TGS 06: Xbox Live Arcade Wrap-Up

Microsoft shows off new games from Konami, Namco, and SNK for its downloadable game service.

TOKYO--A section of Microsoft's booth at the Tokyo Game Show this year is devoted to showing off games that are part of the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service. In addition to showing games that are already available, many new games are also on display.

Namco Bandai will be bringing Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-Man, and New Rally-X to Xbox Live Arcade. Each game follows the path set forth by previous Namco arcade games on the service. Like Pac-Man and Galaga, these three new games load with a splashy, colorful screen and are devoted to delivering arcade-perfect renditions of the game and don't include redrawn graphics or online multiplayer. Each game also lets you continue from the highest stage you've reached, which is something you couldn't do in arcades.

Konami's upcoming games will all have the same basic menu design as the one seen in games like Time Pilot and Frogger. The games being shown are Contra, Super Contra, Gyruss, Rush'N Attack, Track 'n' Field, and Yie Ar Kung Fu. Like other Konami releases, these games appear to have some form of Xbox Live functionality, and they feature an option to display the games with newly redrawn graphics. Contra's updated look didn't look much different, looking more like some sort of filter than actual new art. Yie Ar Kung Fu, which for some strange reason is currently being shown as a Japan-only release, has very nice-looking new graphics. Track 'n' Field was a three-button game in arcades. The Olympic-style game uses two buttons for running, and you had to smash those buttons as fast as you could. The third is used for jumping, throwing javelins, tossing hammers, jumping hurdles, and so on. On the Xbox 360, it appears that you'll wiggle the analog stick back and forth for running, and the A button will be used for actions.

The lone SNK game being shown is the NeoGeo fighting game, Fatal Fury Special. The game appears to be the home version of the game, as opposed to the arcade, though the only real difference there is that you can choose the game's difficulty before you begin. Unlike other 4:3 games, which put borders on either side of the game, Fatal Fury Special plays up against the left side of the screen. The empty space on the right side is used for displaying an info card with your character's moves. SNK has also announced that the original Metal Slug will be released on Xbox Live Arcade in the future.

Along with other upcoming games like Defender and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, it appears that there will be plenty of classic arcade action to choose from on Xbox Live Arcade in the future.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

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36 comments
vass86
vass86

definately getting fatal fury

NND1
NND1

that's Bull Yie are Kung Fu is still super awesome I need to have that Game NOWWWWWW!!!

webdoom
webdoom

bring out freakin Space Invaders!!!

80s_Gamer
80s_Gamer

Nice to see that SNK is getting in on the act. I'd like to see them put the Ikari Warriors trilogy and Guerilla War out there for us - the shoulder buttons would help with the whole rotation bit better than any controller in the past ever was able to do.

supersonic125
supersonic125

Mortal kombat 2 - King of fighters 98 - Sonic 1 - Altered beast. anybody knows if does games are coming to Xbox live arcade.

txmethod
txmethod

when is fatal fury coming out

ThaGrateOne
ThaGrateOne

Ok guys....how about a small joint-session with NINTENDO and bring back SUPER MARIO BROS!!! Peter Moore was saying buy both XBOX 360 and the Nintendo Wii.....mabey they are brewing an idea?!?!?!?!

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

I'd like to play the original Mortal Kombat 1. My fav. of the series. Remember the first time you ever saw Scorpion harpoon someone and yell "GET OVER HERE!" Sent chills down my spine!

grave_rob
grave_rob

i'm still waiting for tetris & contra

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I want to see some BURGER TIME! Dig Dug's aight though... and Rush'n Attack, lol. Is that a Commie... Ninja?!

Blademrk
Blademrk

But why Is Yie Ar Kung Fu a Japanese exclusive (as stated by Mr Moore in the XBLMP download) ? Does it really bother anyone in Japan that they can play it and the rest of the world cannot? I would seriously rather play YAKF then New Rally-X :-(

MessierFan
MessierFan

I would like to see some more new games. And Contra.

TheRealGL
TheRealGL

i wanna play bubble bubble and rainbow island! do it MS! please?

_Sam_
_Sam_

that was a good idea

doomsoth
doomsoth

Contra and Super Contra! Must haves!

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

Metal Slug!! Can we have Samuri Showdown next please?

MoreCowbell6924
MoreCowbell6924

SNK just needs to add Ikari Warriors (I think they made that one) and I'll they can be done with the xbla, though it'd be cool if they just kept Metal Slug games coming.

Camper_On_Creat
Camper_On_Creat

Now all we need is Zombies Ate My Neighbors and we will be in big time business.

JDO
JDO

Ok, I must be old. I'm looking forward to Ms Pac Man. :D

noah09
noah09

With games like Dig Dug, Contra, Track 'n' Field, and Metal Slug coming to Xbox Live Arcade you don't really need to buy any of the real games coming out for the 360. Wait, what am I saying? With Crackdown and Bioshock coming out you have classic games to revel in and new games to salivate about.

shasam712
shasam712

Xbox Live Arcade is fantastic. Maybe not as good as the Virtual Console will be, but good nonetheless.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

what is yie ar kung fu? Also, did they say CONTRA!!! I hope the code works too, up, up, down, down, a,b a, b, start: no one to play with so you don't need select, OH MY GOD! I love me some contra, too bad I never finished the game because I would end up fighting with whoever I was playing by backstabbing them and then we'll just end up killing one another. Those days were awesome.

chiefmegadeth
chiefmegadeth

Hoopin4thelove Hoopin4thelove HELL YEAH!!! i cant wait for these, also we need snes classics.................. and REAL ARCADE GAMES such as X-MEN the 6 player verson, the SIMPSON'S, NINJA TURTLES......................PLEASE WE ARE DYING INSIDE FOR THESE.............. Hell yeah dude Plus Alien vs predator love that game

Matth13
Matth13

OMG....CONTRA!!!!!!!!

Hoopin4thelove
Hoopin4thelove

HELL YEAH!!! i cant wait for these, also we need snes classics.................. and REAL ARCADE GAMES such as X-MEN the 6 player verson, the SIMPSON'S, NINJA TURTLES......................PLEASE WE ARE DYING INSIDE FOR THESE..............

Maui00
Maui00

I really want contra

Versus_XIII
Versus_XIII

Mortal Kombat is coming to the console..wow..

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

Want some Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, haven't touched it when it was out for consoles in 1997.

cagutter
cagutter

they've ruined track 'n' field. there had better be an option to use three buttons, i ain't using no analog stick, fool...

Demodocus
Demodocus

Xbox Live Arcade, I love you so.