While Xbox Live Arcade has been used mainly for casual games and arcade ports there is no reason why it couldn’t be used as a platform for deeper games, especially since the size per game has increased. During the blogger’s breakfast I forgot to mention that I asked Aaron Greenberg if there was the possibility of RPGs distributed over Xbox Live Arcade and he gave a sure why not kind of response. Afterwards he mentioned Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as a step in the right direction, even though it isn’t really a RPG. The reason I asked the question is because Microsoft is serious about making the Xbox 360 a system for RPG gamers. Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Mass Effect, Fable 2 are in the works and if you count all of Idea Factory’s ports in Japan the 360 has the most RPGs on any “next-gen” console. However the genre is notably absent in Xbox Live arcade, which has been home to action games and cringe Root Beer Tapper. The Mana series seems like a perfect fit Live Arcade. Who wouldn’t buy tweaked port of Secret of Mana with online play? Suikoden would be another good addition, since it’s hard to find and has an ardent fanbase. There’s also a sliver of hope that it could be a candidate since Microsoft already has a relationship with Konami. Are there any RPGs you would buy over Xbox Live Arcade?
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