Gamer Mania 2

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

XBOX Live Arcade Wednesdays

Heh - no, it’s not a new segment. If you have an XBOX 360, you probably know that the Arcade has been dry since UNO came out back in early May. Well, tonight at the Bambuddha Lounge in San Fransisco, Microsoft set up a release schedule for the next five weeks and dubbed it “XBOX Live Arcade Wednesdays”. Starting today, with the release of Frogger for 400 Microsoft Points, a single Live Arcade game will be released on to the Marketplace every Wednesday until August 9th. Next week, we see the release of Cloning Clyde, which will set you back 800 points and promises to be an interesting departure from the other four classics being released. On the 26th, the arcade classic, Galaga, is revived and can be bought for the small cost of 400 MS points. The next week brings the most highly anticipated Arcade game, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting to the Marketplace, and is shaping up to be the biggest success the Arcade has had so far. After the mass of delays this game has been through, the release is finally official and it will set you back $10 (or 800 MS Points). Bringing up the rear is an equally popular classic from Namco, Pacman! It carries the same cost as Galaga, at 400 Microsoft points.

It’s shaping up to be a great summer for the Live Arcade and XBOX Live as a whole, and we can only hope they will keep up this once-a-week release schedule with Arcade releases in the coming months.


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