Normally I wouldn't make a post just because some screenshots were released of some game, but this is Spelunky we're talking about here. You can view them below in the gallery.
Now, the first thing that came to mind when I saw these was something like "FUUUUUUUUCK I HATE THIS LOOK SO MUCH". Then I read the disclaimer by Derek saying that these are still a work in progress, so I'm still holding a modicum of hope for the way Spelunky will look(or at least, how I want it to look). The old retro vibe the original freeware release has is one of the things I love most about the game. I hate to say it, but this new look is a bit... mainstream, I suppose. Although you could say this graphical change is necessary. After all, I could see many people complaining that they would be paying for a game "they can already get for free online", so pumping it full of unnecessary changes is a must.
Don't get me wrong, I love that Derek Yu is getting this opportunity to bring his wonderful little game to the XBLA and make some money off it, and I really hope it succeeds. All I'm saying is, I'm hoping for an option to switch back to the old graphics, like what the WiiWare port for Cave Story has. Also, while I don't see the graphics changing much from what the screenshots provide(even though they're a work in progress), I'm hoping that they do transform into something good looking, much like how Braid had changed it's look from the original game released at IGF and it's final release.
Along with the screenshots, the possibility of new modes was announced, but exactly what those modes will be is still a mystery. For the one indie game, no wait, the one video game
that ate up most of my time in 2009, I'm hoping for the best for it's XBLA debut. All the best to you Derek!