XBLA Summer of Arcade hits bundled

Limbo, Trials HD, and Splosion Man compiled for brick-and-mortar distribution on Xbox 360 next month.

While most Xbox Live Arcade titles are strictly digital in their distribution, from time to time, a few downloadable games find their way into stores. Games like Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Peggle, and Pac-Man Championship Edition have all found their way into retail compilations of XBLA games, and they're apparently set to be joined by three more of the service's breakout hits.

Be sure to look for the brightly colored packaging.

Amazon.com has put up a product listing for an Xbox Live Arcade three-pack featuring Limbo, Trials HD, and Splosion Man. With an expected release date of April 12, the bundle is commanding a $30 preorder price point. When purchased digitally, the three titles add up to $40.

One of the developers of the games lent the listing some credibility in a post on Twitter. Michael Wilford, CEO and cofounder of Splosion Man creator Twisted Pixel Games, linked to the Amazon page and said the bundle would be coming to North America.

All three of the games listed in the bundle debuted as part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotions. The side-scrolling platformer Splosion Man and motorcycle obstacle courses of Trials HD were part of the 2009 Summer of Arcade, while the adventure puzzle game Limbo was the breakout hit of last year's promotion.

For more on the games, check out GameSpot's reviews of Splosion Man, Trials HD, and Limbo.

[UPDATE]: Microsoft has since confirmed details of the bundle for GameSpot. A representative said it will launch April 19, and include 160 Microsoft points and a 48-hour trial membership for Xbox Live Gold.

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42 comments
pakhair
pakhair

The Question is, Will it contain the DLC for Trials HD?

pakhair
pakhair

Limbo is the Best Arcade game ever, Trials HD is very tough though, Haven't played Splosion Man, Well It's definitely worth it All games are Super Awesome

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

LOL, I got a point loss for saying some random fanboy re***d (That good enough gamespot?) thumbed down eveyone. I can think of worse things. It makes me laugh how fanboys get away with starting arguments but I get modded for a single word. What a joke. Truth is I am right, stupid threads like this are littered with fanboy idiots.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Might end up getting this for my collection. All three games are worth playing.

buft
buft

i wonder what sort of deal these developers get from this compared to the XBLA release

Unheard-Volume
Unheard-Volume

@rockafella06 I completely agree, XBLA games cost more than they're worth...I mean, I paid $15 for Castle Crashers when it was first released and enjoyed it while it lasted, but I probably only got around 10-15 hrs of gameplay out of the title...and at the same time, games of the same quality are half as much on the PC! MS needs to "roll-back" the price of XBLA games if they want them to thrive in the market place.

rockafella06
rockafella06

Maybe MS should just use offers like any 3 for $30, or buy 2 get 1 free on the 360 marketplace. I have 2 of those games but I would like others (Limbo,Super Meat Boy) but for the amount of time I'll spend playing each one its just not worth my while at there current prices

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Couldn´t they make a package of: Limbo, Super Meat Boy and Pac-man Championship edition!?

Hungry_Homer111
Hungry_Homer111

Nice! I was planning on getting both Limbo and Splosion Man eventually anyway. Both of them look great, and almost make this worth it themselves. I haven't heard of Trials HD specifically, though I have played a bunch of similar flash games. While not my favorite kind of game, they can be fun, so if they designed the levels well enough, it should be worth the remaining money for the collection. The addition of points and XBL Gold is good, even if they are small amounts of each (which is understandable). The $160 included is pretty much only good for cheap DLC, or to help give you some extra points in case you're a bit short for something else you want. Unfortunately, the DLC I'd really want to get for the games I have cost more than 320 points (I have 160 points left over), so I may save those points for later, unless I find something else I want to get. Anyway, can't wait to check this out. :D

moh_sakhaii
moh_sakhaii

lol, too bad I already have all of them :D

mtait01
mtait01

All 3 of these games are B-E-A-Utilful! Limbo is my 2nd favourite Arcade game of all time, Trials HD is just stunning and Splosion Man is just non-stop fun. Whoever grabs this will be getting a bargain

Greenphant0m
Greenphant0m

singhellotaku Posted Mar 10, 2011 12:21 am ET Trials was great, the others were alright but not worth $15 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- only person i've heard say those other 2 games were not worth the money. the ONLY one. I've wanted all these games for quite some time, I'm definitely looking forward to this package.

mikel222222
mikel222222

Already have trails, limbo looks good though (might buy that eventually), might just spend $5 on the indie games, you can find some good ones on the indie section (though you have to look through some not so good ones to find them)

swamptick
swamptick

Microsoft is really on top right now. They are giving players what they want and LISTENING to what they say. Kudos to Microsoft for not sitting on it's laurels.

howie1926
howie1926

The only one I want is Limbo...

Furry_McTank
Furry_McTank

Limbo and Trials are both astounding. I wonder if the Trials DLC will be included though?

XenoLair
XenoLair

I hate these bundles cause you have to have the disc in :/

zidan4000
zidan4000

i haven't bought any of these titles although i was planning to do so until my x360 died a year and a half ago , a very good deal indeed.

vix
vix

This makes me want to dust off my 360.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Since I don't have them it's a great deal.

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

Trials was great, the others were alright but not worth $15

mattman127
mattman127

Sweet! I don't have any of them lol

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

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kickblocker
kickblocker

i already have all 3 games...i love them all

sprare
sprare

Ehh looks ok splosion man wasnt that good though

5cott
5cott

All three games are awsome.

Punch_Sideiron
Punch_Sideiron

Two of those games were completely awesome. Limbo was not.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i think it would rock if sometime in the year or something they did do a summer of arcade xbox live disc. i woulda loved to see them have a summer of arcade 09 with what, splosion man, trials, mvc2 and shadow complex... that was the best summer of online distribution EVER on that console. @icehearted, many people still game without their console hooked up to the internet, so this goes both ways.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

if you dont have ALL 3 of those games already then you have been missing out on some of the best games ever, and probably dont play many XBLA games at all. I used to think XBLA games were dumb and a waste of money, then I actually bought one. Now I am hooked. There a ton of GREAT xbla games. these 3 included.

Icehearted
Icehearted

This is exactly digital distribution is a bad idea. Online, they can fix the prices to whatever suits them, out in retail they have less control on pricing, which amounts to fairer pricing for the consumer. Even Epic once talked about how map packs that were intended to be free were being sold for MS Points because Microsoft essentially bullied them into it. Had there been any way other than Microsoft's anti-competitive XBL to distribute this DLC it would have been free, not unlike Epic's previous efforts with older games for the PC in the past.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

Hmmm, so are these games on disc or is it a bundle of codes to redeem? Its ridiculous to me that these games sell for less on a disc (if they are on disc) than they do digitally. What does that say about Microsoft's pricing of items in its XBLA?

LovePotionNo9
LovePotionNo9

Hm, 360's looking better all the time. After the 3DS, maybe!

therealrider
therealrider

good deal. I keep meaning to get them but keep forgetting or distracted.

Cheese-Muffins
Cheese-Muffins

This is great for me considering I've been wanting all three of these excellent games for some time.

GuitarAmp58
GuitarAmp58

That'd be a great buy for me, i've been interested in these games but lack the space on my hdd

Witchsight
Witchsight

Hm... already got trials. What game is meatier?

metalkid9
metalkid9

thats pretty awesome I have to say