Days of Arcade dawn on XBLA

Any which way it's cut, Microsoft's Summer of Arcade initiative last August was nothing short of a monumental success. In a single month, the publisher pushed onto its Xbox Live online platform critically acclaimed hits Braid, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Galaga Legions, Bionic Commando Rearmed,...

Any which way it's cut, Microsoft's Summer of Arcade initiative last August was nothing short of a monumental success. In a single month, the publisher pushed onto its Xbox Live online platform critically acclaimed hits Braid, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Galaga Legions, Bionic Commando Rearmed, and Castle Crashers. In the process, Microsoft realized a 67 percent spike in revenue from the service during the period, setting a new monthly-sales record in the process.

Undoubtedly hoping to repeat that success, Microsoft revealed its Days of Arcade promotion today, which will begin March 18 with the release of Hasbro Family Game Night. The six-week, seven-game drive will then continue with the release of The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, Flock, Lode Runner, Outrun Online Arcade, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix, and Uno Rush, though not necessarily in that order.

Microsoft expects to announce official dates for the remainder of the lineup by way of Xbox Live's director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's blog beginning on March 23.

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jmann75
jmann75

I've been hanging out for the new Puzzle Quest. The first one was beyond addictive. Hopefully the Lode Runner version is worth it.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

I'm pumped for Lode Runner especially as it was the first computer game I ever played.......Dishwasher should be fun too

msudude211
msudude211

@Phoenix6359 - I think that was the plan, but it got cancelled.

Phoenix6359
Phoenix6359

they should bring the original goldeneye out on the arcade, im pretty sure that microsoft owns Rare now so they could do it

music_maniac1965
music_maniac1965

outrun gets my microsoft points the second i see it avaiable for download. i'm not even going to bother trying it out (as if outrun fan's haven't played the xbox version from outrun 2 or outrun 2006 coast to coast allready :P) oh, and if sega is looking for their next projects, here are some games i'd like to see: first i'd like to see the outrun 2 courses and the missing 5 ferrari's as a add on for the new outrun online arcade game. second, bring us crazy taxi. lovely arcade racing with the focus on bringing passengers as cool and fast as possible to their destination ! loved it on the dreamcast. but please, use the orginal arcade samples, just like the dreamcast did. not the one's from the playstation 2 version. virtua racing. exept for a rather good converson on playstation 2 (on that sega compilation disk with also a 3D version from outrun on it), we never had a truely arcade perfect version. this is the time to give us a force feedback compatible version :D virtua fighter. the grand daddy of 3D fighters can't miss out ! maybe a bit slow in speed, but the skillfull gameplay and wonderfull animation still shines in this ever green. turbo outrun. this never got a proper home release. the extra speed is exelent, and as this is a verry small game in memory size, it can come dead cheap ! outrunners: same as above, but with versus racing online ! because the orginal game has a 4 people versus mode. this could do verry well with the older gamers who loved the original game. super hang on. fast arcade motor racer. also this never got a proper release, and i loved the arcade game. i can go on, but the one's mentioned here i will buy without even having to think about it. so how about it sega, i for one would be oh so gratefull :D

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

Uno Rush, Yahtzee and Battleship on live makes me smile. Plus Dishwasher finally, this 6 week period is going to be amazing for the xbox arcade.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

arcade is lame! Go and get a ps3 if u dont have 1 already. look me up on PSN @ BEAST2695 or xboxlive liquid son.

cluelesspug
cluelesspug

Star Wars Battlefront 2 needs to come to the arcade. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

ldonyo
ldonyo

xXZak-ataKXx, why do you bother posting anything at all? Be a troll somewhere else, please.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

stop waisting your time with the 360,just get the PS3.

foodme
foodme

the should bring some old school pc games to arcade like quake

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

hum... Puzzle Quest was the one I was most interested in, but the PC equivalent doesn't have great reviews. I was hoping they were holding back the XBLA version to fix it... turns out they were saving it for a 6 week, 7 game gimmick instead... bummer.

great_rulo
great_rulo

Finally The Dishwasher, that game is just awesome, played the demo last year. A perfect combination of God of War with platform action and gothic artwork.

wtfandyk
wtfandyk

Foodme that is one of the best ideas that I have ever heard.

foodme
foodme

i wish they would bring the old elder scrolls to arcade

foodme
foodme

i wish they would bring elder scrolls daggerfall and arena to arcade

jekyll
jekyll

I loved Lode Runner way back when it was on the Apple IIe. Can't wait to see what's been done with this long-too-dormant franchise. And Galactrix is a must-buy for me.

shabulia
shabulia

Dishwasher and Outrun are my must haves here. I can't wait!

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm so pumped for The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai

kidlicious
kidlicious

Whatever happened to AL HAMBRA?!

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

unlike last year, none of those games interest me... :( uno possibly.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

The more the merrier, Outrun + xbl = :) But one question, WHERE IS A SOUTHPARK XBL game PLEASE!!! imaginationland maybe

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I want more discounts on XBL games!

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Come on, other than dishwasher, those games suck.

yman173
yman173

Outrun should be cool. Still playing the Coast-2-Coast game from 2006 on my PS2! Lemmings! Now that would rock if they got that released at some point. Also would love a Space Invaders redux or something along those lines.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I have been waiting for Dishwasher: Dead Sammurai. Flock looks interesting too. Looks like good times.

Maddaus
Maddaus

Looks like I'm gonna have to get more points. I'm a sucker for Lode Runner. Lets get some Spelunker and Super Pitfall rolling on XLA Microsoft who's with me. Oh and throw in some Lemmings to.

klcoman
klcoman

When is Sam & Max coming out? Also I would love to see more classic adventure games. The whole Lucasarts catalog is awesome along w/ Kings Quest's and Quests for Glorys. I would also like more N+ dlc.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Really looking forward to Galactrix, and looking forward to Uno Rush also.

frazzle00
frazzle00

Excellent! Outrun here I come :D.

IsaacMG
IsaacMG

Can't wait for outrun...!!!!

wombat86
wombat86

Can't wait for Lode Runner.. I use to play that on the old Apple IIe..

jay_lee112084
jay_lee112084

Yay, I have been waiting for Flock and Dishwasher!

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

@daengen What made you think of 7th Guest?? Not criticizing, just wondering. That would be cool, though. That was one of my first CD-ROM games along with Rebel Assault, KQ5, and Battle Chess.

kcwsk8
kcwsk8

Good to hear Flock mentioned. Not enough people know about it.

Rhymic
Rhymic

7th Guest would be awesome. I've been waiting for the arcade game Karate Master (I'm pretty sure that was the name of it) since the controllers these days have two sticks. Might only be fun for a short while though nowadays.

daengen
daengen

anyone else want to see the seventh guest come out on xbox live????????

datniccah187
datniccah187

Been looking forward to Puzzle Quest for a while. I can't wait to pick that up.

Folleyrules
Folleyrules

So when will we get a good game released on XBL? No new castle crashers no new golf. Looks like I will be saving money this year.

grafkhun
grafkhun

Dishwasher and Flock, at last!

Supreme4dmira1
Supreme4dmira1

Hopefully we will see more Rare games this summer. I would buy the entire N64 collection. I got Banjo Kazooie and will get Banjo Tooie, I want Jet Force Gemini, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Diddy Kong Racing, etc. I would seriously buy them all they are so great! Although Nintendo has to be greedy and keep them all away from the public. (surprised Nintendo are the greedy ones, thats usually M$'s territory).

ChamomileBaths
ChamomileBaths

Don't know a few games on there, but that could mean mucho surprises for me.

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and lode runner sound good finally something good in xbla 2009 but i hope microsoft dont get greedy(like usual) and put them for 1200 - 1600 mp

Tr5978
Tr5978

Wow, Dishwasher. It is beyond past time for that game.