Apr 4, 2012

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Xbox Marketplace Update: April 4, 2012

Xbox Marketplace Update: April 4, 2012

Last week I reported that four games would be releasing on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and unfortunately, only two actually were available. I’m not quite sure why two of the announced and listed games didn’t make it to the marketplace, but at least one of them is releasing this week, along with two other titles. We’ve also got a great sale on some SNK classics, the Max Payne collection for cheap, and a couple new Games on Demand this week.

Deal of the Week


  • King of Fighters 98 – 800 pts 400 pts – The classic fighting game “KOF98” finally made it’s way to to Xbox LIVE with a new battle system, deadly moves, and characters.
  • King of Fighteres 2002 – 800 pts 400 pts- This full upgrade to the second entry in the KOF Ultimate Match series is widely considered to be the supreme title in the series. Based on the Japan only title KOF NESTS compilation, the game offers the series largest selection of characters as well as an all new soundtrack and enhanced graphics.
  • King of Fighters Sky Stage – 800 pts 400 pts – This “Real Martial Arts” shooting game takes to the skies as six of your favorite “The King of Fighters” main characters fight to stave off the resurrection of Orochi.
  • Metal Slug 3 – 800 pts 400 pts – The arcade classic hits the marketplace with everything you loved about the coin-op. The side-scrolling shooter fans grew up with features online or offline co-op, multiple paths through levels, leaderboards, and everything a Metal Slug fan could want.
  • Metal Slug XX – 1200 pts 600 pts - The first code name title since “Metal Slug X”, join four familiar warriors as well as two allies from “The King of Fighters.” In addition to including a total of seven multi-path stages, this ultimate 2D action shooter includes elements like “Combat School” loaded with more than 70 missions.
  • Trouble Witches Neo – 800 pts 400 pts – A horizontal shooter featuring cute and comical little witches. Featuring everything you love about shoot em’ ups, Trouble Witches Neo will please any fan of the genre.

Max Payne Sale

  • Max Payne – 1200 pts 800 pts
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne – 1200 pts 800 pts

Xbox LIVE Arcade

Pinball Arcade

Release Date: April 4, 2012
Price:  800 pts
Developer: Farsight Studios
Publisher: Crave Games

The all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams®, Bally®, Stern Pinball™, and Gottlieb® are now together in one game. Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail. The four table launch collection includes Tales of the Arabian Nights®, Ripley’s Believe It or Not®, Theatre of Magic®, and Black Hole™. Over the next few years, downloadable classics like Monster Bash®, Medieval Madness®, Creature from the Black Lagoon®, Funhouse®, Attack from Mars®, Black Knight®, Space Shuttle®, Pin•Bot®, Circus Voltaire®, Big Shot®, (and many others!) will be added along with online tournaments and additional modes to challenge yourself and compete against your friends. The Pinball Arcade is the most realistic and comprehensive pinball game ever created.

Diabolical Pitch (Kinect Only)

Release Date: April 4, 2012
Price:  800 pts
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

An unusual, unique and wacky pitching action game is coming to Kinect and the name of the game is Diabolical Pitch. A former pitcher now outfitted with an incredibly powerful bionic arm finds himself in a run-down, dark, and twisted amusement park. The night gets strange and intense quickly as you must use your pitching skills to survive the game of your life. Charge up your diabolical pitch to wipe out all the enemies crowding towards you. Power-ups give your throwing arm insane abilities that will give you the edge against huge mobs of enemies or even the mostfearsome boss. Kinect turns your room into a playing field and your Diabolical Pitch is the main attraction.

Anomaly Warzone Earth

Release Date: April 6, 2012
Price:  800 pts
Developer: 11 bit Studios
Publisher: Xbox LIVE Arcade

The award-winning Anomaly Warzone Earth comes to Xbox Live Arcade, with loads of exclusive XBLA content! Experience the innovative Tower Offense formula where you are the attacking side. Be captivated by a new approach to strategy designed specifically for gamepad. Take on the role of the Commander whose special abilities are crucial in the quest for victory. Manage your armor squad’s tactics – choose your formation and plot your course. Gather resources for new units and upgrades. Jump into a variety of modes – story campaign and two Squad Assault Modes. Become the strategy master by solving puzzles in Xbox-exclusive Tactical Trials levels. Enjoy extraordinary mixture of strategy and action packaged in great visuals and atmospheric sound!

Games on Demand

  • FIFA SOCCER 12 – $59.99 – The best soccer title in years brings the game-changing new Player Impact Engine, revolutionary gameplay innovations including precision dribbling, and more.
  • Game Party In Motion (Kinect) – $19.99 – This Kinect party title features 16 classic arcade games.
  • Singularity - $29.99 – This first-person shooter puts players at a top-secret Russian military research base to learn the truth behind the island of Katorga-12. Enjoy this underappreciated time-manipulation shooter with some of the most enjoyable multiplayer in years.

Notable DLC

  • Kinect Sports: Season Two Basketball Add-On – 400 pts – Enjoy the sport of basketball in this add-on to the popular Kinect Sports: Season Two. 
  • Forza Motorsport 4: April Alpinestars Car Pack – 560 pts – This pack features 10 incredible cars to add to your Forza 4 collection, including the 2011 Mercedes-Benz #35 Black Falcon SLS AMG GT3, 2012 Scion tC, and 2011 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S.

[Source: Major Nelson]