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Reportedly Microsoft marketing images showing the new bundles  (Source: Kotaku)
Xbox 360 to come with Forza 2 and Marvel for free this holiday season

Although manufacturing costs of the Xbox 360 will be cheaper than ever after the switch to the 65nm CPU platform codenamed Falcon, Microsoft will likely stick with its current pricing throughout the rest of the year. But that’s not to say that there won’t be some value added to help entice those on the fence to choose Microsoft’s console.

Briefly spotted on Best Buy’s online store, but now removed, were two pages that listed new bundles that added Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance to both the Xbox 360 Elite and Xbox 360 Premium SKUs. Both consoles were listed at their current prices, indicating that the two games were an added value package.

Gaming blog Kotaku uncovered marketing images for both the aforementioned bundles mid-August, and the appearance of such bundles in Best Buy nearly confirms their pending existence on the market.

The packaging shown in the images also matches up with previous information provided by Microsoft’s marketing, which added taglines “Go Pro” to the Xbox 360 Premium system while the Xbox 360 Elite displays “Go Big.”

Bundling games with the Xbox 360 is already standard practice in Canada. Best Buy  in Canada is selling Xbox 360 Premium with Forza Motorsport 2 and Amped 3, while Wal-Mart substitutes one winter sport with another by adding in NHL 2K8 with Forza Motorsport 2.



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Smart decision....bad for consumers
By someguy123 on 9/28/2007 5:30:01 AM , Rating: 1
Who want the system for certain killer apps (aka halo Last remnant etc).

It makes sense though as the cost of discs are pennies compared to the 50$ or so per console they'd have to lose to be considered a real price drop.




RE: Smart decision....bad for consumers
By nayy on 9/28/2007 8:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
How is this bad for consumers???
The value of a promotion has to be measure from the point of view of the client, not the manufacturer, specially when taking about things like software, where as you comment the production cost of a unit is very little. You are paying for playing the game not for a piece of plastic.
Now I haven't play this games (still waiting for falcon) but i do know that Forza is one of the best ranked games of the year. So is not like they are giving you two crappy games.

I think there is real value in this, and i will probably take advantage of it.


RE: Smart decision....bad for consumers
By MrPickins on 9/28/2007 12:04:20 PM , Rating: 2
I personally would rather have the price cut, and a choice of which games I'd like to buy rather than being forced to buy games which may not be in the genres I give a crap about.


By mdogs444 on 9/28/2007 1:34:53 PM , Rating: 2
No offense, but no one is "forcing" you to buy anything. You can buy the 360 thats out today, or you can wait and get it for the same price with bonus games. your choice.


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