December 10th 2009 3:00 pm PT

December Marketplace release schedule and a special Holiday Deal program


We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this month. I am happy to share the latest schedule for the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games on Demand and more.


Xbox LIVE Deal of the week*
Week of December 14:

Lips: Coldplay Track Pack for 240 Microsoft Points

Pinball FX (Japan) for  400 Microsoft Points
December 21 through December 27:
Shadow Complex for 800 points 
Week of December 28:

The Maw for 400 Microsoft Points


Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks for Xbox LIVE Arcade:

December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points
December 23: Trials HD BIG PACK! for 400 points


Games on Demand:

December 15: Viva Piñata: Party Animals
December 22: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4
December 29: Gears of War


And of course, it’s Holiday Time…so we’ve got some special stuff lined up for you as well, starting with today’s release of Holiday items and tokidoki gear to the Avatar Marketplace. On December 24th, we’ll be releasing Disney Classic items to the Avatar Marketplace.


Finally, starting December 18th and continuing through the 31st we’ll be having a new Xbox LIVE Holiday Deal every single day. We’re not posting that schedule in advance so you’ll need to check back each day to see what the offer is. You can find out what each deal is by signing into Xbox LIVE and checking the dashboard. Plus each day, I’ll post the Holiday Daily deal to my Twitter account so you may want follow me so you can find out what the deal is even if you are not in front of your console. 

Edit: Here is the official press release

*May vary by region

Deal, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    Major is there going to be a Theme for Christmas like last year you guys did?

  • CMcCon342

    Wow, Shadow Complex for $10. That is a serious deal. Best deal of the week ever?

  • Xlrking

    Finally some great deals, might need to look into a few.

  • HsitH

    Awesome deal on Shadow Complex. Question Major, What happened to Joyride? It supposed to be out this month/Q4, right?

  • Dopefish

    TodayHaloslayer, I still have that holiday theme from last year. Never deleted it. I just switched to it a couple of days ago from the Borderlands theme that was on the OXM disc a couple of issues ago.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like I may finally spend all these points I’ve been holding

  • darkdeath174

    don’t you mean devil may cry 4 :P

  • IxI unglued IxI

    Maybe they’ll release joy ride between th 18th and the 31st.

  • Sidescroll


  • Anonymous

    @Dopefish I still have mine also. It would be really cool to have a new one. I think it has 2008 on it? Or at least update the 2008 to 2009 I don’t care if its the same one. Just a nice change.


    Games on Demand would be a lot more useful if we had larger hard drives on which we could store the games…

  • Ark Hunter

    Maybe I’ll have some Christmas points to spend on Shadow Complex. (or the Trials HD pack) Not like I need anything new to play. Can we just put all new games off for a year so I can catch up? Thanks.

  • MisterBigMack

    everyone is liking this but its only rating 1 star out of 5???

    anyways…..that shadow complex deal is a brilliant price…..but saying all these price reductions now won’t that dent the sales of the games until the dates they are getting reducted?

  • ElektroDragon

    I am only interested in Alien Breed or the Holiday Deals (potentially). I either own or don’t care about anything else. Still waiting for Serious Sam HD, or more PopCap games like Bookworm. But I appreciate Major posting all this stuff early! I love advanced knowledge!

  • XandizitxU

    December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points

    I’m really looking for that!

  • rastansaga

    How about a deal with Qix++ where you actually get the game you paid for? At the moment, you play the trial, you read the game description and “help” pages where it lists what you’ll get, but once you pay for it, it reveals “HA-HA You gotta pay more for levels 3 and 4″

  • Vegivo

    NOW this is what im TALKING ABOUT!!LOL :D

  • broxy bear

    any news on when joy ride will be coming to the arcade ?

  • moocow21

    What about the Games On Demand for PC titles? That’s launching this month, right?

  • UNSCleric

    I might buy Shadow Complex for $10, a price it should have always been.

  • Sonakin

    ehr.. Viva Pinata: TIP is STILL downloadable (actually from the preview program)..
    it is not between games on demand, but if u go inside games>>>browse>>>viva pinata: TIP, there it is..

    well at least in Italy :D

  • ibelievein93x

    I want Perfect Dark and Plants vs Zombies.

  • mintmate

    Ooh. Shadow complex, sounds tempting! Lots of good deals here.

  • theuglyteradon

    I’m still content with paying $15 for Shadow Complex, everybody else should take advantage of that price while you can. Hopefully we will get some great savings during the daily sales that start on the 18th!

  • Ziesel86

    Awesome work on the deals. They’ve been getting better and better.

    When are we getting the XBLA version of Earthworm Jim? I thought it was coming in Nov. and cannot find anything about it anywhere. (aside that its coming in Nov.)

  • Xlrking

    Earthworm Jim isnt coming to the arcade, Toejam&Earl is, SEGA couldent get the rights to Earthworm Jim, so they switched it.

  • wafflecopter05

    Cool to see Gears 1 on GoD. I kind of wish I hadn’t traded it in for GoW2, in retrospect…

  • Sonakin

    @xlrking: where did u get your gamerpic?

  • Skunk175

    Interested in the Shadow Complex one.

    But are these holiday deals like the deal of the weeks, or specifically towards holiday items?

  • Exu

    Oh come on, no XBLA game on Dec 23rd? JOY. RIDE. Do we have to spell it out?!

  • SinedX360

    It’s fully awezone ! What we can say in more : Thanks ! End ot this year on XBLA will be crazy and I am sure beginning of next one also :-) Maybe Joyride the 30th of December of course !
    Sined from :-)

  • sho220

    this is going to be a very merry christmas! great deals!

    i’m pretty sure it’s in limbo. if i remember right it’s licensing issues. sega had a poll for which game people would want next on XBLA, earthworm jim was one of the options but was later pulled and no longer offered as an option.

  • Doug DeJulio

    I can’t find a way to give the avatar items as gifts. For some XBLA downloads, I can go to Amazon and pay for a code that I can then send to friends and family. I haven’t found a place to do that for Avatar items. Is there any such thing, now or in the works?

    (I wanted to give the “gift” prop to a few family members.)

  • El Cid

    That’s pretty funny – I suggested MS do precisely this (announce marketplace content a month in advance) earlier this week under the Qix thread! :)

  • Shinji257

    @FTICRMS : There are 20GB, 60GB, 120GB and 250GB drives. If you are still stuck on the 20GB or 60GB then you need to think about a larger one yourself. The 250GB drives are only officially with the modern warfare 2 console bundle but there are other unofficial routes to getting one.

  • Alex Atkin UK


    Quite frankly as I have the 120GB I do not personally feel upgrading to the 250GB would be a good deal. Now a 320GB or even better 500GB, that would be brilliant.

    I really want to be able to just install ALL my games and never worry about the noise of the DVD-ROM drive any more. It would definitely be tempting to buy Games on Demand if I had enough space to not worry about having to delete them if I do not play on them for a while, to make space for games I am currently playing.

    If it supported replacing the drive like the PS3 does I would have stuck a 500GB in months ago and probably bought a few Games on Demand by now too, especially as the PS3 also has support for backing up your HDD and recently added the ability to transfer all content from one PS3 to another. Microsoft are lucky the PS3 still is nothing close to have good as Xbox for Live functionality and joypad comfort (for me at least).

  • mccalejk

    “where did u get your gamerpic?”

    Place your mouse cursor of the pic and it’ll tell you the name of the game. memories off 6 next relation

  • Silvercube

    Thank you Major Nelson and Xbox Team for creating a Hanukkah item! (Dreidel)
    As an Xbox LIVE member, this is the first time I have seen a Jewish item available to purchase on the Xbox Marketplace.
    I’d love to see more Hanukkah items (Gamertagpics, Themes, Avatar item, etc.) and for other Jewish holidays.
    Thank you so much ^_^
    Looking forward to the winter deals!

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    Lol 240 points for a Dreidel marry Xmas jews! from M$ WHERES THE GIVING SPIRIT M$?!?!

  • A Place for Us

    Put Gears of War at £9.99 and that would be perfect!

  • IrishTirade

    Im disapointed there are no FREE holiday avatar items or themes … what a joke … come on MS, does your greed know no bounds?

  • T Mecha

    Avatar xmas items.

    ’tis the season to be greedy!!!

  • DJ Deathstar

    Alien Breed and the Trials DLC arent the only games for a December release, the devs of Puzzlegeddon have just announced it for release on the 16th and also 0 day attack on earth has been announced for a December 23rd release worldwide

  • Ziesel86

    Thanks for the responses Xirking and Sho220.

    I remember the poll, but I also remember it being said that a different company was releasing it and that was why Sega couldn’t get the license or some such. Anyone else know anything more? Major? :p

  • Major Moyo

    Devil May Cry 4 FTW as soon as it comes out!

  • Sneeches

    awesome deals major, keep it up M$. Can’t wait to see the daily deals. I’ll save some of my points for then :) But shadow complex at 800pts is a killer deal.

  • Darkjov193

    Major when will splosion man be 400 points :(

  • Kenjuan

    Well I’d mos’definitely buy Shadow Complex, if I didn’t already have it. It’s a shame you can’t gift these like with Amazon. And, I wish they’d put Pinball FX’s DLC on sale as well; I already have the main game. Would have loved to pick up the 2 playfields that I’m missing.

    Very nice of MS to include silver members in the 14 limited time, one-day discounts. Looking forward to see what those deals are.

    No mention of JoyRide… :-(

  • Computerdude103

    I really am considering stopping giving Microsoft any money. It’s disgusting how they refuse to recognize Christmas. That trend is so 4 years ago, it’s pretty well agreed that Christmas is not an offensive term, and most companies have resumed using it in their advertising. For Microsoft to still have to say “holiday” is quite disgusting.

  • Kenjuan

    The “Present Prop” is listed @ 240MSP. Am I misinterpreting the following line of the press release?

    “On December 10, get your Avatar in the holiday spirit with specialty items including an ugly holiday sweater and even a free holiday gift for your Avatar to unwrap!”