Final Update, November 2007: This list has now been completely checked against Microsoft's November 2007 backwards compatibility update. This will be the final update to this document. With the Xbox 360 now years old, and over 300 original Xbox games now compatible with Microsoft's console, it's become somewhat pointless to keep updating this list. Thanks! --Paul

There's been a lot of confusion about how (or even whether) Microsoft's next-generation Xbox 360 video game console will support games designed for the original Xbox. The issue, of course, is that Xbox 360 is designed around a powerful PowerPC microprocessor, while the original Xbox utilized more pedestrian and PC-like parts. And Microsoft wavered on the compatibility issue when it began detailing Xbox 360 features in early 2005, adding to the confusion.

Contrary to many published reports, Microsoft never promised 100 percent backwards compatibility with the original Xbox. Instead, the company said that it would try and make as many Xbox games play properly on Xbox 360 as possible, and that these efforts would be ongoing, over time, so that the compatibility picture would get better in the months after Xbox 360 launched. The pre-release Xbox 360 I received for my review, for example, came only with Halo and Halo 2 compatibility built-in. But the production Xbox 360 versions that Microsoft ships to the public include, out of the box, compatibility with a far greater range of software.

Here's what you need to know about backwards compatibility on Xbox 360. First, in order to play original Xbox games on Xbox 360, you will need a hard drive-equipped Xbox 360. That is, if you get the Xbox 360 Core System, you will need to purchase the $99 Xbox 360 hard drive as well. The reason for this is that Microsoft is hand-coding software compatibility shims for each Xbox game, and these bits of software must be stored on the system's hard drive.

For more information about Xbox game compatibility, please refer to my exhaustive 360 review.

More compatibility updates now available

In December 2005, Microsoft released the first of its original Xbox compatibility updates for Xbox 360. Since then, the company shipped serveral sets of updates and the latest one is dubbed the Original Xbox Game Support November 2007 Update. You can always download the very latest version from the this link on the the Microsoft Web site if your Xbox 360 isn't connected to Xbox Live. If it is, you will simply receive each game-specific update when you load the game onto your Xbox 360 for the first time. Offline users will need to burn the update to CD from Windows, or you can order the CD from Microsoft here. Then, you insert the CD into your Xbox 360 to update the system. I've created a video showing the short update process, which you can find here.

The games

Here's the definitive list of original Xbox games that are compatible with Xbox 360, organized in a way you can actually read and scan easily.

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#

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany
25 to Life
4x4 EVO 2

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A

AirForce Delta Storm
Aggressive Inline
Alias
Aliens versus Predator Extinction
All-Star Baseball 2003
All Star Baseball 2005
America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
AMF Bowling 2004
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding
Amped 2
Apex
Aquaman: Battle of Atlantis
Arena Football
Armed and Dangerous
Army Men: Sarge's War
Atari Anthology
ATV: Quad Power Racing 2
Auto Modellista
Avatar: The Last Airbender

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

B

Bad Boys 2
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
Big Mutha Truckers
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
Barbarian
The Bard's Tale
Barbie Horse Adventures Wild Horse Rescue
Batman Begins
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
Battle Engine Aquila
Battlestar Galactica
Bionicle
Black
Blade II
Blink: The Timesweeper
Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space
Blitz: The League
Blood Omen 2
BloodRayne 2
Blowout
BMX XXX
Breakdown
Brute Force
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds
Burnout
Burnout 2: Point of Impact
Burnout 3: Takedown

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C

Cabela?s Big Game Hunter 2005 Adventure
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts
Cabela's Outdoor Adventures 06
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2
Cabela's Deer Hunt 2004 Season
Cabela's Deer Hunt 2005 Season
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Cars
Casino
Catwoman
Championship Manager 2006
Chicago Enforcer
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Circus Maximus
Close Combat: First to Fight
Colin McRae Rally 2005
Colin McRae Rally 4
Combat Elite: WWII Paratroopers
Commandos 2: Men of Courage
Conflict: Desert Storm
Conker: Live and Reloaded
Constantine
Counter-Strike
Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart
Crash Bandicoot 4
Crash Bandicoot 5: Wrath of Cortex
Crash Twinsanity
Crash Nitro Kart
Crime Life: Gang Wars
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

D

Dai Senryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics
Dark Angel
Darkwatch
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
The Da Vinci Code
Dead or Alive 3
Dead or Alive Ultimate
Dead to Rights
Deathrow
Destroy All Humans!
Digimon Rumble Arena 2
Dinotopia (North America version only)
DOOM 3
DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil
Drake
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dungeons & Dragons Heroes
Dynasty Warriors 4

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

E

Egg Mania: Eggstreme Madness
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
ESPN College Hoops 2K5
ESPN Major League Baseball
ESPN MLS ExtraTime 2002
ESPN NFL 2K5
Euro 2004
Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick
Evil Dead: Regeneration

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

F

F1 2001
Fable
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Fairly Odd Parents: Breakin' da Rules
Family Guy
Fantastic 4
Far Cry: Instincts
Fatal Frame
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly Director's Cut
FIFA Soccer 2003
FIFA Soccer 2004
FIFA Soccer 2007
FIFA 06 Soccer
FIFA STREET
FIFA STREET 2
Fight Night 2004
Fight Night Round 3
Final Fight: Streetwise
FlatOut
Ford Mustang
Ford vs. Chevy
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
Forza Motorsport
Freaky Flyers
Freedom Fighters
Freestyle Street Soccer
Frogger Beyond
Full Spectrum Warrior
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
Futurama
Future Tactics: The Uprising
Fuzion Frenzy

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

G

Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
Genma Onimusha
Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee
Godzilla Save the Earth
Goldeneye Rogue Agent
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt.
The Great Escape
Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder
Guilty Gear Isuka
Guilty Gear X2 #Reload
The Guy Game

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

H

Half-Life 2
Halo
Halo 2
Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
He-Man: Defender of Grayskull
High Heat MLB 2004
Hitman: Contracts
Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge
House of the Dead 3
The Hulk
Hunter: The Reckoning

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

I

I-Ninja
IHRA Drag Racing Sportsman Edition
IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
The Incredibles
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
Indiana Jones and the Emporer's Tomb
Indigo Prophecy
IndyCar Series 2005
Intellivision Lives

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

J

Jade Empire
James Bond 007: NightFire
JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis
Justice League Heroes

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

K

Kabuki Warriors
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
kill.switch
King Arthur
The King of Fighters Neowave
The King of Fighters 2002 & 2003
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

L

The Legend of Spyro: A Beginning
Legends of Wrestling
LEGO Star Wars
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Links 2004
LOONS ? The Fight for Fame
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

M

Magatama
Magic: The Gathering ? Battleground
Manhunt
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects New
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2
Maximum Chase
Max Payne
Max Payne 2
MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf
Medal of Honor European Assault
Medal of Honor Frontline
Medal of Honor Rising Sun
Mega Man Anniversary Collection
Mercenaries
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
MicroMachines
Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing
Minority Report
MLB Slugfest 20-03
MLB Slugfest 20-04
MLB Slugfest Loaded
Monster Garage
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Mortal Kombat: Deception
MotoGP
MotoGP 2
MTV Music Generator 3
MTX: Mototrax
Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit
MVP Baseball 2003
MVP Baseball 2004
MX Unleashed
MX vs. ATV Unleashed
MX World Tour: Featuring Jamie Little
Myst III: Exile

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

N

Namco Museum
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection
NASCAR 2006: Total Team Control
NASCAR Thunder 2002
NASCAR Thunder 2003
NBA 2K3
NBA Ballers
NBA Inside Drive 2002
NBA LIVE 2002
NBA LIVE 2004
NBA Street V3
NCAA College Basketball 2K3
NCAA March Madness 2005
NCAA March Madness 2006
Need For Speed Underground 2
NFL 2K2
NFL 2K3
NFL Blitz 2002
NFL Blitz 2003
NFL Blitz 2004
NFL Fever 2004
NHL 2004
NHL 2005
NHL 2K3
NHL Hitz 2003
NHL Hitz Pro
Nightcaster: Defeat the Darkness
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Black
NTRA Breeder's Cup: World Thoroughbred Championships

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

O

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Open Season
Outlaw Golf 2
Outlaw Golf: 9 More Holes of X-mas
Outlaw Tennis
Outlaw Volleyball
Outlaw Volleyball: Red Hot
Outrun 2
Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast
Over the Hedge

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

P

Pac-Man World 3
Pariah
Panzer Dragoon ORTA
Phantom Crash
Phantom Dust
Pinball Hall of Fame
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition
Playboy: The Mansion
Predator Concrete Jungle
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Project Gotham Racing
Project Gotham Racing 2
Pro Race Driver
Psychonauts
Pump It Up: Exceed
The Punisher
Pure Pinball
Puyo Pop Fever

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Q

Quantum Redshift

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

R

RalliSport Challenge
Rainbox Six Lockdown
Rapala Pro Fishing
Rayman Arena
Raze's Hell
RedCard 2003
Red Dead Revolver
Red Faction II
Reservoir Dogs
Return To Castle Wolfenstein
Richard Burns Rally
RLH: Hunt or Be Hunted
RoadKill
Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown
Robotech: Battlecry
Rocky
Rocky Legends
Rogue Ops
Rogue Trooper
Rugby 2006
RugbyLeague 2

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

S

Samurai Jack
Samurai Warriors
Scarface
Scooby Doo! Night of 100 Frights
Scrapland
SEGA GT 2002
SEGA GT Online
Serious Sam
Shadow The Hedgehog
Shattered Union
Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures
Shark Tale
ShellShock: Nam '67
Shenmue II
Shincho Mahjong
Shrek Super Party
Sid Meier's Pirates!
Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams
Silent Hill 4: The Room
The Simpsons Hit and Run
The Simpsons Road Rage
The Sims 2
Smashing Drive
Sneakers
Sniper Elite
Soccer Slam
Sonic Heroes
Sonic Mega Collection Plus
Sonic Riders
Soul Caliber 2
Spawn Armageddon
Speed Kings
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2
Splat Magazine Renegade Paintball
Splinter Cell: Double Agent
SpongeBob Square Pants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
SpongeBob Square Pants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
SpyHunter 2
Spyro A Hero's Tail
SSX 3
Stake
Starsky & Hutch
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Star Wars Republic Commando
State of Emergency
Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Street Racing Syndicate
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel without a Pulse
The Suffering
Super Bubble Pop
Super Monkey Ball Deluxe
SX Superstar
Syberia II

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T

TAZ: Wanted
Techmo Classic Arcade
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Terminator: Dawn of Fate
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Test Drive
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
Tetris Worlds
Thief: Deadly Shadows
The Thing
Thousand Land
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07
TMNT Mutant Melee
Tom and Jerry in War of the Whiskers
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy?s Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 Summit Strike
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Tony Hawk's Underground
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Torino 2006 Winter Olympics
Tork: Prehistoric Punk
Toxic Grind
Transworld Surf
Trigger Man
Trivial Pursuit Unhinged
True Crime: Streets of LA
Turok: Evolution
Ty The Tasmanian Tiger
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan

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U

Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultra Bust-A-Move
Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict
Urban Freestyle Soccer
The Urbz: Sims In The City

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

V

Van Helsing
Vexx
Vietcong: Purple Haze
Volvo: Drive for Life

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

W

Wakeboarding Unleashed: Featuring Sean Murray
Warpath
Whacked!
Winback 2: Project Poseidon
Without Warning
World Series Baseball 2K3
World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International
World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
Worms 3D
Worms 4 Mayhem
Worms Forts: Under Siege
Wrath Unleashed
WWE Raw
WWE Raw 2

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

X

XIII
X-Men II: Wolverine's Revenge
Xiaolin Showdown

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Y

Yourself!Fitness
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Z

Zapper
Zathura