Meteos Wars wage on XBLA

Q Entertainment's action puzzler heads to Microsoft's online storefront in October for $10.

Of the two handheld puzzle games Q Entertainment released in 2005, Lumines for the PlayStation Portable has by far proven to have the longest legs. As the other, Meteos for the Nintendo DS, was by and large left on the bench, Lumines was transformed into a bona fide franchise. The rhythm-flavored puzzler was first ported to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade, and subsequently went on to see a sequel proper on the PSP and a redux of the original for the PlayStation 2, among other extensions of the brand.

Meteos goes to war.

Q Entertainment isn't quite done with the Meteos franchise yet, though. Following on from its Disney-themed revival last year, the Japanese gaming company announced today a brand-new installment in the series is headed to Xbox Live Arcade this October. Titled Meteos Wars, the action puzzle game again sees players defending worlds by stacking, linking, and igniting blocks.

Meteos Wars on XBLA will deliver 20 different worlds to defend, and Q promises each will see its own alien race, block style, gravity, and audio and visual effects. The game also includes four new special attacks, as well as a number of play modes, including Mission, Time, and Vs. Meteos Wars will also feature local and online multiplayer for up to two.

When Meteos Wars lands on XBLA this October, Q expects it to cost 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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28 comments
LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

Urrhg meteos is the best puzzle game I have ever played, but I just cannot imagine playing it without a stylus, because getting full screen launches going is not an easy feat when the gravity pulls the blocks fast.

GuitarsOfWarr
GuitarsOfWarr

Sweet but I'm not sure what it's gonna be like without the stylus.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Meteos is a great game,through they probably going to need to tone down the gameplay, because playing Meteos without the stylus in the DS one is pretty hard and not fun.

gnbfd
gnbfd

but the 360 doesn't have a touch screen... I wanna see how this turns out lol

KirinLime
KirinLime

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SaitouZero
SaitouZero

I love Meteos but the stylus is so important for that game. There's no way you can be as fast using a controller, so I'm a bit worried about this.

KirinLime
KirinLime

I loved the DS original and its near-perfect touch controls which allowed for frantic and intelligent play. Sad to hear it did poorly at retail, but I'm glad the franchise will get another chance, with online multiplayer, HD graphics, and digital distribution. That said, the original's fast-paced gameplay is probably going to be toned down due to the lack of touch control. Also, I'm surprised the multiplayer is limited to 2 (up to 4 was the original's limit). However, I'm sure the developers will find the right balance and deliver another fine Meteos experience.

OptimusPrime
OptimusPrime

Only problem i see here is that Meteos was such a fast paced game that you almost had to use the touch controls. Still, if they get over that obstacle, this could be pretty cool.

km1498
km1498

Sounds cool, I played the Disney meteos and thought it was great.

JayyRadd08
JayyRadd08

maybe they'll have an arrow that you control with the analog stick to make it feel similar to the sylus

Cheech_Chong
Cheech_Chong

Why hasnt GS put Duke Nukem up on here yet. Duke comes out before this and Duke already has previews and gameplay vids up on other sites. There needs to be a forum on here where we can talk about Duke 3D for XBLA

xfactor19990
xfactor19990

sweet for all you no DS gamers :) Great puzzle game

venus577
venus577

Technically, you can play the game without the stylus on the DS, but it really feels like a different game without it. No thanks. The DS stylus is superior.

great_rulo
great_rulo

Another great XBLA game? damn, Castle Crashers, Duke Nukem 3-D, Geometry Wars, i just wont be able to buy them all,without even mentioning the other 5 complete games i want this year i'll have to work my ass even more.

marcuskickass
marcuskickass

It honestly feels like XBLA gets better by each passing day :D

TheArcade
TheArcade

Darn it! Still no Vigilante 8.

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

I loved Meteos on the DS so I think I may pick this one up.

skudfisher
skudfisher

How does this work without a stylus?

DoomsdayForte
DoomsdayForte

Oooh. More Meteos. I'd presume that the speed would be slowed given the lack of a "touch and drag" system on a console, but I'd presume it'd be as different as Planet Puzzle League on the DS to Tetris Attack on the SNES.

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

Frankeyser does make a valid point with the mentioning of the lack of the DS touch screen with this version. I'm sure it Meteos Wars will still be fine, but not quite the same without it. Still, touch screen or not, it's great to see the game get this type of treatment. The idea of having online Meteos competitions alone should be enough for anyone that has played the DS versions to get excited about. I hope it ends up a solid game and gets some nice treatment from the XBLA audience. :)

Nils_mccloud
Nils_mccloud

Awesome news. Meteos is a great, frantic and fun puzzle game. I had some good times with the DS Meteos. :p

hrodwulf
hrodwulf

Seems cool for VS! But I wonder how well this will work without the stylus...

frankeyser
frankeyser

hmm I do not see the speed of the ds version being possible with a dpad or analog stick. It will be interesting to see how this works out. I was able to shoot of so many pieces at a time with the stylus. I did love the original, so I want to give this one a go.

E3BigC
E3BigC

Almost as good as Tetris