To date, console downloadable game services have proven a mixed blessing for obsessively thrifty gamers. While the games available on Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Store, and the Wii Virtual Console are less expensive than their retail counterparts, they never go on sale (outside of introductory pricing on some PlayStation Store titles).
However, to celebrate the Labor Day holiday and give gamers home from work something to pass the time, Microsoft will be taking half off the prices of four older Xbox Live Arcade games for two days. This Sunday and Monday, gamers will be able to get deals on Gauntlet, Dig Dug, Small Arms, and Zuma Deluxe. Gauntlet and Dig Dug will be 200 Microsoft points each, or $2.50. Small Arms and Zuma Deluxe will be cut to 400 Microsoft points, or $5 a pop.
Along with news of the sale, Microsoft also announced next week's Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday releases. Midway's Cyberball 2072 and SNK Playmore's Fatal Fury Special will be joining the service's new release section. Originally released in 1989, Cyberball 2072 is a futuristic take on football with teams made of robots and a ball that's constantly threatening to explode. Players have more than 100 plays to choose from, and team rosters that can be bolstered by purchasing new players with each game's earnings.
While Fatal Fury Special was recently rereleased on the PlayStation 2 as part of the Fatal Fury Battle Archives, the Xbox Live Arcade edition of the 1993 Neo Geo fighting game includes online multiplayer bouts, leaderboards, and a dozen achievements. The game was based primarily on Fatal Fury 2, although it added more playable characters, as well as a speedier pace and more combo opportunities.
Fatal Fury Special and Cyberball 2072 will each sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5).