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X-Men Arcade Coming To XBLA/PSN

I don’t know how the hell I managed to miss this bit of news but in what some (read: myself) may consider the greatest retro game porting news to be released this year, X-Men Arcade will be making its way to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in the near future.

During the New York Comic Con, Konami and Marvel Entertainment announced that they are in the process of porting an 18-year old arcade classic for re-release as a digital download. Now, I don’t know about you but one of the fondest memories of my childhood was playing this massive two-screen cabinet game in the arcades.

The game will feature the same six characters from the original arcade version: Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Colossus, and Dazzler, who will face off against Magneto and members of his sinister Brotherhood of Mutants as they attempt to rescue Professor X and Kitty Pryde.

The game will have upgraded visuals, leaderboards, 4-player local co-op, and 6-player online drop in/drop out co-op. I’m literally salivating all over my keyboard as I write this in a half-conscious nostalgic trance.

konami – the original developer of the game – failed to reveal pricing information and a release date. However, it was indicated that the game would be released some time before the end of this year (somebody ((me)) could potentially have a very merry xmas this year). The porting is being done by Backbone Entertainment, who has successfully handled the transition of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to current-generation consoles.


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