Wave of new content hits Marketplace

New downloads for eight games and movies now available on Xbox 360; new demo, themes, gamer pics, in-game items offered.

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When the Xbox 360 launched, one of the machine's more intriguing features was the Xbox Live Marketplace, a virtual store that would let users download trailers, demos, bonus content, and Xbox Live Arcade games. Unfortunately, new additions to the Marketplace were few and far between to start. But just as the stream of Xbox 360s to retail has picked up, a flood of new offerings have also hit the Marketplace.

The early part of this week saw an Amped 3 demo, as well as free themes and picture packs for Nacho Libre and Mission: Impossible III hit the Marketplace, but no less than eight games and movies have seen new content hit the service since yesterday.

Yesterday's offerings included a new picture pack for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter; trailers for X-Men: The Last Stand, The Omen, and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown; a dozen new Tomb Raider picture packs and themes (six of each); and a demo of Xbox 360 launch-game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06.

For those keeping score, that makes 13 of the Xbox 360's 18 retail-launch games that have demos on the Marketplace. The last holdouts are 2K Sports' NBA 2K6 and NHL 2K6, Activision's Gun and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, and Microsoft's own Perfect Dark Zero.

The content continued flowing today, as Burnout Revenge players can now add six branded cars to their in-game garages for free, and Project Gotham Racing 3's Speed Pack arrived a few days ahead of schedule. The Speed Pack features an array of new cars and goes for 400 points ($5), although individual cars can be purchased for 60 points ($.75) a pop. There's also one car that can be downloaded individually for free. Finally, there's an autoupdate available for PGR3 that adds tournament functionality in time for the game's first global tournament, which kicks off April 17.

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