Six new Arcade games revealed for Live

Alongsidetoday's releaseof XBLA Double Dragon, Microsoft has detailed the six new download titles heading to Xbox 360 "later this year."

To save our fingers the pain, here's the list (not in chronological order of release) via the magic of cut and paste:

Mad Tracks: This 3D racing party game from Load Inc. and D3Publisher recalls all the fun of playing with toy cars from childhood. Up to four players can race micro cars in a variety of gameplay modes in familiar settings such as a living room, a restaurant and a toy store.

Rush'n Attack: Also known as "Green Beret," from Konami, this is a faithful next-generation update of this classic coin-op arcade title where the player assumes the role of a special forces agent sent behind enemy lines to infiltrate an enemy military complex and free captured prisoners of war.The older ones around the officeassure us this was awesome back in the day.

Soltrio Solitaire: From Silver Creek Entertainment, this is a collection of 18 different solitaire games, offering co-op and competitive two-player solitaire game modes.

Spyglass Board Games: From Strange Flavour Ltd. and Freeverse, this offers classic versions of the world's most beloved board games, including chess, checkers, mancala and reversi, as well as the ability to enjoy video chat with friends via the Xbox Live Vision camera.

Street Trace: NYC: This is a hover board racing and arena battle game from Gaia Industries Inc. set against the urban wasteland of future New York City. Make your mark on the leaderboards in intense eight-player action over Xbox Live, or battle at home through split-screen or single-player tournaments.

Undertow: This is a fast-paced action shooter from Chair Entertainment Group that thrusts players underwater as they battle for control of the oceans, and features a robust single player/co-op campaign and up to 16-player multiplayer action. We've got some more info on this gamehere.

So in summary, Mad Tracks looks brilliant, Soltrio Solitaire isn't Solitaire at all and we're still wondering what happened to Sonic the Hedgehog XBLA.

Looking forward we're also tapping our feet for the arrival of Every Extend Extra Extreme, Alien Hominid spiritual successor Castle Crashers, the Arcade port of Ikaruga and the excellent Arcade version of Tack 'n' Field.

May 9, 2007