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Midway Arcade titles vanish from XBL Marketplace [Update]

Wednesday, 17th February 2010 17:46 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Update: Well, that didn’t take long. The Major has tweeted that the Midway titles being pulled from XBL Marketplace can be directly attributed to “publisher evolving rights and permissions”.

Don’t worry though, he says that if you purchased one of the deleted games in the past, you will be able to re-download it again.

The full list of titles are: Cyberball, Defender, Paperboy, Rootbeer Tapper, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Robotron, Joust, Gauntlet, and Smash TV.

The Major says that all will be explained in more detail on his show this week.

You can check out his multiple tweets through here.

Thanks, Benjo1981.

Original: Looks like Microsoft has pulled some of Midway’s Xbox Live Arcade games off the roster.

Eurogamer looked through the offerings and found that Mortal Kombat 3, Defender, Gauntlet, Paperboy and Smash TV were all MIA.

Sure enough, we checked on the US end as well, and none are to be found. In fact, the only Gauntlet title we found was Seven Sorrows.

Speculation on whether the titles were pulled so that they could once again be on offer for the launch of Game Room on March 17 is currently being speculated.

We’ll email MS to see if we can find out, but if this is some sort of big surprise waiting in the launch wings, don’t expect to be told anything.

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9 Comments

  1. Benjo1981

    The Major just tweeted: “FYI: Some XBLA titles are no longer available for purchase from Xbox LIVE Arcade due to publisher evolving rights and permissions…”

    and..”The list of titles is: Cyberball, Defender,Paperboy,Rootbeer Tapper,Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3,Robotron,Joust,Gauntlet & Smash TV”

    and: “If you purchased any of those titles…you will still be able to play them or redownload ‘em. An no, it’s not Game room related”

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Great. God I hate Twitter. Will update accordingly. Thanks Benjo.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Thinktank

    /SONOFABITCH. I was just about to buy Paperboy, Cyberball, and Gauntlet. Was thinking about UMK 3 as well. So much for that.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. blackdreamhunk

    mricosoft and sony says jump to console gamers, game devs and publishers. Console gamers,game devs and pulishers say how high. ahahhahahhahahahahhhahhahahahhahah

    reasons why pc gaming will always be better than consoles

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Benjo1981

    “mricosoft and sony says jump to console gamers, game devs and publishers. Console gamers,game devs and pulishers say how high. ahahhahahhahahahahhhahhahahahhahah

    reasons why pc gaming will always be better than consoles”

    Care to elaborate? I’m slightly confused. These games seem to have been removed due to a publisher going bankrupt. I presume that this has had the consequence of the IP’s now not being available, for whatever reason.

    What has that got to do with Microsoft or Sony?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    yea well I can still play mid way games on my pc lol. mircosoft taking those games off sure helps gamers lol what a joke lol

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Scyrenn

    Thank gods for (so called) piracy idd…

    #7 5 years ago
  8. RGW1982

    You Mean People Actually Pay To Play These Old Games?.. LOL @ All Of Those Idiots.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    yea well I can still play mid way games on my pc lol. mircosoft taking those games off sure helps gamers lol what a joke lol

    You can still play all of those games on the 360. You just can’t buy them any more.

    Unless you’re talking about piracy keeping the games available in a similar situation on the PC, in which case… yay you.

    #9 5 years ago

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