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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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By ChipDude on 9/28/2007 10:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
MS really should also do a bundle of Halo3 and a console.

Throw the game in for free for their top of the line console in a bundle!

That will capitalize on the the Halo3 fanfare, get a few more consoles sold that lock another person to the xb360 box and insure a few more game sales too.

By Rampage on 9/30/2007 9:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, cuz everyone is going to buy Halo3 anyway that buys a 360.

Markup for a game is pretty good and high at $60. I'd wager MS makes more money selling a disc for $60 (even long after dev costs) than bundling it.

I'd take Forza2 and another game anyday (even this Ultimate Alliance) over just Halo3.

I think todays games are a lot better than yesteryears, when I bought my Genesis, Sonic was one of the few games I was interested in and getting that free was a huge perk.
360 has many more games than just their "Sonic" to sell the console. Though you can get that on XBL, which is awesome.
Sega games are the best and Sonic still looks beautiful today due to the style of art they used.

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