Shuggy, Magic: The Gathering on XBLA this week

Almost four years after it was a finalist in the inaugural Dream Build Play contest, The Adventures of Shuggy launches on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow. More Magic: The Gathering duelling planeswalkers also arrive this week.

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Way back in 2007, Microsoft launched the inaugural Dream Build Play contest for games built with its XNA tools. This week, one of that year's finalists, The Adventures of Shuggy, finally arrives on Xbox Live Arcade.

Shuggy's a gem-collecting platformer with numerous bonus mechanics in certain levels, including rotating the screen, teleporation, and time travel. Over 100 levels are included for your platforming pleasure, plus an online head-to-head mode, a turn-based two-player challenge mode, and two-player co-op levels.

This week is also bringing collectible card game sequel Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 to XBLA. It boasts new decks, challenges, and a multiplayer mode over the original. Magic's also out on PC and PlayStation 3 this week.

Both Shuggy and Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 will cost 800 Microsoft Points ($10) apiece.

From The Chatty
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    June 14, 2011 7:10 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Shuggy, Magic: The Gathering on XBLA this week.

    Almost four years after it was a finalist in the inaugural Dream Build Play contest, The Adventures of Shuggy launches on Xbox Live Arcade tomorrow. More Magic: The Gathering duelling planeswalkers also arrive this week.

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      June 14, 2011 7:14 AM

      Nice! Looking forward to more M:tG planeswalkers!

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        June 14, 2011 7:18 AM

        I enjoyed the original Duels of the Planeswalkers too. It was just enough Magic to scratch that itch without going too far. Proper deck-building would be fun but once you're honing virtual decks, you can't be far from returning to cardboard. Dangerous.

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          June 14, 2011 7:59 AM

          It is dangerous. My wife and I had a "cardboard crack" habit.... it was pretty bad. We now only buy the premium or duel decks. Our habit, documented: http://tinyurl.com/6b639fc

          We were ona total hiatus for a while, but my wife just broke down all our old decks yesterday to do a campaign-style M:tG thing we came up with. We talk about that here: http://tinyurl.com/4y6fhh2

          But Duels of the Planeswalkers... much safer. As long as we avoid any and all boosters, i think we're good. It's the boosters that really get you.

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          June 14, 2011 8:06 AM

          Is this new one confirmed to have the same deck customization as the previous game?

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            June 14, 2011 9:47 AM

            You certainly aren';t going to be able to build 100% custom decks; iirc, each deck and all the cards you can win for it are still fixed, but I think they've added the option of removing core deck cards as long as you maintain 60 w/ land.

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              June 14, 2011 11:31 AM

              Yeah I'm not expecting full deck building at all, being able to have a bit more control over it would be nice. I wonder what the new multiplayer mode is.
              Still have the DLC for the first one to get through too, I wonder if that's worth picking up.

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      June 14, 2011 7:34 AM

      I am excited for Magic, but I think I might get it on Steam this time.

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        June 14, 2011 8:06 AM

        Curious, what's your reason for the platform switch?

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          June 14, 2011 8:08 AM

          For me, sales. Steam will put this on sale for cheap soon. I feel like XBLA almost never has sales.

          Additionally, and I don't know exactly why, I feel like I have been playing alot more Steam games lately. A few months ago it was more Xbox games though. So it is a cyclical process.

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          June 14, 2011 8:27 AM

          I don't know! I liked the original just fine on XBLA.

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          June 14, 2011 8:38 AM

          Load times. It was such a hassle changing out cards in your deck when it took 60 seconds to load up the deck editing.

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          June 14, 2011 9:47 AM

          tf2 hats!

          (seriously, there are tf2 preorder hats for preordering)

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          June 14, 2011 9:50 AM

          Don't have a XBL Gold account anymore

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          June 14, 2011 10:17 AM

          The higher resolution of the PC version makes it MUCH better for me. This is a game where you read a lot of small text and it's kind of a pain on the console.

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      June 14, 2011 7:43 AM

      I loved M:tG on the Xbox 360, but lately I been playing more Steam games. I think I am going to go that way this time.

      This Shuggy game looks interesting though!

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      June 14, 2011 8:08 AM

      Magic is an instant buy!

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      June 14, 2011 8:24 AM

      sidejack, MTG thread: anyone playing standard? I just built a deck on MTGO that uses splinter twin + exarch combo.

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        June 14, 2011 8:27 AM

        I have the free decks you get when you sign up!

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        June 14, 2011 9:04 AM

        I am probably going to try getting into standard again when the new block comes out. I just back into it the beginning of this year and didn't feel like buying a deck and so instead have been accumulating packs from sealed deck tournaments, which should give me a base from when the new block cycles out Zendikar.

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        June 14, 2011 9:46 AM

        the WW deck i've been playing on mtgo just bends over and dies to that, makes me sad.

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          June 14, 2011 10:08 AM

          if it makes you feel better, it's annoying as hell for us to trigger all the infinite exarchs

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            June 14, 2011 10:24 AM

            Thats why i'd never play infinite combo like that on mtgo, especially if playing a real event. i fear i'd lose because of the clock, cause if i was playing against one with packs on the line i'd force them to play it out.

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      June 14, 2011 10:16 AM

      I'm buying MtG 2012 for Steam. Dahanese and I played it at PAX East and it was a ton of fun. The PC version is very pretty too!

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        June 14, 2011 11:18 AM

        Yea that was pretty good.. the one where they gave a free tshirt once you played it?

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          June 14, 2011 11:37 AM

          Yep, and a free mouse pad if you won! (or was it the other way around?) Which we did! They said about 1/3 of the people were winning at the show.

          We got lucky though because the monster deck we were fighting got manafucked hardcore

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      June 14, 2011 2:33 PM

      Whoa. How did I miss this?

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      June 14, 2011 3:08 PM

      Yay, Shuggy is finally coming out! I remember playing that game when we had it in test years ago and being bummed that we didn't release it before the Activision merger. It's a really fun game.

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