Paperboy gets tossed this week

Atari classic featuring paper-peddling protagonist will be available this Wednesday for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

Hey paperboy, there's a tip in my pocket. Why don't you just reach inside?

Following last week's release of Root Beer Tapper on Xbox Live Marketplace, Microsoft is releasing another arcade classic revolving around an unsung profession this Wednesday--Paperboy.

The game, originally released in 1984, featured a bicycle-handlebar-shaped controller that was used to control a neighborhood newspaper-delivery boy. As gamers tried to keep customers happy with well-placed newspapers, they could also earn points by preventing thieves from breaking into homes, knocking over tombstones, or breaking the windows of nonsubscribing houses.

The Xbox 360 version will be updated with a new cooperative multiplayer mode, as well as "modernized" audio and "new artwork." Paperboy will be available February 14 at 1 a.m. PST for 400 Microsoft Points ($5). For more information, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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videogamr49
videogamr49

Lol, the best picture and comment for ANY Gamespot news story. I plan on purchasing this game. The game was excellent on the NES and it will be even better on the 360 with Online.

thomas10soa
thomas10soa

Paperboy was awesome and its another gr8 classic to hit live this and mk3 are gr8

HandsomeDead
HandsomeDead

Ooh. Root Beer Tapper followed by Paperboy. Where will the quality end...?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

dang.....hopefullly this comes to the virtual console too. i always tried to play it in the arcade but the stupid bike handlebars "controller" was impossible to use.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

This sort of thing would be far happier on the Wii VC.

Gigatron
Gigatron

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Zumafire
Zumafire

Fomr day one of XBLA I've been waiting for this game...... HOt damn!! I will destroy this and you and..AHHHH!!!!!!

Crimson-_-Tears
Crimson-_-Tears

Sweet I really did like the old Paper Boy games there were cool.

jumblue
jumblue

I'm surprised no one's made a GTA-style version of Paperboy. Just think of how fun that could be. Breaking other Paperboys' legs, bullying customers into subscribing...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

NIceness. I may check this one out. BTW nice picture :lol:

Purvis11
Purvis11

I never noticed the headline till Dkg pointed it out...than I laughed my ass off. ..How did that one slip by?

Dkg
Dkg

That headline....how did that one slip by the censors?

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

I used to play paperboy all the time! This should be fun

b00003243
b00003243

Bladefist They need to do either TMNT, Xmen, or the Simpsons arcade games! **** it! I am emailing them now! Yeah, turtles games nad the simpsons arcade games where fantastic!, but still, paperboy is my old arcade game, only mario kart can ever outlive it

theKSMM
theKSMM

Ah, Paperboy...good times, good times... The people at XBOX Live! Arcade aren't stupid. They're not going to give you five games in one week so you can buy the top two while the other three don't sell at all. Even the movie and music industries stagger release dates, so it's sensible that XBLA does the same. Sony has a pretty good library of older games, so I'm sure they'll get in the mix eventually too. In the meantime, I hope that the games on XBLA and Virtual Console aren't mutually exclusive. Just because a game like Paperboy appears on one system doesn't mean it shouldn't come up on the other. (But if I have to choose between Microsoft's port of the original arcade game and Nintendo's port of the 8-bit console game, my choice is clear.)

yermomsboxx
yermomsboxx

When the hell is SotN coming out? It was supposed to be out in January.

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

"modernized" audio and "new artwork." I think "added half a pixel and 2 kbps" is more accurate :P Seriously, they should do more with the "modernizing" than they have so far. Still looks 1980 to me... But then again, I'm sure many like it that way.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

hahahaha, good memories about this one!

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

so it wont be on the virtual console then? yknow with xbox live and the virtual console kinda drawing a line in the sand, will ps3 even bother to offer the same kind of system or will there be any classic games left by the time nintendo and microsoft pick thru them all?

daJonesy7
daJonesy7

This game is a classic. I first played this on the NES when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Ahh....the memories!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I really enjoyed Paperboy on the NES. So I might give this a go.

okassar
okassar

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the_smith
the_smith

that game was great on the gameboy

Dups79
Dups79

I still remember when I first accidently figured out that breaking the window of a house brings you a new subscriber. I was so amazed.

zsc4
zsc4

Paperboy is a great series, no doubt.

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

i hope paper boy 2 or was it 3 comes out on wii, i miss paperboy

Slash_out
Slash_out

I loved that game of Game boy. (I never played the arcade verison). So i am definitively getting this.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Finally. I've had 400 points just sitting around for this game for over 8 months now. Next 400 I spend is for 720, if it ever makes it out.

javygp
javygp

whooohoooo....XBL finally gives us a classic.....IM NOT WORTHY

Dreski83
Dreski83

this will be mine... and now I have a controller that actually works, prepare to see outrageous high scores!!

wenbin09
wenbin09

one of my fav game of all time!!

NaturalBornGamR
NaturalBornGamR

This is great and all but.. I think it would be nice if they would release more games per week... there are tons of games "finished" that could be added at once... why not do that? I'm guessing most likely because if Worms, SOTN, Castle Crashers and Alien Homnid were out Paper Boy and Root Beer tapper wouldn't sell at all.... I bought Tapper just because I was bored! Grant it it's a decent game and it's fun to get the achievements but its really just an impulse buy for me.. I want the real meat and patatoes

gamestar412
gamestar412

That headline sounds, well suggestive.

mojahid_1st
mojahid_1st

aaahhh the memories of the good ol commodore 64 are flooding back...

books83
books83

Can't wait. I really had fun with this game.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Nothing better to hit Valentines Day then a paperboy!

Dante565
Dante565

Paperboy is a really fun game so I will get it.

nevi
nevi

i dont care about this game !! WHERE ARE WORMS AND CASTLEVANIA!!!!!?????!!

Bladefist
Bladefist

They need to do either TMNT, Xmen, or the Simpsons arcade games! **** it! I am emailing them now!

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Was hoping they'd alternate (at the least between classic and newer arcade titles). Hopefully Castlevania or Alien Hominid drop next week.

samether
samether

Can we please start getting to the real Sh$t on live arcade like X-men vs. Streetfighter, Crimefighters, Any streetfighter alpha, Double dragon!!!!!!!!!!!! Why they keep giving us this bullsh$t? And why only one game a week? Come on microsoft get it together!!!!!!!!

wooooode
wooooode

Is it like the NES version or what never seen the arcade game.

warden72
warden72

Also still waiting for Worms.

catsimboy
catsimboy

They should have the Rom hack "Knifeboy" where you deliver bloody knives to assassins instead of papers.

drgnstr13
drgnstr13

Aww, it comes out on Valentines Day how cute. :|

ninjutsuwarrior
ninjutsuwarrior

This is a great classic, and adding a coop mode makes is more interesting. To bad they didnt have that back in the day or else I could of used R.O.B. the robot on the old nes to help me out...lol. Someone here also mentioned about Burgertime...now that was a fun game and would be better with a coop mode...Now everybody dust off your light guns because next weeks classic will be Duck Hunt...lol