Test3

Welcome to WiiHD, where High Definition Gaming is about more than Graphics


WiiHD is under construction tonight

We need to repair our RSS feed. We're still online, but you may see some strange things before we're finished. Hang tight and it will all be over soon. =)

David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
06 Nov 2014 23:06

CivRev2 Finally Arrives For Android

civrev2.jpg
If you have an iToy, you've been playing Civ Rev 2 for months now, but if you're on Android, it's finally come your way. Offcontract.net spotted Civ Rev 2 earlier today. So start downloading, it's a big game. Go ahead and call in sick for work tomorrow, because you know you're gonna need just one more turn.

Via OffContract.net: Civilization Revolution 2 Arrives on Android


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
08 Jul 2014 14:52

Euflorian: Another Eufloria Inbound

ea.png
OffContract spotted a little twitter hint from the folks behind Eufloria stating that art was inbound for "Euflorian". The developer eventually explained that it was part of Omni's Eufloria Adventures 'experiment'. Eufloria Adventures launched in April on PlayStation Mobile. Is this Adventures offshoot about to get bigger? Launch to new platforms? Develop superpowers? Stay tuned. Maybe the art will be informative.

OffContract.net | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
02 Jul 2014 15:49

Civilization Revolution 2 inbound for mobile

civrev2.jpg
Civilization Revolution was the best strategy game on the DS, and the DS had a few to choose from. Civ Rev 2 doesn't look like it's headed to handhelds, sadly, but it should be inbound to Apple and Android mobile devices. iOS users can play today for $15 while Android users can get in on the fun later this year. Need a device to play it on? Check out offcontract.net for the best unlocked Android and iOS smartphones.

Via Joystiq | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
01 Jul 2014 02:21

OffContract.net's Budget Unlocked Smartphone Buyers Guide

MotoGsm.jpg
If you're sick of Wireless Carriers ripping you off on smartphone contracts, break free and head over to offcontract.net to discover the best unlocked smartphones to take on prepaid or MVNO plans. This summer, the Moto G, Moto E, Galaxy S4 mini, Nokia Lumia 525 and the iPhone 4 are all in the running. Find out which is best for you.

Summer 2014 Buyer's Guide for Unlocked Budget Smartphones, iOS, Android and Windows Phone


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
12 Nov 2009 04:14

Modern Warfare Reflex is the Biggest Wii Disappointment Yet

Sometimes I hate being right. The Wii is no stranger to long delays in getting good games, or to fast and dirty ports. What makes this one sting so bad is that the potential for Modern Warfare was so high. Because of the quality of the original title, the Modern Warfare branding is almost as powerful as the Call of Duty branding itself. Modern Warfare will share a place in history alongside Quake, Goldeneye, and Halo.

The Wii version, on the other hand, deserves the rating IGN gave it — falling below the barely known PSP-port MOH:H2. This despite the fact that Modern Warfare had a proven sales record, a publisher bigger than some countries, a game engine already in place, an experienced developer team that did well with Call of Duty: World at War, and oh yeah, TWO YEARS to get it right; but it can't do the one basic thing every FPS on Wii has to do — control well. Between framerate issues screwing with precision, and lack of polish all over, this mediocre game is a slap in the face to Wii owners and to a great underlying game.

Frak you Activision. If you want my money, re-release the game in a year when you've actually finished it.


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
11 Nov 2009 12:14

Where are the Modern Warfare Reflex Reviews?

wawiicoop3.JPG
In IGN's hands-on with Modern Warfare Reflex, they mentioned they received no review copy. That's pretty weird if you ask me. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been amazed at how little information, how few images and how little footage there was of the game. At first blush, there seems to be a reason for withholding it from review: Treyarch got sloppy.

Moving slightly with the Wii-mote doesn't always register in on-screen movement, so trying to dial in that precise pixel-by-pixel aiming is a serious chore. With the framerate also pretty inconsistent at times the cursor takes the brunt of the impact and the only real hope for precise shooting comes with the game's single player lock-on function.

In regards to the online mode:

The overall framerate and connection quality is pretty remarkable considering it's pushing more options and modes than any other online Wii FPS, but it, too, is hurt by the unreliable controls. Shooting someone that's zig-zagging back and forth while running towards you is actually pretty tough (since you also have a somewhat unresponsive cursor control), and players know it.

Was there a big rush to get Modern Warfare Reflex out the door TWO YEARS after PS360 version so much that they couldn't attend to the SINGLE most important element of a Wii FPS: control? Of course not, but there appears to have been a rush to capitalize on Christmas sales and the Modern Warfare moniker. It's a frakking shame too. Modern Warfare and Wii fans deserve better. We've certainly waited long enough to expect better.


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
05 Aug 2009 03:18

Modern Warfare (Wii)

mwwii.jpg
2007 called, and they want their game announcement back. That's right, according to kotaku, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is taking up its rightful home on the Wii. This November 10th, while the PS3 and 360 get their Modern Warfare 2 on, we finally get the original.

Treyarch, who also ported World at War to the Wii using the much vaunted modified COD4 engine, is taking another whack at Wii. It makes sense, since 1) Activision already had an engine on Wii 2) Call of Duty 4 was one of the best received shooters ever and 3) World at War (Wii) topped 1 million sales. Apparently Treyarch and Activision are both fond of money. As far as I'm concerned, Treyarch did well with World at War — far better than Wii porters ordinarily do — so I welcome their involvement and hope they bring their A game.

Should I be complaining because we're not getting MW2 at the moment? Who knows. Just because the first one rocked the casbah doesn't mean the sequel will (remember Halo 2?). For now, I consider this the best news for Wii this year. It sucks that it took this long, but at least it's finally here.

Photo Credit: Christian (Men in Black) | Via kotaku | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
25 Jun 2009 00:53

The Conduit Multiplayer: Pros and Cons

fordger.jpg

There are some things that previews and even pre-launch reviews are worthless for. Multiplayer is one of them. This is because you can't know what the network performance will be like until tens of thousands of gamers raid the servers and bring things to a crawl. I'll be putting down some initial pros and cons in this post over the next couple of days.

Pros:

  • Finally, Scifi. Enough with WWII shooters already. We get it, they had guns then. Explore something, ANYTHING else. The environments and weapons of SciFi make for an excellent alternative.
  • You can find a Friend online and join whatever game they are in. Neither WaWii nor MoHH2 had this functionality.
  • Great control customizations
    • Full custom button remapping is a first for Wii (WaWii had different presets, but no custom). If there were any justice, there would never be another Wii shooter without it. You can even take vital functions away from motions and put them on a button. I did.
    • You can change the sensitivity of motions, which is VITAL. In MoHH2 I'd always accidentally trigger a reload when I was fighting someone on a staircase and aiming up, then down. I'd just as soon have no motions, but this is nice too.
    • The standard dead zone alterations, turn speed, cursor sensitivity are all present and accounted for.

Cons:

  • Friend Codes
    • We'll stop complaining the day they finally fraking die. No sooner. If you don't understand why they suck, I envy your bliss.
    • We don't blame High Voltage for this, as so far, they've been the most sympathetic to gamers of any company on the topic, but it still screws up the game so it's still a con.
  • Lag — could just be launch day excitement. Hopefully it improves over time.
  • Framerate drops
    • it is unclear if network performance is the cause of this. Will it get better after the launch is over? Who knows.
  • There's an intermediate connection screen between when you select a game type and before you go into a game lobby that can hang and there's no way to back out (B gets you out of most menu stuff) if it has trouble authenticating some of the players, short of actually turning off your Wii. It's a rare problem, but still a con.
  • Analog lag.
    • I don't know if this is a function of the networking or control design, but the control response to the analog stick is terrible. It feels like you're trying to drive a tank instead of moving a nimble secret agent whose job it is to save the world. Strafing speed is okay, but the time it takes you to get to full strafe speed from rest or to switch from strafe right to strage left is appallingly slow. The same for changing from forward motion to backward motion.

Neutral:

  • You can't take a party of friends into a public game. This is nice because it sucks ending up with 2 n00bs against a skilled, skype-using party of 4 friends. It sucks because with the ever-disgusting friend code system, putting together a full-fledged private match is tough to do, with the party system, you only needed half a private match to get a full game going.

David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
24 Jun 2009 22:47

The Conduit, Promotional unlock Codes

ase.jpg
The following two codes are from Gamestop's special edition of The Conduit for preorders.

NewASE11
SuitMP13

Enter the codes under Extras -> Promotional Code

To turn them on, Extras -> Unlockables -> Cheats


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
22 May 2009 20:43

Metroid Prime Trilogy

mpt.jpg
I still haven't bought MP3C, though I did rent it, and I haven't played Echoes at all and this is why.

Via Kotaku | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
06 May 2009 18:19

The Conduit Multiplayer Previewed

conduit2s.jpg
Let's start with the high praise: "It's pretty much what you'd expect from a modern console FPS, but not necessarily what we've come to expect from Nintendo WFC titles." So says Joystiq. So pray we all.

The highlights are that HVS apparently improved performance in the online mode by reducing graphical fidelity (smart move if you ask me). You probably already know that the Conduit reduced the total number of players to 12 from a planned 16. There are seven maps, 3 categories (Team Objective (which includes a CTF sub-type), TDM, FFA), and there seem to game sub-types for each category (Joystiq played a Free For All variant called "Bounty Hunter" where everyone races to be the first one to kill the player designated as the hunted, also spotting a Last Man standing mode and a "King of the Hill"-like mode).

They reported that movement speed felt slow and there was no Sprint option. WiiSpeak lets you talk either to your team or the five nearest players—it's unclear from the preview whether that's automatically chosen based on the mode you're playing, or if you can manually switch it and say, talk to someone on the opposite team in TDM. Everything is as customizable as you've come to expect from HVS, from modes, rules, HUD arrangement and of course, control config.

Read the whole thing and keep marking the time until it releases. Then buy a copy for you and another for a friend. The success of this game reflects not just on the Wii, but probably on its successor too.

There was a past multiplayer demo Sega ran that fell through a little while ago, and I expect this demo will be reported by some other sites soon as well, so keep your eyes open for more impressions.


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
31 Jan 2009 00:46

Happy Groundh...errr, Hedgehog Day

hedge.jpg
What's Sega been up to lately? A lot. In a special Sega-day celebration, Kotaku gets their mitts all over a load of great fare:

Madworld

The Conduit

Bayonetta

Well look at that. Sega does what Nintendon't.

Via Kotaku


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
21 Dec 2008 02:49

A WaWii Public Service Message

domekitten.jpg
'Nuph said. Tell a friend.

David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
19 Dec 2008 17:51

Free Radical Kicks the Bucket; Antioxidants Eyed Suspiciously

fr.jpg
The rumor mill has the highly respected Free Radical Studios (of Timesplitters fame and with talent stretching all the way back to Goldeneye) closing its doors one last time… and locking out its employees.

What does this mean for our hopes and dreams? The Timesplitters IP can still be sold, and employees as talented as Free Radicals' are bound to be back in the game lending their talents to other games. Until they land on their feet, WiiHD's thoughts are with them.

Some people might blame the worldwide economic recession. Others might suspect Free Radical over-invested in the poorly performing Haze. WiiHD blames Vitamin E. It knows why.

gamesindustry.biz Via Wi Fanboy | Permalink
Thanks Lakkus for the head's up


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
11 Dec 2008 05:28

Wii Homebrew Reloaded

wiibrewmatrix.jpg
I noticed some extra traffic today, and traced it back to Joystiq's announcement of The Homebrew Channel's 1.0 release. In honor of this sort of momentous occasion (sort of since the numbering is more a result of beta fatigue by the hacking team than any dramatic new features), WiiHD will soon present you with a new Starter Kit 1.0, Wii Menu 3.4 Safe. If you're still using Wii Menu 3.3 or lower, you can use the old Starter Kit.

Watch this post in the next day or so. I'd upload it now, but I want to test the new programs first.

For now watch the old, very mockable video guide after the break if you don't know what this homebrew business is all about (pssst, it's about Quake). Also, see the full WiiHD Homebrew Guide if you need links to goodies or more help.

Hackmii Via Joystiq | Permalink

Props to text-image.com for the matrixification.


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
12 Nov 2008 07:04

WiiHD's WaWii Hands On

wawii.jpg
WiiHD's hands are all over Call of Duty: World at War for the Wii. There's a lot to like, but sadly there are some things to HATE passionately as well.

The Really, Really Bad

  • Friend Codes
  • Inability to choose a map or other settings in "Find a Match" games (likely the most common kind you'll play given how fraking long it takes to collect, enter, and get someone else to reciprocate with FCs)
  • Update: Invites from your Friends pop up a display that interferes with your gameplay even if you're in a game. It's almost as annoying as MoHH2's battery warning — the solution to both should have been the same — display a HUD icon to notify, but not interrupt your game. Once you're in a place to do so, you can pause and address the notice. As it is, you can pretty much count on Invites only coming JUST when you're in the middle of a serious and deadly dogfight.
    • Workaround: create a second profile for when you don't want to interrupted. Of course, your two profiles will have to unlock everything separately and rank up separately

The Bad

  • Voting to skip a map you don't like requires 50% + 1 (with a minimum of 3). Less would be better
  • No Comm
  • Some framerate drops
  • World War II. Again. If it were all European theatre, it'd be in the Really, really bad column.
  • Update: Only DM and TDM? Call of Duty should be better than that. Where's CTF and SaD?
  • Limited Control customization.
    • Presets for turning speed instead of a sensitivity slider
    • No bounding box (dead zone) resizing are with 4 presets
    • Honestly, this would have been acceptable in VERY early 2007. Now it's fraking criminal. Shame on you Treyarch, even beenox did better with QoS, to say nothing of what the PSP port MoHH2 did.
  • Update: Only a Host can invite to a Private match. If you're invited to one, you can't in turn invite someone else in to help fill it out. That makes Clan wars all that much harder, since the game host doesn't just need one enemy clan FC (and then just let that one player invite the rest), but ALL of them. And what happens with last minute substitutions? Massive game delay failures.
    • For clan wars, you can still have each clan form a party prior to the beginning of the game. One clan gets all their members into the party, then the game host invites that party host. Still, it's inconvenient.
    • For regular matches with Friends, it seems pretty inconvenient that invited users can't use their friend lists to supplement the hosts friend list and make there's always a full game going.

The Good

  • Nice look
  • The super-confusing single player campaign really captures that jungle warfare "where the frak is the enemy…. OH FRAK, THERE THEY ARE" feel
  • players blend in easily in multiplayer as well—forcing you to keep you're eyes very very peeled
  • Unlockables. Weapons, perks, upgrades, challenges…
  • Fresh FPS. Sadly, its networking lacks a lot of MoHH2's flexibility, but the maps, the weapons, the campaign… WaWii is the whole package, not one of the PSP/PS2 ports we're used to
  • Weapon selection is good, and their respective strengths are clear from the selection screen
  • Custom Classes rock and seem well balanced.
  • Streak bonuses rock. Yeah, they get used against you as much as for you, but they add a nice element to the game. I recommend relying heavily on melee to get the dogs. You can shoot them at a distance, but once they're in your face, pull that knife baby. Surveillance plane: 3 kills, Artillery strike (which can kill friendlies too): 5 kills, Dogs: 7 kills.
  • You can jump. I spent a good 5 minutes looking for the jump button when I first bought MoHH2 before finally (*gasp*) opening the manual, only to discover that in EA's book, apparently man had not learned to jump yet in the World War 2 era. Activision and my grandpa disagree.
  • Update: Spawning in TDMs starts you with your team and tends to put you close to your team on respawn. A welcome system.
  • Update: I never have to use the accelerometer. I do toss poison gas grenades, but I suspect Treyarch used the IR light orientation for the twist feedback rather than the accelerometer, like MoHH2 did with scope zooming. Bad motion controls can really screw an experience, but Treyarch wisely limited them.

The Neutral

  • You can change button layouts between several preset layouts. This would be in the good column if there were one custom layout option.
  • No ammo pickups online. You can pick up the weapons of the dead, but even if it's the same weapon you already have, you don't get to combine ammo.

Expect a few updates tomorrow, and feel free to flame my list in the comments.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
10 Nov 2008 03:23

More Free Radical Polling (Timesplitters 4)

frpoll.jpg
You know Free Radical WANTS to put TS4 on Wii. They want it bad. They've put up a second Wii-related poll now, and WiiHD recommends you go vote on it. They're asking if Wii owners want more crappy Wii games, or more standard high-quality games ("More regular games like on other consoles"). Did you miss Call of Duty 4? Do you Wish for Mirror's Edge? Do you fear Medal of Honor Operation Anaconda might skip Wii like so many before it? Do you wish there were more Metroids and less Wii Musics? Then tell Free Radical you want some regular games.

Why are you still reading? Go vote!

Free Radical Polling Via gonintendo | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
10 Nov 2008 01:48

The Internet Dies Laughing: WaWii Friend Codes

picard.jpg
Call of Duty: World at War is rated M for mature due to 1) Blood and Gore, 2) Intense Violence and 3) Strong Language. As such you can't buy it at retail unless you are 17 or older.

But if you want to set up a non-random match on Wii, you still need Friend Codes.

Remember the Christmas Story where the kid has to wear the pink bunny suit? This is more embarrassing than that by a lot.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
09 Nov 2008 22:25

WaWii Online Revealed

cod5topofficial.JPG
Call of Duty: World at War (WaWii) is getting the full preview from users who've gotten their hands on the game. Wondering what the online offerings are and how they work? Keep reading.
  • No lobbies =(
  • As we told you, it's an 8 player online game =(
  • Options for getting into a game are "Find a Match" or "Private Match"
    • There are 8 maps
    • Large Maps are Asylum and Cliffside, Medium maps are Castle, Hangar, Makin, and Upheaval, Small maps are Dome and Courtyard
    • You don't get to choose your maps in "Find a Match", they appear to be randomly chosen. To skip one you don't like, at least half the players gathered must choose to do so. =(
    • You can customize a lot options, including which map you want, in private match. More details when we have them.
  • Early reports are that Friend Codes are Not required for private matches =)
    • WiiHD remains skeptical and awaits more information however
    • It is still unclear how you get other players into a private match, so you should remain skeptical too
    • Update New reports indicate that the only conceivable way to get people into your private match, is through your Friend List — which is Friend Code controlled.
    • Update one user from callofduty.com claims (based on 2nd hand information) that after a random match, you can send friend requests from a list of recent opponents, a la Mario Kart Wii, in addition to adding via Friend Code
      • Update: so far there is no corroboration for the idea that you can add someone without a FC. WiiHD is investigating and encourages skepticism with all things related to FCs. Update: On further inspection, WiiHD can find no such option. Until someone with firsthand experience explains it, we're assuming it's bogus.
  • Leaderboards can be found under the "Barracks" moniker, and there is a locked mode called "Create a class" for custom class creation
    • For Create a Class, you choose a Primary weapon, a sidearm, a primary grenade and a special grenade and 3 perks
  • Match modes are "Bootcamp" (TDM for people under level 8 only), "TDM", "Free for All", "Hardcore TDM" (a locked mode, presumably just for vets), and "Veteran" (also locked at the beginning)

We'll update this when we know more about the Private Match setup.

Special thanks to zzzpwned and garththecat for sharing the info. Special thanks to MetroidCrime and the best Wii gaming forum for bringing it to WiiHD's attention. There is user gameplay footage after the break.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
04 Nov 2008 02:39

High Voltage Still Working on Networking

condi.jpg

In an interview with Iran White (IW) at Wiirincontrol.com, Eric Nofsinger again confronted the topic of Friend Codes, empathizing with gamers' frustrations. It is possible to read part of the passage below as saying that Friend Codes are not inevitable, but given the bolded underlined portion (emphasis WiiHD's) a more fair reading simply has Nofsinger explaining, as he has before, that they're doing everything they can to improve the Friend Code system, not trying to bypass it altogether. Some months ago, The Conduit makers alluded to Mario Kart in a pretty positive way, as if it had solved the Friend Code dilemma and they were no longer a problem

IW: Many Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers have a sort of “one eye on it” interest in The Conduit. Graphics aside, for them the clincher will be how well the game plays online. While Friend Codes aren’t a deal breaker, it is a major concern. Has Nintendo given you an explanation for why they are so adamant about the use of Friend Codes for even such a game as The Conduit, even though they’ve built a significant Parental Controls system into the Wii?

EN: Yeah, this is definitely something that we go back and forth with them on. They do have their security issues that we need to be cognizant of. We’re very aware of those concerns and understand where they are coming from with that. But really all we can commit to is creating the best possible experience.

Personally, I’m not a fan of Friend Codes, I don’t think that anyone on the team is a fan of Friend Codes. What we’re promising people is that we’re working with Nintendo, we’ve had them out to the office. We’ve been over to their place. We’re in regular communication with them. It will be as good of an experience on Multiplayer as possible. We know it’s important. We don’t want to let folks down.

IW: Yeah, I understand. It’s Nintendo’s thing, you have to play by their rules.

EN: Yeah, absolutely. And you know, I know that there’s been one notable exception of a game that hasn’t had friend codes. As far as I know, at least from what’s been relayed to us, that exception was a one time thing. It’s something where we need to continue to work with them closely, and figure out something that does hit what they need, but also hits what we need as gamers, you know?

What was that one time exception? Medal of Honor: Heroes 2. An otherwise unremarkable game that may well still be the gold standard in Wii FPS multiplayer even after QoS, Call of Duty and The Conduit come out if Nintendo doesn't get their act together.

wiirincontrol.com Via Gamefaqs user Teh_5_Starz | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
31 Oct 2008 04:18

The Conduit's Conduit

conduit.jpg

By now, it's old news. The Conduit will be published by Sega. What does that mean? Nothing particularly good, but nothing particularly bad either. Sega doesn't have the resources to bypass Nintendo's archaic and idiotic Friend Code networking, nor are they likely to have enough influence to convince Nintendo to make exceptions for them. So we've gone from "probably" using friend codes, to yes, we are in fact stuck with them. Yipee.

WiiHD has no particular opinion on Sega's game quality. They're no Capcom, but they aren't churning out mega-crapware either. If they're committed to putting serious dollars behind the promotion of The Conduit, something Nintendo refused to do with MP3C, that could help make sure there is a sequel. We'll see.

WiiHD did have higher hopes for The Conduit's feature set. But oh well. If you can't cope with unnecessary disappointment, Wii is not the best console for you.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
29 Oct 2008 23:39

Quantum of Solace in Motion (for Wii!)

Controls (about 2:30 in) have 3 presets and "Custom". It's unclear just how custom custom is, but we continue to hope for MoHH2 or Conduit-level customizations like changing the bounding box and button mappings. Also, WiiHD really hopes that "shaking" the nunchuck is not the only way to reload.

Anyway, we've seen lots of footage and promotion for this game on the PS360, so we're glad to finally bring you a bundle of Wii footage.

Via Dark Gaia | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
09 Oct 2008 17:59

Hunting Monsters at TGS

mh3.jpg
Just the other day, WiiHD was opining for Capcom to give us all high-quality access to that TGS Trailer Nintendo showed off and someone from the audience had lifted. Well, Capcom listened. In addition to that trailer being a lot more pleasant, they released on-floor gameplay footage, and a bag of new screenshots.

The trailer is gorgeous, and if you don't want Monster Hunter 3 after watching it, even a little bit, WiiHD recommends Vitameatavegamin to help cure whatever ails you.

Also, WiiHD has been tweaking our gallery system over the past few weeks, as you may or may not have noticed. Today, we've upped the resolution of the full-size images quite a bit, and we hope that makes for a more pleasant viewing. If you don't see a difference, clearing your browser's cache might help.

Catch it all after the break.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
09 Oct 2008 17:17

Dead Rising Out of TGS

dr.jpg
Dead Rising: Chop Till you Drop is shaping up to be one of the best ports Wii has ever received. A genius title, Zombies, the RE4 over-the-shoulder style gameplay, a sandbox world with a sweet theme, and excellent attention to detail. Capcom's upcoming Wii lineup is really looking sweet (see also: Monster Hunter Tri and Spyborgs).

Today, Capcom dumped a bunch of new screens, and some TGS footage on us, including a trailer and some on-floor gameplay footage. What we don't see is them achieving their previously stated goal of putting 100 zombies on screen at once, but it's still looking like a great game.

In the original 360 game, some of the complaints were that mission times had cramped the sandbox play style, and Capcom payed attention, and loosened things up to really give you the kind of freedom that a sandbox was designed to provide.

Check out the new media after the break.

Via Capcom | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
09 Oct 2008 16:15

Rumored First Quantum of Solace Wii Screen

modifiedjag.jpg
Here's the litmus test WiiHD has laid down for Wii ports. If the publisher is pushing their PS360 assets on anyone with a pulse, but you can't kick and drag Wii assets out of them, it means the Wii version looks like crap. If there are PS360 previews months before there are Wii previews, the game plays like crap. If the press releases spend lots of time talking about PS360 features and remain ambiguous on Wii features until a month before release, the Wii gets crappy features. It didn't take rocket science to come up with the formula, but it seems to be holding pretty true.

After a lot of time waiting while Quantum of Solace PS360 was hyped and showed off everywhere, NeoGAF user The-Switcher claims to have the first Wii screenshot of Quantum of Solace. This is the game that is supposed to be using the same modified CoD4 engine that WaWii is using. But look at that water (after the break). Bond himself doesn't look that bad (though his jacket does leak into his pants on the lower left), but there's a lot not to like. And remember, this is a screenshot they've chosen to Show-Off the game. Imagine the ones that ended up being rejected as good publicity shots… No, that isn't a poorly textured rug, it's a pool. It's also an omen for 2008 Activision games using the modified CoD4 engine. I'll let you guess whether it's a good or bad omen.

So that's what the modified CoD4 engine can do? It's actually good news in a way. WiiHD has decided to sell our company car after a little tinkering. And we're betting our 'modifed' Jaguar will be super popular on ebay.

The first Wii Screen is after the break. View at your own risk. If you need to recuperate afterwards, go look at The Conduit's gallery.

Via NeoGAF | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
07 Oct 2008 20:10

Wii Multiplayer Loses Steam

codqos.jpg
Once upon a time, players of EA's PSP port, Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (MoHH2), labored under the assumption that every major shooter thereafter would be better in every way than MoHH2. Why wouldn't it be? Yes, MoHH2 got a lot of the fundamentals right, but it was still a PSP port made on a shoestring budget by a team that had never developed for a console before. Those MoHH2 players were wrong.

WiiHD has delayed reporting one of the more depressing details of IGN's most recent preview of WaWii (World at War Wii), but the time has come to bite the bullet. Instead of the 32 player online multiplayer offered by MoHH2, or even the 16 player multiplayer offered by the PS360 version of WaW, IGN indicates that WaWii will have 8 player online. Also, the online vehicle mode Treyarch was so proud of will not be present in WaWii. Finally, no Wii-Speak either (more Nintendo's fault than anyone else's).

Following that news, Nintendojo is reporting (Thanks KeiKong) that Activision and Beenox will be putting a 4 player online multiplayer component into the Wii version of Quantum of Solace—the same number of players available in QoS's offline multiplayer component. This compared to the 12 player online multiplayer component in the PS360 version.

So what improvements are being made over MoHH2? The Call of Duty 4 engine is being used. It was also Treyarch's excuse for dumbing down coop-options for WaWii. WiiHD is grateful that an effort is being made to make Wii games look better than PS2 games. But we never asked for our gameplay to get watered down. WiiHD exists as a conduit for opinion promoting excellence in gameplay, and in these announcements, we are extremely disappointed. So we've put the kind of effort into this post's graphics that Activision has put into the Wii feature set.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
06 Oct 2008 19:39

New Monster Hunter 3 Video

mh3h.jpg
GoNintendo was trying to embed this last week, but it kept getting deleted from Youtube. It's the video from the Nintendo Event last week, and the first new MH3 video for a VERY long time. It was taken from the audience and at a bad angle, so cut it a little slack. It's got some nice water-based hijinks.

Hopefully, Capcom will release the professionally recorded version before too long. And as always, it's after the break.

Via kotaku | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
03 Oct 2008 23:37

WiiHD's Fansite Directory

WiiHD is now launching the beta of our fansite directory. Remember, it is beta, so there will be a few bugs to work out. If something acts wrong, comment on this post and I'll get on it.

Any fansites who are devoted to Wii, DS or any of their core games is welcome to get listed.

WiiHD's users will then be able to rank the fansites they like most up. Fansites that are higher ranked will be listed higher on the list. You are welcome to get your own users to try to rate yours up higher.

Click the link above, and use the submission form on the side. Then follow instructions there exactly.

Via WiiHD's Fansite Directory | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
03 Oct 2008 21:47

Wii Storage "Solution"

31Evq80+k9L._SL160_.jpg

In an effort to make core gamers shut up and leave them alone already alleviate the burden of Nintendo's best Customers that tiny minority of Wii owners who find the internal storage lacking, Nintendo announced they'll be opening up SD storage for active use. Meaning you will be able to launch WiiWare and VC games and what not from the SD card, instead of having to juggle everything endlessly or "clean out the fridge".

Q&A
Q: So we're limited to 2GB, right?
A: 2GB per card. But there are some 4GB cards that aren't SDHC, like this one. They're very popular with Wii owners and Palm PDA/Smartphone users, so when looking for them, be careful and try to find confirmation from user reviews that they really aren't SDHC and really do work in non-SDHC capable devices. Don't simply accept the lack of a label as proof that a card is non-SDHC.

Q: Can Nintendo add SDHC support to already sold Wii's?
A: Yes. It's a software issue, not a hardware issue.

Q: Will they?
A: Probably not, for the same reason they've resisted real external storage solutions to this point. They think it discourages piracy. Case in point, hit the kotaku link below and read as someone asks "but how will we run SSBB off an SD card if it's only 2gigs". Yeah *rolls eyes*. The 2GB (ish) limitation makes some form of piracy a little more difficult than they currently are. At least for half-wits.

Q: Is this the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything?
A: Clearly not. But it beats nothing. And don't forget, even 12 months ago, Nintendo was confidently proclaiming "redownloading" as the only storage solution you would ever need. This is actually pretty significant progress for ninty.

Q: Can't we already run Quake Wii off an SD card?
A: Yes, but no thanks to Ninty.

Via kotaku | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
03 Oct 2008 03:09

Sin And Punishment 2

Sin and Punishment's Wii debut was also its (legal) North America debut. The Japan only N64 rail shooter was critically approved and beloved of core gamers. WiiHD gathers its VC presentation was also a market success, because Nintendo has announced its successor, Sin and Punishment 2, is coming to Wii.

Grab the trailer after the break.

Via Wii Fanboy | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
03 Oct 2008 02:40

Punch-Out!!

po.jpg
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
02 Oct 2008 21:11

EXIT DS: Action Puzzling and Indentured Servitude

exitds.jpg
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
02 Oct 2008 05:19

Behold the DSi

dsi.jpg
"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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
02 Oct 2008 00:16

Moon Shots (DS)

alphabase.JPG
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
01 Oct 2008 19:06

WiiHD Cometh?

wiihdani.gif
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
01 Oct 2008 18:46

WiiUnite Launches

wu.png
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
01 Oct 2008 18:35

New DS Rumors Reach Crescendo

ds2.jpg
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
23 Sep 2008 05:37

WiiUnite on October 1st, 2008

wu.png

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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
19 Sep 2008 23:31

Monster Hunter 3 Emerges from the Shadows

mh3.jpg

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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
19 Sep 2008 05:46

Wii Bargains on Amazon Gold Box

zackwiki.jpg
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


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
18 Sep 2008 03:27

Timesplitters 4 Wii

ts4.jpg
One of WiiHD's VERY first posts was about Timesplitters 4 and Wii. Nowadays, prospects for shooters on Wii are slightly better than they were about this time last year, but the thought still sends chills down the spine.

As it turns out, Free Radical is looking for feedback about what platforms you want to play TS4 on. Wii is on the list to vote for, so what are you waiting for? VOTE FOR IT.

Then pass that link along to any other Wii fan you know. Or any other person you who you can nag into casting a vote for you. You might well be able to find a way to vote multiple times, but your time is far better spent getting a larger number of people to vote for Wii.

VOTE NOW Via Kotaku | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
16 Sep 2008 18:44

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed TMI

swfu.jpg
Is there really such a thing as Too Much Information (TMI)? Well every so often, especially during review cycles, WiiHD tries to cram too many quotes into a single post, so we use our TMI format to make things a little easier. Below the review scores are collapsible links (+ View So-and-so's Quotes). When you click them, they pop open with that outfit's most important quotes on the game.

Today is the day many have been waiting for, the release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. So what sort of impressions did it unleash on the critics?

IGN Wii: 7.8 out of 10 (Good)

Game Daily: 7 out of 10 (OK)

GameSpy (Wii): 4.5 out of 5 (Good)

Not the greatest Star Wars game ever, if you believe the reviews. But still a potentially fun romp where you get Jedi powers without all the Jedi moralizing, and a sweet multiplayer mode exclusive to Wii. As always, there's a gallery after the break.

Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
13 Sep 2008 21:38

Death of The Conduit?

fordg.jpg

We at WiiHD have made no secret about how much we love The Conduit. We have also done our best to argue against the use of Friend Codes, both here, and in missives sent to the developers. With each day that passes, however, the odds of The Conduit shipping without Friend Codes, as the PSP port Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 has already done, decrease. Today's blow to our hopes and dreams comes from Nintendo Radio. And it's a pretty harsh blow.

Below is a transcript of an excerpt of a Nintendo Radio Podcast (Episode 50 58:40ish to 1:00:40ish). Two developers from High Voltage Software participated, Rob Nichols (lead designer) and Tony Mecca (Animator), however, they neglected to to identify themselves so I can't be 100% sure which voice belonged to which developer. Based on the last quote below, I've assigned the associated voice as Rob Nichols, because that just makes the most sense (he's the guy he has to be the most concerned about not pissing off Nintendo), and the other voice to Tony Mecca. But it's just a guess.

----Begin Transcript----
Probably Rob Nichols:

Ahhh, the infamous friend codes. Ummm, what I can announce on that is we are working very closely with Nintendo. Ummm, we're looking at some possiblilities and some options. If we have to use Friend Codes, which, you know we probably will, I will just say that and make that admission right now, but we're going to make it as streamlined and as fast as.. <audio glitch> Give Nintendo its credit, every time they've come out with a new multiplayer game, which you'll notice, other than EA, Nintendo… first-party games are the only ones that have multiplayer. Every time they've done that, there have been small improvements to the system, and we're going to, you know, try to build up on that as well and work with them to make it even more improved than it has been in the past.

Probably Tony Mecca:

We definitely want gamers to know that we're not all completely hyped up about Friend Codes, especially in the first generation of games that it was used in, you know. And we are definitely interested in getting the best online experience you can get. And we're not, by any means, fans of Friend Codes. <unintelligible> We're looking at every possible option we can possibly have to get you guys online and playing games with friends as fast as possible.

Probably Rob Nichols:

But I mean, folks have to realistically understand, it's Nintendo's system. It's their console, which we have to have their permission and their sign-off for whatever we put into the game. And if Friend Codes are what is, <unintelligible> is gonna be.

Interviewer: I think Nintendo is the only one who enjoys Friend Codes

Probably Rob Nichols:

Well, they, they have their concerns. The play base, there's a lot of hardcore guys who have Wii, of course. Um, but overall, the play base for the Wii tends to skew younger and they're justifiably concerned about that. So….

----End Transcript----

Elsewhere, they confirmed there will be no DLC.

Now that doesn't confirm that the game will use Friend Codes. However, it is the most pessimistic outlook on Friend Codes thus far. If you're willing to read between the lines, it's everything BUT a confirmation. They're saying this now so that when they finally confirm it, it won't be as much of a disappointment. Notice also the rather strained excuses for the Friend Code system, and the oft-heard refrain about how closely they are working with Nintendo. That seems to reinforce rumors about Nintendo as a likely publisher.

It's still a cool game. It can still succeed. But it's fallen from possibly being the greatest 3rd party game on the system, forever. Now it'll probably be the best game on the system until the next game finds a way to avoid Friend Codes. The Single player obviously won't be affected, and if that's why you're buying the game, there's no cause for discouragement. But the single player campaign on Normal is around 8 hours. How much time could you get from the game on multiplayer? Hundreds of hours. How much fun is sucked out of online play by Friend codes? Tons.

We'll doubtless see details about the online system in the near future. As we've explained before, the publisher choice will likely affect the online feature set. So in 2-3 weeks, the full picture will begin to reveal itself.

Nintendo Radio Podcast #50 | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
13 Sep 2008 18:34

Will Animales Go Retail Instead of WiiWare?

teddy.jpg

Is it possible that Animales de le Muerte, everyone's favorite Mexican Zoo Zombie Shooter, will go retail instead of WiiWare? According to Eric Nofsinger, High Voltage hasn't decided.

We are still working on Animales but aren't sure whether to make this another WiiWare game or maybe a full blown Wii title.

This is news to WiiHD. We thought Animales was already done and just waiting for Nintendo to choose a release date.

From the same interview, Eric says HVS is looking into Co-op mode options for The Conduit, but splitscreen isn't going to happen. The excuse? The same as WaWii's. Too much graphical fidelity. I'm guessing no one tipped them off that they could crank down the graphics for splitscreen. (Thanks to Gamefaqs user CatsBall for the heads-up on Conduit Multiplayer)

konsolifin.net | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
11 Sep 2008 19:42

Civ Rev Tips: Rambo Edition

barb.jpg

WiiHD's Civilization Revolution tutorial was fairly well received, so we're going to begin to give you some more pointers to up your game play. If you enjoy this post, let us know with a comment, and we'll consider continuing the series. You can find all Civ Rev Tips, including Civ Rev Tips: James Bond Edition at our new Civ Rev Tips page.

Civilization Revolution is a complex game with different ways to win and many different successful strategies that depend on the civilization you're playing with, the civs you are competing against, and the situation you're in at the moment (as well as obviously, the difficulty level). There is no single strategy that will win you the game every time, especially in multiplayer against real people. There ARE however, some tricks that when used correctly, give you a much needed edge. Although WiiHD plays the DS version, these tips apply to all platforms.

Live for nothing, Or die for something. What's your call?

It's nice that Civilization Revolution is about more than combat. Exploration, Diplomacy, Research and City Management all figure in to a good strategy. But if you're playing a decent opponent, you're going to have to fight eventually. Below are some tips to make sure you fight well and make the most of limited resources. Even as a weaker Civilization, you can make sure combat goes your way by making certain the side with superior forces loses more than you do.

First, it's important to understand combat. Each unit has a base number for offense and another for defense (to see all unit strengths, check out the Units, Buildings and Wonders Guide). Warriors have 1 for offense and 1 for defense. If one warrior attacks an enemy warrior on plains and he isn't fortified or experienced, the battle is a toss-up (depending on the level of difficulty). Beyond that, your base numbers can be affected in many ways. Base facilities like a Wall can give you plus 100% defense. Terrain provides bonuses: hills give you +50% offense OR defense, if a regular unit has to cross a river or attack from a vessel, you lose -50% of your base number. Upgrades are a vital part of combat, and we'll spend most of this edition of Civ Rev Tips talking about them. Fortification provides a defensive bonus, and making armies combines the base numbers and experience of 3 units into a single super powerful unit. Naval support provides an nice attack and defense bonus, depending on the strength of the unit.

Armies are a vital part of combat in Civilization Revolution, but forming the right armies isn't as simple as it might seem. Yes, you can put any 3 units of the same type into an army, and have a unit 3 times more powerful than any of them alone. But what you want to get the most of as few resources as possible is to form armies that have the right combination and concentration of experience and upgrades.

As an example, let's say you make 3 archers at a city with no terrain bonuses without a barracks, and make an army out of them. Then you fortify the army. Once they are fortified, you have a defensive value of 12 ((2x3) +6 for fortification). Your city can be easily taken by a veteran horseman army plus a spy (to disable your fortification), a regular Knight army, and successive attacks of fairly weak units that still manage to do you damage. Now combine 1 elite archer with an engineer upgrade, another with a Leadership upgrade and another with a loyalty upgrade, in a city on a hill, fortify, wall the city, and place a defending spy in your city. You now have a defensive value of around 33. Without even taking into account naval support, you could potentially defeat a regular tank army with that setup. With archers. You could easily take down a single bomber, scoff at un-upgraded knight armies, and fight legions while simultaneously writing the Great American Novel. It's not easy to do, but it is doable, and WiiHD will teach you how if you keep reading.

Click Here to Continue Reading Civ Rev Tips: Rambo Edition.

Also be sure to check out our last entry, Civ Rev Tips: James Bond Edition


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
10 Sep 2008 18:23

DS Fanboy Gets Their Stylus-on Mushroom Men: Rise Of The Fungi

mmds.jpg

We told you about Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars for Wii. Now it's time for DS to get some exposure with Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi. Featuring an entirely different story line in the Mushroom Men universe, Rise of the Fungi tells you about the early stages of sentience for the races of Mushrooms and spiders and beetles and hornets (oh my!). They are just beginning to seperate into the 4 Mushroom Nations that will be battling it out in The Spore Wars. You're a member of the Bolete Tribe, first facing the challenge of how to survive in a hostile enviornment, and then facing foreign Mushroom Men that aren't as peaceful as you'd hoped.

DS Fanboy got their hands on Rise of the Fungi, so we're going to give you some quotes:

The first level's weapon: the Last Line of Defense, which is a fishhook, a tiny metal rod, and a crankshaft stuck together. That enabled me to fight the Mosquito General somewhat successfully, and then it mysteriously disappeared. Following my defeat of the General, I was sent back through the level to pick up Bits of Food for my mushroom tribe, then onto the next level. To reach the entrance, I had to float down on a leaf parachute. To build this, I had to solve a puzzle (identified by a puzzle icon in the level) in which I arranged a picture of the item out of fragments.

all [enemies] have weaknesses and resistances to certain types of weapons and attacks. When you accost one of these enemies, the non-gameplay screen changes to information about your enemy's HP and attributes. Not listed in the mosquitoes' info: they're huge jerks and it can be hard to hit them with a stick.

Also true in real life JC. The two screens are the main action screen, and the other which is enemy info when you're fighting and inventory when you're not. When you need to swap inventory items, you can quickly hit an icon on the action screen and pull up your inventory for swapping items.

Read the whole thing at DS Fanboy, and catch the full gallery with two vids after the break.

Via DS Fanboy | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
09 Sep 2008 23:00

PyroBlazer Ignites Another Trailer

pyrointro.jpg
Since last we covered PyroBlazer, there are loads and loads of new screenshots and a second trailer. As was the case earlier, these appear to be purely from the PC version of the game.

Pyroblazer is, as you might recall, a futuristic racer with a comforting series of combat elements. Why are they comforting? Because if you're not faster than the competition, at least you can try to kill them.

We contacted Candella Software to ask about the makeup of the Wii build of the game. They told us the Wii version is borrowing assets from the PC version, modified, of course. This is a little comforting for a game that is coming in PC, Wii and PSP flavors. It wouldn't be the first time a developer developed a PSP game and a Wii game too closely together. The release window for the Wii version of PyroBlazer hasn't been narrowed beyond "next year", but we'll keep you up to date as new information comes in.

Hit the break to feast on tons of new assets.

Via PyroBlazer.com | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
08 Sep 2008 21:15

Which Candidate Will Leave Gamers Be?

palin.jpg

Excepts from edge-online

If Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic nomination, the question of whom the avid gamer should vote for in the next presidential election would have been easy: anyone but Hillary Clinton. Her Senate history was scattered with failed attempts to regulate games and frequent calls to investigate industry bodies, leaving no question that a new Clinton White House would challenge the industry status quo.

But she didn't win. So who is more hands-off in the race now? Obama or McCain? Hit the break to see excerpts of Edge-online's assessments of candidate's records, but the summary is as follows.

Obama sees a need for regulation but believes the industry should regulate itself. That sounds okay, but he promises that if they fail to self-regulate, his administration would do it for them. This is precisely the kind of rhetoric Hillary Clinton (along with McCain's friend Joe Lieberman) was using while her record was becoming littered with all those regulation attempts.

McCain, in yet another stance he doesn't share with his supporter Joe Lieberman, says game regulation should be up to parents, not government.

There are some quotes on VP picks as well after the break, and we're looking for the video of McCain using Medal of Honor: European Assault music against the composer's wishes.

edge-online.com Via gamepolitics.com | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
06 Sep 2008 04:31

Quake Wii Get Its Mods On

quakewii.jpg

Eluan has been hard at work on Quake Wii, making a number of improvements. There's something of a changelog after the break, but the most interesting thing is that users are reporting much greater mod compatibility.

The new release has a big increase in mod compatibility (ive just noticed.) I have tested out [everything] from weapons to bots, and they work [beautifully].

(except for a quick reduction of framerate in a thick strip on the top of the screen using some mods, like bots.)

What does this mean? It means a massive library of quake mods could soon be yours for the asking. Hundreds and hundreds of maps and tweaks could turn Quake Wii into one of the longer-lasting games available on the system.

Excellent news. Discussion of networking elements is still taking place, and there are even dreams of Quake 2 and 3 dancing in developers' heads.

Via Official Quake Wii Dev thread | Permalink


David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
03 Sep 2008 23:39

Conduit Publisher: Impending

fordger.jpg

From PAX, ArsTechnica reports:

"You want to know about the publisher, don't you?" Rob Nicholls, the game's designer, asked when he saw my media badge. He had effectively read my mind and answered in turn. "We're not ready to officially announce anything, but things are in the works. Look for the word in the coming month."

Over the past few weeks, Nintendo Wii Fanboy has repeatedly noted the oddity of publisher choice being a teaser. They failed to note why, instead making it sound like some sort of off-the-wall decision by a developer that might not know what they're doing. It's valid to note the oddity of the situation. It's very strange not to explain why publisher choice is SO important. So WiiHD will.

Not every publisher can bring their own online network to the table and completely ignore Nintendo's backward FC system (should the need arise). EA has already done it (the need did arise). One presumes Activision could, were they so inclined. If Nintendo were to publish it, obviously they could make any exceptions to their current rule-set that they wanted to (and no one would be happier than WiiHD if Nintendo suddenly went reasonable on us) , but it would be unprecedented.

A game like this, unlike some others, NEEDS a sane lobby system. So far, Nintendo has refused to make that sort of system a part of their Wi-Fi Connection network. So if you want it, you need a publisher willing to provide it, or you need Nintendo to make a BIG change.

Outside of features, one of the reasons this game had been so hyped is that basic game decisions (such as not including the letter "Z" at the end of the title) were made without publisher interference. If a publisher is getting signed now, they still have plenty of time to ruin the game. This consideration favors different publishers, since EA and Activision are often too big to be bothered with quality (especially on Wii). Capcom would be an encouraging choice on the quality front.

If HVS pulls a rabbit out of their hat, and manages to present a publisher capable of providing a full feature set and not ruining the game, it would be about the biggest news of this game's life-cycle. It might also guarantee The Conduit will become one the best games of the Wii's entire lifespan and launch a new franchise as well elevate HVS to the top of the Wii developer ladder. The wrong choice could make The Conduit forgettable and a source of buyer's remorse.

The stuff Wii Fanboy would probably expect to be a publicity tease, like the online feature set, are directly tied to the publisher decision. If you dig back through some earlier interviews, you'll find HVS discussing publishers in relation to feature questions that they couldn't yet answer. Do you want lobbies? Do you want solid communication options? Do you want good matchmaking? Do you want a decent ranking system? Then you care how HVS makes THIS decision. It could be the most defining decision of the game.

And there's more.

"We're going to ship with a full single player campaign and both offline and online multiplayer. We're also working with Nintendo now on getting LAN play working [via system link]."

Off-line multiplayer? Splitscreen has been denied in the past. Did they re-assess that decision? Is the offline some sort of cooperative play with rails or quasi-rails? Or might this be off-line vs? Keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, not content with what they've already got, HVS used their PAX demoing to aggressively solicit feedback from gamers so they can make the most of the next 6 months:

Nicholls admitted that there was much tweaking to be done. "We've been drilling normal [non-media] gamers to get a feel for what works and what doesn't," he said. "We're looking to make the controls not just functional but fun, too." And drill he did. I listened intently as he polled the gaming public about their experience with the game and listened carefully to the feedback, especially the negatives. Without dismissing a single criticism, Nicholls made note of the problems and rewarded gamers' honesty with buttons and shirts.

Via ArsTechnica | Permalink


page 1 of 512345next »

WiiHD Currents

WiiHD's Community Efforts
WiiHD's Homebrew Guide
WiiHD Clan Directory
User Video Gallery
WiiHD Forums
fortunz.com

Recent Posts

The ListPages module does not work recursively.

Sponsored By

Subscribe

Subscribe in a reader RSS
Add to Google Reader or Homepagesub_modern11.gif
addtomyyahoo4.gifAdd to My AOL

Popular Posts

WiiHD's WaWii Hands On (Rating: 2, Comments: 27)
Death of The Conduit? (Rating: 1, Comments: 22)
Exclusive Civ Rev Technology Guide (Rating: 1, Comments: 0)
WiiHD's Homebrew Guide (Rating: 1, Comments: 65)

Recent Comments

Where are you suppose to install the hombrew channel? what website I know the steps but I didnt...
(by Amauri Rodriguez (guest) 13 May 2010 22:58, posts: 2)
I have "Homebrew" installed on my Nintendo Wii, but I do not know how to make back up's of my...
(by star66 12 May 2010 13:05, posts: 2)
This game is a really good game david and if you think that MW:Reflex has bad controls you...
(by Wild_Fire (guest) 23 Apr 2010 17:47, posts: 19)
I wasn't sure if you had seen the episode yet, so that's why I haven't posted anything on the SGU...
(by leiger 06 Apr 2010 03:54, posts: 8)
I've been a PC gamer for more than a decade. Last console I owned before Wii was an NES. It's a...
(by David Marseilles (guest) 05 Apr 2010 21:34, posts: 8)

WiiHD Tags