Today, two brand-new educational items are available on App Hub for XNA Game Studio game developers, as well as a set of Visual Basic updates to our popular Windows Phone Mango educational items. Check out the Game Development educational page on App Hub to download these and other great educational items. Here’s what you’ll find there:

Compiled Content Format (XNB)

This article documents the format of the compiled data files (.xnb) produced by the XNA Game Studio 4.0 Content Pipeline build process, and includes a sample parser written in C++ to illustrate how to work with the format.

Windows Phone Localization for Games

This article provides a step-by-step guide and recommended practices to ensure a Windows Phone game project made in XNA Game Studio is localizable, using the Catapult Wars Lab as an example.

Visual Basic Updates to Mango Samples and Articles

Several of the popular Windows Phone Mango samples and articles have been updated to include Visual Basic support. Get in and try out the new VB versions today:

All of these items are also available on the Game Development education page.