Atari preps six for XBLA

Tempest, Centipede, and more to see release on Xbox Live Marketplace starting in January.

With Microsoft already hosting retro arcade classics from Namco, Konami, Midway, and Capcom on the Xbox Live Marketplace, it was only a matter of time before the service's pantheon of coin-op colossi was joined by Atari. Today Microsoft announced that it had signed the publisher of Centipede, Missile Command, and Battlezone to bring those hits and a handful of others to the Xbox 360 beginning in January.

Six Atari titles have been announced for the downloadable games service, and each will come with classic and "evolved" versions, in addition to standard features like leaderboards and achievements. The half-dozen games set to release include Centipede/Millipede, Battlezone (with new multiplayer modes and Xbox Vision camera support), Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe, Missile Command, Tempest, and Warlords (which lets gamers import pictures for their castles). No prices were announced for the games, although older arcade games on the Marketplace have generally been priced at 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

To help keep players busy until those titles hit, Microsoft today also announced the Wednesday release of Konami's Contra, as well as a short slate of games expected to see release on the Marketplace later this year.

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NND1
NND1

M$/XBOX Iz tha MANNN.....

playa42018
playa42018

WARLORDS!!!!!!!!!! The best 4 player arcade game ever.

BOSSMAN_2004
BOSSMAN_2004

Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles is here...DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!

CarltonWolf
CarltonWolf

Bring it I miss some of the old retro games.........

_Sam_
_Sam_

I love cheap games

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

What a BORING selection, although Centipede is a nice game. BUT Atari did make one of the greatest arcade games of all time: STAR WARS...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i guess its cool...even though i dont do arcade

crithon
crithon

it's about time!!! How can anyone can consider retro gaming without Atari..... although aren't they giving away their intellectualy property

thastillmatic1
thastillmatic1

Microsoft promises and delivers. Can't wait til Golden Axe comes out.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Yes, Yar's Revenge would be awesome.

Shoun
Shoun

Woot Evolved Missle Command!

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

It's about time Atari decided to jump on XBLA. I want Yar's Revenge.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start

Dreski83
Dreski83

So I pay hundreds of bucks to play a classic game like Asteroids on a big screen TV... yea, and the pride swells to unimaginable sizes ^_^

caesarbites
caesarbites

Missile Command is one of my favorite games of all time. I

Rothgarr
Rothgarr

Are these ports of the original arcade games or the Arati 2600 versions? Because some of the 2600 versions were terrible (good for the time but I wouldn't want to play them now, except for Warlords)

Newnab
Newnab

MISSILE COMMAND! YAY!

hagame
hagame

Hopefully the enhanced version of Tempest is similar to the Atari Jaguar Tempest 2000 version. That is the type of game that could compete with "Geometry wars as a "pick up and play" insane shooter. I can also see it working really well with an analog stick to roll around with.

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

Can't tell you how many quarters I sunk into Asteroids at the old arcades. Guess I'll sink $5 more into this classic game.

PlanoPunisher
PlanoPunisher

OMG Warlords! I hope they have 4-player support both over LIVE and on the same console! 4-players on a 2600 was so much fun back in the day...

logicbombx
logicbombx

YAY!!!!! TEMPEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MissAndDie96
MissAndDie96

Less "retro", more origninal IP's from indy devs.

Apoc112
Apoc112

i fail to understand why anyone is being negative about this... personally, i won't purchase any of these as they're not really "classic" to my generation (i'm 22), but there's nothing WRONG with Atari releasing these. if you don't care for this type of game, just don't buy it. jesus, you are mean-spirited people.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Some good arcade games there. That's very good to hear.

bdhoff
bdhoff

Tempest rules all! I can't wait for that! Some of you whippersnappers are so caught up on graphics that you don't know what true gameplay value is.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

They need to stop picking the "iconic" games (which lack severely in the gameplay department in most cases). I feel like I'm buying nextgen ports of cellphone games. Scratch that, cellphone games tend to be more complex than something such as Asteroids. My dad already has Asteroids. Sometimes they're so bad he can't even sit on the toilet. How about GigaWing, Garou, etc. Less-ancient stuff nobody got a chance to play because local arcades went belly up for most of us. I'm tired of these burnt out arcade "classics." Yeah, Centipede was cool...when I was 7 years old. Just about everything but SEGA novelty games (which are what sorta killed the arcade scene) I didn't get a chance to play. My local arcade turned into gangbanger city in the mid 90s and was finally closed down a couple years ago. They never carried anything by SNK and not much Capcom stuff. It was mainly the aforementioned novelty games (snowboarding, lightgun,etc) and whatever the recent Midway title was. I would rather rather play newer titles on XBLA than raggedyass Time Pilot or Frogger.

vaderspower
vaderspower

Battlezone!! That has got to be one of my favorite arcade games. We actually owned a full size one back when I was growing up.

mall69
mall69

yeah kyosukeugc... i agree with you. Putting old arcade classics like Astroids, Centipede and Tempest on a downloadable game service that lets you play classic arcade games is such an unbelievably stupid idea. I mean, really.... what were they thinking?.....

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

more reason why XBLA isn;'t all it's cracked up tobe. I swear, you'd think some better thinking would go into things like this.

kinglink2
kinglink2

I hope they release these over a couple days, not over 6 different weeks.

aRcad33
aRcad33

great news and contra THIS WEEK!

neoand12
neoand12

Lets Face it Atari Suck...Back in my day Atari was fun but now the games Look Crappy, GeOW Vs. Tempest Which one would you Choose?

grayoldwolf
grayoldwolf

If you can't afford $5 for these games, don't pay it. If you don't want to pay $5 for these games, don't pay it. I you can and you do, go for it. The concept of a free market economy is not difficult to understand. The price will go down when demand goes down, not because people whine on internet notice boards. Five bucks is nothing these days anyway. You can barely buy a decent cup of coffee or a pint of beer for that in LA or NYC.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

UMCP "U suck, Atari." No, you suck!!! Anyway, this is great news. I'm pretty excited to try out these new arcade titles for Xbox 360.

PMC11
PMC11

what id like to see is some original titles, along with 3d gaming, instead of with retro titles, yes there classics and there nice to play every now and again, but x-box live could be used for so much more.

UMCP
UMCP

U suck, Atari.

JDO
JDO

If you know and love the game, being able to play them online as well as MP over Live, I have no problem paying $5.00 for these.

ELR
ELR

what they need to do is make some of these games free just like they did with texas hold em