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Atari classics coming to Xbox Live and Contra comes this Wednesday


As part of Microsoft press event today they announced future titles coming to the Xbox Marketplace. On the list are six Atari classics: Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command, Battlezone, Warlords and Tempest. All of the Atari remakes will have the original and an Xbox 360 enhanced “evolution mode”. The evolution mode varies from title to title, but Battlezone has a significant change that uses the Xbox Live Camera for online deathmatches. Other games like Missile Command get an upgrade to the third dimension. Midway is brining their classic shoot ‘em up Defender to Live Arcade and the Konami favorite, Contra, debuts on Live this Wednesday for 400 points. While there are plenty of retro games coming to the market place there are a few original titles in the mix like Novadrome, a futuristic racing game from Buena Vista Games.

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See the full list of arcade titles below.

Centipede/Millipede.: defend your village against an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, army ants and more.  In addition to the classic mode, the evolution mode offers high definition graphics and special effects like motion blur, trails and particle-based explosions to make the experience as enjoyable today as it was decades ago.


Battlezone: the original tank vs. tank action classic has received an Xbox Live overhaul, adding in exciting new multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. This updated version is truly a must-have for any fan of the original, which is also included. Additionally, players can use the Xbox Live Vision camera to watch live video of their opponents. Combine these features with new special effects for weapon firing, impacts and explosions and you have one killer classic as you’ve never experienced it before.


Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe: rotate, thrust, flip, fire and jump to hyperspace as you blast oncoming asteroids to smithereens just like in the 1979 original, but in updated, beautifully rendered, high definition graphics that complement the classic original.


Missile Command: protecting your city from alien missile attacks has never looked better now that this classic has been overhauled with updated graphics and 3D rendered vistas.  Choose from the evolved mode or the timeless original gameplay.


Tempest: clear a web of enemies before time runs out and advance to the next stage, using an arsenal of weapons at your disposal. This evolved version features a graphics overhaul while maintaining the same addictive gameplay of the original.


Warlords: a multiplayer classic that resurrects the competitive spirit of arcade games from years gone by. Knock out the other kings in their castles while keeping yourself protected at the same time. Up to four players can join the action with the game taking control of any vacant castles allowing for a variety of single- or multiplayer experiences. Gamers can also import their own pictures to their castles for an extra personalization.


Non Atari games coming to Live Arcade

Small Arms (Gastronaut Studios): an indie-developed original title designed specifically for Xbox Live Arcade, featuring frantic multiplayer brawling combined with action and precision shooting.


Novadrome (Buena Vista Games): originally developed futuristic racing on Xbox Live Arcade.


Assault Heroes (Wanako/Vivendi Games): blast waves of formidable foes in this originally developed top-down shooter, single player or two player co-op action.


Heavy Weapon (PopCap Games): experience this irreverent, original side-scrolling action game that supports up to 4 players simultaneously.


Defender (Midway): space combat classic updated for this generation.


Contra (Konami): the seminal side-scrolling shooter that started it all will be launching on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday, November 8 at 0800 GMT


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