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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Simpsons Arcade Game coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network

I've wasted so many quarters over the years at arcades (less now since they're pretty much dead), and part of it was because of machines like The Simpsons Arcade Game.

How could any Simpsons fan not play this game? Pick your favorite family member, except Maggie since she was captured by Smithers, and go to town on a bunch of goons. And when you got four people playing at once, it was great times for all.

Now you can relive that nostalgia starting Feb. 3 as The Simpsons Arcade Game from Konami will be ported to Xbox Live Arcade. It will be available Feb. 7 on PlayStation Network.

The game will feature 4-player online cooperative play, and various game modes like Quarters mode, Survival mode (see how far you can get in one life) and Free Play (unlimited continues and no worries).

Unlockable content includes the Japanese version of the game, looking at posters and flyers, and a guide of Simpsons characters in the game.

But nostalgia comes at a price. It costs 800 Microsoft Points on XBLA and $9.99 on PSN. However, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download the game for free. So it's a no-brainer for them.

For those who have to pay, the question becomes will it be worth it? Arcades games like these were pretty short. This game only has eight stages, so it won't last long. Adding the Japanese version helps, but it's pretty much the same game with minor tweaks. But if $10 is too much, you could always wait for a possible XBLA or PSN sale that will knock down the price.

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