Microsoft is going all out to promote the November 4 launch of its Kinect motion-sensing system. The company is reportedly spending as much as $500 million on an advertising blitz and has even secured a slot on the all-powerful Oprah television show to show off the device.
As part of the rising tide of hype, Microsoft today announced the final launch lineup for Kinect. The system will have 17 launch titles, 12 of which will be available on November 4. (See below.) Two more--EA Sports Active 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--will arrive on November 16, followed by Game Party: In Motion and Zumba Fitness two days later. The 17th game, Deca Sports Freedom, will ship before the end of the month.
The European Kinect release slate will include all 17 North American titles as well as Dance Paradise from Mindscape (November 10) and Get Fit With Mel B from Black Bean Games (November 26).
Kinect will go on sale via three packages. The unit, which is compatible with any Xbox 360, will cost $150 bundled with the minigame compilation Kinect Adventures. Those two products are also part of a $300 4GB Xbox 360 package, which features the matte-finish, hard-drive-less version of the console, or a $400 250GB Xbox 360 bundle, which features the glossy-finish, hard-drive-equipped edition of the console.
For more details on Kinect and its lineup of games, visit GameSpot's Kinect Launch Center.
Adrenalin Misfits (Konami)
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout (THQ)
Dance Central (MTV Games)
Fighters Uncaged (Ubisoft)
Kinect Adventures (Microsoft Game Studios)
Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios)
Kinect Sports (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
Kinectimals (Frontier Studio/Microsoft Game Studios)
Motion Sports (Ubisoft)
Sonic Free Riders (Sega)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
EA Sports Active 2 (Electronic Arts)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 1 The Videogame (Electronic Arts)
Game Party: In Motion (Warner Bros.)
Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
HOLIDAY 2010 (end of November)
Deca Sports Freedom (Hudson)