December 23rd 2010 8:01 am PT

Countdown to 2011: Deal Day 9


And the Xbox LIVE Countdown to 2011 deal for Thursday, December 23 is:


Castlevania HD
Save 50% on Castlevania Harmony of Despair.
Normally 1200 points, today Xbox LIVE members can grab it for 600 points.






 Rock Band Keyboard



Also, the Rock Band Keyboard for your Avatar is 120 points (normally 240.)






Head to to find out more about the Countdown to 2011 promotion and follow me on Twitter to get up to date on all the deals (and more.)


Tomorrow’s deal: Be sure your flashlight has fresh batteries for this thriller


Deal By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Ai Kago

    Nice price.

  • weakwill

    second title of the summer arcade edition.what comes next?limbo,monday fight,waver racer?then we are completet summer of arcade games.and nothing too buy for summerarcade buyers.notreallygood major.but its an goodgame too buy.

  • Stephan1237

    Tomorrow its Alan Wake DLC .

  • Dedatos

    thanks to the people that are telling us whats ahead 2mrw!

  • The Bill Payer

    If it is Alan Wake I hope The Writer, I bought The Signal the last time it was on sale.

  • Stephan1237

    @The Bill Payer , It is The Writer and The Signal .

  • Exu

    Makes the Castlevania DLC look like even more of a ripoff! :D

  • penguin1992

    The clue is such a dead give away lol

  • sepulturas666

    Only got Lara Croft from these daily deals. Now waiting for Dead Rising Case West. :D

  • ValleyFloydJam

    in the uk we get a movie listed on the dash but the price doesnt drop, anyone know whats going on?

  • bullka LT

    Catslevania os mostly multilpayer game. So no go for me. As I don’t have any friends ti play it. Alan Wake DLCs sounds better.

    The rest of the list is awful. Games which have been on sales too many times.

  • chiruno99

    Good thing they’re Energiser Batteries, the only batteries available!

  • Wiizpig

    We need DEALS ON THE DLC for Castlevania HoD, not the game itself.

    400 points for a level, 240 points for a character… is Konami insane? we need deals on that.

  • rul8agn

    Just got Castlevania about 5 minutes ago and Tomb Raider last night. Not a bad combo for 1200 points.

  • I chex mix ho I

    @bullka LT
    what are you talking about? monday night combat, limbo, perfect dark are just a few of the games that will be on sale that have NEVER been on sale. when has the mass effect 2 dlc or fable 3 dlc been on sale?

  • Wiizpig

    Mass Effect 2 DLC was on sale a few weeks ago but NOT the Liara one: if that’s going to be on sale then it’s perfect.

  • trickybuz93

    Here’s just some of the one’s I remember:

    Tomorrow: Alan Wake DLC

    Sometime next week: Mass Effect 2 DLC, Monday Night Combat and Limbo

  • I chex mix ho I

    full list:
    December 24th:

    * Hints: Solve a Mystery, your best weapon is the light
    Be sure your flashlight has fresh batteries for this thriller (Alan Wake – The Signal, The Writer)
    * Wall Street
    * Alan Wake Raincoat (Male/Female)

    December 25th:

    * Hint: Gotta feeling? Can you Master the Moves? (Dance Central – Black Eyed Peas – “I Got A Feeling”)
    * Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
    * Kinect Sports Giant Foam Finger

    December 26th:

    * Hint: A secret agent, What is your code name? (Perfect Dark)
    * Brothers
    * Modern Warfare 2 UAV (Prop)

    December 27th:

    * Hint: Extreme waves, It’s a race to the finish line (Hydro Thunder Hurricane)
    * I am Legend
    * Minotaur (Pet)

    December 28th:

    * Hint: Lazarus Project, Can you shepard the elite (Mass Effect 2 – Lair of the Shadow Broker, Kasumi’s Stolen Memory, Overlord)
    * Gamer
    * Cool Jobs Policeman Outfit (Will adjust)

    December 29th:

    * Hint: Moneyball, Play the future Monday night sport (Monday Night Combat)
    * Semi-Pro
    * Plants vs Zombies Zombie Mask (Currently FREE if you go to the link)

    December 30th:

    * Hints: One Foe, A world of good vs evil (Fable III – Understone Quest Pack)
    “Shhh, it’s a secret – no really – we can’t tell you – so check back on December 30th to see what we’ll be discounting!”
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic The Hedgehog 3
    Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
    Sonic Adventure
    Sonic and Knuckles
    * The Notebook
    * Sonic themed day? – How about Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing Car (Prop)

    December 31st:

    * Hint: Find Her, Will you wake up on the edge? (LIMBO)
    * Kick-Ass
    * Yoda Green Light Saber (Prop)


    @I chex mix ho I
    Thanks for the info.

  • D4rth T Man7iz

    @ I chex mix ho I

    Thanks for the list.

    Now I’ll finally get Castlevania HoD, I’ve been expecting for a long time for this kind of deal to show up!


  • ElektroDragon

    Thanks chex! Now I know to wait for Fable III DLC, the Sonic games, and Limbo, all of which I will grab along with the three headliner arcade games. Woot!

  • ElektroDragon

    Also, I wouldn’t even spend 400 for this iteration of Castlevania. Godawful.

  • Chicken Wyng

    Definitely getting Castlevania, Perfect Dark and Limbo. I don’t even bother paying full price for XBLA games anymore. I’m probably in the minority when I say I actually like deals like these. When I can get 2-3 games for the price of one 1200 point game, it seems like a no brainer to me.

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  • SkyyPlum

    I’m real upset at the summer games for sale. They got many of us to buy these games when they came out by giving us points(a whopping $5 if we spent $45, and $10 if we spent $75) if we did and now they are all going on sale for half off, FU MS. Bad enough I sign up to the rewards program where pretty much points only go to new live members or ones about to renew and now nothing being offered to the loyal customers who bought these summer titles at 1200 points each. MS shows more greed at the season of giving. They know the people who havent bought these games because of the 1200 pt cost will now, why not at least give some points to the live members who bought these summer games at $15? HAHA, I know. MS is equal to Activision and EA when it comes to greed. Happy Holidays to everyone, but MS you get coal from me.

  • sk00ks

    @SkyyPlum (and countless others who moan about, oh, every sale and discount Microsoft ever has)
    I’m sorry, I must have missed the part where Microsoft forced you to buy the games when you did. Do you complain in a shop when there’s a sale? “EXCUSE ME, CASHIER, I bought this twelve pack of beer last week at full price, NOW it’s on sale? WELL THAT DOESN’T SUIT ME! HOW GREEDY OF YOU!” This kind of thing happens all the time, don’t act like it’s just Microsoft. I bought my fiancée a shirt for Christmas two weeks ago for £10. A week later it went on sale at half-price. Annoying, yes, but I didn’t take it personally.

    You know, I expect greed from a CORPORATION but man, the greed of some of you people astounds me.

  • skydogcom

    Alan Wake DLC m$200.

  • SkyyPlum

    Skoots, its what they put on sale and when they put it on sale, and how MS offers great deals to bring in new customers while doing nothing for long term loyal customers. And I never said force, I said got. They are putting all the summer of arcade games on sale, if you paid $15 on each one of these games and then saw them drop in price by 50% you’d get a little upset to if your right in the head. Plus, your store comparison doesn’t compare as in they do different sales on a weekly basis and have for decades, and they are not digital purchases. I wouldn’t care if some big name arcade games from the past year were put on sale but when they select every Summer of arcade game up for sale, it aggrivating. This company does not give long term customersa tenth of what they give to non customers of theirs trying to lure them in. I now bring up their Rewards program, get 100 ms points for your first netflix use on the 360, get 400 points for signing up to xbox live or a 12 month renewal, etc… These are all great for first time users and as for renewal it doesn’t do anything for those of us who are paid up for a long time. Plus it says get points for buying from the marketplace, or doing surveys, etc.. well its been a week and I’ve bought from the marketplace-0 points pending, did the survey-0 points pending, et.. -0 points pending. I’ve been using MS products since Bill Gates was young geeky and barely a millionaire so I have an idea how this company has changed towards pure greed. Now, I love my 360, I love Xbox live, I just really hate how long term customers get so little while non and new get so much and nor did we when we signed up to xbox live years ago. But what I hate more is when a gamer like you skoots gets on and gets all defensive for MS more so than their legal team would. Its not greed to get upset about getting ripped off, its greed to want non stop. I’ll stop ranting, and i’m even more mad now how many times your post made me use I in this reply.

  • sk00ks

    “Defensive more than their legal team?” Ha! Good one. No, several times on this blog I have slagged off Microsoft for various things. They’re a shitty corporation just like any other and they don’t value their customers. It may surprise you but we agree on that. No, what pisses me off is that literally every single time Microsoft discounts ANYTHING on Xbox, the same old moaners come out and complain. It wasn’t the right avatar item, it wasn’t the right DLC, it wasn’t the right arcade game. A lot of people who post here have such a sense of entitlement. The sale isn’t what THEY PERSONALLY want, so automatically Microsoft have it in for them. Now, when I walk down the high street and I see sales containing items that don’t interest me, I don’t go into the shops and complain. Sales aren’t some big conspiracy theory there to piss you off, they exist to make money.
    Sure it’s annoying that these games have already been on sale / involved in another deal, namely the summer of arcade one. But what do you expect, that those games never be on sale again in order to keep you happy? Come on.
    Regarding the rewards program, yet another thing people moan about. Firstly, it’s free to sign up. They give you points for free. It’s a shame you haven’t had yours, but I’ve had mine, as have many of my XBL friends, so it’s definitely not another big conspiracy theory there to piss you off. Secondly, why should you get anything over new customers just because you got there first? I’ve been a loyal customer to my phone network for almost ten years, but I don’t bitch and moan every time they set up some form of rewards scheme for new customers. Newsflash, COMPANIES LIKE NEW CUSTOMERS. Is it annoying that new customers get better and better rewards, rewards current customers miss out on? Yes. Is it greedy? No. You said it yourself, they want to entice new customers. Name one single business that doesn’t want to do that. Sure there are many ways to do it but they’re not being underhand, they’re making money. Just because you sprang forth from the uterus in time to use Microsoft products before little Bobby over there, that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to more than him.
    PS my name is sk00ks, with k’s ;)