EA just announced that their partnership with Hasbro is finally resulting in games on the 360- a whole slew of classic board games will be hitting  the Xbox Live Arcade in 2009. Titles include BOGGLE, BATTLESHIP, YAHTZEE, CONNECT FOUR, SORRY! and SORRY! Sliders (what the hell is that one?)

Microsoft must be pleased- these are exactly the kind of casual games it’s been gunning for ever since they realized all the suckers the Wii was pulling in, and Uno become one of their biggest hits. Perhaps these will use the absolutely useless avatars?

I don’t doubt that Battleship and Connect Four will be tons of fun over the internet, but I almost wish they would release a compilation disc of all these games instead of releasing them individually- no doubt, for 10 bucks a pop. They’re already available all together on the Wii and PS, after all.

But they are saying that besides the original games there will be new ways to play, such as a Party Mode “that features multiple mini-game versions of each title”. You’ll also  have personal virtual game rooms that you can share with friends. Hmm.

Expect them to start hitting spring.