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Weekly Roundup: March 17

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends.

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Choplifter HD's price is falling with style

Choplifter HD's price tag has been given the erm chop this week seeing it drop from 1200 MSP to 800 MSP. We reached out to developers inXile Entertainment today who confirmed that the reduction is indeed a permanent one. It's the second game this month to receive a permanent price drop on XBLA. Last week we learned that Hydrophobia was being reduced from 800 MSP to 400 MSP.

Choplifter HD was released on XBLA January this year and is the revival of a franchise first seen in 1982 on the Apple II. The game sees the player take the flight stick of a helicopter pilot traversing foreign lands ravaged by war, saving refugees. We gave the game a "Try It" score when we reviewed it, commenting on an uneven cost-to-content ratio. However it might be worth your attention now that it's been reduced to a more palatable level. Shout out to @lifelower for spotting this one!


Rumor: Skullgirls starting a fight on April 4 *Updated*

Update: Autumn Games says that this is isn't the correct release date and aren't sure how official the date is. We'll keep you up to date on its release.

Skullgirls is one of the most hotly anticipated original fighting games to come out in some time from Reverge Labs and Konami. They've been showing the game off at conventions for the past year and settling on a release sometime in Early 2012. A Marketplace listing showed up on Xbox.com and had a mysterious April 4 date attached. Could that be the release date? There's been talk of a March/April release since it's been rated very recently, but Early 2012 does include April. We've reached out to Autumn Games, the publisher, for confirmation on the release date but we'll keep you up to date on whenever these girls want to fight.


Deal of the Week plus a Konami super sale

Deal of the Week is back! Ok, so it didn’t actually go anywhere but XBLA games have been curiously missing from the past few, so you’ll be pleased to hear that this week’s offer includes 4 XBLA games with a hack n slash theme. The following have 50% off the full price for gold members only:

Don’t go running off to spend your points just yet because there’s more. A special Konami sale this week also sees 50% off a whole heap of XBLA titles and includes some fairly recent releases to boot, plus this one’s for everyone:

Both offers run March 13 – 19. Happy spending folks!

Source: Major Nelson


XBLA Fans Monthly Roundup (February 2012)

We totally missed January, but the Monthly Recap is back for February! Yaaay. There's an immense amount of news this month because for some reason February is XBLA month. There's roughly a million game announcements and DLC as well. I suggest hitting CTRL + F and searching for the copious news about your favorite game. Or games. Or just read all the news, because that's a good idea.

Beyond the "things that happened", there's also several Friday Top Fives and Most Wanted's this month as we continue to beef up our feature repertoire. Our chief feature, A Year In Review (2011) is definitely worth checking out for some insight into the fluctuations in XBLA cost versus review scores. Lastly, amongst the five podcasts is our Music Special which showcases some of the best XBLA soundtrack tunes since its inception.

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New Frogger game possibly leaping onto XBLA

Xbox Live Arcade could have a new release in the classic Frogger series coming its way. A listing for Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition surfaced on the Australian Classification Board today. The game received a G rating (no surprise there) from the board and is under development at Zombie Studios, and is to be published by Konami.

The listing only goes so far as to identify Frogger as "multiplatform," but a separate blog post by game developer Daniel Lee seemingly lets the tadpole out of the bag, so to speak. It seems that Lee is hard at work on a iOS "port from console versions" of, you guessed it, a Frogger title. He reveals the project in question to be under development at Zombie Studios and on its way to Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. Lee even went so far as to release a few screens, which can be seen below.

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The Simpsons Arcade review (XBLA)

The Simpsons Arcade was developed by Konami and Backbone Entertainment and published by Konami. It was released February 3, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

The year was 1991, Bryan Adams' hit song "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" was #1 on the charts and The Simpsons were slowly becoming a household name. Only premiering Christmas 1989 and now on Season 23, it shows no stopping in sight. But one of the best parts of when it first came out was the merchandising, and video games were part of that sweet donut. Most of them were NES and SNES games but one game that never came out on any other consoles was The Simpsons Arcade and now, it's finally upon us on XBLA.

The plot of the game involves Smithers and Mr. Burns stealing a diamond when they run into The Simpsons on the street, causing the diamond to fall out of Smithers' hand and into Maggie's mouth. They steal the baby and it's up to the rest of the Simpson family to get Maggie back. You'll punch, vacuum, jump rope and skateboard across 8 levels against Burns's goons. Does it stay true to its yellow roots or is it as bad as a Chutney Squishee?

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Puddle review (XBLA)

Puddle was developed by Neko Entertainment and published by Konami. It was released January 25, 2012 for 800 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes. 

We like to think of ourselves as glass half-full people.  As game journalists, we have to be.  Consider us surprised then to find that Puddle defends blind optimism as its core game mechanic, requiring the player to salvage a puddle of liquid (on most stages) against all types of elements (mainly hot stuff). The game may appear artsy and Braid or Limbo-esque, but it presents no philosophical argument against the dangers of protecting a pool of liquid without transparent reason, and you'll often find yourself wondering why you're playing the game to begin with (maybe that IS the philosophical theme? Har Har!).

There are only two buttons to concern yourself with: the left and right triggers.  They'll tilt the screen in two directions and are the only means of getting your pool of liquid from one area to the next.  If this sounds simple to you, then you're just like us. Unfortunately, once you get your hands on the controller you'll find that the combination of tilt and physics is much harder to control and that most deaths are cheap deaths, resulting in unwarranted frustration.

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Skullgirls receives M rating in Australia

Reverge Labs' XBLA fighting game, Skullgirls, popped up on the Australian Classification Board's website today. The Aussie government has handed out an M rating for the game. For those of you not versed in the country's ratings system, M means that the board found it to have mature material, but did not deem any of its content offensive enough to require any age group to be restricted from purchasing the title. The justification for the rating is Skullgirls' "mature themes and violence."

The Konami-published fighter is still without a precise release date, with Reverge stating that it "should be launching early in the first quarter of 2012" back in September when they delayed it out of 2011. Its submission to and approval by the board is a pretty good indicator that the game will indeed be available before March closes out but obviously provides no guarantee.

Source: Australian Classification Board


Simpsons Arcade Game releasing this Friday

Just yesterday we had a rumor about the Simpsons Arcade game possibly releasing next week. Well good news to fans, Konami has officially announced it will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade on February 3, and for the low price of 800MSP. Friday is an odd day to release an XBLA game, as Wednesday is usually the scheduled day. However, that is a full three days before the game is available on PSN, the only announced release date as of yesterday.

The XBLA version of Simpsons Arcade will feature, according to Game Informer, "four-player online cooperative play, new modes, and additional bonus content featuring a never-before-seen Japanese version of the game, view classic flyers and posters, and a characters guide."

Source: Game Informer

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