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XBLA sales analysis: November 2011

Gamasutra Editor Ryan Langley has published his XBLA sales analysis for the month of November. Four titles were released, and each has leaderboards that could be tracked for relatively accurate sales data. Fusion Genesis led the pack with over 8,000 new players in just three weeks. The runner up, Burgertime: World Tour, had a little over 5,000 players, but also had an extra week to pull in sales. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire unsurprisingly hit almost 5,000 players in its first week. We expect that to continue to be a strong seller. Xotic, a puzzle/shooter, fared far worse, not even breaking a grand in two weeks. Give the demo a try, won’t you? It’s sad seeing games with such low data. Make your decision after taking it for a spin.

Source: Gamasutra

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Joe Danger: The Movie will end the series

Joe Danger: The Movie was announced back in August, shortly after we caught wind that it was probably coming to XBLA. Now Hello Games has spoken out once more and said that after The Movie, Joe is retiring. Joe Danger has already had amazing success and as of tomorrow should continue that success allowing Xbox users to see what all the fuss is about. In this week’s IGN UK Podcast they were quoted saying that they “don’t want to be a studio that just does one game and flogs it,”. Kudos to you Hello Games for choosing to broaden your horizons and not make us remember the days when we used to like Joe.

Source: IGN

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YouTube app now available to all

If you have Xbox LIVE Gold the you now have the ability to download the new YouTube app. This amazing new app will bring the wonderful world of YouTube right to your TV in all of its amazing glory. Paired with Kinect, it makes searching through the mass amount of videos just a few audible commands away. With more and more videos on YouTube being available in HD this is a perfect match for the modern entertainment center (Xbox 360).

Source: Redmond Pie

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Ray Rice to appear on NFL Blitz cover

Last Saturday fans voted during the VGA awards to decide who would take the first digital NFL cover. The votes have been tallied, the fans have spoken, and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens will be gracing the cover. Let us know in the comments how you feel about this choice or who you would have chosen if it were up to you.

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XBLA Wednesday: December 14, 2011

This week on XBLA there are two new games and a few new DLC packs.  Zooming up first is the new release Joe Danger: Special Edition. It’s a re-release of the original (PSN) with a few new spices added, including an entire set of challenging new levels called the laboratory, all for a mere 1200 MSP. Next in line is that speedy little blue hedgehog taking us even further back in time with Sonic CD. This nostalgic adventure marks the first time we met Metal Sonic and can be yours for just 400 MSP.

Also rolling our way is the new Pinball FX 2 table pack Vengeance and Virtue for 800 MSP. Included are four new tables: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor and X-Men. Charging in behind that is Orcs Must Die!: Lost Adventures for 320 MSP which adds 50 new skulls, two new enemies and five new trap choices. Magic the Gathering: 2012 gets Deck Expansion Pack 2 which offers two new decks and several new cards for the existing decks. It runs a reasonable 240 MSP. Not to mention, we got some Bastion DLC called The Stranger’s Dream which includes a new narrated sequence and two gameplay modes, all for 80 MSP. In the holiday spirit you can also get the new Fruit Ninja: Holiday Pack for free, so make sure to get your points ready and set some time aside for this mass of new content to play.

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Microsoft “interested in” Fez developer’s Kinect enabled collaboration with Kokoromi, Super Hypercube

Gamasutra recently had the chance to sit down and talk to Phil Fish from the Polytron Corporation, who are wrapping up development of their much anticipated XBLA platformer, Fez as we speak. During the interview, Fish revealed that Polytron is now collaborating with Kokoromi on the previously announced puzzle game, Super Hypercube. Originally designed to use the motion controls of the Wii, Super Hypercube has been redesigned to take advantage of the Xbox 360′s Kinect accessory. Fish told Joystiq that since its redesign, the game has changed artistically, but that the core gameplay concept remains the same. As of now, Super Hypercube doesn’t have a publisher, but Fish went on to say that Microsoft themselves are “interested” in the project. Check out the video above to get a peak at an early demo version of the game. Stay tuned to XBLAFans for more Super Hypercube coverage, assuming it makes it onto XBLA. We think and hope it will.

Source: Gamasutra and Joystiq

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Awesomenauts conceptual art from space

The people behind Awesomenauts are once again gracing us with a few new looks at the game. This time it is through conceptual art, letting us see some of the different ideas and designs that they thought about. The one above is one of the game levels with tons of different color and shape schemes that they thought about using. Other pictures in the set include character design, ship designs and even an early turret design that they decided was to easy to bypass and eventually changed. You can check out all the new pictures after the break and while you’re at it, let us know which color design for the level you like best in the comments section below.
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Contest: 12 Days of XBLA (Day 2)

For the second day in the 12 Days of XBLA promotion, we bring to you Orcs Must Die! In this defense style game you must use your time, money and whits wisely if you want a chance to survive the Orc onslaught. The game is already filled with tons of amazing traps that attack from every angle. So our question for all of you is:

If you were to make your own trap, what would it be called and how would it work?

Let us know your answer in the comment section below and one winner will be picked randomly from all contestants. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for even more chances to win great games!

The winner of yesterday’s contest is: Yianna Paris (@mstoxique) – You have won a copy of Mercury Hg. We will be in touch with you today on Twitter!
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Sonic CD speeding forth on December 14 for 400 MSP

While we were expecting a winter release for Sonic CD, we didn’t expect him to come in this fast but it is Sonic after all. It was announced today that we’ll be seeing our blue hedgehog this Wednesday, December 14 for a wonderful price of 400 MSP. That’s cheaper than Sonic 4: Episode 1 by 50%!

The new version of the game will also include both US and Japanese soundtracks and an unlockable Tails for beating the game the first time and his first playable appearance in this game. If you’ve never played this game or never owned a Sega CD which not a lot of people do, do yourself a favour and check out one of the best Sonic games to come out of the 90s. We’ll have a review of Sonic CD sometime in the future on XBLAFans so stay tuned.

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Biart seeking a publishing partner for Kinect enabled Xbox 360 version of Depth Hunter

Biart, developers of the underwater action game Deep Black are hard at work on yet another water based project called Depth Hunter. Depth Hunter is all about experiencing the ocean and the sometimes forgotten world that lies below us under water. Players are put in the shoes of a deep sea diver where you’ll find yourself spear fishing, taking photos, seeking treasure and even fending off predators. As of now, Depth Hunter doesn’t have a publisher for release on Xbox 360, but Biart does have the game running on Microsoft’s hardware. Biart hopes to find a publishing partner to move forward with Depth Hunter on Xbox 360 not just to port the game over, but to add Kinect support as well. You can get a look at the game in action in the video above. Here’s to hoping Biart is able to find a partner and release Depth Hunter on XBLA sometime in the near future!

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