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XBLA revenues up by over 60 per cent

Castle Crashers, Braid prove popular.

Microsoft is reporting a healthy increase in sales of Xbox Live Arcade games.

During the five-week Summer of Arcade promotion, there was a 58 per cent increase in the number of unique users buying XBLA games. August broke the record for monthly revenues by 67 per cent.

How come? "The games were really good," reckons the Gamerscore blog.

The games released last month included Castle Crashers, currently the most-played XBLA title. Braid, released on 6th August, has become the highest-rated XBLA title ever, while Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 and Bionic Commando: Rearmed are also in the top 10.

Highlights for "the coming months" include Portal: Still Alive, South Park and R-Type Dimensions, according to Microsoft.