There's a great market of downloadable titles out there for the Xbox 360. The problem with downloadable only titles is that, there are still players who don't have the internet and the ability to buy these games.
Sometimes though, a game does well enough to get it's own retail release. Sometimes games are bundled together to make one good low priced package. In the case of "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition", it's getting a retail release due to the former.
Announced today by 4J Studios, "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" will hit retail shelves in April. The price of the game will be the same as if you bought it via the Xbox Live Arcade, a cool $20.
Yes, the game is a three year old port of the PC game and no, it's not up to speed with the PC port. However, it continues to dominate the Xbox Live Arcade sales and most played game charts month after month.
The retail edition of the game will be up to speed with the XBLA port of the game, and will ship with the ninth title update that is just about ready to launch. Of course, the game will get "all the same content and feature updates as the digital version ongoing," provided players have internet access.
"Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" jumps into retail stores on April 30, 2013.