Xbox Live Arcade: Unplugged, final details

26 August 2006
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Xbox Live Arcade UnpluggedMicrosoft has had extreme success with their Xbox Live Arcade service on the 360 since the console launched last November. Microsoft has said it hadn’t anticipated the popularity of the service, which allows gamers to download retro games and smaller-scale new titles to their system for about $5 or $10 typically.

Now Microsoft will be putting six of them (as well as three demos) onto a compilation package that will be available to buy in stores for those that do not have Internet access. Titled Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged, the cost will be $40 though it includes a free one-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.

Set for worldwide release on September 5th, the game will disc will include:

-the relentless shooter Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
-the fairytale platformer Wik: Fable of Souls
-the space-station strategy game Outpost Kaloki X
-the gem-swapping puzzler Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
-and a pair of classic diversions converted for digital fun, Hardwood Backgammon and Texas Hold ‘Em.

The demos include Uno, Feeding Frenzy, and Marble Blast Ultra. If one were to download all of these from Xbox Live Marketplace, it would cost roughly $50 in Marketplace points. All of the games and demos in the collection are rated E for Everyone, with the exception of Texas Hold ‘Em. That title is rated T for Teen due to simulated gambling.

Below is a video of the game Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Look at all the purdy colors!

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