Nintendo Confirms Wii U eShop Titles Available Day One; Applications Postponed to “December”

In just over 24 hours, gamers nationwide will be grabbing Nintendo’s new console, the Wii U. Aside from the extensive launch title list, Nintendo has confirmed five downloadable games you can grab off the Wii U eShop on launch day, November 18th.

  • Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules)
  • Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
  • Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward)
  • Nano Assault NEO (Shin’en)
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Frozenbyte)

No prices have been confirmed at the moment, but we’re figuring they should be within the $9.99 to $14.99 price range. Also, there will be a few retail games available for download as well. No confirmation on the full list of retail titles available for download on launch day. However, there were a few that were confirmed:

  • Nintendo Land (Nintendo)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)
  • TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition (Namco Bandai)

Keep in mind that if you’re getting the Basic 8GB model, you may want to invest in an external HDD if you plan on going digital. If you’re old-school (like me) and prefer to have the retail games with a disc and box, then the HDD space shouldn’t pose an immediate problem.

In additional news, if you’re looking to test out Nintendo TVii, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus or YouTube on the Wii U, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Nintendo confirmed earlier today that the applications aren’t 100% ready at the moment but will be fully functional in December. However, seeing as how the Wii’s OS is built-in to the Wii U and has the same exact Wii Shop Channel and startup menu, you may be able to still use the Wii versions of those applications (except for Nintendo TVii of course).

Are you interested in any of the downloadable titles mentioned above? Sound off in the comments below!

Gearing Up for the Big 2011 Xbox Update

Well, we’re now approaching fall of 2011 and aside from all the stellar titles being released, the new Xbox update will also be available…and what an update it will be!

Bing Search Engine, YouTube, Skype, Cloud storage, and many other enhancements that will undoubtedly push the system forward technology wise. Microsoft will transport the Bing search engine to the Xbox 360. Players will be able to search through all the apps on the system including ESPN, Netflix, the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Hulu . Kinect will receive full voice activation support to search through menus and move around using the power of Bing.

The Cloud technology will be a great addition letting you easily access your profile and saved games from any Xbox 360 console. This Cloud technology will move saved games onto Microsoft’s database, at which point they can be downloaded onto any console the gamer tag is signed in on similar to the PS3’s cloud service. Skype and YouTube will be another huge addition to the marketplace on Xbox, allowing players to connect online more than ever before. With the announcement of Facebook partnering with Skype this year, one could only imagine how innovative this will play out for the 360 being that both Facebook and Skype will be on the console.

Lastly, there will be a number of enhancements made to the dashboard itself from friends list to avatars and achievements to now stereoscopic 3D support, everything will be be touched up and enhanced to better suit our ever growing technological world. Look for this huge update in the next few months hitting Xbox owners everywhere.

Radio Xtreme – Episode 22: GamesCom 2011 Recap

Hey fans,

After being on a long hiatus, we’re glad to announce that Radio Xtreme has returned in new form.  From now on, they will be videos that we record of us speaking about the latest gaming news.  Secondly, we’ve listened to feedback and have decided to also reduce the length of the podcasts/videocasts to a 15 minute limit (this is also due to our limits on YouTube at the moment).  Either way, tune into our 22nd episode of Radio Xtreme to get a recap of the recent GamesCom 2011 announcements as well as Glacier928’s brief hands-on thoughts for El Shaddai: Ascension to the Metatron.  Be sure to comment your thoughts below and remember…you’re tuned to Radio Xtreme.