Dozens added to 360 backward-compatibility list

Rumored Psychonauts and Shenmue II included in the latest round of original Xbox titles enabled for play on the Xbox 360, along with a couple of surprises.

Microsoft today released an updated backward-compatibility list for the Xbox 360 featuring 37 more Xbox games that are now playable on the company's newest system. While all of the anticipated titles mentioned in a version of the list that leaked out earlier this week were indeed in the final update, there were also a couple of additions.

Among the more notable games on the list released today are Psychonauts, Shenmue II, Dead or Alive Ultimate, Indigo Prophecy, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Scarface, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and Ultimate Spider-Man. However, there were also a few new faces in Soul Calibur II (but only for North American 360 owners) and Conker: Live and Reloaded.

Microsoft's complete list of new games included in today's backward-compatibility update is below:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Burnout 3: Takedown (support updated)
Conker: Live and Reloaded
Dead or Alive Ultimate
Destroy All Humans!
Dynasty Warriors 4
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
Ex Chaser (Japan only)
Family Guy
Far Cry: Instincts
Farenheit/Indigo Prophecy
I-Ninja
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
MotoGP
Muzzle Flash (Japan only)
MX Unleashed
Open Season
Pariah
Plus Plumb 2 (Japan only)
Psychonauts
Psyvariar 2 Extend Edition (Japan only)
Rainbow Six: Lockdown
Rapala Pro Fishing
Rent-A-Hero no. 1 (Japan only)
Scarface
Shark Tale
Shenmue II
Soul Calibur II (North America only)
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Tenerezza (Japan only)
The Incredibles
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Ultimate Spider-Man
Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray
Whacked!
Winback2: Project Poseidon
Xiaolin Showdown

Upon finding out that Psychonauts was included in the update, the game's lead designer Tim Schafer said, "It looks official! Yeee haw!" And added: "I want to thank all the fans who mailed Microsoft on our account! It wouldn't have happened without them!"

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toadman682000
toadman682000

Sagacious_Tien I'm playing Psychonauts now - and while it is difficult (many of the powers are meant to be mapped to the black and white buttons, but they aren't on 360 controller) I'm really enjoying it. Bodes well for future platformers on 360 left and right bumpers = white and black buttons

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I'm playing Psychonauts now - and while it is difficult (many of the powers are meant to be mapped to the black and white buttons, but they aren't on 360 controller) I'm really enjoying it. Bodes well for future platformers on 360.

AllanBorison
AllanBorison

Good to see I can still play the Conker ;)

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Why did it take so long to get Psychonauts backwards compatible??!? That's just further proof that the gaming industry doesn't appreciate great innovative games.

m0zart
m0zart

PtotheO wrote: is this like old games remade to play on x 360? or is it like u can buy a used one and its gonna work? It's the latter.

PtotheO
PtotheO

is this like old games remade to play on x 360? or is it like u can buy a used one and its gonna work?

Snipeflip
Snipeflip

They need to add Mercenaries, but besides that thanks Microsoft.

AJmon13
AJmon13

Lets see I love this update for MK, Conker and DOAU...but we still NEED Morrowind DDRs in time for universe Unreal Championship 2 and uh...yeah thats it thanks ms.

TheTrooperUK
TheTrooperUK

Come on MS lets see Street Fighter,Guilty Gear & Capcom vs Snk franchises & all SNK games on the backwards list.......please...otherwise I have to purchase a PS2 to get these games again.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Ahh yes I knew they would add conker to backwards list :)

duck_watson
duck_watson

im really happy about the update iv been wanting to play my old conker game for a while although it does kinda suck that the magority of comments here are complaints from nerds oh well i guess microsoft cant please everybody

Rentago
Rentago

I want Deus X for the 360 because before it was choppy but with the 360s ability i bet it wont be soo slow

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Conker was the best n64 game on earth! Too bad they sort of broke it on the xbox version. Well the gameplay was the same but they kind of killed their unique multiplayer experience I loved in conkers bfd. Conkers bad fur day for n64 10/10 conker live and reloaded xbox: 8.5/10

Lord_ZZZ
Lord_ZZZ

I did keep my original xbox but tbf when you've got a xbox 360 do you really want another chunky console clogging up your space?

hart704
hart704

Here's an amazing solution to your waiting woes. Keep the original Xbox.

Lord_ZZZ
Lord_ZZZ

Been waiting for this, SHENMUE 2 woooooo! and it got a gfx update too yayy! thanks ms finally *cough*

danhen7
danhen7

Thanks MS. Far Cry!!! BUT NO: unreal championship 2 chronicles of riddick brothers in arms GRRRRRRR!!!!

boffo21
boffo21

GRR No Unreal Championship 2!

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

finally, two of my games work, after a year of waiting... maybe in another year my 'backwards compatible' system will play two more of my old games.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Stubbs and Counter Strike have been BC for a while. Some people need to check the lists before complaining.

dmastor
dmastor

Riddick: Escape fro Butcher Bay NO IT'S NOT so is ESPN NFL2K5 they slipping i hope they updated is soon and good as this on in jan.

rvd_rhino
rvd_rhino

Any ideas when the disc will be available to download for the updated games???Or is it the same as the original disc. Cant believe no one has mentioned MORTAL KOMBAT and SHENMUE 2

riverraid1
riverraid1

The two games im looking for that they have yet to add is Mercenaries and Chronicles of Ridick: Escape from Butcher bay. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO ADD THOSE TITLES RRHHHAAAAA!!!!!

simplesimon
simplesimon

WHERE IS THE WARRIORS!!!?!?! This is one of the all time, most satisfying multiplayer games EVER. ALSO, WHERE IS SPIDERMAN 2: THE MOVIE GAME!?!?!?! Ultimate Spiderman sucks compared to this game. CMON M$. Cool list, but we need these games. Not to mention JRSF and Strangers Wrath.... bah, M$ isnt reading this... Bastards.

1Tasty_Bone
1Tasty_Bone

Still hoping for Republic Commando :/

-aGOD-
-aGOD-

Y'all know if "Riddick: Escape fro Butcher Bay" is made compatible for the 360 yet?

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

dude, by the time the next xbox comes out, this list will be about maybe 75 percent done. theres no point whining about it

Spincut
Spincut

still no panzer dragoon orta, if they added psychonauts they really need to add orta if they have any semblence of "priority" left to this list.

Mr_Man154
Mr_Man154

WHERES MORROWIND!!! why wont they put that in??

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

2 games PLEASE!!!! 1.stubbs the zombie & 2. advent rising come on microsoft!!!! these games both have HUGE cult followings!!!!

itisiJR
itisiJR

panzer dragoon orta!!!!

Dryker
Dryker

I truly wonder what determines whether or not a game is made backward-compatible. Psychonauts is cool, I think i'll buy one now. A couple of the other games seem reasonable too, but most of them... What gives? There are soooo many gems back there. Though I must agree, Riddick, Stranger's Wrath, and BGandE are certainly near the top. Right now my retro-collection is divided into "Shelf Space" and "Storage" depending on its backward compatibility. With their ever-increasing success in the U.S. market, Microsoft should certainly attempt to include the xbox's entire back-log of games. Imagine if it was standard for a console to support all of its forerunner's games. That concept is what keeps tempting me to buy a Wii. The new games don't really interest me as much as the potential nostalgia of their Virtual Console service. I want my Kid Icarus, Metroid, and Legend of Zelda. 10, 15 years from now, I want to get an itch to play Halo and be able to scratch it with my Xbox 1080.

ilovesandrine
ilovesandrine

all i want is TES3 that it ples MS ples . i love that game

adarkervision
adarkervision

I'm possitively giddy with glee that Buffy and Indigo Prophecy finally made the cut, but agree with everyone who pointed out that Beyond Good and Evil, Riddick and Stranger's Wrath need to be on there as well. And The Suffering: The Ties That Bind, and all the Silent Hill games, and both the Hunter: The Reckoning games, etc, etc, etc. The point is, until they get 100% backwards compatible, there are always going to be people who are annoyed, and even after that people will say they should have done it sooner. For the moment, however, they've given me back Buffy and Indigo Prophecy, and I'm happy with that. For the moment...

DanteKiller
DanteKiller

All we need now are the Brothers in Arms games, X-Men Legends games, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, Chronicles of Riddick, and Unreal Championship 2, then the X360 will become the best console on the market, especially with newer titles like Gears of War, Lost Planet, Viva Pinata, Assassin's Creed, and Halo 3 either on the 360 right now or coming soon.

p8tball99nyr
p8tball99nyr

YES THEY PUT SOUL CALIBUR FINALY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CyphenX
CyphenX

Where. Is. My. PANZER DRAGOON ORTA?!?!

Low_Budget
Low_Budget

Now all they need to add is Breakdown.

dyns510
dyns510

WTH - Where is Riddick? Winback makes the list before that? Gutpunch! OOOFFF.

edwardnortan
edwardnortan

GOD DAMMIT, Ima say this ONE LAST TIME.........................Capcom Vs Snk 2 EO

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Sweet! Psychonauts and Shenmue II are added! Awesome! But I don't think I would want to play old games on the XB360 anyway because of not being able to use my old games saves and I wouldn't want to start over on those titles.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Where is Unreal Championship 2 and Mechassault 2? Boo! Anyway, the BC game I play most is that Mega Man collection.