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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 30 Jul 2008 19:07
Tags: conduit e3 fps scifi wii

Tell Her What She Won Bob...


Have you been wondering if the world was as excited about The Conduit as you are? Well, at the very least, they're noticing it. Here's some of the awards it garnered from it's demoing at E3:

- Best Wii Game of E3 (IGN.com)
- Best Wii Shooter of E3 (IGN.com)
- Best Graphics Technology on Wii (IGN.com)
- Honorable Mention for Real-Time Control on Wii (IGN.com)
- Best Wii Game of E3 (Gametrailers.com)
- Top 20 Games of E3 (Edge-online.com)

Congratulations High Voltage. We knew you could do it. Although the award we still want to see is "Best Online Wii Game with No Friend Codes". =)

Not sure what The Conduit is? 1) Shame on you, and 2) check out the gallery after the break.

Via High Voltage Press Release | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jul 2008 20:07
Tags: action clone-wars ds e3 screens star-wars video wii

Star Wars The Clone Wars (Gallery)

Didn't we just do a Star Wars post? Ah, yes, The Force Unleashed. Well that's not the only Jedi action you'll be getting in 2008. The upcoming animated Star Wars The Clone Wars (a.k.a. Star Wars: The Quest for More Money) gets its own game as well.

Exclusive to Nintendo, there's a different version for each system. The Wii gets Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels. DS gets Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance. The DS version is being developed by LucasArts, and the Wii version has been outsourced to Licensee-heavy Krome.

The Wii version, as you can tell from the name, promises to be the Lightsaber title for Wii. Meaning there's some smack talk between Krome (The Clone Wars Wii) and Krome (Force Unleashed Wii).

The Clone Wars is due out for the Holidays this year. So we'll see soon enough which Krome prevails.

Hit the break for 8 screens for each system and some footage (including new E3 footage).

Via GameTrailers (E3 footage) and Press Release | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jul 2008 15:59
Tags: conduit e3 fps scifi video

The Conduit at E3

In addition to some brand new footage, High Voltage has some nice, semi-technical commentary on The Conduit. An unnamed commentator, who WiiHD thinks is Rob Nichols, talks about graphics, effects, AI, setting and difficulty. They are modeling actual areas of Washington, DC, so when your wives ask you where you are going for vacation next year… Tell you found a great deal on a tour of our nation's capital.

We're giving you part 2 of the walkthrough first because it's a little more interesting. There's a second (err, first) E3 video after the break with a nice boss battle.
Via Nintendo Wii Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 15 Jul 2008 20:36
Tags: ds e3 gta news


Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS)

DS gets all the breaks. First they get Civ Rev before Wii, and now GTA. WiiHD loves open worlds, and while GTA has never been as attractive as say, Morrowind, it's still a very nice addition to the DS library.

This GTA outing takes place in Chinatown, Liberty City. With the cart space limitations, I guess a whole city is too much to ask for, but that should still be a pretty nice chunk of gaming. Once you get there, just remember these words: 太贵了!(tie gway luh) That will save you tons of dough at the Mandarin-speaking shops (not as much as just taking the stuff, but still). If anyone knows the Cantonese equivalent post it below.

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 15 Jul 2008 20:21
Tags: e3 news peripheral

Logitech's Wireless Keyboard (Wii)

Although USB keyboards have been enabled, the masses probably don't realize they can use them. Now there's an official keyboard solution from Logitech, and with it, the likelihood of developers adding text chat support in games grows. Developers don't want to build support for features people can't use, either for lack of equipment (lack of storage space is why GHIII didn't support DLC) or for ignorance of the feature.

The keyboard comes with several dedicated buttons for zoom, forward, back, quit and ok. What, no Home button?
Via Nintendo Wii Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 15 Jul 2008 19:54
Tags: e3 news peripheral wii

It was as if a million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. Voicechat, sort of.

Nintendo's biggest announcement as far as WiiHD is concerned, is Wii Speak. But it's not just a stupid name, it's a stupid device. It sits atop your TV, doubtless picking up every ambient noise in the room. Expect to tell the other person to speak up, constantly. And hope the feedback isn't too bad.

The real question is whether the Voice Chat support will include a separate audio channel so that when 3rd parties create a real peripheral, they'll be able to route voices to the headset instead of to the TV. WiiSpeak includes its own speaker, so there is an audio channel to be used by headsets. We've certainly waited long enough , that it had better include another audio channel. This could be nice, especially for the clan community, to not have to trudge through Skype et al to be able to talk to their teammates. Trouble is, the friend codes are going to be as much hassle as lugging your laptop into the other room.

So is WiiHD happy with Nintendo now? No, we still despise them. Rather than simply provide tools to protect the kiddos, Nintendo insists on protecting EVERYONE. Adults should be able to opt out of the Friend code system and play with any other adult without having to spend hours mining Friend Codes. They can't. Why not? That's a good question.

So what 3rd party manufacturer is going to earn the love and affection of Wii gamers everywhere by making a real headset? Nyko? Logitech? Anyone?
Via IGN | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 14 Jul 2008 22:01
Tags: currents e3

Great Expectations

I was just contacted by the Grand Council of Video Game Bloggers (GCVGB) and informed that WiiHD's membership would be revoked if we failed to post an E3 predictions post. We asked if we could just post a predictions thread after E3 was over, but they were not amused. So here's a list of what we want to see out of E3 juxtaposed against a list of what we expect to see at E3. Enjoy, and post your own list after the break.

What WiiHD Expects

  1. Anteaterz, Ubisoft (Wii, DS)
  2. Wii Ballerina, Nintendo (Wii with support for Balance Board)
  3. Useless plastic wraps for Wiimote, various (Wii)
  4. Mario (insert sport here), Nintendo (Wii)
  5. Zelda Pinball, Nintendo (DS)

What WiiHD Wants

  1. Civilization Revolution, 2K (Wii)
  2. Halo Combat Evolved, EA (DS)
  3. news: The Conduit (Wii) won't have Friend Codes
  4. playable demo and footage: The Conduit (Wii)
  5. Metroid Dread, Nintendo (DS)

Watch some (real, from developer pitch) Halo (DS) footage after the break to see what could have been.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 14 Jul 2008 21:38
Tags: e3 news peripheral wiimote

Motion Plus Extension for Wiimote

One of the things the Wiimote can't do that the Sixaxis can is measure rotation around the horizontal axis, or "yaw". It's hard to imagine what else this rumored Motion Plus addon would do for the wiimote, so that's our bet. It's a gyroscope. It's likely intended to help with 1 to 1 motion for sword fighting, but we'll see what they have in mind. I doubt they'd put this out at E3 without some sort of game or demo to show you what advantages it brings. I expect to see it as a pack-in with a Star Wars game personally.

I can't quite tell from the image if there is a pass-through for the nunchuck or not. What do you think?
Via Nintendo Wii Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 18:20
Tags: core e3 news

E3 Core Games?


Nintendo's Marc Franklin told Gamepro that there would be several titles announced at E3 that core gamers would be interested in. I'm not expecting any real surprises, like Halo DS, or Nintendo announcing that they've re-secured Civ Rev for Wii, but Kid Icarus is the internet's worst kept secret, and Animal Crossing has been expected for some time now. IGN has repeatedly brought up their wishes for Pikmin 3 on the Nintendo Voicechat podcast. And who knows, maybe Nintendo views Mario Sluggers as Hardcore (although scoff if you will, somewhere there are hundreds of plasma TVs gathered together in prayer vigil for stronger wrist straps).

WiiHD isn't expecting any surprises. Quietly hoping for one? Yes. But not expecting any.

Via Shacknews | Permalink

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