their celebrations...and their waiting.
It's been a long time since we have gotten any word on Sonic the Hedgehog for Xbox Live Arcade. The great news is that today the release of a few screenshots brings back the confidence in it's release on the Arcade. The game will be released as a "Sega Vintage Collection" title, which I guess will be the moniker for their XBLA titles. The naming convention also brings proof that they plan on bringing more than just Sonic onto the service (Vectorman or Ecco anyone?). Previously there was a very small rumor that Streets of Rage was coming to XBLA.
Overlooking Cloning Clyde, which really is a puzzle game, this game will bring platformers to the service on a high note. Now where is N+?