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Microsoft Reveals North American & European Xbox 360 Launch Day Titles

by Rainier on Nov. 14, 2005 @ 8:56 a.m. PST

Microsoft today announced that 18 Xbox 360 games, and 13 Xbox 360 accessories will be available in North America on Nov. 22, while Europeans will be able to pikc up 15 Xbox 360 games, when the system launches in Europe on 2 December. Read more for details ...

The following Xbox 360 games will be available in North America retail locations on or before the console is launched Nov. 22:

  • "Amped 3" (2K Sports)
  • "Call of Duty 2" (Activision Inc.)
  • "Condemned: Criminal Origins" (SEGA Corp.)
  • "FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup" (Electronic Arts Inc.)
  • "GUN" (Activision)
  • "Kameo: Elements of Power" (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd.)
  • "Madden NFL 06" (Electronic Arts)
  • "NBA 2K6" (2K Sports)
  • "NBA LIVE 06" (Electronic Arts)
  • "Need for Speed Most Wanted" (Electronic Arts)
  • "NHL 2K6" (2K Sports)
  • "Perfect Dark Zero" (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd.)
  • "Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie" (Ubisoft)
  • "Project Gotham Racing 3" (Microsoft Game Studios and Bizarre Creations Ltd.)
  • "Quake 4" (id Software and Activision)
  • "Ridge Racer 6" (Namco Ltd.)
  • "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06" (Electronic Arts)
  • "Tony Hawk's American Wasteland" (Activision)

These 3 titles are will only be available in North America, not in Europe :

  • "NBA 2K6" (2K Sports)
  • "NHL 2K6" (2K Sports)
  • "Ridge Racer 6" (Namco Ltd.)

Xbox 360 launch titles from Microsoft Game Studios will be competitively priced, with standard editions of "Kameo: Elements of Power," "Project Gotham Racing 3" and "Perfect Dark Zero" all retailing for $49.99 (U.S. ERP). A two-disc "Perfect Dark Zero" Limited Collector's Edition will also be available this holiday season for an ERP of $59.99. Xbox 360 accessories will range in price from $11.99 to $99.99. More information on all these products can be found at http://www.xbox.com.

"There has never been a more exciting time to be a gamer," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing for the Home and Entertainment Division of Microsoft. "Xbox 360 will deliver mind-blowing experiences across multiple genres, no matter what your personal gaming preferences are. On Nov. 22, the next generation of gaming begins. From there, gamers will be overwhelmed with the pipeline of amazing Xbox 360 games yet to come."

Adding to the already tremendous lineup of launch-day titles, Xbox Live® Arcade for Xbox 360 plans to offer between 12 and 15 bite-sized game titles on launch day one. With Xbox Live Arcade, casual and hard-core gamers alike will find a wide variety of game genres for download spanning action arcade titles such as "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved" and "Mutant Storm Reloaded," coin-op and retro classics such as Xbox Live multiplayer-enabled "Joust" and "Gauntlet," puzzle games such as "Hexic® HD" and "Bejeweled 2," casual sports games such as "Bankshot Billiards® 2," light strategy titles such as "Outpost Kaloki," and card and board games such as "Hardwood Backgammon" and "Hardwood Hearts." Each Xbox Live Arcade game includes a free downloadable trial version so game players can try before they buy.

Also available on Nov. 22 are two Xbox Live retail offerings for gamers who want to up the ante on their online gameplay experience from the free Silver level of service to Gold membership. The 12-month Premium Starter Pack has an ERP of $69.99 and contains a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live, an Xbox 360 headset, a full version of the Xbox Live Arcade game "Bankshot Billiards 2," a $20 (U.S.) game rebate coupon good for any Xbox 360 game title* and 200 points for use on Xbox Live Marketplace. The three-month Premium Starter Pack has an ERP of $39.99 and contains a three-month subscription to Xbox Live, an Xbox 360 headset, a full version of the Xbox Live Arcade game "Joust," a $10 (U.S.) game rebate coupon good for any Xbox 360 game title* and 100 points for use on Xbox Live Marketplace. With nearly three-quarters of all launch games on Xbox 360 Xbox Live multiplayer-enabled, there's never been a better time to get connected to Xbox Live.

In addition, to allow gamers to customize and enhance the Xbox 360 experience, 13 Xbox 360 accessories will be available by launch day:

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
  • Xbox 360 Controller (wired)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Networking Adapter
  • Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote
  • Xbox 360 Faceplates
  • Xbox 360 Hard Drive (20 GB)
  • Xbox 360 Headset
  • Xbox 360 Memory Unit (64 MB)
  • Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit
  • Xbox 360 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Xbox 360 Component HD-AV Cable
  • Xbox 360 S-Video AV Cable (U.S. only)
  • Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable

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