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Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility Updated

doaultimate.jpgI love a good backwards compatibility update for the Xbox 360 as every time I anxiously check the list for a game I might still have in my original Xbox collection.

The highlights for this December 2006 update include Dead or Alive Ultimate and Shenmue II.

New games and updates* include:

  • All-Star Baseball™ 2005
  • Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • *Burnout® 3: Takedown™
  • Dead Or Alive Ultimate
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Dynasty Warriors 4 / Shin Sangokumuso3
  • Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
  • Family Guy
  • Far Cry: Instincts
  • Incredibles/ Mr. Incredible (J)
  • I-Ninja
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
  • MX Unleashed
  • Open Season
  • Pariah
  • Psychonauts
  • Rainbow Six: Lockdown
  • Rapala Pro Fishing
  • Scarface
  • Shark Tale
  • Shenmue II
  • Splinter Cell: Double Agent
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray
  • Whacked!
  • Winback 2: Project Poseidon
  • Xiaolin Showdown

A nice lenghy list and hopefully you will have a few there you will want to pop into your Xbox 360 to relive some classic gaming. I am still praying for the day though when Midtown Madness 3 appears as that game was so much fun online!

[ Update: Microsoft have reverted their official list back to the older August update, so maybe the information was released at the wrong time! Well an insider look maybe then at what will be available soon ]

[ Update 2: List updated with a few additions such as Soul Calibur II (North America Only) and Conker: Live and Reloaded ]

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology.

Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

  • Carolyn Walker

    Help please – My two kids have xbox 360’s and I have dowloaded the update for backwards compatibilty on six different discs and get the same error every time – disc is unreadable. Xbox telephone support not very supportive. I have made sure the file is called default.xex as stated and still no joy. Can you please help?

  • Make sure you are following these instructions:
    http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/games/backwardscompatibility.htm#disc

    Make sure you extract the file (default.xex) from the Zip file.

    If you are still having problems, may be a good idea to get the consoles connected online (even if only for a few moments) then when you insert an older compatible Xbox game, it can download the update automatically.