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March 28th, 2008, 11:10
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http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.xbox360fanboy.com/media/2008/03/tony-hawks-.jpg (http://www.xblah.net/2008/03/5pb.html)With news of Ikaruga's imminent release (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/03/27/ikaruga-release-date-leaked/), and the previous release of Triggerheart Exelica (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/02/27/triggerheart-exelica-shmups-xbla/), it would seem to the casual observer that XBLA would be a great place for screen-scrolling shooters. Well, this is not quite so. In the most recent issue of Famitsu, Cave, the developers of Dodonpachi Daioujou Black Label X (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DoDonPachi_Dai_Ou_Jou) and Ketsui X (http://www.insertcredit.com/reviews/ketsui/index.html) speak out about their experience with Microsoft's Live Arcade decision making division, and the account sounds eerily similar to the tale told (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/03/24/n-creators-stand-behind-their-anti-xbla-rant/) to us by the developers of N+.

In a nutshell, Microsoft told Cave that they could not put their games on Live Arcade due to the fact that Microsoft is "going to cut down on faithful arcade ports." So Cave will have to put their two games out via traditional retail channels, but they're quite understandably frustrated and would prefer to bring these two arcade games, and more, to market via XBLA instead of via disc. And this is still horrible news in that it back's up Metanet's assertion (http://www.xbox360fanboy.com/2008/03/24/n-creators-stand-behind-their-anti-xbla-rant/) that there are problems deciding what content makes it onto XBLA.

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beetroot bertie
March 28th, 2008, 12:29
Shame. I've not heard of these games but do enjoy scrolling shooters. Maybe if Ikaruga does well it encourage more games like these to be released via XBLA.