Major Nelson tells us what the 'must have' Windows Phone 7 games are

While Windows Phone 7 is a unique mobile platform because of its interactivity with Xbox Live, it hasn't made a huge splash with Xbox fans, and game announcements have been left rather muted. That's set to change this spring, as Microsoft plans a marketing blitz to release the "Must Have Games for Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7."

Hidden at the end of a lengthy blog post from Major Nelson, Xbox Live's Larry Hryb details some of the upcoming games planned for Microsoft's burgeoning mobile platform.

Beginning at an unspecified spring date, Microsoft will release one game per week for six weeks, and presumably promote the hell out of them to drum up support for Windows Phone 7, which faces an uphill battle to compete with Android and the iPhone in the highly treacherous smartphone market.

The six games that will be included in the promotion are:

- Plants vs Zombies
- Hydro Thunder Go
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
- GeoDefense
- Doodle Jump
- Fable Coin Golf

In Fable Coin Golf, players will actually be able to unlock exclusive weapons for use in Fable III: Traitor's Keep on their Xbox 360.

Windows Phone 7 is acting as the portable Xbox platform, since Microsoft is the one key console maker that doesn't have a dedicated handheld. As a result, it's pushing the mobile operating system as an extention of the Xbox 360, offering players the ability to earn achievements and send message to their XBL buddies while on the go.

[Source: Major Nelson]

Feb 24, 2011


  • Spybreak8 - February 26, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    Yeah I want a WP7 but like classic Starcraft memes "Not enough minerals."
  • Baron164 - February 25, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    WP7 coming to Sprint March 20th which means the Copy and Paste update will be out before then. I love my WP7 Samsung Focus. I'm looking forward to finally getting Plants vs Zombies. I still want Angry Birds and Peggle but I imagine that will happen eventually. That's the problem with new platforms. Have to wait for a lot of stuff. But they have a good start and Gen2 will be even better.
  • Person5 - February 25, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    I would love to trade in my iPhone for this phone, but don't quite have the ability at the moment, I'm gonna have to wait for my iPhone contract to be up so it doesn't seem like I totally wasted my money on it(which I kind of did) plus if I had this phone I could finally have actual anti-apple arguments with my friends without them pulling the "you have an iPhone" card
  • minimaxi - February 25, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    from what i see the user interface is sleek and very much to my liking, apps are obviously lacking when compared to iphone/android, and @mausjake no angry birds? i'm more concerned about the absence of Game Dev Story ;)
  • mausjake - February 25, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    I have the WP7 thanks to the buy one get one free they had a month or so back, I lovingly love this phone, I had a blackberry curve (hands down my favorite phone ever) but took me like 4 months to learn all the features and shortcuts. The WP7 is simple to use super user friendly and I felt like I've had it forever after only a few days. The games are killer, and you can even earn Achievements that show up on your 360, which is really nice if you ever have slow moments at work. Pros Decent battery life (compared to the BB Curve) Simple to use Great Games and Apps Hi Res Camera Auto function to make FaceBook friends in your contacts (shows photos, updates, email, phone numbers... All in just the contacts) Cons Can't make your own music into Ringtones Not as many apps as an iPhone or Android No Angry Birds (still jealous of my friends)
  • SonicX_89 - February 25, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    @pimpdaddie I would definitely get WP7 if it were on Sprint.
  • pimpdaddie - February 25, 2011 3:36 a.m.

  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 25, 2011 2:56 a.m.

    Hydro Thunder ftmfw! Too bad I don't have a WP7, would really be looking forward to this otherwise.
  • PushesPaperInACircle - February 25, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    I think I'll stick with my iphone. Gaming on your phone is for old people and sheeple.
  • Jonamon23 - February 25, 2011 2:10 a.m.

    First! Can't wait to get the second gen WP7's.

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