February 16th 2010 1:36 pm PT

Games on Demand: Resident Evil 5 and Beautiful Katamari


The following Xbox 360 game are now ready for direct download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace:



Resident Evil 5

Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: North America and Asia (Except Korea)
Dash Text: (Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB) This game supports English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". The Resident Evil series continues with this highly anticipated sequel. Searing heat from the merciless sun scorches the earth, while a new evil draws closer. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Add Resident Evil 5 to your Xbox 360 download queue



Beautiful Katamari™Content: Beautiful Katamari
Price: Check pricing for your region
Availability: All Xbox LIVE regions except India
Dash Text: Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Roll your katamari and collect lots of stuff in order to increase its size in this fun and quirky action game! There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


Add Beautiful Katamari to your Xbox 360 download queue


Xbox LIVE Members in Japan can now download Viva Piñata: Party Animals


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

  • accolondotnet

    Wow, I got Beautiful Katamari for 9 Euro when I bought it almost a year ago. Amazon Germany is selling it for 19 Euro right now.

    30 Euro for the download version is ridiculous.

  • Thomas Egebaek

    When is Doom 2 comming for XBLA?

    Also Games On Demand are insanely expensive in Denmark!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, we all know by now that we can get these cheaper just about anywhere. Does everyone really need to keep beating a dead horse?

  • L0rN

    I would have bought RE5 today since this game REALLY costs 30 Euro. But of course, no release in Germany.

  • Mushroom Jones

    These prices are still a little crazy but BK is such an awesome game.

  • Z4M0

    Same in Spain. I guess games on demand are utterly overpriced arround europe. Add what happened to xbox v1 DLC (unavaliable from servers after several years) and you got no reasons to pay for any of those.

    I got my katamari about a year ago too at 9, new and sealed and man, its something phisical that I cand lend to a friend or trade for something else and it will remain playable for my sons years on.

    I also have more shelf space at home than xbox 360 hard drive so I’ll stick just to arcades until prices drop to fair amounts of money either for games on demand or storage devices for the 360.

    Getting the possibility of having backups of content we already own, be it phisically sent by MS on users demand or just a one use link so people can download and burn legal backup would be a nice fix to the actual live marketplace thing. I mean, after all, DLC is only playabe if you log in with the account that purchased that given stuff so arcades on dvd wouldn’t be only demos unless you unlocked the full product?

  • Z4M0

    @ o0 Daz 0o

    A dead horse that still moves would be actually creepy. I’d rather keep beating it till it stops moving or run away from it than just stand looking to it as a normal thing :)

  • Drunk Ste

    £19.99 for Beautiful Katamari, I got it new for £2.97 over a year ago.

  • Exu

    @Daz – Looks like Microsoft does!

  • DJThomasMelvin

    $19.99 for Beautiful Katamari actually looks pretty reasonable to me. It’s selling for at least $8-$10 more in the usual places I’d look for it (and even more than that in other places — apparently someone decided it’s a collector’s item).


    For those interested in RE5, you should just wait 3 more weeks and get the Gold Edition of the game on disc that has the original game plus ALL of the DLC (current and upcoming) for only $20 more.

  • LBoon

    I actually can’t find Beautiful katamari anywhere. So to download this game for only 20 bucks, works out quite nicely. Thanks Major Nelson!

  • Spargo CXVII

    Hey Major, where is the love for Halo Legends??? Out today!!!!. Don’t have a blu-ray player no worries, buy it in HD in the video marketplace. Kthxbye.

  • Candy Bling

    Why is Resident Evil 5 not available in Europe? Thank God its Region free…

  • Twisk

    I’m slowly warming up to the idea of buying digital versions of full fledged games instead of on some sort of disc based media.

    The problem is that I own well over 100 games for the 360 alone. If I had purchased them all digitally, where would I keep ‘em? And no, re-downloading games when I want to play them (and deleting something I’m not playing) is simply not a viable option. …no, it’s not.

    If I can connect another hard drive to my 360 just to put games onto it (360 games that you can purchase online), then sweet. If I have to connect that drive to my 360, and my 360 formats it in some way that prevents me from using it with my PC (just thinkin’ out-loud), then awesome. I’m fine with that.

    Major, is an option like this being considered?

  • Z4M0

    @ Twisk

    The same back up stuff is what I was asking Microsoft about.

    I have to admit it’s not fair to ask someone to keep a server forever to hold outdated DLC but it aso isn’t to not allow users to have legal backups.

    If it can be done with purchased MP3 music why can’t do with games. Live has some of the best stuff arround to be proud of but still keeps few arcaic issues to be ashamed.

  • ElektroDragon

    You guys have yet to put on a Game on Demand that I don’t already have, or that I want.

  • PreachingLlama

    @Z4M0 I think you misunderstood. Xbox Originals haven’t been removed from the Xbox Live service, the matchmaking servers for multiplayer games will simply no longer be available. You can still purchase and download Psychonauts, for example (and you should!)


    Beautiful Katamari is still going for around $45-55 new on eBay and Amazon, so if you’re still looking for that game, this GoD version would probably be your best option now.

  • Lem Is Cool

    Bleh, $70 AUS, pass.
    I don’t know why I look at games on demand, prices are mental. Plus then you’d have to get the DLC as well and Katamari was a shocker for it.

  • DavidGX

    Way too much for digital copies.

  • Z4M0

    @ PreachingLlama

    Thanks for the comment, I maybe didn’t express myself clearly. I know originals are still up, I meant add ons like maps and such aren’t avaliable anymore as some og xbox users pointed out.

    I assume 360’s DLC will dissapear from the servers in the future as it can’t be up forever.In example it won’t make sense money-wise to keep servers hosting castlecrashers in lets say 10 years cause it won’t attract any new customer. But I might want to play castlecrasers in 10 years and I won’t be able if I deleted it to save HD space for whatsoever.

    There is no way to have backups of the content users paid for, and despite 360’s storage limit is getting higher it’s still limited and expensive.

    All in all, digital copies have some serious drawbacks compared to physical media but despite this, they still overprice them. If it’s cheaper to DL an album than to buy the disc, why not can the games’ digital distribution be alike ? that was my point.


  • drewskydesigns

    Pretty excited about the Resident Evil 5 DLC. Time for more achievements.