June 15th 2009 2:40 pm PT

Wednesday on XBLA: Magic: The Gathering and Sam & Max

The Arcade titles for this week have been announced, and they’re two titles that I’ve been asked about over and over – so I suspect this’ll make a lot of you happy!  I’m supposed to be in a meeting any minute now so I’m going to be efficient and blatantly steal this morning’s press release:

Glory, Conquest and Comedy! Xbox LIVE® Arcade Gets Spellbound and Side-splitting Funny With “Magic the Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers” and “Sam & Max Save the World”

The ultimate fusion of strategy and fantasy, “Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers” unleashes an intense level of game play on Xbox LIVE Arcade this Wednesday, June 17. This arcade-style game takes you on a journey through a vast Multiverse of unique worlds where you are deemed a Planeswalker, a powerful mage who battles others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Command an arsenal of creatures and spells as you do battle against the computer or compete online against real-life players via Xbox LIVE Arcade. With numerous game play scenarios, including multiplayer game mode, Duels of the Planeswalkers offers an unrivaled depth in which each game is different from the last.

Looking for laughter? Gaming’s first sitcom is now on Xbox LIVE Arcade! In “Sam & Max Save the World,” join canine crime-fighter Sam and his hyperkinetic rabbity-thing partner Max to investigate a string of baffling mind-control cases. Can the Freelance Police find the culprit behind this evil plot before the entire world slips into a hypnotic trance? Find out in this six-episode series chock full of comical characters, entertaining exploration, and sarcastic asides!

Published by Microsoft, and developed by Stainless Games, “Magic the Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers” will be available for 800 Microsoft Points worldwide. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.  For more details, please visit:  http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/m/magicthegatheringdobxbla/

Published by Microsoft and developed by Telltale Games, this award-winning series has been enhanced for Xbox 360 with achievements, widescreen and HD graphic support, and updates to the gameplay controls. “Sam & Max Save the World” is available for 1600 Microsoft Points worldwide (excluding Japan). The series is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

EDIT: Broken links from the press release removed.  Sorry about that.

Archive By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • skyfire420

    magic link take me to uno??? other one doesn’t even work, surprise suprise



  • Surly x Duff

    Yay, Sam & Max!

  • Julio Ernesto

    Major: What’s happend with Rocket Riotâ„¢?


  • clarky456

    I love reading walls of text. :)

  • SnowPhoenix9999

    Magic… Uno… A card game’s a card game. :P

  • TaygetaVendetta

    Rocket Riot’s gamepage on Xbox.com has it coming out on 6/17 as well. Microsoft is kind of sloppy lately as far as giving us info on whats coming out for the week.

  • tabicat

    e, I think your tag is broken. And by broken, I mean that you shouldn’t be using it.

  • Ashenkhar

    Does anyone know if you have to buy extra card packs for Magic the Gathering? Or can you obtain all the cards as part of the purchase price of the game?

  • a peeking duck

    tabicat: I think it’s just e copying and pasting into a WYSIWYG text box for the blog posts.

  • TheChindian

    Hooray for MtG! I am probably the only one on here to like that news.

  • Exu

    Alright so no KOF. Again. KOF being due three months ago. SNK love their deadlines!

    Meanwhile, yes the Twitterverse reckons Rocket Riot is out this week too although I wouldn’t worry too much. It looks rubbish! :D

  • rogXue

    can someone explain what type of game Sam and Max is to me? It looks like a decent deal @ $20 for 6 eps but I would like to know the genre

  • Exu

    Sam & Max is a point and click adventure. Think like Wallace and Gromit, or Monkey Island. That sort of ball park.

  • N3WB13 R0N

    Ashenkhar You can collect all cards a part of game.. and you can collect copys of that cards by the computer players and bring them online and vs people.. there is a tottal of 280 cards in the games not including lands.. Anyways.. going to be lots of fun cant wait to see you guys in there!! :D

  • The Seg

    Sam & Max is a graphic adventure comedy. Wednesday’s release is the first season originally released for Windows You can get a lot more info on the Telltale website: http://www.telltalegames.com/samandmax

  • Anonymous

    What happend to the deal of the week?? I thought Operation: Anchorage was going to be on sale

  • Cumore

    1600 or 20 bucks per episode? 6 episodes x 20 bucks = 120 dollars. Am I wrong here, I hope I’m wrong. They’re selling the whole season at 20 bucks for a limited time, or even 29.99 TOPS for PC, and it’s under 10 dollars an episode on PC as well. WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE BUY THIS AT 20 DOLLARS AN EPISODE OR 120 DOLLARS A SEASON!?

  • Cumore

    Apparently its 20 dollars or 1600 for the WHOLE season, or all 6 episodes. This is a stellar deal then, I retract my previous statement.

  • Anonymous

    you get six episodes for $20. calm down

  • zfair899

    Awesome deal for S&M (lol)

  • metallicorphan

    woohoo…IN for Sam and Max

  • Shonk

    Where’s this weeks deal of the week

    hope its a game this week

  • Eviltattoo

    Sam and Max are excellent games.

  • Sunny Bunny 88

    Wait so how exactly will the magic game work?

    Just like the real one?

    How many cards will be useable in the game?

  • N3WB13 R0N

    Sunny bunny.. it will play like the same as all magic like the real one.. and there is going to be 280 cards top in the game.. :D so everything will be good..

  • Ahmedz

    $20 for Sam and Max is pretty good seeing that the PC Version is pretty much the same price. Plus, this one has Widescreen support (The PC version didn’t) so it’s a great addition :)

  • VirulentDiurnal

    Thanks for posting this on a Monday rather than Thursday. Maybe you should take over for the Major.

  • monosocratic

    nice. both of these are quality. i wouldn’t mind the chance to play some magic and to not have to invest more than a ten spot. sam & max is a great value. how large is that file, i wonder?

  • RuairiAU

    Are these available yet? Cant see them here in Australia

  • bknight2k


    Same & max is on the server but due to errors with Xbox live you can not download it.

  • a Frisky Dingo

    wonder why the MTG arcade game isn’t available online yet. the date has been set for some time now, wonder what the deal is.

  • bknight2k

    @a Frisky Dingo

    Marketplace is basically broken, so i guess it will come up when the fix the issues

  • Anonymous

    When i want to DL Sam&Max demo i got error code 8007000b or 8007065d

  • face777

    Where are the three games??? Nothing up yet, and it’s been Wednesday for over 13 hours now (or does everything revolve around US time now?)

  • N3WB13 R0N

    Yup looks like another person didnt press the wensday botton again.. to bring out sam and max, magic and rocket riot.. >.>; Serosuly guys did you see what happen last weekend.. lol.. I seen better updates durin the E3 last year then this year.. How much does it take to get this sort of thing done??

  • broken74

    It’s a shame that they chose this week to break xbox live marketplace with an update. The Magic the Gathering arcade game is the first arcade release that I’ve cared about in a long time. I’m not good at waiting.

  • MaddenMan

    Where is Magic????

    Also why does Sam and Max give me an error message?

    Also why does the LIPS free track page show the video but when you click to get the free track it’s nowhere to be found?


  • bknight2k

    Sam&Max started to download then stopped grrr just after i spend 1600 pts

  • KurosawasGhost

    can we get an update on todays arcade releases? When will they work? Great job guys….

  • KurosawasGhost

    can we get an update on todays arcade releases? When will they work? Great job guys….

  • Anonymous


    Is server down because there are too much requests perhaps ?

  • davidkenobi

    Seems that there are lots of issues in France…we have many bad feedbacks

  • WinterSnowblind

    Let’s not start complaining about prices. XBLA games are getting more expensive because the games are getting bigger and more complex, especially now that we’re not limited to 150mb. Sam & Max is a huge game, and definitely worth the 1,600 points. Not to mention the fact you’d be paying the same price for it on the Wii or PC, why should the 360 one be cheaper?

  • davidkenobi

    Joystiq made an update with Rocket Riot.. E, Lith ?

  • K04 Passat

    Live has failed to let me download Magic the Gathering for several hours. I keep checking back, and it continues to not work. Points have been deducted from my account.

    I haven’t tried to download Sam and Max, since I can’t download the game I already paid for. But I’ll download it, when things are up and running.

    Someone please post, when things are improved. I’m tired of attempting to download Magic…