With the latest news coming out from Microsoft, that their Kinect has already sold 1 million units within the first 10 days of release, it only stands to reason that developers will be taking a harder look at this new peripheral device for the Xbox 360. Designed to extend the Xbox 360s life cycle for at least another 5 years, its Kinect’s NUI that makes you the gamer an actual game controller.
Early this morning, Microsoft Games Studios announced five new Japanese partnerships during its Tokyo Game Show 2010 keynote. These partnerships are reported to “provide fun for users throughout the world”. The General Manager (GM) of Xbox in Japan Takashi Sensui claims the partnerships will “define the future of Xbox 360 and Kinect”. A future which includes Xbox Live Arcade games which uses the features of the Kinect. Takashi Sensui also noted that the Xbox platform is “Celebrating Japanese game creators”, and that the 360 will have its “biggest year ever.”
Out of the five XBLA-exclusive games, three will use the features of the Kinect. The first, Haunt, is a spooky game from Parappa the Rappa‘s Masaya Matsuura. Next is Codename D from Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda 51. Finally, the third game is Yukio Fatatsugi’s Project Draco, a Panzer Dragoon-esque flight game. The three games will join the third-party Kinect games Child of Eden, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, and Rise of the Nightmares next year in 2011.
Hit the jump for more details, screenshots, and videos from these upcoming 3 new Kinect-enabled games: