Capcom recently announced that Street Fighter II, which can be downloaded for 800 Microsoft Points, has become the fastest selling XBLA title to date. That's a whole lot of people whupping serious butt with Guile, Blanka, & Co. Here's the official quotes on the matter from Capcom:
"We are elated by the tremendous response Xbox Live users have given Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting as players around the world vie to be on top of the game’s numerous leaderboards,” said Charles Bellfield, vice president of marketing, Capcom Entertainment, Inc. “It'll be exciting to see who ranks number one on Xbox Live Arcade after the first weekend of gamers playing the greatest arcade title in history."
“The phenomenal response to Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting on Xbox Live Arcade comes as no surprise as this has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles of the summer,” said Greg Canessa, Group Manager of Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft. “We are thrilled that gamers everywhere are jumping into Xbox Live Arcade and enjoying the fantastic game play experiences this title and our platform has to offer.”
Kaz Hirai's triumphant warcry of "Ridge Racer" on the PSP led people to believe other key PSOne titles would soon be heading to the PSP via emulation. Apparently Konami missed the memo, as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is making its way to Xbox Live Arcade.
The September issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly (issue: 207) reports:
When will SOTN head to XBLA? Representatives from Konami told 1UP that the game is tenatively slated for a Q1 2007 release on XBLA.
For clarification, the version of Symphony of the Night that will appear on Xbox Live is not the Sega Saturn version of the title, it is the PlayStation version. Furthermore, nothing from Konami has indicated that SOTN's appearance on XBLA will keep the title exclusive to Microsoft's Live Arcade.
‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ punches its way into Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays on August 2
One of the most anticipated games of the summer, ‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ hits Xbox Live Arcade today, Wednesday, August 2. The old-school classic from Capcom stays true to its roots with an amazing retro feel, and brings multiplayer action to the classic title for the first time. ‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ melds the best of retro arcade gaming with the preeminent next-gen features that only Xbox 360 and Xbox Live can offer.
As a true tribute to this critically acclaimed arcade fighting game, ‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ delivers the game in original form but also includes all new content specifically designed for Xbox Live Arcade. High definition video resolution, Achievements, Leaderboards, and online multiplayer combat over Xbox Live including the all new innovative "Quarter Match" takes this classic franchise phenom to next generation levels.
‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ comes packed with high-definition graphics, Xbox Live Achievements and Leaderboards plus online multiplayer matches providing endless hours of fun.
‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ offers:
* Online Multiplayer Mode - The game has both Ranked matches and Player matches, including the 4-player Quarter Match option * Quarter Match - entirely new mode for Xbox Live Arcade which is a spectator-based system as a tribute to the arcade roots, allowing online competitors (2 competitors and up to 2 spectators) to use a “virtual quarter” to “buy into” heated two player matches * Arcade Mode - simulates the single-player experience where gamers must work their way through a ladder of opponents until they face off against the final boss * Vs. Mode - allows two friends to select characters and battle it out * Fully customizable controls - players can map attacks to any of the main buttons and have the choice to map all three punches and/or all three kicks to a single button which simplifies complex moves * Comprehensive leaderboards - tracks overall and monthly best players using a point based system as well as rankings based on who is the best using each game character and most consecutive winning streaks * Achievements - complete 12 challenging offline and online objectives and earn your Achievements
WHEN CAN I GET IT: Download ‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ today, Wednesday, August 2, at 1am PST on Xbox Live Arcade.
HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO PAY: 800 Microsoft Points for the Full version; however, as with all Xbox Live Arcade Titles there will be a free trial version so you can try this game out.
For more information please visit Xbox.com or hit the 360-HQ games database.
Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays roll on with the July 26 explosive debut of 'Galaga'
Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays continue with the launch of 'Galaga', one of the most popular retro arcade games of all time. Originally released in 1981 by Namco, the addictive action shooter marks its 25 year anniversary with a next generation debut on Xbox Live Arcade on July 26.
Following its release in 1981 'Galaga' became an instant classic with its innovative fighter combination system and varied enemy attack patterns. Now the original 'Galaga' retro gameplay action is back! Take control of your fighter and defend against invading aliens. Join forces with other rescued fighters to form a Dual Fighter and attack with twice the firepower!
With high-definition graphics, Xbox Live Achievements and Leaderboards, the Xbox Live Arcade version of this all-time classic shooting game provides hours of fun.
* Classic Galaga shooter action is back!
* Over 250 levels
* 12 unique Achievements
* Earn Perfect Bonuses and increase your fighter status
* Full worldwide Leaderboards
* Unique Dual Fighter combination attack mode
* Original music and sound effects
WHEN CAN I GET IT: Download 'Galaga', Wednesday, July 26, at 1am PDT on Xbox Live Arcade.
'Galaga' (Namco): 400 Microsoft Points
For more information please visit Xbox.com or our games database entry.
Right from the official Saintsrow.com website they have announced the demo will be available August 1st on Marketplace and on Official Xbox Magazine.....
"Gamers will be able to get their hands on a single player demo from Saints Row at the beginning of August. The demo is slated to release through Xbox Live Marketplace on August 1st and it will also be available on the Official Xbox Magazine Cover DVD"
Note: Even tho its officially announced for August 1st this doesn't mean Microsoft will release it on this date. "Like the Prey Demo June 22nd official date" (Read sjohn's "Prey Demo Delayed for 360" News article for details)
It's been months since Bethesda Softworks shipped The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and while the company's pimped their downloadable content to no end, a patch to fix some of the rough spots that weren't ironed out before release has been long coming.
At least the wait's not far off now. The company confirmed to 1UP that an official patch is in the final stages of development and certification, and should be available for both PC and Xbox 360 users sometime next week.
But what if you don't have access to Xbox Live? The company's looking into a number of options, including bundling the patch onto a disc with the Official Xbox Magazine. "We'll make it available via whatever means are out there for any game to get updates to people playing the game," said public relations head Pete Hines.