Monopoly, NBA Unrivaled lead XBL lineup

Xbox Live Update: Hasbro board game adaptation heads to Games on Demand, while Tecmo hoops title is joined on Live Arcade by OD Beat Drop, Encleverment Experiment.

Digital distribution has opened up an entirely new market in interactive entertainment, so of course Rich Uncle Pennybags wants to move in and squash the competition. Last year's retail Xbox 360 version of Monopoly is the only new addition to the system's Games on Demand downloadable catalog ($29.99), but the classic board game will find plenty of competition from a trio of new Xbox Live Arcade titles.

First up on the Live Arcade front of Wednesday releases is Tecmo's arcade-style NBA Unrivaled. The publisher describes the game as having a "contemporary retro" design and an "old-school look and feel," which is more than a bit reminiscent of NBA Jam. The game features a full NBA license with rosters from the just-started NBA season, online or offline multiplayer, and will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Tecmo returns to the hardcourt with NBA Unrivaled.

Although Tecmo hasn't hit the hardcourt in some time, Unrivaled isn't the publisher's first basketball game. Tecmo used to have a sister series to its Tecmo Bowl franchise in Tecmo NBA Basketball, which debuted on the NES and produced sequels on the Genesis and Super Nintendo. Unrivaled developer A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. also has some basketball chops, having developed NBA 08: The Life vol. 3 for the PlayStation 2.

Rounding out the Xbox Live lineup for the week will be a pair of puzzlers, each selling for MSP800 ($10). ArcSystem Works' OD Beat Drop introduces rhythm elements into the puzzle game genre, allowing players to incorporate their own songs into its 100 stages and competitive or cooperative multiplayer modes. Encleverment Experiment, from Droplitz developer Blitz Arcade, puts a wacky spin on the quiz-show format, offering a variety of timed challenges testing players' memory, reflexes, and dexterity. The game will also incorporate Xbox Live avatars in the onscreen action.

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T_Money420
T_Money420

The stupid ideas people come up with.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Not only that but if its the same monopoly game of the past, it has no multiplayer which completely destroys it

JOKER677
JOKER677

yeah unrivaled looks fun, just pick up and play as opposed the the 2k and live series where there is a control button for everything

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I dont see how Monopoly warrants a £30 price, it should be an arcade game in my opinion.

monson21502
monson21502

30 bucks for monopoly is, well.a monopoly. thats a line he says in the retail game. no lie lol

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

OMG 30 bucks still for Monopoly! I thought it was coming to Arcade instead they still charge that same crappy price!

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

NBA looks "Jam"-ish, but something isn't quite right. I'll try the demo, but $15 is a little steep. Maybe they'll lower the price like TMNT was lowered.

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

Lol endless frustrating Monopoly games online! No board throwing though...