Simpsons Arcade Game hits early for PlayStation Plus users

HD update of 1991 beat-'em-up confirmed for release on PlayStation Network on February 7 for paying subscribers only; four-player online co-op included.

It has been over four years since gamers had a new Simpsons console title to play, but that's changing next week when The Simpsons Arcade Game launches on the PlayStation Network.

PlayStation Plus subscribers get the first crack at The Simpsons Arcade Game.

Today, Sony announced that The Simpsons Arcade Game will launch on the PSN on February 7 as a free game download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Sony did not note if the game will be made available to non-PlayStation Plus users.

An HD overhaul of the 1991 original beat-'em-up title, the game lets players control Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart, and pummel foes through a series of side-scrolling levels. Four-player online co-op has also been confirmed for the game.

The game was first teased in November, when a listing with the Australian government pegged the title for a multiplatform release. Presently, the game has been announced only for the PSN.

Electronic Arts released an iOS version of The Simpsons Arcade Game in 2009, but the most recent console Simpsons title was The Simpsons Game, which was released in 2007 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PlayStation 2, and PSP.

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53 comments
S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

This is great news! ...but I hope this will be available to the rest of us who haven't signed on to the Plus service.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Awesome!!! I have gotten triple my moneys worth of being a PS+ member. Got Costume Quest for free, just got the entire 5 chapter series of Back To The Future for free, plus many others. This is the one thing that PSN does better than XBL. I pay for both services and wish being a Gold XBL member got me free games. All it gets me is the opportunity to pay a discounted price on game of the week selection, but they're NEVER free. I think PSN should make all new arcade games free for the day they come out to PS+ users. If you don't download it free that Tuesday, you get the usual discount.

JohnF111
JohnF111

Yay for PS+, a freebie(yeah yeah i know i know!).

pszone
pszone

well look like be getting The Simpons acrade today from ps plus because i live in uk euope so usa getting last next week

chicknfeet
chicknfeet moderator

Oh nice. Good job Sony!

syler4815162342
syler4815162342

I was younger there and more handsome! where did you find this pic GS it's old! it must be in the attic!

Randal__Graves
Randal__Graves

Hope they keep everything in tact, I can recall playing this at Pizza Hut in the mid-90's every time I had to wait for my pizza to get done.

Lhomity
Lhomity

Oh hell yes. Crazy nostalgia-gasm. So glad I'm a plus subscriber.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@SolidTy it was 64 slices, not 52. ;)

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

cool...but ps+ users getting it first is lame move by sony ...

salvucci91
salvucci91

Blast of nostalgia only moments ago !

pszone
pszone

Wi I got playstation plus and i be getting this to my collection a dream come true. too bad that xboxlive not getting this at the moment. This sound like sony made a deal to put on psn first . Well im happy i hope xbox360 owners will get it next on xbox acrade.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Haha, glad I got some extra PSN+ 30 day trial code that I haven't used it, and now I will try this out :D

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@MUKUSS um... that would be complicated because the killer instinct rights are now split. rare nintendo and midway(arcade rights). since rare is now owned by microsoft, nintendo is nintendo and midway is DEAD and resurrected by WB games, it would be pretty hard for that game to be made because nintendo and microsoft now are gaming rivals. that would mean if this happened, killer instinct would possibly a multi console release meaning that nintendo would make money on a microsoft system and vice versa, not to mention the whole playstation release. it would be an awesome battle, but just complicated.

FinalKloud
FinalKloud

Alien vs Predator and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara next please!!! Thank you!

TimboII
TimboII

This is great news! Here's hoping XBLA gets a relase too at some point.

unreal_master
unreal_master

Any videos of gameplay or something? I want to see the HD overhaul. Its a bit odd theres no footage.

4quarters
4quarters

Will PS Vita see any PS+ Freebies........Can't wait for Simpsons

Fezzinator101
Fezzinator101

Its a good thing i signed up for PS+ not to long ago :)

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

This is good news and all but my all time game is KILLERINSTINCT 1&2...it is clear that REAR don't care about us KI fans to ever make KI3...so please do us long time fans a favor and grace us with the arcade versions of KI 1&2 on the xbox live & the psn...pleeease.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

That's cool and all but hurry the hell up and release it on XBLA.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

Wait wait wait. The Arcade Simpsons game? The beat em up Konami made? Nice, I loved playing that game. I don't have PSN+ but I do expect this game to be available for non + people at some point anyway.

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I have PSN+, I liked that game This is a good combination.

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

Where the hell is the Xbox Live Arcade version? They released Achievements for the 360 version, but no site other than Joystiq and Xbox360Achievements.org even acknowledges a XBLA version is getting released.

quebec946
quebec946

this is one of the best simpsons game ever!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Excellent. Donuts and the possibility of more donuts to come.

Gmythe
Gmythe

With this, FFV and Farcry 2 all for free, this is the best PS+ update yet.

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

PlayStation Plus?? Were in business :)

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

"Ask, and ye shall receive." And good God have we been asking for this one.

Dezuria
Dezuria

MAME has had this for years.

speedfreak48t5p
speedfreak48t5p

Assuming it's coming to xbox live arcade as well. Can't wait to get it there. Totally awesome news for all

DrKill09
DrKill09

HD overhaul? Ugh. I hope they mean hq4x filtered, and not redrawn in the sterile new look. :(

NeverMore0
NeverMore0

This and the X-Men game were the greatest arcade games of all time.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

YES!!!!! :D I've been waiting for this since I was a kid!!!

Taix34
Taix34

they should put Simpsons hit n run as a PS2 Classic :O but this is awesome, makes me want to buy PS+ for a month or two..

habsfan120
habsfan120

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Tony-Baxter
Tony-Baxter

So this 21 year old game is gonna cost me $20?

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

This just made my day. It's funny. I looked at the store update yesterday and said, "Great. Nothing again. Where are the great offers lately?" Sony, you just redeemed yourself.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Why so much love? I don't deserve it! :'(

TheArcade
TheArcade

All I ask is that they don't mess the game up. I don't want it RESHELLED, I do not want them to change the music, I do not want them to re-record the voices. Just keep every thing the same dammit and make sure the online works! I'm tired of Konami ruining my the classics. The only time you should remake something or change things like that is when there is already a proper release for consoles! In the Simpsons case it was never ported so no need to change things. I'm still hopeful TMNT: Turtles In Time the original Arcade version gets ported with every thing in tact. I want to stay optimistic about that Violent Storm and Bucky O'Hare Arcade smash hits.