Xbox 360 Arcade getting Rare bundle - Retail Radar

GameStop and Amazon list product pages for new $200 hardware package including original Viva Pinata and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, expected ship date later this week.

Console makers employ a number of tactics to spur system sales, from exclusive big-name game launches to price cuts to alternatively hued hardware. Another popular trend of late has been the bundle, which adds extra value to an existing hardware option and retains the original price point.

It's certainly a Rare deal.

The latest example of this trend is apparently coming later this week, as online retailers Amazon.com and GameStop have new listings for a $200 Xbox 360 Arcade Spring 2010 bundle. The Spring Arcade bundle will include the standard hard drive-less Xbox 360 with 256MB of internal memory, a wireless controller, and copies of two family-friendly Rare-developed games: Viva Pinata and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Amazon's listing says the system will begin shipping to customers May 7, while GameStop has it pegged for a May 5 debut.

Released in 2008 to critical acclaim, Nuts & Bolts brought the series into the current console generation with a twist, as it requires gamers to design and build their own vehicular contraptions in order to help Banjo and Kazooie navigate a world full of obstacles. The original Viva Pinata also scored big with reviewers upon its 2006 debut for its unusual combination of gardening and animal husbandry.

The seasonal pack-in promotion echoes a similar move Microsoft made in March, when it packed in copies of Halo 3: ODST and Forza Motorsport 3 into its 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Spring 2010 bundle. That hardware package was also revealed by way of an Amazon listing several days before Microsoft gave official confirmation.

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kbaily
kbaily

They have to do something with all those unsold copies of both games. Look kids! Why play those boring old Nintendo games, we have cute cuddly games too! Not just gray/brown shooters!!

beprice3
beprice3

Killer Instinct Please. New, or an arcade version of the old one. Please.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I would not say that these game suck compared to the old fuzzy cuddly games made for nintendo I would say they are on par but compared to their non fuzzy games then yeah they do.

acer_062
acer_062

This package will sell like wild fire in Australia. No problem getting pass the censorship laws do there.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

These two games suck ass in compared to what Rare used to make

DrKill09
DrKill09

Too bad Rare haven't made a good game since the N64. Btw, why is Banjo so blocky now? PS1 games weren't that blocky.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Banjo Kazooie Nuts And Bolts is an AWESOME game. :D Love that game. ^_^ Oh and by the way Rare.....when are you gonna come out with a new game? Waiting for new Perfect Dark, Killer's Instinct, and Conker already.

monson21502
monson21502

they are clearing stock for the slim natal bundle coming this fall...... i said a 50 dollar price drop before E3 then another in sept. but they seemed to add games to the skus instead. this arcade sku, and forza 3 halo3 odst elite bundle.

blackace
blackace

It's a good deal for new gamers just being introduced to HD systems. A 20GB or 60GB HDD can always be added later, but it's not a must unless you're going to be on XBox Live doing a lot of downloads. M$ should include a 60GB HDD in their XBox 360 Arcade machines. It's about time to make that standard.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Consumer choice is a good thing - people can chose to buy what they feel is right for them. Also true, this package does seem poor value compared to an Elite pack though. Regards the PS3 slim - I heard this version was primarily introduced to help cut production costs - and not for aesthetic reasons like some think.

Io_ACE_oI
Io_ACE_oI

n0matter Ture "better than nothing" arugements get old. Maybe they should include a USB drive in the arcade units to get the attention of more customers. You mentioned the PS3 coming out a year after the 360. Don't you think sony should have learned what people liked about the 360 and then built upon that? Both companies are out to make money, fanboy from both sides will always disagree about which system is better. If your tired of going through consoles then go back to playing PC games. I have gone through an equal amount of PS3 and 360s. Only difference, Xbox fixed my systems freem of charge! Bottom line, these systems are here for entertainment, if you're no longer having fun, move on to outdoor activities. If your up for some gaming, look me up online io ACE oi Later!

coaltango
coaltango

@ Tripleseed yes what about the ODST & Forza?? btw whom r u calling a fan boy? . u can check my profile page

n0matter
n0matter

lo_ACE_ol I'm tired of the "better than nothing" arguments. In fact, I'm getting pretty tired of this system altogether. It's great that the industry is moving, more or less, to 100% multi-platform creation and distribution and I was all about the 360 hype when I bought my first system but come on already...I've gone through THREE different consoles. THREE! And they keep tossing out these crap 'arcade' bundles to people who don't know any better an realize soon after the purchase that they're going to have to buy $100 worth of storage mediums anyway. Hey, let's give them a few crappy games to help spur sales! I'd much prefer to see them completely revamp the system architecture at this point--Sony already has and the PS3 was released a year AFTER the 360. I really tried to be happy about this system for as long as I could but sales are taking a dive and I'm tired of making excuses. This is just another crappy iteration of the arcade bundle.

Io_ACE_oI
Io_ACE_oI

I would agree with most people about the games. They are not that great but I played VP with my daughter and it's a good game. As for those complaining about the lack of a HD, probably just PS3 owners, so I'll educate you on what the 360 has done recently. With the recent system update (that took 45 seconds to download and install; how long do the PS3 system updates take again??) 360 owners can now use 2 16 GB USB sticks for storage of games, profiles, game saves, and much more. So for about $30 you have 16 GB of storage. Not as great as having an Elite with 120 to 250 GB or a PS3 with 20 to 320 GB (Custom) but it's better than nothing. This is a great bundle and I would recommend it to any person new to the 360 family or those upgrading from old systems.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Hmmm I wonder if Rare is developing any new games lately...

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

i think this is a great deal.it will bring people in who dont already own an 360 or are looking for an replacement.its a good move by microsoft for gamers.plus you can use usb's for saving games and stuff now so thats also a plus.

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

coaltango: What about the ODST and Forza 3 bundle? Fanboy...

Tripleseed
Tripleseed

You guys are all retarded. How is this a bad deal when the Arcade unit costs $200 by itself? Now it's $200 plus 2 games that are (subjectively) great. If you don't like Viva Pinata and Banjo but still want the 360, then get it anyway and sell the two games. It's as easy as that. God damn....

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

This is a good deal for someone like myself who bought an XBOX 360 in 2006 and already has a hard drive to use. Although I've never had a RROD, I'm looking to upgrade because of wanting an HDMI port and a quieter and cooler system. I've been thinking of purchasing an Arcade, but I may wait until more news of the XBOX 360 Slim is available. If the wireless adaptor does not work with the Slim or the Slim does not have built-in wi-fi, I will just purchase a late-model Arcade. A bundle would be nice, but not a dealbreaker. I'd rather MS lower the price so I can purchase a less-expensive system rather than a bundle.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Thats Terrible..... BK N&B cant possible be fun if you dont have a hard drive to save all your vehicles

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

@ mariostar0001 Don't feel bad, I thought the same thing. I thought it was implying that XBLA would be getting a RARE bundle, and in my mind I was hoping it would say killer instinct. Instead, this article is talking about the 360 Arcade. Talk about a morning buzzkill.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Could be worse. Could have the Sonic bundle featuring Sonic & Sonic Unleashed. EWW.......

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I thought it might be something like XBOX 360 getting Rare games on Live. My mistake.

Typheus
Typheus

While I think both games are good, I think most people are right. The bundle is just a bad deal when you take a look at it. Then again, like that one guy said, this might be MS's way of getting some family friendly promotions in right before Natal launches. Still a bad deal from a gamer standpoint. You could probably get a regular Xbox 360 with a hardrive and then both those games on Amazon or Ebay for around the same price.

Talldude80
Talldude80

why not call it the kiddie bundle? For kids so young that they cant talk yet (to complain to mommy that she should have got them an elite).

nate1222
nate1222

As with most bundles, it's just a cheap way to dump crap on consumers that they don't even want. Way to go, Micro$oft.

Marky360
Marky360

This bundle seems kinda dumb. I'm mean it's not bad enough that this 360 has no hard-drive now they pack in two stupid games. they at least could have given ppl something they actually wanted to play.

coaltango
coaltango

what a garbage bundle. I always felt that PS3 has better bundle options including games like uncharted 2 , mgs4 & killzone 2. if u wanna bundle u might as well give away an awesome & old game like gears 2 or even left 4 dead

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

Actually, these are two great exclusives. I'm in my 20's and have enjoyed and own both games. Well worth it and offer hours and hours of entertainment. I am loving what MS is doing this year. Reaching out to everyone, offering things to people that normally might not be interested. Soon with Natal they will have that market as well. Also, having Halo Reach releasing is going to help them out so, so much. Good stuff MS, keep the goodies coming.

sleeper16
sleeper16

WTF!! i bout my Arcade 5 days ago...ugh.

freema
freema

Wow, $200 for a hard drive-less Xbox 360, and two "family-friendly" games which you can get new for less than $20 at your local Gamestop. I'm sure after finishing with those two, the kids will have LOTS of other family-friendly titles to blast through on their new 256MB xbox. What a rare deal indeed!

swamptick
swamptick

Another excellent option that Microsoft is providing the consumer base with. While the bundle is not for me, it is cool of Microsoft to offer so many options in order to fill the needs of a wide and growing user base.

Gamer999000
Gamer999000

I don't see what is so rare about it?

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

Doh. I read this headline and thought it was for downloadable Rare games on XBLA :(

Wylen0
Wylen0

Hmm i read back and saw my comment had thumbs down after i said i was going to get this bundle haha that's pathetic :P

Typheus
Typheus

No..having an OPINION doesn't make you elitist, but...you know...the whole "better than you" thing kinda does...but then again I'm only 21 and I still enjoy colorful games (I even liked Viva Pinata for what it was). I guess that means I'm not a hardcore blood thirsty awesome action guy like you. :(

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@ Typheus Yes, having an opinion makes someone elitist. Utter nonsense. One thing has nothing to do with the other.

wolf0
wolf0

better than a wii but for just 100 more you can get a elite or ps3

Typheus
Typheus

I smell a few elitists in here >_>

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@P_R_E_Y Yes I know, hence my sarcasm. Motion controllers are a bad gimmick and I have no interest and zero use for them.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

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P_R_E_Y
P_R_E_Y

@WaldKreiger They soon will... its called Natal, hence why I don't like it.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

They are trying to aim for the Wii crowd, which is people who enjoy childish games and happy colors for all their drug induced nonsense. Now all they need is a motion controller to jump around the room like a hyperactive ape with and they are set.

Gamewako
Gamewako

Played em both, traded em both. Meh

enoslives7
enoslives7

WTF?!?! Could they have possibly picked 2 more childish games??

mightEone
mightEone

I'm 20 and the demo of Viva Pinata was pretty fun. I'm man enough to admit that.

mayceV
mayceV

wow finally, Anjo really needs to be bundled. its about time Rare had its bundle.