Flashback: August 17, 2010 and Microsoft announced “the first wave of games announced in the launch portfolio of Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7” which included 50 titles. It even ends “Additional titles in the launch portfolio will be released between now and the Windows Phone 7 launch this holiday season; once the phone launches, new Xbox LIVE titles also will be added to the games portfolio every week” which sounds like those 50 will be at launch and even more will get added over time. So how many are in Marketplace now? 31 (including ilomilo even though that’s an AT&T exclusive). Here’s the original list and I’ve marked the titles that are not available in red:

•“3D Brick Breaker Revolution” (Digital Chocolate)

•“Age of Zombies” (Halfbrick)

•“Armor Valley” (Protégé Games)

•“Asphalt 5” (Gameloft)

•“Assassins Creed” (Gameloft)

•“Bejeweled™ LIVE” (PopCap)

•“Bloons TD” (Digital Goldfish)

•“Brain Challenge” (Gameloft)

•“Bubble Town 2” (i-Play)

•“Butterfly” (Press Start Studio)

•“CarneyVale Showtime” (MGS)

•“Castlevania” (Konami Digital Entertainment)

•“Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS)

•“De Blob Revolution” (THQ)

•“Deal or No Deal 2010” (i-Play)

•“Earthworm Jim” (Gameloft)

•“Fast & Furious 7” (i-Play)

•“Fight Game Rivals” (Rough Cookie)

•“Finger Physics” (Mobliss Inc.)

•“Flight Control” (Namco Bandai)

•“Flowerz” (Carbonated Games)

•“Frogger” (Konami Digital Entertainment)

•“Fruit Ninja” (Halfbrick)

•“Game Chest-Board” (MGS)

•“Game Chest-Card” (MGS)

•“Game Chest-Logic” (MGS)

•“Game Chest-Solitaire” (MGS)

•“GeoDefense” (Critical Thought)

•“Ghostscape” (Psionic)

•“Glow Artisan” (Powerhead Games)

•“Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)

•“Guitar Hero 5” (Glu Mobile)

•“Halo Waypoint” (MGS)

•“Hexic Rush” (Carbonated Games)

•“I Dig It” (InMotion)

•“iBlast Moki” (Godzilab)

•“ilomilo” (MGS)

•“Implode XL” (IUGO)

•“Iquarium” (Infinite Dreams)

•“Jet Car Stunts” (True Axis)

•“Let’s Golf 2” (Gameloft)

•“Little Wheel” (One click dog)

•“Loondon” (Flip N Tale)

•“Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay)

•“Mini Squadron” (Supermono Limited)

•“More Brain Exercise” (Namco Bandai)

•“O.M.G.” (Arkedo)

•“Puzzle Quest 2” (Namco Bandai)

•“Real Soccer 2” (Gameloft)

•“The Revenants” (Chaotic Moon)

•“Rise of Glory” (Revo Solutions)

•“Rocket Riot” (Codeglue)

•“Splinter Cell Conviction” (Gameloft)

•“Star Wars: Battle for Hoth” (THQ)

•“Star Wars: Cantina” (THQ)

•“The Harvest” (MGS)

•“The Oregon Trail” (Gameloft)

•“Tower Bloxx NY” (Digital Chocolate)

•“Twin Blades” (Press Start Studio)

•“UNO” (Gameloft)

•“Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet” (i-Play)

•“Zombie Attack!” (IUGO)

•“Zombies!!!!” (Babaroga)

So obviously a few titles were added that weren’t on the original list: Need for Speed Undercover, Tetris, The Sims3 and Monopoly.

Simple question – where the hell are the rest of the  Xbox games man? I’m plenty happy with the non-Xbox titles but since MS is insistent on giving so many advantages to Xbox titles (like making them the default ‘games’ category) I’d expect to be beyond their expected 50 mark by now.

OK so speculate rampantly as to what the delay is.


  1. Well if the developers didn’t think it was a priority to get these games ready by launch, they lose. Because WP7 XBox games are selling like water in the desert.

  2. Don’t know. If they were saving the best for last (or later) then I might believe that they are holding back. Blow your budget on the first two dozen, but then I have to have this, and that one. I am not familair enough with the titles in red though to conclude great marketing ploy. May have just been wishful thinking though. What a top executive in a corner office would like to see happen and what is reality are often two very different things. But assuming that all these games already exist for the big screen, can’t imagine with the time the developers have had, that they couldn’t pull off the 50 by launch day. So maybe you are on to something.

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