One of Microsoft's many XBLA evangelists was live on E3 Live on Gamespot (thanks to being on the road with glitchy internet, I missed his name) talking up the "best content lineup" on XBLA ever and told the world that all these games would be out "by the end of the summer." And more specifically he said, "in the next two months."
If all goes as planned I'll likely be at least 4000 MSP poorer in two months time (though no price points have been announced).
After the break I'll hit on a couple of points that were covered about each of those games.
After releasing a slew of classic Arcade titles, Namco looks like having a new aproach to the XBLA service.
Soul Calibur is a series of weapon based fighters that started on the Dreamcast (actually the series started with Soul Edge on the PS1), being considered one of the best fighters ever made (and the highest rated console fighter ever). July 29th is the expected release date of the new title of the series, Soul Calibur IV, so I think it's safe to say that Soul Calibur XBLA will arrive around that time. The XBLA version will feature HD graphics but unfortunately no online play (maybe no online play is better than awful online play) Btw, Soul Calibur will be XBLA exclusive, maybe because PSN already has Tekken.
The other Namco title, Infinitum is a twin-stick shooter in the vein of Geometry Wars and the upcoming Schizoid, in Infinitum your ship will grow as you kill enemies "revealing even more massive and powerful enemies that were previously too large to see".
Xbox Japan has possibly leaked the release of Mr Driller Online. Guess what? It's next week! Now before you get too excited remember that Xbox.com has been wrong many, many, many times before.
Continuing the ridiculous trend of Microsoft not letting anyone know when games are coming out, we have been waiting for months now, wondering when we would get to play Treasure's masterpiece on the Xbox Live Arcade service. In what can only be described as Karma at it's best, it seems that MS themselves are to blame for the latest leak. According to their Japanese Xbox site, it seems that we now know that Ikaruga will be gracing the service in a little less than two weeks (April 9th, to be exact). While I know it's going to be a agonizing wait, here's a couple of screenshots to keep you pacified:
Coming in at 800 points, it seems that Xbox is certainly becoming the home of the shmup! (now if only a North American publisher would pick up the remaining Japan-only ones).
[Thanks to Buster for the heads up]
Eagle-eyed forum reader tancredo points out that Mr. Driller Online also has pricing and release date info on the Japanese site. Looks like we'll be seeing Mr. Driller next week (April 2nd) for the same price of 800 MS points.
The GameSpot editors have corrected their Hands-on Preview of Beautiful Katamari to eliminate any possibility that the game would be coming to XBLA.
A bit of news came out last week (from N'Gai Croal actually) about the newest Katamari installment (titled Beautiful Katamari) possibly being a 360 exclusive. As a 360 owner I was excited but I assumed it had nothing to do with us here at XBLArcade.com. But GameSpot may have proven our assumptions very very wrong.
Brad Shoemaker, of GameSpot, is reporting that Namco Bandai will not only be making Beautiful Katamari a 360 exclusive, but also that it was arrive in October on Xbox Live Arcade.
If this all proves true, the news is so good it is likely to spawn more "Microsoft to buy Namco Bandai" rumors. With the current 1200 MS Point ceiling for XBLA titles, any Katamari fan would likely pounce on it. And for those new to the franchise, even at $15 the price certainly seems right. Whatever happens, I say keep it coming Namco Bandai.
[via GameSpot, thanks Measure, sorry for the delay!]
Godfree and Feelz Good over at GamerTagRadio have posted their latest Podcast. In it, they take on the Pac-Man World Championships, the hype (and backlash) they created based on the Aaron Greenberg quote, and actually interview Aaron Greenberg (aka BIGVIP) himself.
In the interview they talk candidly with Aaron and ask very direct questions about the situation. Give it a listen. (The Greenberg interview starts at 29:19.)
They also have a chat with arcade Legend Billy Mitchell (who bought a 360 just to compete in this Pac-Man tournament), talk about upcoming events, and generally do their GTR thing.
[via GamerTagRadio, thanks Godfree]
Here is the 2007 Pac-Man World Champion: Carlos Daniel Borrego Romero.
The big surprise during the tournament was that the 10 finalists would not compete against each other in classic Pac-Man. Stealing a page from The Wizard, Pac-Man Championship Edition was unveiled to the competitors the night before the final round. The question was: Who would quickly learn and excell in this new version?
The answer came in the answer of a dominating performance from Mr. Romero. Carlos crushed the others in the top four with a combined 459,330 points from two 5 minute championship mode rounds. The closest competition was the Austrian, Robert Glashuettner, with a mere 331,630. And so, the final was set between Mexico and Austria.
With Larry Hyrb (Major Nelson) and Aaron Greenberg (BIGVIP) doing commentary, the finals began. Robert came on fast in the final and got out to an early lead. Carlos seemed to struggle early but in classic commentator fashion Aaron proclaimed, "Don't worry. He finishes stong." And the tables began to turn. Robert continued to do well but Carlos simply kicked it into a higher gear and through the last minute pushed way out in front.More coverage after the break.