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Rumor: Mystery XBLA game is Lode Runner

Our man, Godfree, over at Gamertag Radio sent us another tip about our would be mystery XBLA game. Shake the magic 8 ball with us ... "signs point to Lode Runner." Check out this detective work on

"No joke, I'm fairly certain I figured it out. Let's look at the trail of tips.
  • Ross Erickson says that Lode Runner in very good hands, which would dictate hands that want to put it on Xbox Live Arcade (since he wants the game).
  • Luke Smith thinks it might be Bomberman
  • On this GamerScore blog post they dropped a hint that Peter Moore said "what happens in Shinjuku stays in Shinjuku."
  • Later on this GamerTag Radio thread Microsoft's John Porcaro dropped a hint that "what happens in Montana stays in Montana".
Ok, so with the current hints down how did I make the connection. Here's my timeline.
  • I originally thought the game must be Bomberman, so I was looking for links between Shinjuku, Montana and Hudson Entertainment the creators of Bomberman. Score! Hudson Soft moved to Shinjuku in 1985 shortly before releasing Bomberman.
  • While on the page I noticed Hudson Software also released Lode Runner for NES, and remembered they are currently doing a DS version.
  • Lode Runner was originally published by Broderbund, who operate out of MONTANA.
  • According to Game Dev Map there are no current game developers operating in Montana.
I don't think it can get any clearer than that. Case closed in my opinion, next week's release is Lode Runner!"

Nice work. We couldn't agree more. Lode Runner is definitely a major franchise worthy of the hype that we've generated seen in the last week. What do you think? Did these guys nail it, or is it something else?

[Thanks, Godfree]

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9-21-2006 @ 3:26PM

J.Goodwin said...

It fits, I'll be pleased if it's true :D

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9-21-2006 @ 3:50PM

BklynKid said...

I hope they nailed it.

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Spy Bat3

9-21-2006 @ 5:43PM

Spy Bat said...

Wow. Nice work! It sounds like Load Runner.

I'm not sure I would have ever guessed, because I never really thought of Load Runner as a major franchise. I know there's been at least one or two sequels, but I never paid much attention to anything outside of the original version.

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9-21-2006 @ 6:00PM

Hexx said...

I'm glad other people are thinking it's the same way I thought. I had told my buddies about it and all of them thought I was crazy.

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Todd Dominey5

9-21-2006 @ 7:14PM

Todd Dominey said...

Bring on Lode Runner! A classic.

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9-22-2006 @ 7:53AM

epobirs said...

Montana? When did that happen?

Is there a single person left at Broderbund from the era when Lode Runner was published? It started out as a family business, two brothers and their sister. What remains other than the name and IP?

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9-23-2006 @ 12:31AM

eb said...

Who fucking give a shit about this. Why not release some decent games from the NES/Genesis era instead of this bullshit Atari shit?

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9-25-2006 @ 6:12AM

snacs said...

it's embarrassing consumerism. start with the 1990s titles already.

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