2nd Annual Summer of Arcade kicks off July 22nd


TMNT 2 M v C 2 Blowing things up is fun Trials HD From the creators of Gears of War


Edit: I’ve updated the below schedule to reflect a last minute schedule change.

Last year was big, and we’re bringing Summer of Arcade back with some of the most highly anticipated titles from this years E3. Mark your calendars* with this full schedule for the 2009 Summer of Arcade:


July 22: Splosion Man™  800 Microsoft Points
(Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft): Fools they were, to tread where knowledge should stay forbidden.  For what emerged was not a man – it was a Splosion Man. "And all who saw him were sploded, for he was the fire and they were but meat." Able to splode himself at will, the Splosion Man launches his way through levels as an uncontainable force.  From Twisted Pixel Games, developer of the award winning The Maw™, Splosion Man will keep you on your toes as you play through more than 50 single-player levels and 50 multiplayer levels. Nominated by GameSpy, Gamespot, IGN, and 411mania, this meat-riddled splosion-fest took several Best of E3 awards including Best Platformer and Best Downloadable Game.

July 29: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 1200 Microsoft Points
(Backbone Entertainment/Capcom): One of the most popular fighting games of all time, “Marvel vs. Capcom 2,” arrives worldwide on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Choose from 56 legendary characters from Marvel Comics and Capcom history, including Ryu and Wolverine. With online multiplayer over Xbox LIVE and enhanced HD graphics, decide your own dream team in the ultimate tag-team fighting experience.


Aug 5: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Turtles in Time Re-shelled 1200 Microsoft Points
(Ubisoft Singapore®/Ubisoft®): Cowabunga dude! Marking the franchise’s 25 anniversary, everyone’s favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is back with a brand new look in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.” The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3D graphics, but the same classic beat ’em up gameplay.

August 12: Trials HD 1200 Microsoft Points
(RedLynx/Microsoft): Nominated for GameSpy’s Best Downloadable Game of E3 award, “Trials HD” is guaranteed to get our heart racing.” Put on your helmet, and rev your way through “Trials HD,” a full-featured, physics-based motorcycle racing platformer in stunning HD graphics. Tear up more than 50 tracks and test your metal in two unique game modes: Race and Skill. Create, share and download an unlimited number of free tracks with the level editor, and customize your rider to fit your personality.

August 19: Shadow Complex 1200 Microsoft Points
(Chair Entertainment and Epic Games/Microsoft): Winner of numerous Best of E3 awards including Best Downloadable Game from 1UP, IGN, GameTrailers and G4TV, “Shadow Complex” is the next evolution in downloadable games. “Shadow Complex” marries the quality and depth of a full retail title with the stunning visuals of Epic Games’ industry-leading Unreal Engine 3, and a classic side-scroller. Set in the world of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel, “Empire,” Shadow Complex provides more than 10 hours of in-depth gameplay and introduces a compelling universe.




  • XxLightkunxX

    Also, just remember guys, nobody is forcing you to buy these games. Just a friendly tidbit. 🙂


  • DL CyberSkull

    These are all fairly pricey. Probably not going to buy any of them.


  • Maniac3000

    XxLightkunxX: I think the main problem is that Microsoft originally set up a pricing structure of 400 points for old arcade ports and 800 points for new games. They kept that for a while, so long time buyers certainly noticed when Microsoft raised the prices on some new games. If the base point had been $15, people wouldn’t be complaining.
    BTW, does anyone remember that breakout type game that was released for Live Arcade on the original Xbox? I was considering buying that, and probably would now if they released it on the 360.


  • Warrengonline

    @Big Guino
    Fan boy? I hope not, but until Trip Hawkins releases another system, Xbox360 makes do and it ‘does’ very well. I’m a gamer, so if I like what I see, hear or feel while playing the demo/trial, then PURCHASE! My Nintendo DSi + Peggle Dual Shot and Professor Layton and the Curious Village = Frustrating Good Times also. Fan boy? Fun time boy? You choose while I play. 🙂



    Re: Trials HD. Shouldn’t the description say …test your mettle… not metal? heh.


  • KMetalmind

    @XxLightkunxX We are the consumers, so the first right we have is to complain 😉 Anyway, the problem isn´t the price (games like Braid or Castle Crashers deserves the price). Problem is quality/quantity VS price, knowing that there are near 0 posibilities of the game being permanently discounted. I could buy Perfect Dark Zero or Dead or Alive 4 for cheaper than Street Fighter II (non HD version). That´s sad.


  • wiirule111

    I dont see buying 2000 points and using 560 points.. I rarely get to 0 on points, because i buy alot of songs for Rock Band and Guitar Hero… and then i buy alot of DLC with strange prices.
    I mostly buy 2-4000 each time.. at some point it will reach near 0. but the something new comes.. then you need to buy more points.


  • QueeeeenY

    Major, what about availability? Where will TMNT be available? Is it just US release?


  • Rdeal

    I think the prices are ok even Turtles because it ain’t just a port its a remake and i prefer that they remake them and charge a higher price than just porting them at a lower price.
    i will buy every title there and think it’s a good deal.

    People keep going on about how high priced games are buy to me they are a hell of a lot cheaper than they used to be,i remember paying £80 for a copy Streetfighter 2 and every game i bought was £50,now i can pick games up for £20-40 and i earn 4 times as much as i used to


  • SuburbanBoy TM

    The prices arent really “OK” at all. Take Madballs this wednesday, the devs are reputedly furious its been priced at 1200 points by Microsoft, and its basically going to harm them financially as less people buy at the higher price, thus less word of mouth gets out about what is a potentially fantastic XBLA title, thus another decent game gets buried by Microsofts daft pricing policy. MS of course are happy to sell the same games on the cheap to various other benefactors/outlets (eg: Amazon) whereas the actual public gets hit in the wallet the hardest. No coincidence the prices have gone up since they have have started doing this, and the so called xbox live gold only “deals”, which arent really “deals” per say at all, but the original prices the games should have been priced at in the majority of cases.

    It’s all very well people saying don’t buy at the higher price to teach Microsoft a lesson, but this is what I mean about the developers missing out on a substantial amount of money, causing them to think twice about developing arcade titles for XBLA in future. Microsoft need to start listening to both public and developers alike rather than trying to justify some of these ridiculously steep prices which only serves to line their own pockets in the short term and not the creators of these games we are buying.


  • solsol360

    Sounds like Summer of Greed to me.


  • Biomonkey

    I think MS needs to have another name for these 1200-1600 MP Games, because when you think on arcade game you think 400-800 MP. Just my opinion.


  • PriusGuy2004

    @Biomonkey…I had the same thoughts…maybe this is just me being “old school”, but when I hear the word “arcade”, I think of Dig Dug, Ms. Pac Man, Frogger, etc. Surely there must have been a reason for the 1600 MS points cards you can buy for $20 at your favorite store. Are we going to be seeing new 2400 MS points cards for $30 soon? The prices for these games are disappointing to me, and I’ll be waiting for a possible “deal of the week”, along with several others, before I make the decision to buy.


  • Nex Antonius

    Seriously? “Robbing” us? Should they give away the games for free? No, I bet that would still be “robbery.” I don’t know how any of you even own 360’s or retail games, considering those prices are far higher than any XBLA game. Oh, well. More fun for the people who don’t cry over every single XBLA game over 800 points.


  • SeeUInTheFuture

    You switched Turtles In Time?! Fuck you!


  • SeeUInTheFuture

    No dont f’ing censor me damnit! I said F U C K YOU! Making me wait another two weeks for my Fvorite game of all time, a butchered version too may I add


  • Karachi King

    @Biomonkey and PriusGuy2004: Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true. The prices may have increased over the last few years, but (in general) the quality of the games has increased too.

    @SeeUInTheFuture: Mate, I think you need a bit of perspective. You have to wait a couple of weeks for something, and it’s got you so mad that you not only swear at someone who probably couldn’t change it if he wanted to, you do it again just to get around the censor filter…


  • Tehis

    1200 points for tmnt is too much 😦


  • Damake85

    Shadow complex is the only game in that list that I will most likely get, because it seems to be in the same category as Castle crashers for me (new game, old awesome gameplay), the rest of them are overpriced.


  • Hayden267

    I figured TMNT would be 800, but I also thought Shadow Complex would be 1600 so it all evens out for me. I don’t see the problem with $15 games as long as they are good. If they can charge $60 for all the crappy movie games, I’d say $15 for an arcade game that is great isn’t that bad. That’s just my opinion though. I know I’ll definitely be getting Shadow Complex, TMNT, and ‘Splosion Man. I might even pick up MvC2.


  • Static Jak

    Simply put, I’ve yet to play an arcade game that’s near worth that much. I wouldn’t play those after just two weeks. So why bother throwing out that much?


  • Flame Killa 2

    TMNT 1200 points…. Very dissapointing…


  • CheekyLeeth

    SuburbanBoy hit the most important detail. When the developers of a game think that the price is too much, something is seriously wrong. Jonathon Blow didn’t want to charge 1200 for Braid, Jeff Minter had to fight to get Space Giraffe at 400, and Bizarre Creations didn’t even want to charge at all for Geometry Wars! It is simple economical fact that more people have £1/$1 to spare than have £5/$5, and more people will buy games that cost them below ten of their local currency than will buy games that cost more than ten. Such short-sighted thinking will only hurt you long term, MS.
    Here is what I am talking about. This week’s deal is Ikaruga, at 400. I have wanted this game since it was launched, but since I still have the DreamCast version I never bothered. I have just never had enough spare cash to justify the 800. Now, though? That price is extremely hard to resist. I am willing to bet that sales of Ikaruga this week increase by a few thousand percent. Ok, knowledge that it is for a limited time only will help to concentrate the figures, thus making single week sales more of a blip than the norm, but I would guarantee that it would sell more over time at 400 than it ever will at 800.


  • Sticky Stalwart

    1200 MS points is too high for these games. Please go back to 800 being the norm.

    I will not spend that much on a downloadable game. Castle Crashers taught me that – fun long game, but 1200 for it I was not happy about.

    I don’t have to play these games on the 360 to know they are not worth the 1200 points.
    For example – why soup up Turtles in Time for 1200, when I would have paid the 800 to play it in it’s classic form?

    Please keep the lower price point in mind, Microsoft. We are in a recession here.


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