Xbox 360 Arcade lands in South Africa

Well you can’t say I didn’t predict this in my previous post. Kudos to Microsoft for putting forward a totally awesome special for the family. This will definitely compete head-on with the Nintendo Wii this festive season. And the great news is that its available from this Friday.

JOHANNESBURG — Oct. 24, 2007 — Just in time for the coming holidays, Microsoft today released a new Xbox 360 console that delivers games and content to everyone in the family for an estimated retail price of R2699.00. Available in stores in South Africa from Friday 26th October 2007, Xbox 360 ‘Arcade’ is the first Xbox 360 console to include seven family-friendly games.Xbox 360 Arcade also includes a wireless controller, an HDMI connection to enable high-definition output if desired and 256MB of memory–useful for storing games and other entertainment content. At an estimated retail price of just R2699.00, the Xbox 360 Arcade console will include the full versions of the five best-selling Arcade games including “PAC-MAN Championship Edition,” (NAMCO BANDAI Games), “Uno,” “Luxor 2,” “Boom Boom Rocket” (Electronic Arts), and “Feeding Frenzy.” In addition, Project Gotham Racing Classic and Dead or Alive Classic will also be preloaded onto the console.

“As South Africans get together this Christmas, it’s the perfect time to launch a family orientated Xbox 360 package that plays games, video and music for everyone to enjoy,” said Marc Batten, head of the entertainment and devices business at Microsoft South Africa. “In addition to offering an incredible all-in-one package for families to get right into the fun, the Xbox 360 Arcade system features the industry leading family settings that allow parents to control what their kids are watching and playing, and we know how important that control is to families around the world.”

Microsoft’s commitment to family entertainment is complimented by the largest library of more than 100 family-friendly games available at retailers in South Africa this Christmas, including “BEE MOVIE GAME” (Activision), “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” (Activision), “Naruto: Rise of a Ninja” (UbiSoft) , and “Viva Piñata: Party Animals.” Main participating retailers include CNA, Musica, Game, Hi FI Corporation , Look and Listen, Dion, Incredible Connection.

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