Xbox Live gets Labor Day sale

Downloadable game service to temporarily slash prices on four older titles; Fatal Fury Special and Cyberball 2072 confirmed for Wednesday release.

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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).

Discussion

124 comments
gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

wheres sensi soccer FFS, its finished, microsoft wont release it !!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

I wish we could just get a bunch of map packs free, I don't wanna pay for those, EVER

Irve
Irve

you know they need to be doing this for more of the titles that have been on XBLA for a long time .... 200 MS points is a good deal for some of the titles that your only likely to play for a day or two .. some of these games are up their for 800 points and you know you'll be bored within a couple of hours !

Simsyas
Simsyas

Wii Japan: Fatal Fury 1 for 900 (9 dollars) Wii points without online. 360: Fatal Fury Special for 400 (5 dollars) Microsoft points with online and extras. The winner is clear.

Jebril
Jebril

Fatal Fury and Dig Dug,that's where it's at.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

This needs to happen on PSN too. A year from now, I'm not going to go to the store and buy Tekken for $30.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Wow, i didn't expect Fatal Fury Special. cool.

Joe_Combat
Joe_Combat

why dont they cut the prices on the games that people give a **** about, like street fighter or MK3.

skyvader
skyvader

I have ff special for the pc engine arcade card cd. That is a great translation of the neogeo game to the pc engine/turbo grafx.

Icekxg
Icekxg

I might finally have to buy Small Arms!

lmblomas
lmblomas

Why didnt they put worms on that list !!!!!

Gamebox88
Gamebox88

ok now there is no reason not to get dig dug

orionthescorpio
orionthescorpio

Cyberball!!! Oh hell yeah! I have been waiting for this classic for a long time! I hope it is still just as fun as it was back in the arcades!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

is this for canada also cause i want small arms

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Might pick up Small Arms now. I really hope that some people patch that bug that Zuma has where the controls lock up and you almost invariably lose.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Microsoft should have a temporary sale of all of their GOOD XBLA titles,instead of just 4 piece of crap games that aren't even worth 2 dollars.I mean,a 24 hour sale on games like Prince of Persia,Doom,Street Fighter,Ultimate MK3 and such would be a much better bargain than 4 boring games I would never consider looking at.Oh well,this is a step in the right direction,and the only one that isn't incredibly boring is Zuma,but only for a bit.Nice to see Fatal Fury and Cyberball finally make a come back,hopefully those games will have aged well,as I loved playing them back in the day.

mhump2002
mhump2002

Cyberball, its about time, I always remember that game had a cult following when we used to have an arcade around here

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

not getting either of those 2 titles

mcbride69
mcbride69

1. Is it available in UK 2. They should reduce the older games permanetly due to the fact that you sumtimes cant find anyone to play the online portion of the games with because there so old :(

Dreski83
Dreski83

I don't mind scooping up Dig Dug for 200 points :roll: wish they did stuff like this more often...

SaitouZero
SaitouZero

Only 5 bucks for Fatal Fury Special? Anyone would be crazy not to get it at that price.

jenova
jenova

Where's War World?

Figcardi151
Figcardi151

All of the XBLA games should be 250 points each!!!!! when its that much i'll buy them. Also HD movies need to be around 300 points!!! Wake up Micro$oft!!

niteowl74
niteowl74

You want geometry wars go buy XBLA unplugged its super cheap now and has like 6 or 7 other games on it.

Rob_101
Rob_101

I was hoping for Geometry Wars or Prince of Persia, since I'm planning on buying them soon....

niptuckSean
niptuckSean

OMG Fatal Fury Special! FINALLY! The difficulty will probably still be insane though :(

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

Yeah well if they put lower prices on some of the BETTER titles it may give some of the people on the fence a taste of this "whole XBLA thing" whereas they may not have entered before. Hey, the cigarette companies do it, give us an addictive product and they're hooked! They need to stop penny pinching and give a deal on widely known and respected games to gather converts, now that makes business sense I think. Just saying, but I do like the XBLA service.

kswainsr
kswainsr

forget the lower price how about a360 that works

kazya_mishima
kazya_mishima

hmm be better if they put better games on their service

Gatermag
Gatermag

who cares about those games i just want halo 3!!! and mass effect

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

Well the only one i would have bought was small arms and i already have it. I really like small arms it was well worth the cash, it's allot of fun in small 30 mins bursts.

GaudyMarrko
GaudyMarrko

only 4 games and 1 I already own...booooooo!

Richlough
Richlough

AFAIK the Gauntlet leaderboards are broken . Just a heads up .

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Good news for gamers! If only they slashed the price for more games. :P

fat_otter
fat_otter

They should have picked a few better titles.

Disturbed_King
Disturbed_King

And I remember that 3d Realms actually requested that MS put Duke Nukem 3d on the XBLA but it's been like a month since that and MS still hasn't decided!!! Why does MS hesitate to put the "true" classics on their service such as Doom 2, Duke 3d, Wolfenstein 3d, and Pong!! But anyways, I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the arcade games available for sale, i'll just wait for another one.

cencal
cencal

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sainraja
sainraja

Outside introductory rates on PSN they never go on sale? Hmm....I wonder why Sony reduced the price on Flow and Super Rub a Dub! Come on Gamespot.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Where's me some Street Figher HD? I wants some Street Fighter HD! Fatal Fury might be cool, I was never a big fan, and I'm definitely getting Small Arms at that lower price. I kept considering it, but never forked over the cash because I felt 800 points was too much, but 400 feels like the sweet spot.

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

Online Fatal Fury? Count me in! Also CTG you cant count out TMNT II the arcade game, Streets of Rage 2, and Super Puzzle Fighter II HD. Those are all excellent games.

vVvDreamervVv
vVvDreamervVv

hmm...not very good deals, i'd prefer a sonic game myself, maybe some discounts on bonus content for retail games...

ctg867
ctg867

Since all four games suck, I couldn't care less. Only good games on XBLA: -Pac Man CE -Worms -Geometry Wars -Uno -Bomberman -Assault Heroes -Heavy Weapon -Doom And maybe a couple of others like Prince of Persia or Castlevania. And if none of those got a price drop, then I couldn't care less. Crappy marketing scheme to make it seem like they're "dropping prices" or some bull **** like that.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

XBL is kick ass lately! I will pick up Small Arms and Fatal Fury :)