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.




  • DNAgent

    Turtles in Time 1200 points? No thanks I will pass on that one. I’ll just stick with the SNES version (it has extras that this arcade version won’t have anyways). I would rather have the classic Turtles in Time on XBLA for 400 points rather than a crappy reskinned port.


  • DjDATZ

    @delta 1200 is the new 800.


  • Infn3on

    A big “no thank you” off me. Some games are worth the 1200, not all of them, as the case is here.


  • WiCkEd Co 80

    Trials HD looks interesting I would love to get Marvel vs. Capcom 2 but I hate the Dpad and I don’t want to buy a arcade stick for 2 games. I also have Street Fighter HD that I never play because of the Dpad.


  • TaygetaVendetta

    I don’t think 1200 points for Shadow Complex, MVC2 or Turtles In Time is unreasonable at all. Don’t know enough about Trials HD to comment on it, but we’ll see.

    MVC2, Shadow Complex and TMNT are all definite buys for me.


  • KOJ1RO

    Looks like MvC2 will be the only game i’m picking up this summer. At 15, its actually a steal compared to the 90-120 dollar prices that console copies had been going for before it was announced.


  • tabicat

    1200 points == guaranteed NO SALE from me.


  • Ahmedz

    no Monkey Island price?
    anyway, I’d better get some points next week >_>


  • AuXoIs

    I understand MvC2 being 1200 points but TMNT?! It’s just a graphical upgrade of the original with 4 player online. For a beat’em up game it should not be 1200 points. I’m sorry but that should be 800 not 1200. I was actually thinking about getting the new TMNT but now I’m not even going to touch it. Thanks alot Microsoft & Ubisoft.



    Darn MVC2 comes out the day im jetting off to Tenerife for 2 weeks, what timing :S


  • a peeking duck

    Strangely enough, Monkey Island is no longer part of SoA. But it’s out next week, at least! 😀


  • happysnowman163

    With the odd exception I think the price is reasonable for the majority of live games. However I still find the points system totally unacceptable. If Valve decided to implement STEAM points the PC gaming community would start a riot. Just because there is a lack of competition via digital distribution on a console doesn’t mean they have the right to treat customers like that. C’mon ditch the points and let me pay in real money without making top up with more credits then I actually need.


  • wiirule111

    Lately we nearly got only 800 point games…. and now all is 1200?

    Its wrong to charge so much when you et so many good 1200 point retail disc games in store now.
    I may only buy 1 or max 2 of these games.

    I was waiting for TMNT remake, but at this price i wont buy it. I refuse to pay local store budget prices for short downloadable games.


  • xTheRulerx

    So far I’ve not paid $15 for an arcade game, and I don’t plan on starting anytime soon. Also, with the economy as it is…what does xbox think its doing charging $15 for remakes of all arcade games? :-


  • DeviousChainsaw

    I was only looking forward to Shadow Complex, but now Trials HD looks pretty fun too. Guess I’ll try some trials before I buy anything.


  • Anonymous

    yawn @ all the same comments


  • aseddon130

    1200 per game seems like a lot, especially for Turtles and Trials HD.

    i may pass on a few of these that i was interested in at first.


  • Jay ITFC

    Major please have a word with those in charge about the prices. TMNT seems VERY overpriced for a tarted up re-release. Do Microsoft think people are going to pay £10/$20 for that? Just look at the comments above. Even the loyal customers know when they’re getting shafted…


  • loopingstar

    Only 2 interest me – Trials HD is a must have , and Marvel vs. Capcom is a maybe !


  • Ganon255

    For those having issues with having to buy 500 or 1000, you can purchase points from zune.net in 400 and 1200 points increments.


  • Anonymous

    SWEET. Rob us some more so you can further richen yourselves with ads on our dashboard on a PAID FOR SERVICE. $15 for an arcade game, what a joke.


  • Whet Wetty

    Why can’t there be a 1000MSP price bracket? Is it really that hard to have a game that’s more than $10 and less than $15? Really?


  • SegaZoom

    Wow, some people are really stingy, it seems. And don’t whine on about THE PRINCIPLE of it all, because that’s no argument either. Look at the price of some things on the VC… now THAT is overpriced, no improvements to buying your old consoles again. MvC2 sells for upwards of £60 these days so £10 is a BARGAIN. Trials is 20$ on PC so 15$ is a bargain. Turtles in Time seems to be a misnomer though. I’d buy it at 800, probably not at 1200. Depends on the quality of the netcode. Shadow Complex looks like a full retail game so is very likely to be worth the 1200 tag too.


  • sleepydumbdude

    Lame price for the turtles games. I don’t care for the new look in the first place which was my biggest turn off. I was even debating at getting it if it was at 800 because of that.


  • Doh Ray Egon

    @macktiger: And yet you will continue to read them. What a smart fellow you must be.

    And onto the topic of this blog post…I paid $15 for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 on the PS2 new. So I can’t really justify buying it again…for the same price without the disc, case, and instruction booklet. And Turtles In Time should only be $10. I would rather have had it just be the original version if it would’ve made it cheaper. I was looking forward to getting it…now I don’t see myself buying it…or possibly ANY of these games. And this is coming from someone who got all of the games that came out during last year’s Summer of Arcade.


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