Wing Commander, Super Contra storm XBLA

Electronic Arts' revamped sci-fi dogfighter joins Konami arcade sequel as this week's downloadable 360 titles.

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This week's new Xbox Live Arcade offerings showcase two different ways a publisher can go about returning revered franchises to relevance. Microsoft today confirmed that Electronic Arts' Wing Commander Arena and Konami's Super Contra will debut on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday at 2 a.m. Pacific.

While it bears the name of Origin's classic sci-fi series of dogfighting flight sims, Wing Commander Arena bears little resemblance to the old series on the surface. While Arena keeps the same setting and vicious Kilrathi adversaries of the original Wing Commander series, it swaps out the free-roaming, in-the-cockpit view of previous installments for an overhead perspective. The game boasts four modes of play, nine maps, 18 customizable ships, and multiplayer online action for up to 16 players. Wing Commander Arena will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10) and is rated E for Everyone.

While the latest from Electronic Arts overhauls the core gameplay of the series, Konami's Super Contra will be a more traditional conversion of the series' vintage mix of side-scrolling and overhead action levels. Konami has added online cooperative play and enhanced graphics to the game, but nostalgic players can still choose to play with the original arcade visuals. Super Contra will sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5) and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

Discussion

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paladin75
paladin75

that is the arcade version, there was a NES version called super c

lobobizarro
lobobizarro

Bah, never mind, I was thinking about Contra III

lobobizarro
lobobizarro

Hmm, is it me or is this a new Super Contra? I dont recall any of those pics, well, maybe the "Alien Lair" from the Super Contra I played on SNES... Is there anotehr Super Contra or did they just remake it for XBLA?

Sonovius
Sonovius

if you are european shouldnt the M$ netspeak be M[pound symbol] or something? if you are using dollar symbols like the rest of us you can take what table scraps we give you and be happy about it.

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@StonyShred420 I think your comments are actually supposed to be aimed at a guy a little further down. How embarassing. Anyway, its great that XBL has some extra classics - just dont bum out Europe like you are so oddly fond of doing, M$... People buy your console over here too you know...

km1498
km1498

hhmmm, these dont sound that bad. gonna have to download a demo of each and see for myself.

StonyShred420
StonyShred420

SaBy_69, You know, thats pretty ungrateful sounding. You could own a PS3 or Wii and be getting games made for the system that are rated lower than the average 360 game. Oh and all 3 are releasing 8-bit, 16-bit, ect on thier systems as well. So be glad that your best option on a 360 is GoW, R6:3, ect, and not another FPS that is nothin special (Resistance: Fall of Man) or Game of Mini-Games (Wario Ware).

SaBy_69
SaBy_69

"screw these damn XBL games!! bring on some more actual 360 games! with 2 new release getting less than 6.0 editor scores on GamesSpot recently i think that Microsoft needs to be more stringent on what games they let get pushed out onto the 360. enough of the games we have all played a million times before. dont get me wrong...i love XBL, but i didnt buy a next-gen system to play 8-bit games. if i wanted that i would still have my freakin NES. c'mon Microsoft...youre gonna lose this race soon if you dont pick up the pace. im not a fanboy, but i do own a 360 and i want more 360 games. im gonna get a PS3 soon, and i would get a Wii now but i cant find one to save my life. just setting the facts straight on where im coming from." Have patience my friend.....have patience. All these games will be coming out very soon and this year. The only problem you will have is getting enough money to enjoy all these much hyped games. -Call of Duty 4 -Halo 3 -GTA IV -Bioshock -Mass Effect -Assassin's Creed

SaBy_69
SaBy_69

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jknight5422
jknight5422

"I find it kind of disgraceful to see a Super Nintendo game on the 360's XBLA... I guess now I know what Sony fans probably felt like when Symphony of the Night headed to the XBLA. Anyway, Wing Commander looks interesting, but probably not enough for me to be convinced into buying it."--REVOLUTIONfreak I think it's great. I never owned those consoles since Genesis or Super Nintendo in the late 80's & early 90's (& before that an Atari 2600). So having these games available from all platforms: PC, board games, other old consoles, is an excellent opportunity to try them at fairly cheap prices. I hope that eventually that entire back-game catalog will be filled for the XBL. Variety is the spice of life.

jknight5422
jknight5422

"If you can find any more decent Next-Gen games on PS3 or Wii can you let us all know about it please? Otherwise, quit whining. It's the annual Summer Games Drought - this has never been a good time of the year for games, each and every year since the begining of the industry." --lowenergycycle Actually what I do is go back & buy the games in the previous season, like Armored Core 4, Earth Defense Force 2017, & C&C: Tiberium Wars. The prices come down a lot. I'll get the summer games in late Fall after the price drop (used or like new).

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

good stuff.... but worth $10???

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@FiddleStick If you can find any more decent Next-Gen games on PS3 or Wii can you let us all know about it please? Otherwise, quit whining. It's the annual Summer Games Drought - this has never been a good time of the year for games, each and every year since the begining of the industry. However, I wouldn't consider The Darkness (8.5) to be such a tragedy, and then you've got Forza 2 (9.2) which you could technically play forever, DiRT (8.1) if you get bored of that, Overlord (7.5) which isn't nearly as bad as people would have you think, The Bigs (8.0) I hear is very good if you like that sort of thing... I don't think I need to go on. Add that to BioShock, Blue Dragon, Dynasty Warriors, Stunman Ignition and Medal of Honour: Airborne all of which will be available by the end of August - ONE MONTH AWAY - and really your complaint is unfounded. Plus, some of these "damn XBL games" are actually really good, you ungrateful little boy.

gagan21
gagan21

cant wait 4 super contra :wink:

amorphis
amorphis

HERE I COME KILRATHI SCUM!!

FiddleStick
FiddleStick

screw these damn XBL games!! bring on some more actual 360 games! with 2 new release getting less than 6.0 editor scores on GamesSpot recently i think that Microsoft needs to be more stringent on what games they let get pushed out onto the 360. enough of the games we have all played a million times before. dont get me wrong...i love XBL, but i didnt buy a next-gen system to play 8-bit games. if i wanted that i would still have my freakin NES. c'mon Microsoft...youre gonna lose this race soon if you dont pick up the pace. im not a fanboy, but i do own a 360 and i want more 360 games. im gonna get a PS3 soon, and i would get a Wii now but i cant find one to save my life. just setting the facts straight on where im coming from.

finaleve
finaleve

I'd prefer the Super C (NES Contra). I grew up with that game, but Wing Commander might be good. Might have to demo it.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I'll need to get some points - still waiting on Alhambra MS!

Norther81
Norther81

Dont know who wrote it. but nes games on 360??? again. sony fan boy/guy. Me!!! No one has ever agreed on a syntem nr 1! dont whine and enjoy. and again... Hope i see contra on my ps3!! enjoy 360 users!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Not a big Wing Commander guy, nor much on Super C, but I've got Bomberman Live so no complaints here.

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

It's great to see XBLA getting more and more titles. I love it! Has anyone heard anything about Doom II or Final Doom??? They would be great additions to XBLA. Doom is one of my favorite XBLA games, and I would feel cheated if the other two don't become available. I'm sure they'll probably release them at some point, but I haven't heard a word about it. Anyone?

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Wow some of the games mentioned here are so cool ... they bring back memories ... !!! :D

comelstr
comelstr

i wish marathon would come out soon

JohnTheGamer
JohnTheGamer

I don't think I'll get Wing Commander Arena but will probably get Super Contra since I've never played it before and it's only $5

HendrixDragon67
HendrixDragon67

jcloverboy I'll skip this week, agree with previous poster that someone whould have gotten Simpsons Arcade game out this week. No doubt! I mean that's what's really hot right now!. It would've been amazing for them to do it but oh well.

Tree06
Tree06

I don't even remember playing Super Contra.

Sonovius
Sonovius

Shook6 "Wing Commander looks cool... To bad EA owns it. I refuse to purchase anything EA." They did a good job with Boom Boom Rocket so I dont have an issue with them on xbl. EA hasnt been blatantly trying to rip off consumers like a lot of other companies in my experience.

RgvXavi
RgvXavi

i think 'theokguy' is an okie. im from texas. i despise okies. that said, how freaking cool is XBLA? this year, 2007, alone, I have seen some of my fav classic games come to XLA: Contra, Double Dragon, SOTN, TMNT 1989; now Super contra and Wing commander....and the years not even over!!! Aside from all the great games coming this fall/holiday season for the Xbox 360 I bet there will also be some killer Arcade games in the pipeline. Xbox 360/Xbox LIve/Xbox Live Arcade kicks A$$

march15th
march15th

theokguy, i too "realy" miss the good "all" days of "claissic" gaming. but, unlike u, i think the 360 is doing a great job of bringing it back with arcade. somehow, tho, playing those old games just isn't the same as it was back then. 1.

Smithgdwg
Smithgdwg

A top-down Wing Commander game??? What a disgrace to the series that game will be.

yyr
yyr

REVOLUTIONfreak "I find it kind of disgraceful to see a Super Nintendo game on the 360's XBLA." Super Contra is an arcade game... you must be thinking of Contra III: The Alien Wars, which this is not. And who cares whose games are on what system? XBLA is home to some of the best casual and retro games in the world...the bigger the variety, the better. Most of the complaints I hear are "why did you buy that new system to play old games," and you could say that about ANY of the next-gen systems. But those of us that buy the retro games know why we do it.

doomsoth
doomsoth

I hope that Super Contra is better than the Contra they released on XBLA. I'm interested to see how WCA turns out.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I'll skip this week, agree with previous poster that someone whould have gotten Simpsons Arcade game out this week.

theokguy
theokguy

To all people that talk about wii vc and say xbox is better! u guys realy need a lesson in claissic gaming. I dont care if its online u can play on 360 as long for us some we like to relive the good all days of gaming.

Shook6
Shook6

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Shook6
Shook6

Wing Commander looks cool... To bad EA owns it. I refuse to purchase anything EA.

HendrixDragon67
HendrixDragon67

Am i like only who has really hoping for The Simpsons Arcade since the movie is coming out by this week. Like they did with TMNT 1989 Arcade game. It would've went really well for this week... but oh well like mick jagger always said in his song "You can't always get what you want".

Sonovius
Sonovius

@REVOLUTIONfreak half of the wii's content are turbographix16 games. there is no loyalty in business nor should they be. xbla games are always vastly superior to vc games in my opinion for the online factor. the wii games just arent as fun. two cents

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

I find it kind of disgraceful to see a Super Nintendo game on the 360's XBLA... I guess now I know what Sony fans probably felt like when Symphony of the Night headed to the XBLA. Anyway, Wing Commander looks interesting, but probably not enough for me to be convinced into buying it.

bghattas
bghattas

I definitely will be getting Super Contra. They are releasing these XBLA games at a rapid pace now.

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

I might pick up Wing Commander for the nostalgia. And who knows, maybe if it sells well enough, EA will revive the Wing Commander series. A Wing Commander online game in the style of Chromehounds would be pretty awesome.

GoddBless
GoddBless

Never played Wing Commander, but I've heard a lot about it. I'll check this one out. Super Contra looks like a buy.

azieser
azieser

Wing commander is gonna rock!!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

10 dollars seems like a lot for Wing Commander. I hope there is enough content.

thaflu
thaflu

I'll wait for Super C on Wii's VC. The NES version had more content.