With Microsoft launching the most powerful console to date in just a few weeks it’s easy to forget their efforts to keep their past history alive. Not content with just backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360, Microsoft is quickly attempting to implement the functionality for their very first Xbox. And while a date on the feature is still up in the air, a supposed list of first titles has been leaked out.
As with the Xbox 360 support, games will incrementally get support based on whether developers can implement some small changes to make things work, or Microsoft themselves do the heavy lifting. It’s why the batches are sometimes few and far between, but the first list of Original Xbox games is not short of quality. If you ever owned the big, hulking black console, you’ve likely played most of these on the list, and I personally have some fond memories are a particular few.
- Bloodrayne 2
- Crimson Skies
- Dead To Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- Grabbed By The Ghoulies
- The King of Fighters: Neowave
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic is a classic Star Wars game, and one I first played on my very first console, the Xbox. That alone is enough to warrant a return to where my living room videogame journey began, if only to relive those found early memories. Fuzion Frenzy was another game I frequented with friends back in the day, with its assortment of fun, whacky mini-games always finding a way to bring out some intense competition. Ninja Gaiden Black is a title I missed, but one whose reputation has me tempted to finally give it a go.
It’s a rumoured list sure, but there’s so many classics on there that it would be strange for most (if not all of them) to be part of the first wave Microsoft has planned for this program. And perhaps after the Xbox One X is out, we’ll hear more about when we can expect it.
Last Updated: October 23, 2017