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Huge iPhone game sale: Capcom, EA, and Gameloft titles 99 cents each

What, is Mercury aligned with Venus? Whatever the cosmic coincidence, now's your chance to score some top games for just a buck apiece.

Screenshot by Rick Broida

I love 99-cent games. Wait, that's not right: I love games that are priced at 99 cents. Which is why today is my lucky day: three major game developers have slashed prices on some of their bestselling titles.

Between them, Capcom, EA Games, and Gameloft are selling nearly 50 iPhone/iPod Touch games for 99 cents apiece--and a handful of iPad titles as well. (Update: SEGA titles are on sale as well.) That's fairly unprecedented. The only tricky part is figuring out where to spend my shiny new dollar. (Oh, who am I kidding, I'll probably end up spending a dozen of them.)

Capcom's list is the shortest, so I'll start there:

  • Devil May Cry 4 Refrain
  • Phoenix Wright
  • Resident Evil 4 (also for iPad)
  • Street Fighter IV

On the flipside, EA Games (which is "welcoming Verizon users to the iPhone") has the longest list of goodies, including:

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • FIFA 10
  • FIFA 11
  • Madden NFL 11
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Monopoly
  • Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition
  • NBA Elite 11
  • NCAA Football
  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed Shift
  • Need For Speed Undercover
  • Pictureka! (also for iPad)
  • Reckless Racing (also for iPad)
  • Risk: The Official Game
  • Scrabble
  • SimCity Deluxe
  • Snood (also for iPad)
  • Tetris
  • The Game of Life Classic Edition
  • The Sims 3
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures
  • The Simpsons Arcade
  • Yahtzee (also for iPad)

Whew! Quite a list. Finally, we come to Gameloft, which has 13 titles on sale as part of a Valentine's Day promotion (which ends Feb. 14, natch). Here's the rundown:

  • Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front
  • Driver
  • Fishing Kings
  • Hero of Sparta II
  • Let's Golf! 2
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape
  • Real Golf 2011
  • Shadow Guardian (also for iPad)
  • Shrek Kart
  • Spider-Man: Total Mayhem
  • Star Battalion (also for iPad)
  • Zombie Infection

Gameloft is also letting users vote on a 14th game, one that will go on sale for 99 cents on Feb. 14. The only catch: to cast your vote, you have to "like" Gameloft on Facebook (a step I know some users won't want to take).

My question for you: if you had only $1 to spend, which of these games would you buy--and why? I'd probably have to give the nod to Madden NFL 11, but, man, it's a tough call.

Update: SEGA also has a bunch of games on sale for 99 cents, including Altered Beast, ChuChu Rocket (also for iPad), and Super Monkey Ball 2.