Xbox Live Arcade Award Winners Announced
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LONDON – 22 February 2008 — At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2008 today, Microsoft Corp. celebrated the success of its industry-leading Xbox LIVE Arcade platform with the inaugural Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards. In January, more than 26,000 people voted for their favourite Xbox LIVE Arcade games, and this week Microsoft announced the winners at a private developer reception at GDC.

The finalists in each award category were chosen by a panel of select industry journalists, and the winners for the first six categories were determined by popular vote, with the final four categories decided by sales and gameplay data, Metacritic score or staff vote. Following are the winners for each category:

Xbox LIVE Arcade Award Winners

· Best Overall Arcade Game: “Bomberman Live” (Hudson Entertainment)

· Best Classic Game: “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” (Konami Digital Entertainment)

· Best Original Game: “Pac-Man: Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games)

· Best Family-Friendly Game: “Pac-Man: Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games)

· Best Competitive Multiplayer Game: “Bomberman Live” (Hudson Entertainment)

· Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Ubisoft Entertainment)

· Best-Selling Game: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (Ubisoft Entertainment)

· Most-Played Game: “Worms” (Team17 Software Limited)

· Highest-Rated Game: “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night” (Konami Digital Entertainment)

· Xbox LIVE Arcade Staff Choice: “Pac-Man: Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games)

“The Xbox LIVE Arcade business is currently the strongest it’s ever been, thanks to the content provided by the diverse range of talented developers attached to the platform,” said Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “The Game Developers Conference is the perfect venue to recognise the successes of Xbox LIVE Arcade developers, and as we move further into 2008, gamers can expect to see even more quality content land on Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

Xbox LIVE Arcade is home to the world’s most innovative independent developers, with more than 25 independent studios serving as the creative fuel behind the original games that represent more than a quarter of the Xbox LIVE Arcade library.

In addition, the number of Xbox LIVE Arcade players has grown 145 percent since this time last year, and together players have logged more than 115 million gaming hours worldwide. The business as a whole has experienced a 150 percent year-over-year growth in unit sales.

With 14 Xbox LIVE Arcade games clocking in with a Metacritic score of 80 or higher and seven of those games available only on Xbox LIVE Arcade, the platform has established itself as the go-to source for quality pick-up-and-play gaming. There are currently more than 116 games available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, with new content added on Wednesdays.


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Comment #1 by thacent
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 03:58:48 PM
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pacman wooooo, no sonic damn

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Comment #2 by stave000
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:01:38 PM
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there's definately some better games for some of those categories....

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Comment #3 by JakofAllAces
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:06:39 PM
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wow uno didnt win a thing

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Comment #4 by l.maciver
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:08:03 PM
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just a battle between Pac-Man, castlevania and bomerman

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Comment #5 by Killer66250
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:08:24 PM
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Agreed with Jack of all aces, I was quite suprised.

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Comment #6 by N00B EATA
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:11:12 PM
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Comment #7 by Lil Miss Death
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:17:43 PM
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all gd i love tmnt 1989 , but very shocked it won not only 1 but 2 Awards Gd Work

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Comment #8 by ReD S1X
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:21:17 PM
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next target, get Pac Man and Castlevania (if i still got point..... boohoo....)

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Comment #9 by Lil Miss Death
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:21:36 PM
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Best Original Game Of 2008 Jellycar Maybe Lol

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Comment #10 by xTenebrous
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:36:49 PM
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Surprised MBU isn't there, that's one of the best games on XBLA in my opinion

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Comment #11 by Lostman
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:55:54 PM
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I'm glad SOTN got a couple. I love playing it.

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Comment #12 by Kotaro-Fuma
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 04:58:23 PM
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What happened to Contra or Band of Bugs XD

I'm actually quite shocked that Puzzle Quest didn't win any...

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Comment #13 by Marx0r
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 05:02:57 PM
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I assume N+ wasn't eligible...

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Comment #14 by killthemall4444
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 05:20:21 PM
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Fucking Bomberman!?

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Comment #15 by bAteseh
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 05:38:31 PM
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Pacman CE I can understand but not really a fan of the others to be honest. Can think of better games on XBLA.

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Comment #16 by XPSblinx
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:02:34 PM
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heavy weapon what happened to you? and for that matter what happened to MBU, Geo wars, Undertoe or even Agis wing ? Don't tell me that x360a has gone the way of gamespot and is now getting paid for giving false results!

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Comment #17 by BENEVOLENT BOB
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:35:54 PM
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I cant believe Sensible World Of Soccer didnt win best classic game. It rewrote the rules on football games. Shame.

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Comment #18 by pavementpoop
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:45:19 PM
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yea to date N+ is by far the best game so fun :)

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Comment #19 by steg 93
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:48:34 PM
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small arms is my favorite, its well fun and no bad for gamerscore, track and field is a legendary classic game, they must be paid to say these things, pacman aint as excitong as alot of the other xbox live arcade games

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Comment #20 by Parkerktm
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 07:58:52 PM
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wow, some of those are a little bit of a surprise, TMNT 1989 classic? thats pitiful

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Comment #21 by The Drumber 1
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 08:25:32 PM
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"Best Original Game Of 2008 Jellycar Maybe Lol"

Err.... HELL YEAH!

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Comment #22 by oO R3L Oo
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 08:26:27 PM
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uno shouldve won something

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Comment #23 by WhytePanther
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 08:29:34 PM
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The article isn't clear, is this limited to 2007 releases? If so, that's why Uno, Geometry Wars and Contra weren't on the list.

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Comment #24 by The Danielnator
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 08:55:27 PM
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BOO to bomberman! Undertow > Bomberwimp!

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Comment #25 by Setobou
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 09:18:34 PM
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im glad castlevania got some recognition

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Comment #26 by DaJoernIdentity
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 09:53:14 PM
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bomberman sucks

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Comment #27 by Shadow Kisuragi
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 10:40:07 PM
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This was based on a very limited selection given by, and only for games released in 2007. If I remember correctly, there was only 5 games listed to choose from for each category (pre-picked by the Xbox staff) and a write-in area.

I remember voting in this contest and being frustrated because none of the games that I felt were deserving were listed, so I wrote in most of my choices.

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Comment #28 by laundryman
Sunday, February 24, 2008 @ 11:38:41 PM
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We need NFL Blitz on the arcade

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Comment #29 by cacique730
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 01:10:12 AM
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Street fighter II should got something
f bomberman

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Comment #30 by banana munchie
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 03:53:47 AM
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N+ is like crack, you think you'll just try it out next thing u know ur passed out in front of the tv

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Comment #31 by Valefor64
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 04:31:31 AM
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Carcassone! ... :(

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Comment #32 by Bodangles
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 06:15:44 AM
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BOO to bomberman! Undertow > Bomberwimp!

Couldn't have said it better myself. I wanted Aegi's up there too!

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Comment #33 by Damnation
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 08:29:34 AM
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Those are great games but there not what I thought would have won....My fav is still UMK3 and I keep going back to that dam Paperboy

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Comment #34 by Zmoke
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 08:40:57 AM
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My absolute favorite XBLA game is Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 too (UMK3). People don't seem to know how good game it is. I actually just even ordered two Xbox 360 arcade sticks to play arcade games - and especially Mortal Kombat.

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Comment #35 by Atomic Peenut
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 12:44:20 PM
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undertow, carcassone, aegis wing, poker smash and marble blast all deserved to win aswell

definitely mbu

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Comment #36 by AlphaDog Deluxe
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 01:24:07 PM
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I hate Bomberman. Not because it won, but I just hate the whole concept of it. I've always hated it. I hate it now. SCREW YOU, BOMBERMAN!

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Comment #37 by DNBJerk
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 06:10:04 PM
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DUDE! No props for Uno?

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Comment #38 by EL1TExWARRIOR
Monday, February 25, 2008 @ 10:08:15 PM
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