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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 10 Jun 2008 23:25

Revolutionary Does the Balance Board

WiiHD's favorite Wii fanboy, Mike Sylvester (not pictured), is at it again with his column Revolutionary. You might think a game like Wii Fit doesn't belong on a Core games blog, and you'd be right. But the peripheral that ships with it is of great interest to WiiHD. Even leaving aside the obvious sports games, there's a lot of potential in that Balance Board.

Last week, he broke out the Balance Board, one bluetooth dongle, a bluetooth stack (like widcomm or Bluesoleil), and GlovePIE, and gave us a taste of what we've been waiting for. It works (mostly), and Mike tells us how to get started on scripting. Hit up the column and get started. If you get something nice working, post the script in our forums, we love that kind of stuff. And tune in this week for Mike's own ideas for scripts and functions.
Source | Permalink
Thanks to Lesley Smith for the photo

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 10 Jun 2008 18:25
Tags: civrev interview news

Sid Speaks, Civ Rev (Wii) Hope Springs Eternal

Sid Meier's yesterday told GameDaily yesterday that they're still considering the platform, and they "have no intentions of turning our backs on" Wii. Of course what else are you going to say when the questioner asks the question in such stark terms? They may as well have asked "Why do you hate making money, Wii owners, and kittens? WHY?!?"

But I still trust Sid. As far as WiiHD knows (AFAWiiHDK), Civ Rev (Wii) is still possible. Keep hope alive. And hit the break for the full quote.
Via Joystiq | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 10 Jun 2008 01:46
Tags: cod4 cod5 fps news zapper

Call of Duty 5: World at War Deets

Treyarch's Call of Duty 4.5 Call of Duty 5 is starting to take public shape, as GamesTM lays out some details. CoD5 will be coming to Wii, in addition to the 360, PS3 and PC. Although the Wii version will be developed by a separate team, all versions will use the same COD4 engine (because Treyarch can't be trusted to make their own). According the GamesTM, since all platforms will be on the same engine, CoD5 the most meaningful comparison between Wii graphics and PS360 graphics yet.

Zapper support is in (like we care), and COD5 will be the first Call of Duty to feature Coop play. Squad-based combat, and vehicle features are on the menu as well. The setting is, as expected, the Pacific theatre of World War II. The nature of the game is described as especially "gritty". Anyone who's seen the WiiHDmobile knows my standard for grittiness is pretty exacting, so we shall see. We'll bring you more as it comes out.
Via PALGN | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 21:40
Tags: alpha centauri meiers news sid smac smacx strategy

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2


Why I want EA to buy Take Two.

I was wondering through old posts on the 2k forums the other day, and noticed a request for SMAC2. A 2K producer responded and explained that EA owned Alpha Centauri, so it was unlikely Sid would be working on it anytime soon. Then I remembered that the last time the Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack was released, it was in a pack of 4 EA games.

Suddenly all the fracas about EA purchasing Take Two was more than just background noise. Suddenly I was a fan of the takeover, despite my not to latent hostility towards the behemoth, customer-hating company that is EA. Suddenly I saw a path to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri 2. Or even Alpha Centauri Revolutions. And I liked it. I liked it a lot.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 06:20
Tags: civrev currents ds strategy

Sigmakan Can... Document Civ Rev Tech Tree


Update!! New Complete Tech Guide available

2K forums' user Sigmakan has gone through a lot of work to document the Civilization Revolution Tech Tree, including details on beakers, resources, units, buildings, governments, and best of all, bonuses for first discovery from the demo released Thursday. Some tech is locked out of the demo, so it isn't a complete list yet, but it's nice to see nevertheless. Since we've been told that all versions play the same, this list should ring true for the 360, PS3, and even the DS version of the game. And maybe even that eternally temporarily shelved Wii version someday. Keep hope alive, and hit the break to see Sigmakin's spreadsheets.
Thanks Sigmakan | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 03:52
Tags: drive flash hard news storage usb wii

Nintendo's Mysterious USB Job Listing?

Nintendo has a job listing, found by Nintencast with Nintendo seeking a "Software/Hardware Tester" whose responsibilities are "Creating and executing a test plan for Wii’s USB devices". This could be anything from a proprietary Wiimote charger to new controllers (like the USB Boogie Mic). But the hope on all our minds is that it is the long await storage solution. Given Miyamoto's recent words on the matter, maybe that's not such a foolish hope. But it probably is.
Via Kotaku

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 02:03
Tags: clans currents fps


Clan Wars Directory Invitation

WiiHD is a huge fan of online gaming, but not just any online gaming. Core gaming in genres like racing, fighting, and shooters. So now we want to do our part to help the core Clan community on Wii make themselves known and increase their membership. We will begin listing notable clans that actively engage in clan wars in games like Medal of Honor: Heroes 2. We will however keep the gates, so not just any clan listing will be accepted. Rules for who will be listed and who will be forthcoming.

To apply to be listed, fill out the questionnaire after the break. Questionnaires will only be accepted from the official clan leader, however feel free to have part or your entire clan participate in answering the questions.

Check out the WiiHD Clan Directory


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 01:51
Tags: currents fps mohh2 video

New MoHH2 Video Gallery

WiiHD is now unveiling a gallery of user created videos from Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (MoHH2), currently the best FPS on Wii, and the only one with online multiplayer. We'll be doing this for a number of similar games as they come out. If you want your video included, go to video, and follow instructions for submission there.

Later, we'll update the page to include featured videos and reorganize it.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 09 Jun 2008 01:43
Tags: contest

Contest to Win a Wii, 360 or PS3

Gamerz Reviewz is having a contest where you can win any of the current generation consoles. They have a number of ways to enter so you can get several chances to win. Use twitter, facebook, subscribe to their RSS, or post to your blog (like I'm doing), all that will get you entries. Good luck.
Enter here

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 06 Jun 2008 19:41
Tags: civ civilization civrev news revolution wii

Why Civilization Revolution Isn't Coming to the Wii


WiiHD is a huge fan of Civilization and Sid Meier's in general. So when we heard about Civilization Revolution, a consoles only reimagining of his long-lived Civilization franchise, we were excited about the possibilities. Briefly, it appeared that the Wii would receive an in-house port of Civ Rev, albeit several months after the PS3, 360, and DS versions. After a couple of months of letting us think that, Firaxis/2K made the decision to cancel forever shelf development of the Wii version indefinately.

Because of the vastly different requirements for the 360/PS3 platforms and the Wii platform, development for Wii had to be from the ground up, whereas PS3 development could share the 360's assets. With manpower and resources limited, the Wii really was the most logical choice to be cut. WiiHD hates that this is true, but sadly it is. They would have us hold out hope that if the game does well, a Wii version might still be developed, so consider purchasing it on the DS or 360. Hit us after the break for quotes and links.

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