Xbox Live Arcade Challenges Coming This Holiday

Microsoft warms up your December nights in the form of some Live Arcade challenges. Read on to find out more.

“While the weather outside may be frightful, the gaming inside during this Holiday season is sure to be delightful. Microsoft today announced that registration is now open for the first two events in the highly anticipated Xbox Live Arcade Challenge. Competitors in each event have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from a high definition plasma TV to Xbox hardware and Microsoft Points tokens.

Xbox Live Arcade Challenge is a brand new programme featuring fully integrated global tournaments designed specifically for all people playing Xbox Live Arcade games. The programme is for all levels of gamers – those who like to compete and win and those who simply want to play and join in with friends. Gamers can play for points, prizes and fun.

The first two events feature the recently released Xbox Live Arcade titles “Lumines Live!” and “Small Arms.” The first tournament will use Q Entertainment’s “Lumines Live!,”the newest edition to the blockbustger franchise created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi. The “Lumines Live!” challenge will run between 17th December and 23rd December, and will feature competition in the Time Attack Mode. Gamers will be able to prepare for this competition by viewing the instant replays of players who have made it to the top of the leaderboard.

The next Xbox Live Arcade Challenge features the recently released brawling game “Small Arms” and will run from 24th December to 30th December in ranked matches. This original title developed by indie developer Gastronaut Studios has rapidly become one of the most popular Xbox Live Arcade releases ever. In fact, during the week of 27th November “Small Arms” was the number one paid download across all of Xbox Live Marketplace and was the number one most played Xbox Live Arcade title and the third most played Xbox 360 game.

So polish your skills and select your favourite weapon-strapped furry creature, as it’s going to be fast paced arcade brawling action this Christmas. Prior to the competition, the “Small Arms” leaderboard will be reset to provide a level playing field.

To see the complete list of prizes, as well as register and read the official rules, please visit”

Let us know if you are entering these challenges and even tell us how you get on by posting a comment below.

Edit: On close inspection it looks like this could be an North American event. We will find out more if this is coming to Europe.

Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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