Bully: Scholarship Edition

Box art for the Xbox 360 version of Bully: Scholarship Edition

Release Date: March 4th, 2008
Developer: Rockstar Games Vancouver
Publisher: Rockstar Games

Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Xbox 360
Microsoft Xbox One (download)
Nintendo Wii

Ratings: ESRB: Teen
PEGI: 16
BBFC: 15

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Bully: Scholarship Edition is an updated and graphically enhanced version of Bully, released on Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Windows in 2008. The game adds several new features, and fixes many bugs found in the PS2 version.

Game Information

The game was released for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles and for Microsoft on March 4, 2008. The game features improved graphics and exclusive content which was unavailable in the PlayStation 2 version, including eight new missions, additional characters, four new school classes (Biology, Music, Math, and Geography) and new unlockable items and clothing. In addition, single system 2-player competitive multiplayer minigames have also been added, along with Achievements for the Xbox 360 version and Wii Remote motion and pointer controls for the Wii version. The Xbox 360 version also uses a new proprietary game engine by developers Mad Doc Software.

Rockstar Games first announced the game on July 19, 2007. On August 7, 2007, RockstarWatch.net reported on the release of the Australian Bully: Scholarship Edition box art which included artwork of the protagonist, Jimmy Hopkins, and the school principal, Dr. Crabblesnitch. On February 3, 2008, Rockstar announced the game's upcoming release on March 4, 2008 and posted the Scholarship Edition launch trailer at the Bully homepage.

Despite the game being released more than a year after the Playstation 3 launched, the game was never ported to the console. The Playstation 3 only received a straight port of the original PS2 game in 2012, 4 years after the release of Scholarship Edition and 6 years after the original game.

Differences between Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Windows ports

There are some mild differences between the three ports of the game.

  • Edward's glasses are gold in the Xbox 360 and Windows versions, where as they are black in the PS2 and Wii versions.
  • On the Wii version, Jimmy cannot find any lawn gnomes until the mission Small Offences is available. In the Xbox 360 and PC versions, the gnomes show up as soon the game starts.
  • On Xbox 360 and PC version, explosions and punching noises are completely different.

Original edition and Scholarship Edition comparison

Name: Bully Scholarship Edition
Platforms: Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation 5 Windows, Wii, Xbox 360
Players: 1 1-2
Classes: 6 10
Engine: Renderware Havok (Windows)
Mud Duck (Wii)
Gamebryo (Xbox 360)
School days: 3 5
Release Year: 2006 2008

Playstation 4/5 only

Xbox 360 and Bully: Anniversary Edition (Mobile Version)
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