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WiiHD is your one-stop shop for hardcore gaming on the Wii.

Hardcore gamers frequently belittle the Wii for its low-power CPU, small storage space and gimicky casual games. Nintendo didn't keep their promise to focus on both hardcore AND casual games, but they did design a control system that is truly next-gen. Rumors of similar controls for PS3 and the 360 tell that tale. Sure, you can accurately control a 3D game with dual analog. You can also communicate in binary, but why would you want to? The Wii Remote rivals the PC keyboard and mouse as a control mechanism for 3D worlds, and it leaves dual-analog as a relic of the past. It can change the way games are played. Hardcore gaming isn't just about distracting ADD patients with shiny gfx, it's about delivering a whole new way of playing.

The Wii's FPS controls have finally been perfected with the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. In November of 2007, Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 brought the first taste of online FPS to the system, and the most customizable controls we've seen so far. Nintendo's focus may be elsewhere, but if you buy, the games will come. The most exciting game on the menu now is The Conduit, a new original IP from High Voltage that promises the whole package for the first time. The Wii has overtaken the xbox 360's 1 year lead and has the largest install base of any console. Talk of most of them being casual gamers is a misnomer—the new casual gamers mostly live in the same household as a hardcore gamers. If developers will finally stop phoning in Wii development and give us complete games, they'll see incredible returns.

This site will follow, document, review, compare and contrast the Wii's hardcore games with your help. There's good news on the horizon. Be a part of it at WiiHD. And leave your casual games at the door.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 21:12
Tags: hardware hd news storage

Nintendo Working on Storage (still)


Mr "geeks and otaku" is talking again, despite urgings from his friends and family. Laurent Fischer, Nintendo Europe's marketing man, said Nintendo is working on a solution, they just aren't planning to issue hardware.

That could be really great news, in that it could mean they're just planning on opening up a usb port for any flash drive or usb hard drive with a driver. Of course, this is Nintendo, so that's not going to happen. Another option is greater freedom with the SD card. Other than some access speed concerns, that's not the worst thing that could happen. SDHC is a software concern, not a hardware concern, so if Nintendo wanted to, the SD slot could hold more games than you could shake a stick at. The funniest, and ergo, the most likely scenario comes from a GoNintendo commenter DonWii, that Nintendo will allow you to delete the News, Weather and Photo Channel, freeing up 53 blocks that will obviously solve the storage problem forever (The "forever" part is mine, DonWii overestimated Nintendo's understanding of the situation with his time frame).

Alternatively, we could be looking at more compression. Goody.

Via Destructoid | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 03:30
Tags: homebrew twilight wii

Nintendo v 24c3, Round 2: The Nintendpire Strikes Back


The entire interwebs are in shock and denial as Nintendo finally tightens down on the fetal Wii homebrew scene by disabling the Twilight Hack via the Wii Menu Update 3.3. Early reports from Wii Fanboy commenters indicate that if you've already used the Twilight Hack to install the Homebrew channel, the channel will still function, but if you haven't installed it yet, you are screwed.

My googling indicates that formatting your Wii won't alter the firmware version. So if you're interested in Homebrew, and you were silly enough to allow Nintendo to auto-update it, an hour ago would be an excellent time to disable that feature. Auto-update, on any OS, is for nubs.

But calm is called for. It's just a matter of time until there's a new "in" to the system. If you've already been updated, it's not that big a deal because there's not much homebrew right now anyway. Relax, and 24c3 will come up with a new solution in a bit. Watch "Nintendo v 24c3, Round 1: A New Twilight" after the break. Note the applause. Guess whose side I'm on.

Via Wii Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 20:12
Tags: conduit fps interview scifi wii

Nintendo Wii Fanboy Interview with Conduit Dev High Voltage


Nintendo Wii Fanboy has a rock solid exclusive interview with members of High Voltage software. It's high quality and interesting, so I won't excerpt, just go read the whole thing. And then digg it for the sake of the game.

Source | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 19:58
Tags: conduit contest fps news

The Conduit Gets a Website (and a T-shirt)


Surely not. CVG, a decent news site, has reported portions of an interview were found on The Conduit's "official website". Trouble is 1) their quote happens to match one posted on a free user fansite, claimed by said fansite to be an email interview, and 2) The Conduit doesn't have a functional official website yet and the publisher's site has no such interview anywhere I could find. Destructoid picked up the story as well, without checking facts or providing a meaningful source link to the interview cited. This is why we link to our sources. Bad CVG.

Even more troubling is neither Destructoid nor CVG seems to have any recollection of the unconventional Wii headset IGN has apparently seen. It has been described as having features that would give parents some control over who their kids talk to, but IGN theorizes that 3rd parties will release conventional headsets shortly after the official one releases and the Wii is outfitted with the appropriate firmware.

But the real point is that while googling for this supposed official Conduit website I turned up a nice "under construction" placeholder site. I gather it's legit because the domain was created in January 08, but the world didn't know about the Conduit until High Voltage went public with it on April 17th. The site also uses the same email address as the publisher, and features the same contest: that is, a contest for "alien resistant cotton armor", or a Conduit T-shirt. No word on what the shirt looks like.

Via Google | the-conduit.com | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 07:06
Tags: contest news

Contest SuperSite (Beta)

Do you like free games and consoles? So do we. That's why WiiHD is opening up our Contest SuperSite (Beta) to you. We've painstakingly gathered gaming related contests from around the blogosphere, and put them all in one place for your convenience. We'll be tweaking the site over the next week or so, and increasing the number of contests available. So keep your eyes peeled for more goodies.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 01:36
Tags: heartbreak mercs news

File Under Heartbreak, Mercs 2 Skips Wii (For Now)

Pandemic's Mercenaries 2 is bringing your soldier-for-hire fix to the 360, PS3 and even the PS2, but not Wii. At least, not for now. In an interview with Videogamer.com, Corey Lewis from Pandemic said that the Wii was a "tough fit" for the game, and that the Pandemic team only wanted to do Wii titles that were made for Wii, rather than fast and dirty ports.

We applaud their interest in doing games right, but we disagree that the Wii couldn't do right by Mercs 2. Presumably "tough fit" is a reference to the Wii's audience, presumed to be Ubisoftz loving fluff balls. The same audience that bought RE4 and REUC in droves, and even drove the lackluster Red Steel to near a million copies. Listen developers, if you build it, we will come. We're just sitting on our fraking hands waiting for you to build it already. Hit the break for Mercs 2 media so you can decide how bad to feel about missing out on the game.
Source | Via NINTENDIC | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 00:18
Tags: cod5 fps news screens

COD5 Screens

When it rains it pours. Gamefaqs user deathdude8804 found what appears to be some CoD WaW art scanned from an Italian game magazine. Catch all 13 after the break.
Source | Via gamefaqs | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 15 Jun 2008 23:26
Tags: boxart cod5 fps news

COD5 Gets Boxart Hopefuls

Enterprising Neogafers have uncovered what appears to be early contenders for boxart for the 360 version of COD5. We're not thrilled with most of them, but the graveyard one doesn't look too bad. Hit the break for all the contenders.

In other weekend COD5 news, Destructoid has quotes (via CVG) about Treyarch wanting to "redefine" the WWII shooter genre. I'm not holding my breath, but the genre could use some redefinition.
Via NeoGaf | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 14 Jun 2008 00:02

Sony To Split Controller Like Wiimote?

Update: Kotaku has a source on the topic that claims the new motion controller(s) will be modules that will be worn, for instance on your hands and feet, but never actually connect to each other. So not a split up dual-shock or anything. We'll see.

Sony is looking to open get their Wii on by splitting their controller into something a little more Wiimote like, according to gamesindustry.biz. It's unclear exactly how such a device would look or function, but expect an accelerometer in each like the Nunchuck and Wiimote combination. WiiHD would love to see an IR camera as well, something we consider to be the defining triumph of the Wii Remote. If a Sony device like that were heavily supported it could lead to more and better cross platform games between Sony and Wii. But since this new scheme likely wouldn't show up in the box with the system, it isn't likely to be heavily supported. Alternate controllers are alternate controllers. Call us when you ship it with the system Sony.
Source| Via Joystiq | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 13 Jun 2008 23:22
Tags: conduit fps news screens


4 New Conduit Screens from Wii Fanboy

Grab 4 Brand New Exclusive screenshots for The Conduit from Nintendo Wii Fanboy. They are the first 4 in that gallery.

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