Defender this week's Live Arcade game

[UPDATE] Xbox 360 version of Midway's arcade classic arrives after a delay in certification process--or does it?

The standard modus operandi for new releases in Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday program has become a late-Tuesday announcement of a game to be released in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Microsoft deviated from that formula last night, when the clock struck midnight and beyond with nary a new Arcade offering to be found online. However, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb did confirm on his blog late Tuesday night that Midway's Defender had been planned for release, but was held up by last-minute certification issues. Hryb said at the time that "the team is working as hard as they can to get it into your hands as soon as possible on Wednesday."

Wednesday afternoon, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot the company was "just wrapping up some details" on the title. However, Defender was still not available on the Marketplace as of press time.

The Xbox Live Arcade version of Scramble and the demo of 2K Games' Prey also ran into certification issues. Scramble was eventually released a week after the certification problem was confirmed, while the Prey demo found its way online about nine days after it was originally expected to appear.

[UPDATE 6:01 p.m.] A Microsoft representative has told GameSpot that Defender has made it through certification and should be available tonight on the Xbox Live Marketplace. However, it was still not available as of press time. When it does arrive, it will sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

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36 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

Why do you think it's overpriced?

dokidokilove
dokidokilove

Ah yes, one of the most difficult games around! I love the original, and I happen to think this is a good transfer.

ralphikari
ralphikari

Atlus took the Double Dragon/Kunio Kun franchise after Technos Japan went under but they showed little interest in reviving it. They also stick to making PS2 and DS games so unless someone like Digital Eclipse pries it off their hands, Double Dragon won't come to XBL:(

Jebril
Jebril

I won't be downloading any Wii Classics because I already own most titles so unless they add something to them I have no reason to buy them again.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

yay more overpriced crap! , i rather download mariokart64 or mario64 on my wii then download old games i already do not like

Lepuke
Lepuke

I might buy this one. Double Dragon with online Co-op would be awesome.

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

I really like the Updated Visuals

ksathra
ksathra

Nice to see this show up on the 360 but if I wanted to play Defender that bad I will play Midway Arcade Classics on the original Xbox.

OPOLO
OPOLO

I'm going to get this one

SpruceCaboose
SpruceCaboose

I enjoy older classics, but I would love more original games on arcade, like Wik, Marble Blast, and Geometry Wars! I hope the XNA tools get more creative games out on the arcade.

Britesparc
Britesparc

Personally, I'm hoping for some more newer retro games - Doom's a good example. I'm chuffed to bits that Sensible World of Soccer is coming out next year, and Worms too, apparently (nothing about it on Gamespot, but Team 17 have said it's on its way - for PS3, too, mind). As well as some spangly new games - I'm looking forward to Jeff Minter's latest - we should get some HUGE classics, bugger the 64mb restriction. How about the original Perfect Dark? Or the first two Monkey Island games? I'd pay 1200 points for all those games!

Dolacide
Dolacide

I agree, most of the games on the arcade are over priced, and after playing Contra, are crap.

TOSgamer10
TOSgamer10

Yay!!! More overpriced crap.....

pondarosa
pondarosa

"From now on you have competition to contend with." Uh, I wouldn't exactly call "Wheel of Fortune" competition. The retro arcade is going to be a big deal with the Wii, with a lot of old-school games available, but they aren't going to be giving us anything new. As far as the PS3 is concerned, we should see if they can even pull off a decent online anything before they are considered competition on that front. Microsoft has brought out a good amount of terrific classic games and also shown that the arcade will be a showcase for new talent as well. I'm all for more games like "Marble Blast Ultra" and "Cloning Clyde". "Wheel of Fortune" is not going to make a downloadable gaming service like "Geometry Wars" or "Marble Blast Ultra" did.

gta11
gta11

Cool, I love Defender.

Igwababa
Igwababa

I have to give it to MS having an arcade game every Wednesday, even if its late they do deliver in the end except for some terrible games but hey that is not really their fault. I just hope sony learns from MS and also try to setup a weekly arcade game. Though like with the 360 was slow to get arcade games it will take sony a few weeks to get a schedule going.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

C'mon MS, you guys have got to iron out the bugs. It's been, what, about a year already? From now on you have competition to contend with.

slayerver1
slayerver1

I guess I'm wrong - downloads it anyway.

LTomlinson21
LTomlinson21

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36O
36O

I've always wanted to play defender, its the only space-shooter that gives competition to the ultimate-ness of GRADIUS!

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

Awesome that a game is supposed to come out this week, I can't wait. Hopefully they get it up on the marketplace soon. Wonder whats coming next week then???

slayerver1
slayerver1

It would make sense if Sonic was this week's game rather than Defender because the 360 next-gen one is supposedly out now, the same game is now out on GBA, and also Wii's Virtual Console on Sunday. Maybe they are still trying to figure out achievements and leaderboard support for it.

kevb84
kevb84

Cool just hope Small Arms or Sonic will come out next week.

slayerver1
slayerver1

I don't think it will be out tonight - Most likely tomorrow for now. Otherwise they might pull a UMK3 on us except on Thursday. As long it is a faithful port, I'm fine spending five bucks on this game and more points.

sunsetsonata
sunsetsonata

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