And the 12 Days of XBLA promotion is finally upon us. For the next 12 days, we will be giving out some of the finest XBLA games that were released in the past year. Each day will hold two chances for you to win one specific game. There will be a chance to win here on the website and a chance to win on our Twitter stream. So you better go follow @XBLAFans on Twitter right now if you haven’t done so already. The first day of contests will start in approximately 2 hours!

In order to enter the contest at the website, you will need to check back here each day between Dec. 12th and Dec. 23, and there will be a daily question that you will need to answer. Each contest will be a bit different in order to keep you all on your toes, but it won’t be anything that our readers can’t handle. We’re not splitting an atom here, we just want to give away some awesome games. Then, every day on Twitter, there will be a standard retweet contest that serves as an additional chance to win.

But that’s not all we have planned. As an additional incentive to make sure you come back here to and enter each daily contest on the website, we will be giving away a Grand Prize of all 12 games to one very lucky gamer!

In order to enter for the Grand Prize drawing, you will need to enter the daily contests here on the site. Every day you enter a contest on the site, you will gain one entry in the Grand Prize drawing. So that means that if you enter the site contests on all 12 days, not only do you gain a daily entry for a single game prize, but you also earn the maximum total of 12 entries for the Grand Prize drawing. A correct answer for each of the daily contests is required for your entries to the daily contests to be valid, but any answer, right or wrong, will still gain you an entry in the overall Grand Prize drawing. So even if you don’t know the answer to the daily contest, give it your best guess. Who knows? It might lead to you winning the Grand Prize. By the way, did we mention that the Grand Prize is worth over $150 in value of the MSP it costs to purchase all that is included?

Each daily contest will be posted at 12pm Pacific time and will run until 11am the next day. Daily contest winners will be announced in the proceeding day’s contest post, so make sure you check back each day to enter another contest, and see if you won the previous day’s contest while you’re at it. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Dec. 24 at 4:00pm Pacific time. The daily Twitter contests will be posted anywhere between 1pm and 3pm Pacific time every day and will only last 6-9 hours at the most. So keep a close eye on your timelines!

Technical rules: you are only allowed ONE entry in each daily contest here on the website and in the Twitter contest. It’s the season of giving, so let’s be kind to one another and give each other a fair shot. For the site contest, be sure to have an actual email address attached to your account that you are commenting with. If you win, we will be emailing you first, and you will need to send a response before we send any prize you have won. But if you wish to make this an easier process on both of us, including your Twitter name with your comment would assure a much quicker delivery of your any game you do happen to win.

Is there any better way to cap off a great year of XBLA games than giving a ton of them out to you guys? Let me know if you find an answer for that ;)

Day 1 contest for Dec. 12th Winner: Josh (@josh_heroin) – Prize: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Day 2 contest for Dec. 13th Winner: Christian Perez (@chrisrosepr) – Prize: Fez

Day 3 contest for Dec. 14th Winner: Wuvein (@Wuvein) – Prize: Trials Evolution (Donated code back to the prize pool since they already owned the game. There will be an extra Twitter contest for this prize on Saturday the 15th) – Replacement winner: @BizarroPete

Day 4 contest for Dec. 15th Winner: PerfectionShaun (@PerfectionShaun) – Prize: Spelunky

Day 5 contest for Dec. 16th Winner: Kyle A. (@qwikciphers) – Prize: Happy Action Theater

Day 6 contest for Dec. 17th Winner: Linda (@ohhaihello) – Prize: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Day 7 contest for Dec. 18th Winner: Ken Rumsey (@kenrumsey) – Prize: Pid

Day 8 contest for Dec. 19th Winner: Cereal Killa (@ChuckyCereal) – Prize: Mark of the Ninja

Day 9 contest for Dec. 20th Winner: El Ross Maszczak (@el_Ross_M) – Prize: Sine Mora

Day 10 contest for Dec. 21st Winner: Slim (@DarkSlimy) – Prize: Avengers Chronicles & Zen Classics tables for Pinball FX2

Day 11 contest for Dec. 22nd Winner: Marco Cremona (@XdarKillerX94) – Prize: Fable Heroes

Day 12 contest for Dec 23rd Winner: xMALOx (@xGATOxMALOx) – Prize: Minecraft, Pool Nation, Black Knight Sword & The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile


Our Grand Prize Winner is: Shane (@FrogDawg) – Congratulations! You have won a copy of every XBLA game and add-on listed above! A prize worth $200! We will be in contact with you today on Twitter about claiming your prizes!