Sales Archive

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July XBLA sales roundup

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The numbers are in for the month of July, and it seems as though Pacific Rim: The Video Game is one of the more popular new additions to the store (of the games for which player statistics were available) with a total of 6,482 new players. Other new games included Scourge: Outbreak, Capsized and Zeno Clash 2, which on the whole received more favourable Metacritic scores but for which player statistics were unavailable on Gamasutra.

However, compared with fan favorite Castle Crashers, which picked up a total of 63,625 new players during the month, Pacific Rim: The Video Game did not perform quite as well. Castle Crashers, for which the overall amount of players now adds up to 3,583,918, was the most popular established game on Xbox Live Arcade. The Behemoth’s most recent release, BattleBlock Theater, didn’t do as well, managing to pick up 42,311 new players. Overall the older game that managed to pick up the most new players was Doritos Crash Course 2, which nabbed 345,411 people. Doritos Crash Course 2 is a free-to-play game that uses in-app purchases.

In terms of DLC, Pinball FX 2 seemed to dominate alongside Trials Evolution, Trials HD and Defense Grid: The Awakening. The latter, however, managed to pick up 837,860 new players for the base game itself. This spike in popularity was due to it being made available for free for a two-week period for Xbox Live Gold Members. The leaderboard also includes five additional pieces of DLC for the popular game.

Head over to Ryan Langley’s blog at Gamasutra for more details and the full roundup of sales for the month of July.

Source: Gamasutra

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XBLA sales roundup: Deal of the Week, publisher sales & more

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This week on the marketplace, the Sales & Specials area is filled with a variety of sales for gamers of all kinds. From an Assassins Creed themed sale to a Mortal Kombat themed Deal of the Week and over to a Capcom publisher sale, it looks like you’re covered from all angles. To find this section on the dashboard, be sure to go to Games> Browse Games> Sales & Specials. But we will go ahead and break down the XBLA specific sales for ya below. Click on the title of the game to download the demo and be sure to let us know what you pick up. All sales listed below end on July 22nd so scoop these game up quick!

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition – Was 1200MSP, is now 300MSP

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix – Was 1200MSP, is now 600MSP

Megaman 9 – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Megaman 10 – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Final Fight: Double Impact – Was 800MSP, is now 400MSP

Capcom Arcade Canbinet - Was 400MSP, is now 200MSP

Capcom Arcade Cabinet All-In-One Pack (DLC) – Was 2000MSP, is now 1000MSP (You’ll need the above mentioned Capcom Arcade Cabinet for this. This is not a stand alone game.)

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Battle: Los Angeles on sale for 400MSP as part of the Deal of the Week

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This week there is one lone XBLA offering included in the Deal of the Week and to be honest, it’s not the greatest game. However, if you’re just looking to burn through an hour or two on a day off or even pick up a very easy 200 Gamerscore, then Battle: Los Angeles might be worth the 400MSP price. If that sounds like it might grab your attention, then give the free demo a download and let us know what you think in the comments below. Have fun!

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Newsbits: Security, The CW, and Pizza

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  • We’ve all had the wish that ordering pizza would be as easy as using an app on Xbox Live, and now you can do just that. Too lazy to pick up your phone? Log right into the Pizza Hut app and order away. It’ll even save you 15% off your order until May 6th.
  • The CW has also received its own app. You’ll be able to watch next-day episodes of your (not) favorite shows for free, and even use Xbox SmartGlass to interact with them. You can find more details on Major Nelson’s blog.
  • Microsoft reported that sales revenue is up 55% year-over-year for the third quarter of 2013. Unfortunately, revenue is still down for the full fiscal year. The numbers were reported on the investor relations part of the Microsoft website, but you can find a more friendly rundown of the numbers over at Polygon.
  • Press Play, the studio behind Max and the Curse of Brotherhood, says that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about Indie devs, and they have a hard time relating to stories saying the opposite. Lead designer Mikkel Thorsted had some highly encouraging words, which you can read over at OXM.
  • On The Official Microsoft Blog they revealed a big upgrade to Microsoft accounts by adding a two-step verification process. Major Nelson later posted on how it would directly affect your Xbox Live account, with a step-by-step process on how to use it. With how non-secure services involving your credit card can be, it may not be a bad idea to take a look and use it yourself.
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Minecraft surpasses 6 million sold

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Have you played Minecraft? With the newly released sales figures for the game, odds are high that you have. 4J Studios, the developer behind the mega-hit, took to Twitter today to announce an impressive feat: more than six million copies of the Xbox 360 version have been purchased to date.

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to jump into Minecraft‘s world, you’ll have another option for doing so when the retail version of the game releases on April 30.

Source: Joystiq

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Minecraft ends 2012 with 5M served

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At this point, it’s safe to call Minecraft a legitimate phenomenon – especially the Xbox 360 Edition, where it’s one of the best-selling games in XBLA history and spent the months since its early May release smashing records like crazy. Keeping with that tradition, 4J and Mojang Studios announced that the little game that could finished the year by hitting a staggering milestone: It passed five million sales Monday. Not bad for a game that released just a little over a third of the way into the year.

That achievement caps off an already impressive year for Minecraft: The world-building adventure game sold two million copies within its first month of release on XBLA (and at one point was averaging close to 20,000 sales a day), and a special Halloween-themed DLC skin pack raised over $500K for charity in just two weeks. The game also made history by knocking Call of Duty from the top of the Xbox LIVE Activity Charts, a first for an XBLA title. More recently, the game sold 453K copies on Christmas Day alone (although that was across all platforms, not just XBLA). To say Minecraft has been popular is a bit of an understatement; to say it’s been a huge boost to the visibility of Xbox’s digital platform even moreso.

Minecraft, originally released for PC in 2009, unleashed its highly-anticipated Xbox version in May to rave reviews (including our own, though not all our staffers agreed) and, obviously, smashing sales success. The game is currently available on XBLA for 1600 MSP, with numerous add-ons available at varying price points.

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Stuff your virtual stocking now with these great XBLA deals

As is tradition during the holidays, Xbox Live has some great sales on Xbox Live Arcade games going on now until November 26. Also included (but not shown here) are a handful of Games on Demand games, some avatar props and DLC that has also been discounted. Be sure to sign in to Xbox Live on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for special deals as well. We haven’t heard official word on those sales, but if tradition stands a few XBLA games will be anywhere from 66—80% off. Check out Major Nelson’s blog for more information on other deals related to this promotion.

  • I Am Alive – was 1200 MSP now 800 MSP
  • Daytona USA — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light — was 1200 MSP now 600 MSP
  • Magic 2013 — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Magic 2013 Expansion — was 400 MSP now 200 MSP
  • Rock Band Blitz — was 1200 MSP now 600 MSP
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co. — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe Collection — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World Collection — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage – was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Space Channel 5: Part 2 — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP
  • Spelunky — was 1200 MSP now 600 MSP
  • Warp — was 800 MSP now 400 MSP

Source: Major Nelson

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One million riders have played Trials Evolution

We love us some Trials Evo. It’s a game that provides a perfect balance between thrills, and replayability. It’s a game that perpetuates itself with some of the most amazing user-created content in gaming. It’s a game that brings friends together for some good-natured competition, both via Supercross and the game’s leaderboards. When those ingredients are all mixed together they churn out a game well worth its 1200 MSP asking price (we’d pay more, but don’t tell RedLynx that).

And today we’re happy to report that according to the game’s official leaderboards our friends over at RedLynx have surpassed 1 million players. Bravo! And while this isn’t a wholly accurate number for sales due to the fact that multiple gamertags could have played on one copy of the game, it’s the closest thing we have. Therefore we’ll also congratulate them on “almost 1 million” in sales. The multiplayer leaderboards are quickly approaching 200,00 players, so congrats to them on that, too.

If you don’t own Trials Evolution, then shame on you. Nowhere else will you find a game that provides such constant-yet-evolving replay value. When the core game gets stale you can hit up Track Central, which hosts well over 100,000 community creations. Even if being tied to two wheels isn’t your thing the sheer number of unique skill games is more than enough to warrant the game’s asking price and keep you coming back. Doom-inspired first person shooter? Check. Accurate-to-the-last-detail Pac-Man clone? Check. Need the Snake game that was on your old Nokia phone back in the day? The Trials Evo community has got your covered. There are even Bionic Commando-esque levels, Minesweeper, an Arkanoid-style game, Space Invaders and so many more. You can finally put the Atari back in its sealed box for your posterity.

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XBLA Wednesday plus this week’s sales – October 24

Only one XBLA release this Wednesday. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, the 2D fighter from Arc System Works, is available from today for 1200 MSP. Players can choose from among 25 fighters and engage in high-speed combat and compete in story mode or offline and online multiplayer modes. Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit also received some DLC today, The Virtual Rabbit Missions for 400 MSP and the Pimp My Rabbit Pack for 240 MSP.

Deal of the Week didn’t include an XBLA games this week again, but there’s still some sales to be aware of. A Shoctober special sale sees 50% off Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (now 600 MSP) and Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon (now 400 MSP), and the Kinect Central sale this week gives gamers 50% off the enjoyable Leedmees (now 400 MSP). If you’re lucky enough to be in a region with access to the Sales & Specials App then this week’s Scratch & Match losing offers are Gripshift, Ikaruga and Geon all priced at 400 MSP each. All sales are expected to last until October 29.

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XBLA Wednesday plus this week’s sales – October 17

This week sees two XBLA releases. Firstly Zombie Driver HD is released for 800 MSP, a game which sees players driving over hordes of zombies in a top-down world. This week’s other release is first-person shooter Serious Sam 3: BFE. This one is actually being released in two parts with the main campaign costing 1200 MSP and a separate multiplayer release which also comes with some extra missions for the main campaign for 1200 MSP. Finally The Curse of the Zombiesaurus add-on for A World of Keflings is also released today for 320 MSP.

Whilst there were no XBLA games in this week’s Deal of the Week offerings, there are still a few sales to be aware of. A Kinect special sale sees Wreckateer dropping down to half price at 400 MSP and a THQ publisher sale brings further XBLA offers:

Kinect Central
Wreckateer – 400 MSP

THQ Sale
Apples to Apples – 200 MSP
Nexuiz – 200 MSP
Voltron – 400 MSP
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team – 400 MSP

Sales & Specials App
Hydro Thunder Hurricane 600 MSP
Wrecked Revenge 600 MSP
Scrap Metal 600 MSP

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