Today, as we churned through February's NPD numbers, we came across an interesting number that was included as part of Microsoft's NPD press release. The magic number is 750,000 and it's the number of times the seven free XNA games
were downloaded the week after GDC
. Microsoft's internal estimates peg the seven XNA games (including gems like Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
and Little Gamers
) were downloaded around 750,000 times over Xbox Live and, by our internal calculations, that sounds like a lot! Hopefully the exposure these downloads received not only got gamers excited for their release, but excited for the big XNA community games rollout
later this Fall. Bring on the free XNA goodness already, bring it!