Lumines Live! Rockin' Holiday Pack Preview

The latest downloadable content pack for Lumines! Live was shown to us ahead of this year's Tokyo Game Show.

Released nearly a year ago now, Lumines Live! took the successful PlayStation Portable puzzle game and transported it to the Xbox Live Arcade. Downloadable content soon followed, and the latest content to make an appearance will be a set of 20 new skins with a 'holiday' theme. They'll cost 400 Microsoft points when they land on October 17th 2007, but we managed to score a quick look at some of them on a recent visit to Q! Entertainment in Tokyo.

The first new skin that we saw featured a halloween-themed background with spinning pumpkins as well as witches who flew by on broomsticks. Halloween is a big deal out in Japan, with many downtown stores already selling items for October 31 ahead of TGS in mid-September. The skin featured a hardcore dance music track, pretty much in keeping with many other levels in the game. The other new skins that we saw were just as crazy, with one featuring spinning turkeys roasting above a fire for Thanksgiving, and another one with Santa Claus in a tropical setting accompanied by a Jamaican musical number. The only thing that this content will be missing is new achievements to unlock.

One of the most exciting pieces of news to come out of our visit is that another new skin will be released for free for owners of the game with an Xbox Live Gold account. A new Genki Rockets single called Heavenly Star will be making its way to the network in October, but it is likely that it will be available for a limited time only. We really liked the song, an upbeat but quite mellow dance number, and the music video used some cool rotoscope effects.

The new holiday pack for Lumines Live! had a very playful feel to it, and we can't wait to see some of the 17 other skins that will make it into the package. It's also good to see Q! Entertainment supporting the community with free content this long after the game's release. Expect to see all the new content arriving on Xbox Live Arcade in October, along with another of Q!'s puzzle games in the form of Every Extend Extra Extreme.

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15 comments
spacemonkey1420
spacemonkey1420

I Want Lumines 2 to be re-released as a PSP game Where it belongs. I can't find it anywhere I look Because it is discontinued. If it's great enough to port to the X-box Live, It's big enough to re-release or to put out Lumines 3!

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

Amazing. I'm gonna download this thing right away.

AngelCage
AngelCage

Lumines (PSP) >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lumines Live! why make this, why not Lumines 2 live!

juggalo
juggalo

now drop the rpice on the other packs. Love the game, it's superb, but the cost of teh packs was and is still ridiculous

Zaxex
Zaxex

Cool. i'd love an excuse to play that game again.

viberooni
viberooni

I'll buy it. I still play Lumines Live all the time.

Blazer88
Blazer88

Why not Lumines 2? Or was it totally exclusive forever to the PSP?

LINK2K9
LINK2K9

Only 400 points? Damn, sold.

Rasgueado
Rasgueado

Nice. I still like playing this game. New content is always welcome... for me anyway.

Holopaw
Holopaw

prob wont be getting this, sounds kinda cool though

GoddBless
GoddBless

I still play this game from time to time. May get the download.

mezztro113
mezztro113

I just cannot fork out the money they ask for this game on Live. I absolutely loved it on the PSP, but when you get the game and have to download all of the modes plus the other skins, it is a bit insane. The 360 controller doesn't work all that well with the faster pace needed for the game. The D-pad is just too clunky. They need to offer a great package deal to even consider this for me (even a year later).

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

I love the Lumines Content they put out! ...but then again, I'm a music game junkie, anyway. Mizuguchi-san and his Q? Entertainment team are genius. EDIT: Oh, and that single "Heavenly Star" is not new, despite what the article says. They released it for Gold Members a LOOONG time ago. Maybe it's just an additional download opportunity.