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by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 13 Aug 2008 19:50
Tags: action adventure mushroom-men screens video wii

Mushroom Men (Wii)


It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a meteor with strange properties about to land in the middle of a jungle and give rise to sentient mushrooms and cacti and aggressive and violent insects in the area of its impact! *pause for breath*

So begins the saga of Mushroom Men, who, after their rise to sentience, quickly divide into 4 different nations and, as nations are wont to do, they go to war. There are 4 Mushroom Nations. You are one of the Bolete, one of two non-poisonous Mushroom Nations. The two poisonous nations are looking to wipe out all other Mushroom Tribes so they can be the only Mushroom Men.

Your part in this game will be to guide Pax, one such sentient mushroom, along the way to solve the mystery of the origins of the Mushroom Men, while hopefully stopping a war, bringing glory to your nation (the Bolete) and saving the entire world of Mushroom Men from self-destruction. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a 3rd person action adventure title for Wii due out this November.

The game has a very appealing look and sound, so be sure to check out game screens and video after the break.

Via Press Release | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 07 Aug 2008 22:09
Tags: dead-rising horror screens wii

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop


WiiHD loves open world gaming. Morrowind is our favorite rendition of that style, but anytime you give the player more power and decision making ability, we're in favor of it. Add to that a memorable and engaging environment, and we're sold. Dead Rising was one such game on the 360 in 2006, and now, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, a pseudo port of Dead Rising, is bringing that open world to the Wii. What world is that they're opening up to you? You're stuck in a shopping mall in a small town over-run with zombies. Yes, Capcom does love zombies.

How do you survive? Well everything in the mall is at your disposal. Running low on health? Hit the food court (but try to be the diner, not the meal). Need a weapon? WiiHD recommends the hardware store. In the meantime, as a freelance journalist, you're doing more than just surviving; you're investigating. How did this happen? You'll collect evidence and piece together a story that reveals the awful truth in true B movie style.

WiiHD also looks forward to the visuals comparison between the Wii and 360. Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop is due out this Winter. Hit the break for some Wii Screens and IGN's 360 video review (to give you a ….ehhh, "taste" for the game).

Via Capcom Press Release | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 31 Jul 2008 20:14
Tags: civrev ds feature screens strategy

Official Civilization Revolution Tech Tree

2K put up a sweet PDF with their official graphcial tech tree today (they tried to do it 2 days ago, but the link was bad), to aid you in your thirst for world domination. There have been some similar community efforts here and elsewhere. As always, this Civ Rev Tech Tree applies to all versions of the game. To see First to Discover bonuses for tech, be sure to check out WiiHD's own tech guide

Grab it here (mediafire backup link). You can also get a pdf of the Building, Unit and Wonder Guides here (mediafire backup link). Enjoy.

Via Official Civilization Revolution Site | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 21 Jul 2008 16:50
Tags: ancient aoe-mythologies ds news screens strategy video

Age Of Empires: Mythologies

Jealous of all the attention Civilization Revolution has been getting, Age of Empires has returned to the DS with a new TBS entry to the series called Mythologies. You get your choice of 3 races each with their own campaign, Egyptian, Norse and Greek. You can play single card local with one person, and it has full local and online as well.

According to Amazon, this one is due out November 24th.

We've got fresh E3 screens and a teaser trailer for your after the break.
Via Gametrailers and THQ | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jul 2008 22:33
Tags: ds fps qos screens video

Quantum of Solace Teaser Trailer and DS Screens


We tried, but there just didn't seem to be a clever title hiding in this tidbit. We've got the Quantum of Solace Teaser Trailer fresh from Gametrailers, and some info and screens on the DS version of the game.

The Trailer appears to be a mix of Movie Trailer footage and PS360 footage. It's been a while since we've seen the movie trailer, so we don't know if they grabbed game footage that matches the action portions of the movie trailer or not, but it wouldn't be surprising if they did.

The DS version of the game offers the ability to play using only the stylus. It's unclear whether that's an optional control scheme, or the only one. Well executed, it could be sweet. But things aren't always well-executed, so WiiHD always prefers to have options. You can choose stealth over direct combat, as you'd expect from a Bond game, but here you have upgrades specifically for different styles of play. Although it isn't clear how, playing cards are a part of the enhancement process.

As you'll recall, we told you Treyarch wouldn't be including any card playing in their versions of the game, but the DS version is being developed by Vicarious Visions. We'll try to keep an eye out for more differences as time goes by.

Hit the break for the new Teaser Trailer and 5 DS Screenshots. And check out that 2nd DS screen too. It's from the first Daniel Craig Bond, and is one of the grittiest scenes of Casino Royale. The bathroom also strikes us as a great place to start a Bond game. (Crap, there's material for a clever title)

DS Screens and info Via Activision Press Release | Video Via Gametrailers | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jul 2008 22:03
Tags: ds motoracer racing screens video

Moto Racer (DS)

Moto Racer is a storied and regal franchise with a history of high ratings and superb qualit… AHHHHHHHHH! Sorry, sometimes WiiHD spends a little too much time reading press releases and needs to go all caps to vent. We want to bring you only quality core game coverage, but we want to cover a nice cross-section of genres too.

The new Gallery of the day is for Moto Racer, a motor bike racer with a variety of modes, tracks and a publisher who isn't afraid to use exclamation points, hyperbole, and unnecessary acronyms.

On their list of accomplishments are 1) A special Stylus control system, "Stylus Precision Handling" (unnecessarily acronymed: SPH) that promises precision for "amazing tricks" and handling, 2) 4 player local multiplayer on a single cart, and up to 8 players online 3) 3 difficulty settings, 4) 5 camera angles, 5) 8 enviornments, 6) 32 different bikes with different stats and 7) 44 "crazy" tracks. The modes are below the break with the full press release, but the one that catches our eye is pizza delivery. It's hard to explain just why that is.

We've got video after the break, and 24 DS screenshots so you can see for yourself. One bad omen for the game is they feel they need to fast forward the gameplay and jazz it up with a funky beat.

Via Nobilis 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 17 Jul 2008 19:25
Tags: horror madworld screens wii

WiiHD's MADWORLD Gallery Cometh (NSFW gallery)


Things are really heating up for core Wii gamers. The Conduit was one of the first signs of great things to come, then CoD5 not only didn't skip Wii, it isn't porting our version from PS2. We've got Quantum of Solace coming, and new core exclusives like Deadly Creatures (DCWii) being announced regularly. One such Wii exclusive is the over-the-top MADWORLD, and it doesn't get much more hardcore than this (so maybe NSFW).

In MADWORLD you are the captive of terrorists, forced to participate in their little game known as Death Watch. To survive, and to get the terrorists, you'll need to become the master of the game, killing foes in outrageous ways with an odd selection of weaponry. Preferably without going insane. MADWORLD has minigames, but not like you've ever seen them before. You'll be playing human darts and other excessively violent minigames in your quest to survive.

The game promises fast and instinctive gaming for an arcade style of play, and there will be finishing moves as you put down your opponents. And those minigames will be available in a hotseat mode so you can compete against friends for the highest score.

Even if survival horror or over-the-top violence isn't your cup o joe, you should be excited about titles like MADWORLD. They represent a sea change for core Wii gaming. Although Nintendo may never give us what we want, the Wii's enormous install base is attracting attention from more than just the makers of Petz (coming soon: Piranhaz… wait, that could actually be cool). Not all developers are ashamed to be working on Wii anymore, and we're not getting C and D teams for Wii ports anymore (though it remains to be seen what level of quality we'll see from QoS or COD5, we may still be stuck with some B teams for a while).

Hit the break for 16 MAD screens and some zany game footage.

Via Press Release | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jul 2008 20:31
Tags: action force-unleashed preview screens star-wars video wii

Joystiq Gets their hands on Force Unleashed (Wii)


WiiHD's gallery of fresh Wii-specific screens and video for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is ready for your waiting eyes. But we didn't want to just give you eye candy, so we dug up Joystiq's hands-on for the Wii too.

Assuming you haven't been hiding under rock for the past few months, you know the Wii gets an exclusive Duel Mode where you can go head to head with your friends. It also gets a few extra stages over the PS360, and some special Wii-specific moves. Joystiq didn't miss the advanced physics of the PS360, proclaiming that the Wii physics felt "realistic enough" under the conditions they were able to test. The visuals were jaggie-filled, but Joystiq liked most of the motion controls. Although the light saber didn't always respond in kind, they were down with the force controls.

The Duel Mode has no AI option—it requires 2 players. There are 27 characters and 9 locations to choose from. In addition to lightsaber action, you still get to use your force powers on objects in the locations. Best we can tell, there isn't much differentiation between the characters' moves. Everyone gets one single blade lightsaber, and the same basic move set. You can tell the characters have different strengths from the duel mode screenshot though. But overall the moves feature a richness in combination that makes this mode a rich fighter, almost worthy of separate packaging according to Joystiq.

Hit the break for Wii-specific media.

Via Joystiq Hands On and Joystiq Duel Mode Hands On | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 30 Jun 2008 18:19
Tags: ds review screens trauma-center video

Trauma Center UtK2 (DS) Review


The newest entry to the Trauma Center series, Under the Knife 2, is showing off in IGN's new review. Here are some quotes.

My job is to tell you if the fourth TC outing is worth your time, and I’ll answer with a resounding “yes” all around. Sure it could have multiplayer, online, and challenge mode – all things found in the latest Wii version – but even without these awesome additions the package is still a fun, challenging, traditional Trauma Center experience

This game requires a mastery of speed, reflexes, memory, and stylus dexterity, but its that insane pressure to perform that really hooks me on it time and time again, and by the end of each game I wonder why on earth Atlus hasn't required a quarter slot for the game in each release, as it really does have that arcade feel that many games have dropped over the years.

It's a bit annoying to see that the experience itself doesn't borrow more from the latest Wii game though, as there's no online, no leaderboards, no co-op play, no 2nd female doctor, and no challenge missions this time around…

Grab loads of video after the break.

IGN | Permalink

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