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
On the fence about this week's XBLA offerings? If you're an achievement junkie as well, here's some purchasing decision assistance (PDA, but not to be confused with the personal displays that shall remain undiscussed). We were already thoroughly prepared for Marathon: Durandal's release but Xbox360Achievement has the full skinny on Spyglass Board Games.
And just in case seeing just one new set of achievements isn't enough, they also filled in the gaps from their teaser of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (Capcom must really hate typists and bloggers).
There's a nice little interview over at GamingTalkHQ with Aaron Fothergill of Strange Flavour (with a spelling like that you'd think they were from the UK. Wait. They are? Why didn't someone tell me?). Strange Flavour is responsible for bringing us Spyglass Board Games (which is loosely based on Freeverse's Big Bang Board Games).
In the interview Mr. Fothergill talks about their relationship with Freeverse, their amazing staff (all three of them), and how the game is "really more of a video chat app with some board games set up to play while you chat."
I used to be highly addicted to playing games in MSN messenger with my friends so we'll see if this (and its lovely video chat window) can hook me just the same.
After much speculation that Marathon: Durandal was destined for E3 but missed the deadline, it is finally arriving. And alongside the alien slayage comes a much more peaceful and family friendly experience in Spyglass Board Games.
Marathon: Durandal comes in at 800 MSP and seeks to challenge Wing Commander: Arena and Bomberman Live! for the XBLA multiplayer crown.
I've gotta be honest here. All this XBLA goodness is starting to hurt (primarily in the wallet region). I haven't even played games from a couple weeks ago.
Anyone else getting XBLA fatigue? Any remedies you know?
ESRB Watch June 2007:
Not to be outdone by the USK, the ESRB has finally given us some information we can use. Undertow, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Spyglass Board Games have all received ratings. Undertow comes in at E10+ and the other two come in at E.
In addition, a cursory glance (read: I spent way too much time looking through the site) at the ESRB website also garners the following games that have been rated but have not been released:
Mutant Storm Empire
Spyglass Board Games
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Discs of Tron
Track & Field
Wing Commander Arena
Lumines Live! Artist Pack: Madonna "Sorry"
Fatal Fury Special
I am so tired right now I cannot process if any of those names are new or even if those have already been released and I missed it. Or maybe they are full retail titles? Anyone like to tell me if that list is valuable in any way? Thanks.
[via the ESRB, thanks, JDUDE11]
JDude11 gave us the heads up that the official XBLA site now has a Dig Dug page up and running, the interesting part is that it has tomorrow (the 20th) listed as the release date. Add that to the existing TotemBall page with the same release date and it looks like we'll be doubly "blessed" this week.
While I'm starting to tire of the constant Coin-Op Classics, this one has a special place for me. What games will you guys be getting? both, neither?