Capcom happily informed SPOnG today that its first title for Xbox Live Arcade, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting, released last week as part of Microsoft's XBLA Wednesday's initiative, has become the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade title to date.
Their press release informs us that there are "hundreds of matches being played every hour" which is a testament to "Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting's ...arcade roots [and] timeless gameplay."
"It'll be exciting to see who ranks number one on Xbox Live Arcade after the first weekend of gamers playing the greatest arcade title in history," said Charles Bellfield, vice president of marketing, Capcom Entertainment Inc.
There is some confusion as to what statistics Capcom is basing its claim on - with some websites suggesting that UNO with a demo-to-sale conversion rate of between 40 and 45 percent and Geometry Wars' (conversion rate of 39 percent) are still higher up the XBLA 'chart' than the Capcom classic.
Whatever numbers they are crunching, the bottom line is that Xbox 360 owners are proving that Microsoft's XBLA strategy of teaming up with 'golden' arcade partners is clearly working.
SPOnG now looks forward to Wednesdays, previously thought to be the dullest day of the week.
If you haven't checked out the free Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting demo, then do it immediately and let us know if you think the game stands the test of time in the forums below.
Oh, and this Wednesday's XBLA classic. Pac-Man. Go on, despite your better judgement you know you want to! The guiltiest pleasures are always the best.