TGS 06: Xbox Live Arcade Wrap-Up

Microsoft shows off new games from Konami, Namco, and SNK for its downloadable game service.

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TOKYO--A section of Microsoft's booth at the Tokyo Game Show this year is devoted to showing off games that are part of the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade service. In addition to showing games that are already available, many new games are also on display.

Namco Bandai will be bringing Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-Man, and New Rally-X to Xbox Live Arcade. Each game follows the path set forth by previous Namco arcade games on the service. Like Pac-Man and Galaga, these three new games load with a splashy, colorful screen and are devoted to delivering arcade-perfect renditions of the game and don't include redrawn graphics or online multiplayer. Each game also lets you continue from the highest stage you've reached, which is something you couldn't do in arcades.

Konami's upcoming games will all have the same basic menu design as the one seen in games like Time Pilot and Frogger. The games being shown are Contra, Super Contra, Gyruss, Rush'N Attack, Track 'n' Field, and Yie Ar Kung Fu. Like other Konami releases, these games appear to have some form of Xbox Live functionality, and they feature an option to display the games with newly redrawn graphics. Contra's updated look didn't look much different, looking more like some sort of filter than actual new art. Yie Ar Kung Fu, which for some strange reason is currently being shown as a Japan-only release, has very nice-looking new graphics. Track 'n' Field was a three-button game in arcades. The Olympic-style game uses two buttons for running, and you had to smash those buttons as fast as you could. The third is used for jumping, throwing javelins, tossing hammers, jumping hurdles, and so on. On the Xbox 360, it appears that you'll wiggle the analog stick back and forth for running, and the A button will be used for actions.

The lone SNK game being shown is the NeoGeo fighting game, Fatal Fury Special. The game appears to be the home version of the game, as opposed to the arcade, though the only real difference there is that you can choose the game's difficulty before you begin. Unlike other 4:3 games, which put borders on either side of the game, Fatal Fury Special plays up against the left side of the screen. The empty space on the right side is used for displaying an info card with your character's moves. SNK has also announced that the original Metal Slug will be released on Xbox Live Arcade in the future.

Along with other upcoming games like Defender and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, it appears that there will be plenty of classic arcade action to choose from on Xbox Live Arcade in the future.

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definately getting fatal fury

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that's Bull Yie are Kung Fu is still super awesome I need to have that Game NOWWWWWW!!!

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bring out freakin Space Invaders!!!

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Nice to see that SNK is getting in on the act. I'd like to see them put the Ikari Warriors trilogy and Guerilla War out there for us - the shoulder buttons would help with the whole rotation bit better than any controller in the past ever was able to do.

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Mortal kombat 2 - King of fighters 98 - Sonic 1 - Altered beast. anybody knows if does games are coming to Xbox live arcade.

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when is fatal fury coming out

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Ok guys....how about a small joint-session with NINTENDO and bring back SUPER MARIO BROS!!! Peter Moore was saying buy both XBOX 360 and the Nintendo Wii.....mabey they are brewing an idea?!?!?!?!

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I'd like to play the original Mortal Kombat 1. My fav. of the series. Remember the first time you ever saw Scorpion harpoon someone and yell "GET OVER HERE!" Sent chills down my spine!

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i'm still waiting for tetris & contra

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I want to see some BURGER TIME! Dig Dug's aight though... and Rush'n Attack, lol. Is that a Commie... Ninja?!

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But why Is Yie Ar Kung Fu a Japanese exclusive (as stated by Mr Moore in the XBLMP download) ? Does it really bother anyone in Japan that they can play it and the rest of the world cannot? I would seriously rather play YAKF then New Rally-X :-(

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I would like to see some more new games. And Contra.

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i wanna play bubble bubble and rainbow island! do it MS! please?

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that was a good idea

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Contra and Super Contra! Must haves!

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Metal Slug!! Can we have Samuri Showdown next please?

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SNK just needs to add Ikari Warriors (I think they made that one) and I'll they can be done with the xbla, though it'd be cool if they just kept Metal Slug games coming.

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gotta love metal slug

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Now all we need is Zombies Ate My Neighbors and we will be in big time business.

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Ok, I must be old. I'm looking forward to Ms Pac Man. :D

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OMG my dreams came true METAL SLUG YES

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METAL SLUG!!

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With games like Dig Dug, Contra, Track 'n' Field, and Metal Slug coming to Xbox Live Arcade you don't really need to buy any of the real games coming out for the 360. Wait, what am I saying? With Crackdown and Bioshock coming out you have classic games to revel in and new games to salivate about.

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Xbox Live Arcade is fantastic. Maybe not as good as the Virtual Console will be, but good nonetheless.

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METAL SLUG FTW!!!!!!

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what is yie ar kung fu? Also, did they say CONTRA!!! I hope the code works too, up, up, down, down, a,b a, b, start: no one to play with so you don't need select, OH MY GOD! I love me some contra, too bad I never finished the game because I would end up fighting with whoever I was playing by backstabbing them and then we'll just end up killing one another. Those days were awesome.

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Hoopin4thelove Hoopin4thelove HELL YEAH!!! i cant wait for these, also we need snes classics.................. and REAL ARCADE GAMES such as X-MEN the 6 player verson, the SIMPSON'S, NINJA TURTLES......................PLEASE WE ARE DYING INSIDE FOR THESE.............. Hell yeah dude Plus Alien vs predator love that game

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OMG....CONTRA!!!!!!!!

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HELL YEAH!!! i cant wait for these, also we need snes classics.................. and REAL ARCADE GAMES such as X-MEN the 6 player verson, the SIMPSON'S, NINJA TURTLES......................PLEASE WE ARE DYING INSIDE FOR THESE..............

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I really want contra

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i dont really like xbla

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Mortal Kombat is coming to the console..wow..

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Want some Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, haven't touched it when it was out for consoles in 1997.

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they've ruined track 'n' field. there had better be an option to use three buttons, i ain't using no analog stick, fool...

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looks good

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Xbox Live Arcade, I love you so.

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