Forum member tancredo was the first to mention to us that Happy Tree Friends will be dropping on June 25th. After searching around for as much confirmation as we could find (which included interviews and the official site on Sega.com) we are still holding back our excitement.
Why you ask?
Perhaps some of you remember this story. Sega themselves said that we'd be playing this game by now, stating that the release date for Happy Tree Friends : False Alarm would be April 21st of this year. So right up until we have it in our grubby little hands, were going to be a little skeptical about this one.
360Sync.com has confirmed the rumor with Sega that Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm will be release on April 21st. It's obvious here that they mean the week of April 21st as that is a Monday. In addition, they have gotten word from Zen Studios that Rocky and Bullwinkle will be available on April 16th for 800 MS Points. If you would like to see complaining about [Insert Game Name] not being released on those two weeks head to our comments section!
Frequent many arcades in 1989? No? Well, how about owning a SEGA Genesis? (Heck, I had two.) Good. I knew someone out there owned one of those things. So, maybe you played two games that hit arcades in '89 and the Genesis in '90: ESWAT: City Under Siege and Crack Down. The only reason I'm bringing it up is because The Official Xbox Magazine UK has informed the world of the future XBLA release of both games.
Crack Down recently appeared on the Wii's Virtual Console so the transition to XBLA doesn't surprise in the slightest. Heck, ESWAT just came out too. The real question is, what improvements will be in the XBLA version. Leaderboards and achievements are no brainers but will we see a visual facelift? What about online play? (Co-op Crack Down anyone?) And will they port the arcade version or the console version (typically it has been the arcade if there is a choice)?
No answers yet. Just more wait and see, as usual.
Xboxic's got some videos to jog your memory in case you need it jogged.
The Xbox Domain's keen eyes picked out some interesting complaints on the xbox.com forums. Apparently, Sonic 2 has no Xbox Live (aka Online) co-op mode and some buyers are very upset about that fact. An informed buyer should know that kind of information though. How did these fools get fooled?
Guess they were fooled just because they know how to translate letters into words. So much for due diligence.
Anyone else out there "missing" a feature?
[via The Xbox Domain]
We've just received word that this week will be another to spin by -- Sonic The Hedgehog 2 will be released at the usual time this Wednesday. I anticipate the retro-standard price point of 400 MSP. And the xbox.com page backs me up on this.
SEGA continues adding to their SEGA Vintage Collection by giving us what many consider to be the best Sonic game ever (I think I'm in this camp). Do you still have love for good ol' 2D Sonic? Or did the load times on the retail 360 Sonic game sour you completely on the spunky hedgehog (whether in 2D or 3D)?
In addition to Sonic 2, we'll also be getting some new DLC for Bomberman Live! and Band of Bugs. No details yet on what we're getting but we'll let you know when we know.
E-mail after the break.
[via Gamerscore News, xbox.com page here]
[Update]: Added a screenshot (click for high-res) which seems to show a massive amount of smoothing graphically. (For comparison, here's an original screen at MobyGames.) Any purists out there upset by this?
Gotta love marketing. I just received the September Xbox Flash in my inbox, entitled "Halo 3 Screen Shots, PGR 4 and BioShock Demo". Typically, these emails are made entirely from information I already know. This time however, I noticed something of interest. The "Family Game of the Month" for September is Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Just in case you don't get these emails, I'm posting a screenshot segment of the email in question.
Sonic 2 in September, eh? Seems reasonable, but it is not official yet. And we know what happens when we get unofficial confirmation.
[via my email inbox]
Since I've been horribly backlogged with tips and other stories I thought I'd turn this into a regularly occurring feature. It's an easy way for me to catch up and also harness your collective tipster skillz.
So, here's what's been happening around the XBLA world that I haven't had the chance to share:
Let those who worship the almighty two-fer rejoice! We're back in business.
This week brings us Hexic 2 in the new category (aka 800 MSP) and Ecco the Dolphin slotted as the retro release (aka 400 MSP).
Can the multiplayer of Hexic 2 (or maybe the achievements?) lure you back even though the first game was virtually free? And does the idea of being a dolphin excite you or disgust you? So many questions to answer before Wednesday...
After the jump are the typical selling points of each game.
[Update]: Adding pricing info.
Could it be? It appears that Major Nelson has come through for us two weeks in a row. Of course, things aren't as perfect as they seem. What you see below is the newly corrected list. When the list originally appeared, it had a surprise visitor: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
Ever since that point speculation has run rampant. The most common theory seems to be this: SPFIITHDR appeared on PartnerNet and was "purchased" by so many people that it appeared on the list. Strange but true? We'll never know. So, let's just look (and read) below and focus on what we do know.
Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
|Rank||Last Week||Title||Release Date||WOC*|
|1||-||Track And Field||8/8/2007||-|
|2||2||Spyglass Board Games||8/1/2007||1|
|4||4||Sonic The Hedgehog||7/11/2007||4|
|9||-||TMNT 1989 Arcade||3/14/2007||21|
|10||9||3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures||4/18/2007||16|
*WOC: Weeks on Charts
Sad that this Wednesday lacks the current trend of two-fers? Getting another retro title this week left you cold? Don't despair. Prepare for things to "heat up" very soon. The games coming out soon are "sizzling". Or so Microsoft would have you think.
The good news:
The bad news:
Feel free to add your own angry, sad, or psychotic, "where is _____?!?!?!" comments below.
Full "Media Alert" (cough*press release*cough) after that clicking thing you do below.