Xbox One's First Original Xbox Backwards Compatible Games Now Available

Backwards compatibility expands in a very welcome way.

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After a long wait, Microsoft has finally introduced backwards compatibility support for original Xbox games on Xbox One. As is the case with Xbox 360 games, only select titles are supported, although the first batch includes some great ones.

A total of 13 games for the original Xbox can now be played on Xbox One. This includes some of the platform's best games, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Ninja Gaiden Black. Here's the full list of what's now supported on Microsoft's current-gen console:

If you still have physical copies of any of these laying around, you can pop them into the system and begin playing. Alternatively, you can purchase digital copies through the Xbox Store to play. Bear in mind, while you will see visual improvements (particularly on Xbox One X, where games will run at 4K), most games use 4:3 aspect rations. Additionally, online multiplayer is unavailable because Xbox Live support for original Xbox games has been shut down. However, you can still play local multiplayer--including games that offer system link, which can connect Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles together.

Unfortunately, you shouldn't expect to see new Xbox games added to the backwards compatibility list on a regular basis. Microsoft said the next set of original Xbox titles will arrive in Spring 2018. By contrast, we rarely go for more than a few weeks without new Xbox 360 games being made backwards compatible.

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santinegrete

Metal Arms plz

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KahluaKhris

JEDI KNIGHT JEDI ACADEMY 2! PLEASE MAKE THIS DIGITAL.THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT LOL

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KahluaKhris

@kahluakhris: KOTOR 2 PLEASE!!!!!!

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MandyWilliams

@kahluakhris: It would be awesome if they somehow could enable mods. The restored content mod on KOTOR 2 is phenominal. If the game plus the mod content was official, I would definitely say it makes the game better than original KOTOR.

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donscrillinger

ESPN NFL 2K 5 BABE uuugh the crib lol .

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TheBigBadGRIM

Shenmue 2 and Capcom vs SNK 2 please.

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sladakrobot

Bought Kotor yestarday and downloaded it but for some reason the bc for the game wasnt active.

Started the game 1 hour ago played it...the graphics look really crispy...great stuff. Yeah,you have to get used to the low polygon characters and the 4:3 display ratio.

I own Ninja Gaiden Black and right now i am downloading the file...the game aged well i heard.

I am off now to the Xbl feedback site to vote for PD Orta and Phantasy Star I+II Online

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InTotalKaos

Vindication! I told my wife years ago that I felt I "needed" to hang on to my case of OG Xbox games, "just in case" (it took some serious convincing, lol). I'm ecstatic to see many of the games I have on this initial list. I can't wait to dig into the crate tomorrow! KOTOR up 1st!

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LTJohnnyRico

Been playing KOTOR and love it ... forgot just how good the Game was ! Thanks MS .. appreciate that one !

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Spock1966

This was an idiotic list to release. Where's Mechassault, Brute Force, and Hunter: the Reckoning?

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LTJohnnyRico

@Spock1966: There are a lot of Games missing but they did say they will only release a limited amount at a time ... wasn't a difficult concept to understand !

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gamer112696

It’s really strange to think that two of my OG Xbox games will now work on the Xbox One. I guess my OG Xbox will eventually be completely inferior lol.

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jonsono2

At first I wasn't so excited about KOTOR, as a PC version is available. However, after just putting my old disc in my Xbox one and playing it again with an Xbox controller (PC version doesn't have proper controller support I hear) it just feels right, like I used to play it.

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chiefwiggum16

Ninja Gaiden black here I come. God the nostalgia from that intro. I get tingles from hearing old boot up sequences. Personal favorite is Sega cd with ps1 close second.

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BigGamerDude

So, this means that xbox 1 games work on... xbox 1....

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cornbredx

Interesting. A bunch of bad games on that list.

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Dieofnv2

@cornbredx: theres only 12 games on that list and you cant even name a few ???

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aarronbittick

So have been looking for KOTOR as that's the one I really care about, can't find it in the store. I have Black, Crimson, and NO black.

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Zorlac

@aarronbittick: Search it. It's there, I purchased it earlier.

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LeoKRock

Cool list. The only problem is that they chose the wrong SNK Fighting game... KOF NeoWave is way too similar (and inferior) to KOF 2002 UM (already backwards compatible). SVC Chaos or KOF 2003 would have been more interesting choices.

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Marky360

Well I just found out that the original version of Ninja Gaiden does not work for backwards compatibility only Ninja Gaiden Black so that sux now I'm basically screwed unless they see fit to add the original Ninja Gaiden as well. I never bought Black back in the day because I felt it was unnecessary considering it's the same game as the original with a few new weapons and difficulty settings. So I guess I get punished for buying the original on release way back in 2004 stupid me should have waited and bought the GOTY version back then.

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purewitz

@Marky360: The original Ninja Gaiden wasn't on the original XBOX. The original Ninja Gaiden was release on the original Nintendo back in 1988. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Gaiden_(NES_video_game)

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Marky360

@purewitz:

Ok so what I am going to say here is stop playing stupid you know exactly wtf I am talking about and I know there is an older version of Ninja Gaiden on the NES but that is not what I am talking about here.

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gamerboy100

@purewitz: Ninja Gaiden was rebooted on the original Xbox. Ninja Gaiden Black is an updated version of that reboot. I'm pretty sure that's the one he was referring to.

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Marky360

@gamerboy100:

Yea I am willing to bet he knew that already and was just being stupid.

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LeoKRock

@Marky360: maybe buy it now? 10 dollars digital, probably less used

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Marky360

@LeoKRock:

I was but I decided to report the error to Microsoft on the Xbox insider app just in case it was an oversight and not intentional and after that. I was just browsing the Xbox store and noticed that Ninja Gaiden Black was available for me to download without having to pay for it so I figured that is was just an oversight and they corrected it. I will admit though it's strange that I don't have to put the disc in to play it.

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LeoKRock

@Marky360: Microsoft customer support is legendary. I never had a bad experience, and sometimes they just give you stuff. Good for you

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Marky360

@LeoKRock:

Yea no kidding dude back in the 360 era I got RROD for the 2nd time around the holidays and Microsoft not only repaired the console for free they let me pick a free game and they shipped it to me with my console.

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gamerboy100

@LeoKRock: Or he could get Ninja Gaiden Sigma if he has a PS3/PS Vita.

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LeoKRock

@gamerboy100: I heard that version is not as challenging as Black, losing part of the appeal. I am pretty proud of beating the Xbox version... and also I agree with what others said, it is easier(better?) to just play in a current gen system

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Marky360

@gamerboy100:

Yea I'd rather play it on Xbox doesn't feel right on PlayStation for me. I was able to fix the issue though by reporting it to Microsoft on the Xbox insider app.

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Zorlac

@gamerboy100: We arnn't talking about PS3/vita games

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gamerboy100

@Zorlac: I figured I would mention them since they have even more new content than Ninja Gaiden Black.

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Marky360

@gamerboy100:

Yea I have seen the new content on those but it feels like it's stuff from Ninja Gaiden 2 just on Ninja Gaiden 2 which I guess is cool if not a bit weird.

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Zorlac

@gamerboy100: They're also newer versions. This is a port of a 14 year old game.

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Marky360

@Zorlac:

Regardless it looks and play spectacularly I am having a blast revisiting this game.

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gamerboy100

@Zorlac: I'm completely aware of that. But sometimes, people want the definitive (i.e. most complete) versions of games. I myself am one of those people and I'm just trying to be helpful for others who may feel the same way. If you don't care about that, that's fine with me.

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Zorlac

@gamerboy100: Just curious how it's helpful to people who own an Xbox? Also I saw your post calling me a jerk before you edited it. I'm in no way being a jerk by simply stating the facts of the situation. If you take it that way you're being FAR too sensitive.

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gamerboy100

@Zorlac: I edited my post after going back and rereading what you said. I misread your post, so I tried to remove that part from my response. I'm sorry about that.

Edit: Oops, I forgot to answer your question. I understand that this is supposed to be focused on Xbox, but I was just saying that the Playstation version is better if that's an option. There are plenty of people who own multiple consoles, and if he happens to have a PS3 or Vita, then he has those options. That's all I was saying.

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Marky360

@gamerboy100:

I have a PS3 but would rather play this on Xbox so I can play it on my Xbox One and not have to switch to the PS3. If were willing to pull out a retro console just to play this then I mind as well just pull out the OG Xbox and play the original. Either way though it is a moot point as Microsoft fix the issue for me after I reported on the Xbox insider app.

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gamerboy100

@Marky360: Well, to each his own. I have absolutely no problem with people playing the way they want to.

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Zorlac

@gamerboy100: No harm done.

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lonewolf1044

Guess Mech assault 1 and 2 is a no go because the campaign was a dud but MP was great and the OG Games can only be played MP locally.

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Daveof89

@lonewolf1044: Me and my friend played mech assault 2 MP to death back in the day. Such a good game!

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tonyleo01

it's too bad, I sold 2 big boxes full of OG Xbox/PS2 games at a garage sale for 50 bucks. Street Fighter Anniversary Edition with 3rd Strike was probably what I played the most out of any games.

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Mickeman

Tried Crimson Skies and was massively disappointed 😥. The game performance reminds me of the PS2 games for PS4. It's just looks weird and upscaling does not make the game look any better.

I'll take an OG Xbox with a good Component cable any day over this weird remake. Games will always be best on OG hardware, flaws and all 😀

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lonewolf1044

@mickeman: Still have my OG Xbox but the on/off button is defective.

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Nadsat-77

This is one hell of a cool feature xbox fans can brag all day, i love some retro gaming so this is freaking awesome in my eyes.

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