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Best Of Console Digital News: From Half Minute Hero To Worms

Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest news for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Half Minute Hero and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem.
[Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest news for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Half Minute Hero and Worms: Ultimate Mayhem.] A bit of a quiet one this week, but we've still seen some really cool games on the horizon -- Half Minute Hero, a new Worms title, several new titles in the works from Hothead, and more. Expect a huge week for XBLA and PSN next week, with a slew of new announcements, and hopefully the PlayStation Store back online [PSN's full restoration began today -- ed.]. Half Minute Hero Super Mega Neo Climax Revealed (XBLA) 20700-189556-1-hd.jpg A cult hit on the PSP, Half Minute Hero returns once again, this time to Xbox Live Arcade. This new variant sports an entirely new art style, much more "soft" and presented like a coloring book, but still allowing you to play with the original 16-bit sprite variants of yore. This new version will be available on June 29th, and for just 800MSP. Hothead Games Reveals DeathSpank Sequel, Hitchhiker's Guide Game In The Works (XBLA / PSN) In lieu with an incredibly short teaser trailer, Hothead Games has revealed that a sequel to last year's hit DeathSpank is in the works, but will be disregarding the original's title. The new game will be called The Baconing, and will follow DeathSpank into the "fires of Bacon", and according to Kotaku will include a more varied combat system with much smarter enemies. Also on the cards is a new game from the developer based on the famous Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy books, though not much more has been said at this time. wormsmay.jpgWorms Readying For Ultimate Mayhem (XBLA) The Australian Classification Board has rated a game called Worms: Ultimate Mayhem with no specific console noted. Could this be the return of 3D Worms? What The Heck Is Microsoft Up To With Kinect? (XBLA) It has been an amazing week in terms of classification leaks, particularly for Microsoft products, but as we delve into their meaning, a lot of them don't seem to be for games, but instead applications. Check Out Boulder Dash XL (XBLA) Boulder Dash XL will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PC later this year, complete with over 150 stages, a ton of modes, and a whole mode dedicated to Apple II style graphics. Check out the trailer here. BloodRayne Returns In An Explosion Of Body Parts (XBLA / PSN) WayForward has taken what was previously a pretty clunky 3rd person action game, and turned it into a Dishwasher: Dead Samurai style slash fest. Lots of blood, a lot of crazy demons and ungodly creatures to slaughter, and a lot of combos to figure out. Check out the trailer here.

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