360 to play 200-plus Xbox games

Microsoft confirms that its next-gen console will play many games for its current-gen console, including Halo, Ninja Gaiden, KOTOR, Fable, GTA, and more.


After playing coy for months about the Xbox 360's backward compatibility, Microsoft has finally come clean. The software behemoth announced late Friday that more than 200 games from its current-generation console will play on its next-generation console.

As one might expect, Microsoft has made sure all the top Xbox games are supported, including Halo and Halo 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I and II, Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Black, and the three Grand Theft Autos: III, Vice City, and San Andreas. A total of 212 Xbox games will be playable on the 360 at launch, though Microsoft says that number will increase.

Friday also brought good news to Xbox Live addicts. Any of the backward-compatible games will be playable cross-platform between the Xbox 360 and Xbox over Xbox Live. That means would-be Master Chiefs with a 360 can still own their friends playing on current-generation consoles--although the former will see the carnage in higher resolution.

However, there is a catch. To play an Xbox game on the 360, players must first insert the current-gen game into a next-gen console hooked up to Xbox Live. The system will check whether the console has the latest emulation software. If not, it will automatically download said software, install it on the 360, restart, and load the original Xbox game. Obviously, a 360 hard drive--which comes with the Halo and Halo 2 software preinstalled--is required to store the backward-compatibility software.

For 360 owners who either can't or won't log onto Xbox Live, Microsoft offers two other solutions. First, they can go to Xbox.com, download the emulators, burn them onto a CD, and then insert said CD into the 360, which will auto-install the software. The other option is to order a free CD from Xbox.com, which will be mailed to the requestor for a "nominal" fee. However, the CD will be mailed out for free to Japanese 360 owners.

A complete list of the Xbox games that will be playable on the 360 when it ships on November 22 is below:

Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction
All Star Baseball 2003
Army Men: Sarge's War
Atari Anthology
ATV Quad Power Racing 2
Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2
Barbie Horse Adventure
Batman Begins
Battle Engine Aquila
Battlestar Galactica
Blinx 2
Brute Force
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Chaos Bleeds
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts
Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures 06
Cabela's Deer Hunt 2005
Cabela's Deer Hunt: 2004 Season
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Chicago Enforcer
Circus Maximus
Close Combat: First to Fight
Colin McRae 4
Combat Elite
Commandos 2
Conflict: Desert Storm
Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity
Crash Nitro Kart
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Curse – The Eye of Isis
Dark Angel
Digimon Rumble Arena
Dead or Alive 3
Egg Mania
ESPN MLS Extra Time 2002
Euro 2004
F1 Championship Season 2001
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Fairly Odd Parents: Breakin' da Rules
FIFA 2003
FIFA 2004
FIFA Street 2005
FIFA World Cup 2002
Fight Night 2004
Fight Night Round 2
Ford Mustang Racing
Ford vs. Chevy
Forza Motorsport
Freedom Fighters
Fuzion Frenzy
Genma Onimusha
Goblin Commander
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt.
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder
Half-Life 2
Halo 2
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone
He-Man: Defender of Grayskull
Hitman: Contracts
House of the Dead 3
IHRA Drag Racing 2005 Sportsman Edition
IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005
Jade Empire
James Bond 007: Nightfire
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
Jurassic Park Genesis
Kabuki Warrior
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
Kids Next Door: Operation VIDEOGAME
Legends of Wrestling
Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events
Loons Fight for Fame
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2
Max Payne
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Medal of Honor 3 Rising Sun
Medal of Honor Frontline
Medal of Honor: European Assault
Mega Man
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
MicroMachines Odyssey
Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing
Monster Garage
Mortal Kombat: Deception
MTV Music Generator 3
MX World Tour - featuring Jamie Little
Namco Museum X Next Generation
NBA Live 2003
NBA Live 2004
Need For Speed: Underground 2
NFL Blitz 2002
NFL Blitz 20-03
NFL Blitz 20-04
NHL 2004
NHL Hitz 20-03
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Black
Outlaw Golf 2
Outlaw Volleyball
Phantom Crash
Pinball Hall of Fame
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Pro Race Driver
Pure Pinball
Puyo Puyo Fever
Quantum Redshift
Rayman Arena
Raze's Hell
Red Dead Revolver
Red Faction II
RedCard 20-03
Robotech: Battle Cry
Rocky: Legends
Rogue Ops
Rugby 2005
Samurai Jack
Samurai Warriors
Scooby Doo: Night of 100 Frights
SeaWorld: Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures
Sega GT 2002
Shadow the Hedgehog
Shellshock:Nam '67
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Simpson's Road Rage
Simpsons: Hit and Run
Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945
Soccer Slam
Sonic Heroes
Sonic Mega Collection
Speed Kings
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Splat Renegade Paintball
SpongeBob Square Pants:Battle for Bikini Bottom
Spy Hunter 2
Spyro: A Hero's Tail
Star Trek: Shattered Universe
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic 2
Street Racing Syndicate
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse
Super Bubble Pop
Super Monkey Ball DX
SX Superstar
Tecmo Classic Arcade
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Terminator : Dawn of Fate
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
Tetris Worlds
The Great Escape
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
The Thing
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Toxic Grind
Ty The Tasmanian Tiger
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3
Urban Freestyle Soccer
Volvo: Drive for Life
World Series Baseball 2K
Worms 4: Mayhem
Worms Forts Under Siege
WWE Raw 2

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crappy list. i wanted 007 agent under fire to be backward compatible. where is it?

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Man, I just checked out [url]<< LINK REMOVED >>[/url] and all the questions asked are interesting, but check out the 3rd last one. That d!ckhead doesn't even give a straight answer -_-. Pisses me off. I got Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Xbox 1) for Christmas and I had played it for a little while until my xbox just stopped working :S. So then I got a 360 and I found out I can't play most of my games anyway. I hope MS doesn't overlook games that are already out for 360 as well since the game was quite expensive and I have no intention to try to return it. If they don't make that game compatable I will be outraged since they made Call of Duty 3 playable and yet it has gotten lower scores then Marvel UA! All in all, I still love my 360 :D.

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wwe_david I have been waiting for the SAME THING. I have Oblivion and it ...is amazing..ahh...but I still never beat Morrowind....I want it real real bad

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ok seriously they said it would include the best selling xbox games well wheres the best current gen console game morrowind? as soon as i heard it was backwards compadible i ran to future shop and bought it. in hopes i could play morrowind which wouldnt work on my **** pc. so i get home and it says its not **** compadible. seriously i have waited for mor then half a year every updates i get exited only to be put down when morrowind isnt there. i am about a week away from snaping and buying barbie, scooby doo and farely odd parents and playing them tell 8:30 at night then going to bed with a warm glass of 1% milk.

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hey as long as Digimon Rumble Arena made it!!!!! who even plays that? better question, what is that?

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The Big Red One!! Online it's much better than C.O.D 2 for the 360. When is a patch availible? I need a decent online WW2 game to play while waiting for C.OD. 3 & Brothers in Arms 3 or Metal of Honor.

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No panzer dragoon either. I cant believe this, they shouldve made it completely backwards compatible.

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BUMP! Of course there is no Psychonauts, Prince of Persia 3 or Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy on the list, that really sucks :( Ahhh! And my precious silent hill games are not on the list either *cries*

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I would really like to see games that have were made for all three consoles like XGRA, any of the Splinter Cell games, or any of the Spider-man games. In truth, I hope and request that the ones working on the list try to accomplish the task of making all XBOX games compatible for the X360. It is, in my opinion, that the 360 was created a little too early and should have been compatible with all XBOX games. Well, so far the X360 is cool; but I'm hoping for all games. That would be the coolest.

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Wow, no Splinter Cell... I thought that guy said they went for QUANITY AND NOT QUALITY... Splinter Cell was one of the BEST GAMES and was also one of the BEST GRAPHICS GAMES

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I have 3 words that i think 99% of you will agree with THIS LIST SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I just bought RUGBY 2005 for Xbox today because I always wanted to try it and it was on discount at a local software store. I bought it also because it is listed on Microsoft's compatibility list. But guess what? It plays fine on my ol' Xbox, but it gives me the usual not-compatible message when I try to play on my 360! WTH?!

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No DOA Ulitmate? No Capcom or SNK fighter? .... oh, but there is Kabuki Warriors (1.4)!!!!!!!!!

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Why not just keep your current xbox and save up a little more money to buy this that way you will be able to play all your xbox games and still have this absolutely brilliant console. I am a bit dissapointed that nvidia went to sony as i hate ATI but hey at least what weve seen so far along the lines of PDZ has been great and thats not even running to full potential. I think if you have a hissy and dont get an xbox 360 just because of this list you are an idiot, go make love to sony for all their backwards compatibility instead.

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Whatever happened to Burnout?!!

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I am glad Thief: Deadly Shadow is there, but why not Oddworld: Stranger's Wraith or Psi-Ops?

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OK..............Microsoft is a software company with rights to all the software that is made to be added to the software made by Microsoft. So, in retrospectg, they would probably make money off the gamessss on the PC as well wouldn't they. O......not to mention that every piece of hardware that is made by the third party companies, has to pay Microsoft a certain amount of money to make these new controllers and such..............So they will make profit, or if not, they will not lose their money!!! They have a lot of back up that no one is thinking of when they write these crazy figures down...So why don't you stop assuming and try being correct for a change. Money is money and $126 is not the same as it was a while ago. With the prices of all the accessories and games and systems and software and memorabilia and all this stuff in the long run there is not any money lost to this monster of a company. Like someone said before me "they could of gotten this hardware for cheap and not of been as much as it would be normally." The same goes for the PS3, they will not be losing money in the long run. This company has by far the most things to fall back on out most any! This includes Columbia studios and other store bought devices!!!!! These companies don't really believe they will lose money because of their enormous size and influence and do you know what??? THEY ARE RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LISTEN TO BOB NOPE NONE!!! all these people are kinda pissing me off. If you dont buy a xbox 360 because of this list your an idiot. Just play them on your old x box anyway!! JEEZ. plus the list is gonna update. xbox 360 will own

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damn microsoft, first i am butt raped with barbie and alias, then you pour salt with all the GTA games. You make me cry Microsoft, tears of complete disappointment

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Where's the Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind??? That's one of the best games on Xbox, up there with Halo and KOTOR.

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no conker. what were they thinking

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Where's Dynasty Warriors?

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WE NEED STBF2, and CONKER, and i agree...BARBIE fr 360? and although it wasnt awesome, the online was kickass fr battlefield 2, so cmon. HALO 2 wil hold me up fr a while i guess tho.

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OMG if anyone doesnt buy an xbox 360 because of this list you are an idiot and we will gladly ship you off to the farm with all the cows. 1. the list will be updated 2. if you dont have any of these games you should really pick some of them up 3. who needs all this backward crap if i need to play halo ill just bring out my ol box. im getting a 360 bec of Next gen games. and if you sold your xbox ive seen them on ebay that have like 12 games for under 70 $

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What ever happened to Madden! Why none of them be on the list?

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Dude would everyone just chill? Seriously. XBOX 360 is still going to be the best system out there. They are going to add other games to the list, this is just the first 200; a broad range to start with so everyone has atleast SOMETHING. SO give MS a break, they have your back and they know about you hard core gamers. Calm Down. Your games will come. XBOX 360 is still the best.

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seriously guys can someone please tell me that it will play splinter cell chaos theory so i could get some sleep at night. (:

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I would just chill if your favorite game isn't available right now, I'm sure they will have mad patches within 1 or 2 months.

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They missed out splinter cell 1, 2 and 3 Grrrr Whyyyyyyyy But it's a fairly new game and a good one how comes most of the good games havent been mad backwards compatable?

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I'm surprised they didn't add a Dynasty Warriors game (like 5) to the list since DW has a solid fan base. But seriously, where's Battlefront? Where is The Warriors? Conkers? PoP2? And, in closing, WHERE THE $%^ IS MERCENARIES!? thank god I didn't preorder this joke of a system...no great games at launch, mostly old titles for backwards compatibility or games that are aimed at 11 year olds...who cant afford a 360...PS3 here I come.

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If Microsoft is gonna have games like Barbie be compatible and newly released games like Call of Cthulhu also compatible then how can they deny Path of Neo from the List. Most of these titles are not well known games. And even though PON didn't have the greatest graphics, it's fun gameplay should have at least warranted it on spot on this list. It's definitely better than half of the games on this list, and probably sold more copies in it's first week than the Barbie game has sold in it's entire duration on the market. C'mon Bill Gates, get your priorities straight.

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i am really unimpressed at microsoft and the 360, they insult us with this list of crappy games, they are so intent on beating sony they release it way too early and the graphics aren't that far from a normal xbox, if they actually put some good games on the list i might buy one, where is burnout, splinter cell, farcry, the list goes on, at least i can play fairly odd parents and super bubble pop (what the hell is super bubble pop)

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I doubt I will buy a 360 if I cant even play any good normal xbox games, I mean Barbie, Scooby Doo and what the f$#% is Toxic Grind and Tork? I haven't even heard of half of these games. Also the starting lineup of 360 games is crap, no halo!. the PS3 is looking really good at the moment, i am definately getting one of those(i already have a ps2 and xbox), the graphics look way better as well. Microsoft are just gold-diggers, they dont care about us, they make fork out heaps of money for everything especially xbox live. even tho i have an xbox i still hate microsoft, they make everything so damn crap

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Where's Counter Strike? DOOM3, Return to Castle Wolfenstien? Chronicles of Riddick? Farcry? Thief Deadly Shadows? Deus Ex: Invisible War? Amped 2?, I just think of some of my favourite games & "WTF?" they'r not on the list, that emulation CD'd better be cheap. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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Shoot I hope they add Battlefront 2 on this, it has the essentials(Halo 2, Fable etc.) but not the nice fine lines (Battledront, Splinter Cell etc.)

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wtf wheres the best shooter for xbox Far Cry damn it!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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Well....I'm not happy with the list. They have Ninja Gaiden, Fable, and Halo 2 but those ones have to be there or there will be a riot in the streets. What about Burnout Revenge, or Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, and when I didn't see The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on the list I nearly wet myself. I know Microsoft is trying to reach out to a broad spectrum of gamers, but the hardcore gamer is, and always should be, #1. How can they put Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time there and not put The Prince of Persia: Warrior Within there. I agree with QC17, this list is "a joke". I'll bet all those people who own Barbie Horse Adventure are very pleased with Micresoft, and if they sell all their barbie dolls and save their lunch money for 5 years they will be be able to buy an Xbox 360. I think most of the games on this list would be great to keep a fire going or use for coasters at a party. ---Good Job Microsoft :)

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Ohh thank goodness what would we do without Yourself!Fitness or Volvo: Drive for Life. This list is a joke!

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Man! I'm sure glad scooby doo made the list! And what would we do without seaworld!

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Where in the heck is Splinter Cell!!!?

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No Riddick, Doom 3 & ROE add on, Far Cry, Myst IV, Morrowind: GOTY Edition. The only game on the list thats worth playing is Half-Life 2.

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I want whatever they're smoking. My Xbox is not going anywhere. I see more crap than I see quality. (As mentioned before.)

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I hope they add Tenchu, Burnout, and especially Battlefront 1 and 2. It's the best selling Starwars game and I just recently spent all I could out of my money put away for the 360.If they don't add Battlefront 2 and all the other great Xbox games, consider me a lost customer. All the 360 is able to play is all the crapy games. The only game I'm going to be able to play is Halo2 and with no free online play I might not even bother to buy a 360, save for gold service and then play. There already charging as much as it is for games and accesories, why not give everybody a break and add all the good games to keep us occupied. Nobody is going to even play more than half of those games, there old and played out. Why not focus on the games that have already come out for the Xbox. Right now It's all about the recent best games and the next gen games coming out.

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We've got no burnout, no splinter cell, no battlefront 1 or 2, no sports games except old ones, no DOOM 3. those people on xbox live had to go and play halo 2 so much that i think thats all icrosoft cares about. I think they threw that in there and then after halo 1 + 2, fable, and ninja gaiden, they just added in some old games to make a list of 200. This is bull crap. and now I have a battlefront 2 and nothing to do. and nhl. No 06 just the 360 version of 2k6, which is a) worse and b) suposed to be bart of 2k games brilliant 20$ marketing, but they go sell it for 60 $

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You think having Barbie is bad, you have Kid's Next Door: operation VIDEOGAME. I don't have the xbox, but what the hell is Sneakers? What kind of idiot would name a game Sneakers? That's like naming a game Trash can or something. You have Samuri Jack. You've got Fairly Odd Parents. I am not sure, but I have the Official Launch guide for the Xbox 360 magazine and it said the Core system has no backwards compatibility and the premium has a chrome plated tray while the core system doesn't. I thought it is the same system. Damn, I wish I were in Japan. They ONLY have the Premium system and it costs about $350. That really sucks. I wouldn't be surprised if they have an Xbox Live download where you can download the emulation for xbox games. I am not a computer genius but Microsoft has to somehow have a "good" games be playable on the 360. At least it isn't as bad as the PAL compatibility.

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Are you kidding me?!? Where is Dead or Alive Ultimate? Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball? DOOM 3? Street Fighter Anneversary Collection? Beyond Good and Evil? What the HELL kind fo list is this??? This is all the more reason to not care about the 360 right now and wait a year or so, so we can get a FULL list of backward compatibility! WEAK, Microsoft! Very WEAK!

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