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Super Meat Boy has Headcrabs and Goo, plus other important SMB info

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Just because Super Meat Boy came out on XBLA and was balls-to-the-wall awesome doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything new going on in the world of red meat. The PC version is less than two weeks away, and news keeps flying out about the game, including new, PC-exclusive characters. The Meat Boy creators just announced on their blog probably the biggest star to join the game yet: the Headcrab from Half-Life.

What started as a joke between Team Meat and Steam owners Valve became all too real, as Valve was totally into sharing the it’s brain-humping aliens, which will have a special horizontal jumping ability that’s indicative of its species. It’s a Steam exclusive, but for those buying the title for PC outside of Steampowered.com, they’ll get the nearly as cool Goo from World of Goo, which apparently won’t be in the Steam version. These two titans of gaming join the group of unlockables that also includes the previously reveal Mr. Minecraft. And no, these new characters aren’t coming to the 360 release.

As long as we have your Meat Boy-related attention, here are a few other things to note. Firstly, this week is the last week of SMB’s XBLA launch sale. Starting 11/21 it goes from 800 points ($10) to 1200 ($15), so for those intending to get it on 360, now is the time.

If you were waiting for SMB to come to Wii or PS3, get ready to wait some more, and in one case wait forever. The Wii version (the first planned release for SMB) has hit a few snags and delays thanks mostly to Nintendo’s pretty limiting size restrictions on WiiWare games. Team Meat is trying its best to find a way around the situation without having to resort to episodic content, which it feels is a terrible fit for its game. Suffice it to say SMB Wii’s future is cloudy.

For PS3 owners that future is nonexistent, as Team Meat has spelled out in no uncertain terms that the game will never be on Sony’s system. Why? To quote the devs:

“We can’t EVER do a ps3 version of super meat boy because when we were going into negotiations with publishers Sony was the only one who didn't express much interest in the game. We assumed this meant that they didn't want the game and decided to sign with Nintendo and Microsoft. Our contracts excluded any release on Ps3.

We would have loved to do a ps3 version, but it’s not at all possible what so ever now. So please stop asking about it.”


Above: Ya snooze, ya lose Sony

There you have it. Don’t get mad at the Team Meat guys, get mad at Sony for not seeing how cool Meat Boy was a long time ago, or shake your fist at Microsoft and Nintendo for putting that exclusivity in their contracts. On the plus side, your computer can probably handle the PC version that comes out in two weeks.

Nov 17,2010

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19 comments

  • Valntyne - November 19, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    Meaty.
  • Crabhand - November 18, 2010 5:09 a.m.

    @HankVenture Well, if the price on PC and Wii ends up being the $15 the game originally cost, you still will have saved $5 for buying it early on the 360. If more arcade titles went this route I would definitely look into more of them.
  • Tenfey - November 18, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    This was a meaty article.
  • drgnrbrn316 - November 18, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    Eh, I'll just get the Steam version. I'm not buying an Xbox (or Wii) for one game.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - November 17, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    FUCK YOU, SONY.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 17, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    I've always said it - Sony are fucktards for not wanting SMB when they had the chance. Now, I'm torn... Steam version or non-steam?! I love World of Goo, but I also love Headcrabs. ARGH! Why make me choose? I get that Headcrabs exclusive is a good incentive, especially seeing as it actually adapts the gameplay with a special ability, but the Gooballs are so cute, even though they are just a superficial change! It's not fair. I want both :(
  • HankVenture - November 17, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    it really kills me when I support a game and they say.. well thanks for the support but you should have supported it a different way. Still love the game
  • samkovacs - November 17, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    Goddamn my xbox not getting headcrab goodness
  • WTeen8 - November 17, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    I can't wait for the Wii version to come out, although hopefully the problems aren't too severe....I'm also hoping for DLC, I doubt it but still.
  • Cleanser247 - November 17, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    I love Super Meat Boy! I think it's one of the best XBLA this year!
  • Jackelsburg - November 17, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    damn sony, why did you guys have to go make a mistake like that? lol oh well looks like im gonna be getting it for the pc
  • thefreakysurgeon - November 17, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    those dickheads at Sony don't know what a good platformer is.
  • StrayGator - November 17, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    Crab of Goo? Tough call. I know I'm buying it on day one, but where from? Decisions, decisions...
  • thedonut - November 17, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Hey! Wait a minute... Isn't Steam going to the PS3, anyways? So since this game is going on Steam, there could be a chance...
  • FoxdenRacing - November 17, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    Sony really dropped the ball on this one. Blame MS/Nintendo/Team Meat if you want, but realize they wouldn't have signed an exclusivity contract if Sony wanted it [otherwise, either 360 or Wii would've been left out]. But I'm not outraged about it. Saddened, mostly; thanks to some meathead executive [pun intended], PS3 gamers are going to miss out on an awesome little game.
  • NightCrawler_358 - November 17, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    I can't wait to buy this on Steam! Everyday i check the release date, but steam just says November for some reason, but NOW i know its the 21st. thanks henry.
  • Fenny12 - November 17, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Holy crap, I'm SO playing as the Minecraft guy!
  • JADENkOTOR - November 17, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    I just downloaded this about a week ago and it is painfully addictive... I have never been so pissed while enjoying a game so much. I don't know how they found that perfect balance but they did and I cannot stop playing. And people need to sack up and get a 360 too, cause there are so many great titles that only come out on XBLA... It would be a shame not to be able to play them all. I did the same thing for PS3 exclusives and don't regret it one bit.
  • Crabhand - November 17, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    Sony, you fools! Super Meat Boy is a fantastic game and they are really missing a gem by not recognizing it.

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