Xblah has uncovered on the Australian ratings board (OFLC) two new titles reasonably assumed for XBLA consumption. The two titles are Beat'n Groovy by Voltex (published by Konami) and Domino Master by Tic Games (published by Microsoft). I'm sorry to report we have zero word on what Beat'n Groovy is, but I think it's safe to assume it is some sort of rhythm game. On the Domino Master side of the fence Xblah did a bit of foot work on Domino Master and found out the game is already available on the PC for Real Arcade. Real Arcade was mentioned back in October as being a new breeding ground for games that will be ported to the Xbox Live Arcade service. The game currently looks like two shades of ugly, so here's to hoping it gets a graphical upgrade. Even with the graphics issues, a dominos title would be a very welcome edition to Xbox Live Arcade. Stay tuned as we will keep you up-to-date on these two titles as more information comes out about them.
The rundown: Bankshot Billiards 2 goes from 1200MSP to 900MSP, Frogger from 400MSP to 300MSP, and Hardwood Spades also drops from 400MSP to 300MSP.
Get 'em while they're hot though because the sale only runs from "12:00 a.m. GMT on Wednesday, September 26 (5:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 27) and continuing through 11: 59 p.m. GMT (4:59 p.m. PDT) on Tuesday, October 2."
Timezones confuse me so I just quoted them.
Also available this Wednesday is the Bomberman Live! Bomb-Up Pack 2, featuring Destructoid's fearless mascot.
Could this mean that we're not getting a fresh new game this week? I wouldn't blame any publisher from shying away from releasing this week for obvious reasons but we need XBLA games to break up the marathon multiplayer sessions.
Press Release after the break.
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
I feel a little guilty. Here I am posting with vitriol about how this week's Wednesday was the first in recent memory to cheat us out of an XBLA two-fer. And then, the day arrived and we were overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of all the new content. What content, you say? Why, let me tell you!
Technically, your actual shoes are optional, but you could definitely use a pair of rubber grips for your button mashing fingers (or as it says on Xbox.com -- "button-smashing").
Track & Field has the typical original flavor and super-duper-HD flavor. Does it really matter though? You'll likely have your eyes down as your furiously pound away at your poor controller.
Who's lacing 'em up this week?
(Typical deets after the break, but seriously, every arcade game has achievements...get over it.)
Major Nelson has posted the lastest list of marketplace content and it definately is a bountiful harvest today for XBLArcaders. Content, pictures and themes are available for 3D Ultra Minigolf (content), Alien Hominid (content, pictures), Band of Bugs (content), Mad Tracks (content, theme), and Soltrio Solitaire (content).
Marketplace users in Japan will be able to finally pick up a copy of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on their native Marketplace.
Full details of this content is available on Major Nelson's website.
We knew about Wing Commander: Arena (thanks to EA) and we knew about Super Contra (thanks to some PartnerNet Speculation) but we certainly did not expect them to arrive together. But unless those pesky press releases are merely yanking our chain, we can now safely assume that this Wednesday will be filled with a lot of shooting. Some at felines, some at aliens but shooting all the same.
Press Release after the jump.
Xbox360Fanboy has a nice set of 3 comparison shots for the upcoming Yie Ar Kung Fu. In the shots you can see just how the 8-bit sprites have been improved (of course, that's a matter of opinion worthy of great debate) for their HD debut. And who doesn't want motion blur on that speedy fat man on the right there? I know that was on my list of needed graphical touch-ups.
Sarcasm aside and judging by the screens, I would imagine that the comparison was made by switching the "enhanced" feature on and off during a paused match. Thus, the identical scores and very similar situations presented in the shots. Wait, did I analyze this too much?
Here is a link directly to the image gallery for the lazy.
And here is the link for those who enjoy reading.
Dustin Berg of Xbox360Fanboy is adding fuel to the speculation fire that Super Contra will be arriving on XBLA, and more importantly, soon. He references a post on the eXophase forums that talks about the playable version sitting on PartnerNet as we speak.
From this bit of information, they've extrapolated the idea that Super Contra will be released forthwith.
The arrival of Super Contra may indeed come shortly, but let me debunk some assumptions about PartnerNet after the break.