[Every week, Gamasutra sister weblog GamerBytes' editor Ryan Langley will be summing up the top console digital download news tidbits from the past 7 days, including brand new game announcements and scoops through the world of Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare.]
While there has been plenty of news this week for the Xbox Live Arcade, including the release of Castle Crashers
this Wednesday, there has been significant new information on PlayStation Network games from the Leipzig Game Convention too.
Sony released a stack of new trailers available for download on the PlayStation Store - reminding us of notable titles like Wipeout HD
, Fat Princess
- but has also announced Savage Moon
, a new Desktop Tower Defense
style game which I'm sure will tickle the fancy of many PS3 owners waiting for more PixelJunk Monsters
was also announced for the PlayStation Network - I hear Gamasutra publisher Simon Carless is a huge fan of the original arcade cabinet version. It looks like it's in good hands over at Outrun 2
converter and Foundation9 studio Sumo Digital.
Finally, don't forget that Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
was released last week for PSN, and Helix
has just debuted for WiiWare, as well. Here's the rundown of the top console digital download news for the week:
Xbox Live Arcade
Castle Crashers is your XBLA game of the week!
It's been two years of waiting, but the long awaited 4-player cooperative beat-em-up Castle Crashers
is set to debut this Wednesday. Grab it for 1,200 Microsoft Points.
Shred Nebula Creators To Release Design And Pitch Documents For Indie Devs
CrunchTime Games are thinking big for an Xbox Live Arcade title - they plan to hold a tournament in 2009 with prizes totaling $50,000! They also plan to release their pitch and design documents to the world, to help independent developers get a handle on how to get their games on Xbox Live Arcade.
War World Still Coming To Xbox Live Arcade
has been in limbo for an awfully long time - meant to come out August of last year, it is still sitting around waiting for a release. Now some new evidence seems to show that the game is still on track for release... someday.
New Darwinia+ Trailer - King Of The Hill Multiplayer Madness
A new trailer for Multiwinia
was released this week to give us a good look at what Darwinia+
might end up like on the Xbox Live Arcade. Looks like a ton of fun.
Preorder Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Get Banjo Kazooie XBLA For Free
Fable II Pub Games
must have done very well - Microsoft has announced that preordering Nuts & Bolts will net you a free copy of Banjo Kazooie
on Xbox Live Arcade. The game is already $39.99 in the US -- it sounds like quite the bargain.
PSN Store Update - Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty For All
The standalone downloadable game of Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
has now been released across all territories. You can also grab a demo of The Last Guy
if you're in North America.
GTI Club+ Coming To PlayStation Network
Little-known classic arcade title GTI Club
is getting a good ol spit 'n' shine thanks to Sumo Digital, who will release this title with a full graphical overhaul on the PlayStation Network.
Montage Footage Shows Off Savage Moon, Fat Princess and More
Sony made several announcements regarding PlayStation Network titles during the Leipzig Game Convention. This video sums it up very nicely, including the first footage of the newly announced, FluffyLogic-developed Savage Moon
Tower Defense game.
NA WiiWare Store Update - Helix Released, Ys Book I & II On Virtual Console
Bizarre trance dance robot simulator Helix
has been released today for WiiWare. It's the first title released by Ghostfire Games, and an odd one to boot. Ys Book I & II
and Samurai Shodown 2
are your Virtual Console titles this week.
De Blob Creators Make Side Scrolling RTS For WiiWare
Creators of the original PC prototype of Wii game De Blob
are making a brand new RTS game for WiiWare. It's looking a lot like Defend Your Castle
with the style of Castle Crashers
, and all three of those have some big fans.