Xbox 360 Heats up the Summer with Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays: First Up, Frogger and the Arrival of the Best Old School Games of All Time
'Frogger', 'Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting', and 'Pac-Man make their next-gen debut on Wednesdays this summer - bringing exciting new retro content to Xbox gamers
Reading: 12th July, 2006 - Today, Xbox Live unveils Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays, a new program that will provide a regular launch schedule of new Xbox Live Arcade titles on the Xbox 360. Starting today, Xbox Live Arcade games will now go live worldwide on Wednesdays at 0801am GMT– hitting gamers around the world all on the same day.
Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays kicks off with a blockbuster summer schedule of eagerly anticipated retro titles. Gamers looking for a blast from the past can download ‘Frogger’ - the beloved Konami classic arcade title – today on Xbox Live Arcade. Other Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday titles debuting in the coming weeks include ‘Cloning Clyde’, ‘Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting,’ ‘Galaga’ and ‘Pac-Man.’ To date, Xbox 360 gamers have downloaded more than 5 million Xbox Live Arcade games and the release schedule sizzles all summer long, with the following titles arriving on Xbox Live Arcade:
* 12th July – Frogger
* 19th July – Cloning Clyde
* 26th July – Galaga
* 2nd August – Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
* 9th August – Pac-Man
Kicking off with ‘Frogger’, fans of the Konami classic can download the game that first hit arcades in 1981 and once again be able to dodge traffic and eat up flies with their frog, this time racking up Achievements along the way. There’s no better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Frogger and the launch of Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays than downloading this latest title from the Xbox Live Arcade game portfolio.
Xbox Live Arcade’s Frogger has been enhanced and reinvigorated for the Xbox 360 and features new, enhanced artwork that matches and compliments the original style. In addition the game’s audio, including sound effects and music ditties, has been modernised to sound crisp and clear on today’s high performance sound systems. New features include:
* Enhanced artwork and backdrops; players can now choose to play the original arcade classic graphics or the new enhanced graphics.
* Fresh soundtrack and upgraded sounds effects
* New Xbox Live Arcade split screen multiplayer modes
* Addictive new Co-op vs Speed, and Head-to-Head Modes
The release of ‘Frogger’ will be followed up by a host of highly anticipated titles:
* ‘Cloning Clyde,’ the action adventure/puzzle game created by Wahoo Studios/NinjaBees (developer of the popular ‘Outpost Kaloki X’ for Xbox Live Arcade), will bring its wacky, classic animation style world to Xbox 360 on 19th July.
* ‘Galaga,’ the popular space shooter from Namco, which was first released back in 1981, comes packed with a new online multiplayer function, enhanced graphics and all new game modes on 26th July.
* ‘Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting’ takes the best from classic arcade gaming and brings it online, combining it with the signature features of Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, to create the greatest ‘Street Fighter’ experience to date, on 2nd August.
Of course, a line-up of retro classics wouldn’t be complete without perhaps the most classic title of them all, ‘Pac-Man,’ the fruit-eating maze game that changed the face of gaming upon its release in 1980. The Xbox Live Arcade version, which comes out on 9th August, takes the famous franchise to the next-generation. With multiplayer over Xbox Live and tons of cool Achievements, ‘Pac-Man’ stays true to the original while powering-up to next-gen standards.
“There’s no better way to revisit the 80s than with Xbox Live Arcade,” said Ami Blaire, Global Marketing Manager for Xbox Live. “So this summer, grab some pizza, some friends and live it up on your Xbox 360 and enjoy our new twists on the old classic faves!”
All Xbox Live Arcade games can be demoed for free on Xbox Live Marketplace. Check out Xbox Live and Xbox.com for continuing updates on exciting new content available to Xbox 360 gamers.
*Title availability may vary by market.
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