the simpsons arcade Archive


Is XBLA's Most Wanted working?

When we started XBLA's Most Wanted back in February of 2011 we did so more for fun. It was, in our minds, a pipe dream to actually think some of these games would be hitting Xbox Live Arcade. Yet over the past year we've seen both announcements and releases that directly correlate with some of the games on our most wanted list. Now to be fair we realize that we're just one site, but at the same time we know that developers and publishers look out on the web for what the fans want. We like to think we're a little part of that. Here are some examples that make us think XBLA's Most Wanted is successful:

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February XBLA sales figures

Gamasutra has published sales data for the month of February – a bumper period for Xbox Live Arcade that saw the release of heavy-hitters like Gotham City Impostors and The Simpsons Arcade alongside Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Warp, the latter two as part of Microsoft's annual House Party event.

February kicked off with the launch of The Simpsons Arcade. The classic port accumulated a healthy 35,868 players throughout the month while also fending off other newcomers Happy Action Theater and Rhythm Party to become the best-selling title for its opening week.

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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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What we are playing: February 12

What we are playing is a weekly column that appears each weekend. Various staff members let the world know what games had them hooked the past week and which ones they look forward to.

John Laster – I've been dabbling in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and while I love the gameplay I have no clue what the heck is going on in that universe, it hasn't sucked me in which is bad for an RPG, but Chakrams rule! I absolutely love Gotham City Imposters, reminds me of Shadowrun. Also I want to play more Shank 2 soon as it is a huge improvement for even less MS points than the original.

Perry Jackson – After finishing The Simpsons Arcade, I went into Shank 2 and was completely floored by it. So much of an improvement with better dodging mechanics, tighter combo system and a much better plot to me even if it's silly. I also played the Mass Effect 3 demo before the Tuesday release. Jealous? You should be because it's amazing

Ross Adams – Played through Shadows of the Damned over the last week, as a shooter it was ok but it was the humour and world that really impressed me. Really enjoyable and entertaining experience, glad I played it. XBLA wise I randomly picked up Aces of the Galaxy again, great frantic fun. Still super hard though, never managed to complete the whole campaign.

Todd Schlickbernd – I've been playing ridiculous amounts of Shank 2 trying to get all 16 characters. I just beat the game on Hard last night, a laudable accomplishment if I do say so myself, so that's just one last character remaining. Other than that there's been lots of Iron Brigade DLC time as well. Weird, almost as if I'm doing a guide for those games. Lastly is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning on the retail end.

John Drawdy – Been super busy this week, with what little bit of free time I had was spent finally playing through Bastion. Loving the bright colors and art style, but by far the music is my favorite part of the game; nice to finally experience the soundtrack from the game and not just my headphones.

Nathan Bowring – I recently finished Assassin's Creed: Revelations. They give the old assassin's the ending they deserved, and I can't wait to see what they do with the next game. I'm still on the hunt for riddles in Batman: Arkham City; only one more hostage to go!

Ryan Reynolds – I spent a large chunk of my gaming time this week on Iron Brigade's Rise of the Martian Bear content with highlights including a mysteriously flying breaker and Todd getting stuck behind a plant. In addition, I've been playing Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online and started a new game in Mass Effect 2 to prepare me for the conclusion to the trilogy.

Matt Liparota – One word: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I was a holdout on what ended up being one of the biggest fames of 2011 (mostly for financial reasons), but it was on sale last weekend and I couldn't resist. Pretty much every free minute I had this week was devoted to the game and I've barely scratched the surface. I didn't use my Xbox for anything else. As for the few times I gamed away from my console, I've been rocking Professor Layton and the Unwound Future on my DS. My tastes are nothing if not diverse.

Mark Seymour – Been blitzing through Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on Legendary this week. The Library sucks twice as hard as it did 10 years ago but it's a wonderful nostalgia trip otherwise. Also started playing The Darkness II, which gets shooting things in the face so right. Very satisfying.

Todd Pantier – I've still been playing a ton of Final Fantasy XIII-2. I'm really getting into it. Multiplayer wise, I'm still on Gears of War 3 and XBLA wise I got Shank 2. I love 2D beat em ups and it's one of the better ones I've played.


Rumor: The Simpsons Arcade releasing next week?

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.


The Simpsons Arcade achievement list unveiled

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.

Source: Xbox360Achievements


XBLAFans Monthly Roundup (November 2011)

Hey guys, we're bringing you a new feature that's simple and helpful in nature, the XBLAFans Monthly Roundup! This as well as other features will be seen a lot more should all things go accordingly, and we'll even have some new ones on the way, so stay tuned because there's a lot of awesome in the works here at XBLAFans.

If it wasn't obvious by the title, this post will be your one-stop-shop to anything that happened this month with links to all our posts and excerpts where applicable. That means news, reviews, guides, features, interviews, podcasts, and even a recount of releases and sales data. Hit the jump for so many links you'll never not know something about XBLA current events again! Read the rest of this entry »

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XBLA's Most Wanted: The Simpsons Arcade

The Simpsons has been on the air for 486 episodes in 22 seasons and the show shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. But in the classic years of The Simpsons, just before Bart faced Space Mutants on the NES, we got the classic arcade game we called The Simpsons Arcade Game. It was a side-scrolling beat-em 'up where Mr. Burns and Smithers steal a diamond and when they run into The Simpsons, the diamond falls into Maggie's mouth leading Smithers and Burns to kidnap Maggie. The Simpsons must rescue Maggie by beating up everyone who stands in their way. With the classic X-Men game on XBLA, surely this could lead to further old Konami arcade games to come there too.

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