We’ve got a double dose of Double Fine and something for your dancing shoes this week on XBLA Wednesday. First up, more a collection of activities than a videogame, Double Fine’s Happy Action Theater sees release with up to 18 activities to have fun with you and your Kinect, it’ll set you back 800 MSP. We also have another Kinect game called Rhythm Party that focuses on dancing but more rhythm-based than choreography-based, similar in tone to Elite Beat Agents and that’ll set you back 800 MSP. Closing off our double dose of Double Fine, we have DLC from our 2011 Game of the Year with Iron Brigade‘s Rise of the Martian Bear which has 5 new maps sprawled across Mars and will set you back 400 MSP. Whether it’s mobile trenches or Kinect hijinx, XBLA Wednesday has something for you.
From all the ratings and an achievement list, The Simpsons Arcade‘s release is looking more imminent. While we still don’t have a confirmed release date, PSN will be getting the game as part of its PS+ program for free on February 7 – 29. Does this mean a possible XBLA release on February 8? The same day as Shank 2? We’ll keep you up to date if this yellow-skinned family is coming to XBLA soon.
If you’re looking for a combination of Elite Beat Agents and Kinect, we’ve got a wacky combination for you in the form of Rhythm Party. Coming out February 1 for 800 MSP, players can expect hitting ripples in the beat making it in the style of rhythm-based games and less choreographed experiences. One thing to note was when this was reported on Major Nelson’s post was Happy Action Theater‘s February 1 release date was missing. Will we be getting 2 Kinect XBLA games in one week or not? We’ve contacted Double Fine for comment and will let you know any updates as it develops.
Upcoming XBLA dance game Rhythm Party has been spotted on Xbox Live Marketplace with a due date of February 8. No official confirmation has been announced from Microsoft or publisher Konami however if the date is correct then it’s shaping up to be a busy month. So far February is expected to see XBLA releases of Gotham City Impostors, Awesomenauts, Shank 2 and Double Fine’s Kinect party game, Happy Action Theater. Joining those will also be the House Party promoted titles, I Am Alive, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Warp and Nexuiz. It’s just as well February comes with an extra day this year. Best stock up on those MS points then!
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Castlevania has been a major part of the gaming world for over 20 years, bringing us many a Dracula slaying tale. This story encompasses many families, crosses thousands of years, and tells stories of love, betrayal, power and revenge. Each game delivers a solid story, but some lack the gameplay it takes to keep non-enthusiasts interested. Through out the years Castlevania has appeared on almost every system since the NES, telling one piece or another of this amazing story.
Though this is a huge story encompassing many years and games, it all started with just one game. The basis was simple: every 100 years Dracula comes back from the dead unleashing his evil terror upon the world. You control Simon Belmont, a man who comes from a long line of Vampire hunters. With Dracula awake and doing his worst, Simon sets out to send him back to where he comes from, just like his family members before him have done.
Konami has revealed that the XBLA puzzler Puddle will be releasing later this month on January 23. After beginning its life as a pet project by six students at France’s Enjmin video game school, Puddle was picked up for full-fledged development by Neko Entertainment.
Players will have to juggle guiding a virtual puddle of rocket fuel (thus the name) and a blob of radioactive goo through precarious environments full of heat beams and electric currents. Although gamers won’t be able to see any given level in its entirety when starting a new puzzle, Konami has offered up a glimpse of what will be seen in the new batch of images below.
Painwheel is one rage-filled young lady. Then again, most 15-year-old girls that have been kidnapped and subsequently implanted with a “synthetic Buer Drive and Gae Bolga parasites and infused with experimental Skullgirl blood,” probably are. Watch the Skullgirls fighter unload some of that animosity by going airborne and ripping her foes apart with her namesake blades in the latest trailer from Konami.
Choplifter HD is developed by inXile Entertainment and published by Konami. It was released on January 10, 2011 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
Choplifter HD 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. Now, inXile Entertainment brings the series into the current generation as an XBLA title with hi-def graphics, achievements and the whole shebang. Each level sees you traverse across a two-dimensional plane to rescue the refugees while avoiding (or blowing away) generic terrorists. Some levels are just that straightforward, while others toss in additional obstacles, like necessitating refuel stops or throwing an injured refugee with a timer into the mix.
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An Xbox Live Arcade port of classic Konami beat ‘em-up The Simpsons Arcade looks to be all but confirmed based on an achievement list made public today. Back in July of 2011, Konami asked fans which title from the company’s catalogue of revered classics they’d like to see ported across to XBLA and PSN. Konami remained fashionably quiet on the matter but several months later, an Australian ratings board listing ousted the game as The Simpsons Arcade. Now, thanks to an achievements list released today, it looks to be dead set.
This isn’t the first time Konami has hauled 90s-era arcade classics onto XBLA, having previously ported Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all the way back in 2007 and X-Men: The Arcade Game late 2010. Launched back in 1991, The Simpsons Arcade was a four-player side scrolling beat ‘em-up that garnered a healthy fanbase and marked the Simpsons’ first foray into the videogame sphere. Hit the link for the full list of achievements.