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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 03 Oct 2008 02:40
Tags: boxing fighter screens video wii

Punch-Out!!

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Ah, Punch-Out!! We've missed you. Still, it wasn't until we heard that refreshing, and slightly refreshed theme music on the trailer that we realized just how much.

Now to wait for news of alternative, non-motion based controls…

Check the trailer and screens after the break. It will lift your mood a little.

Via Wii Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 21:11
Tags: action ds exit puzzle screens video

EXIT DS: Action Puzzling and Indentured Servitude

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Taito is bringing EXIT, their PSP action puzzler, to the DS. WiiHD was remiss in not bringing this one to your attention earlier. We're all for a great brain teaser, but when we were putting together a 1001 piece "horse in front of barn" puzzle yesterday at WiiHD headquarters, we realized what was missing from the equation: Action! Taito's "Action Puzzler" solution is dramatically better than our idea of trying to put the horse puzzle together while the pieces were on fire. Live and learn.

You are Mr. Esc. With a name like that, your career options were pretty much limited to "professional escapologist". Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to run into the face of danger and peril to rescue the downtrodden from impossible situations, and then escape with them in tow. You work on a contingency, so try to make sure you actually escape WITH your damsel in distress in tow.

EXIT has a pretty sweet gameplay mechanism which they surprisingly did not label "slavery" or "indentured servitude". They call it "turning victims into allies". But we can read between the lines. After you rescue someone, you can make them do some of your heavy lifting in escapes. Back problems can be a real bummer, so why risk yours when you can put a resentful delinquent grateful rescuee to work for you?

Speed is a big part of the game, and Taito doesn't want you to be the only one to appreciate your super-fast scores and mad skills, so you can upload your times from over a hundred different missions via WiFi and show them off to the world.

Out in Europe this month. In the US on November 4th. Video and screens after the break.

Via Square Enix Press Release | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 05:19
Tags: ds hardware news

Behold the DSi

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"i" as in "eye", I assume. Clever (deadpan).

2 cameras. No GBA slot, and thus, thinner. SD slot. On board memory for a DSWare game download service. Bigger screens. Launches 11/11 11/01/08 (Japan) for 180$. US Launch will come at a yet to be decided date well into 2009.

DSWare sounds cool, so I'm a fan of storage. Screen size can't hurt. No GBA slot seems tragic. Cameras seem like a precursor to a thousand "face-trainer" games, not my thing.

How about you? What do you think?

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 02 Oct 2008 00:16
Tags: ds fps moon scifi screens

Moon Shots (DS)

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Yes, Call of Duty: World at War is coming to DS. Yes, Quantum of Solace is coming to DS. But the DS shooter WiiHD is most eager to see is Moon. From the makers of Dementium, another original DS shooter, this bad boy has all the makings of a dark and cool portable shooter experience.

Renegade Kid was kind enough to dump a load of new screens on us, so we're dumping them on you. Catch the gallery after the break.

Via Michael Myers PR | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 19:06
Tags: hardware rumor wii

WiiHD Cometh?

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No, not the blog, the next generation of Wii. What They Play is reporting that multiple reluctant sources have confirmed that Ninty is presenting the new console to game developers under the moniker "Wii HD". Nice name. What They Play Also points to R&D costs as consistent with a new a console being just around the corner.

Supposedly this is more than just a refresh (Wii 1.1 or what not), but the sources weren't very specific on features other than HD visuals, an assumption of serious drive space, and backwards compatibility.

Due date? 2011. Hopefully we can get some on-the-record confirmation before that.

Nintendo WIi Fanboy Via WiiUnite User Lakkus | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 18:46
Tags: news

WiiUnite Launches

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If you were keeping an eye on the page we gave you last time, you already know the site is live. If you weren't, hurry and sign up. Those who sign up on October 1st get special permissions as founding members. Those who sign up tomorrow or later start at the bottom and have to work their way up.

The other day, WiiHD called WiiUnite "the next big thing on the horizon of core Wii gaming." Big words, no? Well, we mean them.

WiiUnite is the culmination of more than a year of core competitive community building by a large group of core Wii gamers. They searched and searched, but found no where that truly catered to the needs of their community. Some forums discriminated against competitive activities, others buried great content with crap, some forced burdensome structure that met that forum's needs, but not the needs of the community. They were outcasts, skewered by gamers from other systems for loving Wii, skewered by Wii users for being core gamers.

But now, core Wii gamers have a place they can call their own. Wii Unite was designed by the community, for the community. Once migration is complete, WiiHD expects it to be one of the most unique Wii Communities in the world.

We unite in the face of criticism from core gamers that don't get the potential the Wii has for core competitive gaming. We unite in the face of Nintendo's obstinate and screwed up view of how online gaming should be structured. We unite in the face of forums that have to cater to every little piece of crap title and bury the good stuff. We unite in the face of criticism of the Wii as a kiddie machine. We unite in the face of forums that punish core competitive gaming. WiiUnite.

What are you waiting for? This IS your engraved invitation.

Via WiiUnite | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 01 Oct 2008 18:35
Tags: ds hardware rumor

New DS Rumors Reach Crescendo

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MCV reports:

According to our impeccable source in Japan, Satoru Iwata will make the announcement at 5am UK time – as first predicted by MCV last month.

Little is known about the machine's exact extra functions, but we do know the product will be the ‘multimedia’ model mentioned by Nikkei this week – with an MP3 player and camera function.

It's still a rumor, but at least this one won't take long to validate.

MCVuk Via Endgadet | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 23 Sep 2008 05:37
Tags: news

WiiUnite on October 1st, 2008

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What is WiiUnite? It's the next big thing on the horizon of core Wii gaming. Stay tuned to find out more.


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Sep 2008 23:31
Tags: action ancient mh3 news screens video wii

Monster Hunter 3 Emerges from the Shadows

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Since the announcement that the Capcom franchise Monster Hunter, loyal to Sony for so long, would bring it's newest iteration as an exclusive to Wii, WiiHD has been ecstatic about the game. Traditionally, MH has had a lot more of an eastern appeal than western, but looking at what's out so far, WiiHD has no idea why. This game looks gorgeous.

In advance of the Tokyo Game Show, where Monster Hunter 3 will be playable, Capcom has opened the official Monster Hunter 3 website. After the break, we've put up a Monster Hunter 3 gallery. Hopefully this is the first volley in a lot of media and information about the game. We certainly can't wait to see more.

Via Nintendo Wii Fanboy | Permalink


by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Sep 2008 05:46
Tags: deal wii

Wii Bargains on Amazon Gold Box

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Starting at midnight Pacific, Friday the 19th (less than two hours from the time of this post), Amazon is going to have a day chock full of Wii deals. We won't know what kind until they're posted, but this amazon widget will keep you posted.

Amazon Via kotaku


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