During the 2017 E3 conference Microsoft announced they would be reaching farther back to the original Xbox to expand upon the backward compatible library already available. Rejoice, on 10/23/2017 the initial list of games were leaked via Twitter and then officially confirmed through the Xbox Twitter account that starting on 10/24/2017 the first 13 titles will be available. The 13 titles from the Original Xbox Backwards Compatible list are:
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
- Sid Meier’s Pirates!
- Dead to Rights
- Red Faction II
- BloodRayne 2
- The King of Fighters Neowave
These titles have been enhanced with 1080p resolution, faster loading times and higher/smoother framerates. Most of the games will still run in their original 4:3 aspect ratios but Ninja Gaiden Black has been confirmed to support native 16:9. If you still have your original discs just pop them in and start reliving those memories, but fear not if you purchased them digitally the license will carry over and if you don’t own the game in any capacity you can always pick them up from the Xbox Store starting at $9.99.
While Aspects of the games such as online multiplayer will not be available (due to servers for original Xbox games being shut down) System Link multiplayer will still work. With a wide range of Genres and Metacritic scores from a decent 62 to an outstanding 94, this is not the worst selection of games to have been picked out for this launch. I know I will be diving in for another playthrough (I think this makes like 15) of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Ninja Gaiden Black. What about you? Let us know in the comments what title you’re excited to jump back into.