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Castlevania Puzzle (WP7 Xbox Live) Available For $7?!

As we mentioned yesterday, today’s Xbox Live Windows phone title is Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night from Konami. Yesterday I wrote “The iPhone version is $.99 but since it’s an Xbox title I’m still guessing it’s $3 with a free trial on Windows Phone.” Wow was I wrong – $7. For realz? Watch this though – let’s take the iPhone app description and compare it to the WP7 description:

Take control of Alucard, son of Dracula, and experience Castlevania in a whole new way on the iPhone/iPod Touch Windows Phone 7 with Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night! Konami brings you a truly innovative Puzzle-RPG system developed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch – an exciting first for the Castlevania series!

Features and Highlights:
– Play as and against characters from Symphony of the Night
Share your achievements with friends on Facebook!
Play songs from your own music library during battles
– Over 20 hours of game play in Story Mode
– Dozens of unique enemies to fight and over one hundred items to collect
– Over 20 honors to earn

All of that for a mere 7x markup. I’m ok with a little markup for Xbox Live titles that are polished but really – this is an iPhone game that seems to have the same Sega Genesis inspired graphics and in a best-case scenario the same features and yet it’s $7 compared to $1. Well there’s a trial mode so maybe some of you will get hooked. By the way, the release date is 1/18 so if you sort by date it’s out of order – just sort by popularity and it found a nice cozy place at the bottom.

Feel free to comment on your feelings about these shenanigans.