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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 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

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 17:50
Tags: homebrew news twilight wii zelda

Nintendo v. 24c3, Round 3: Twilight Returns


There was some fear-mongering about, doubtless being directed from behind the curtain by Iwata himself, but I told you not to worry, didn't I? As it turns out, it took a matter of hours for 24c3 genius Bushing (shown in the video after the break in Nintendo v 24c3 Round 1) and his pals tmbinc and tehpola, to overcome the rather simple measures Nintendo put into place to defeat the Twilight Hack, and thus homebrew (when WiiHD talks about "homebrew", we really mean homemade apps, it's not a codeword).

The Wii Menu 3.3 update only checked very specifically for that particular Twilight Princess hack, first checking to see if a save file was for Zelda, then looking for specific strings of numbers in the TP hack 24c3 put out after The State of the Wii Lecture rocked the Nintendo-verse. They've now exploited two bugs that fools the measure Nintendo apparently spent 3 months testing into ignoring the TP hack. Given how specific the measure is, I'll bet there are more workarounds in the future as well.

24c3 isn't releasing their workaround just yet, much as they waited a while after The State of the Wii lecture to release a TP hack, 24c3 is patient, and they're right, there is no rush. But rest assured, help is on the way. They still recommend not updating. Oh, and if this has taught you anything, it should be not to have auto-update on. Remember, it's for nubs. Now hit the break and watch "Round 1: A New Twilight" to help you forget "Round 2: The Nintendpire Strikes Back". Also, see the responses of 4 former and current Nintendo execs on the matter.

Via Wiibrew.org | Source | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jun 2008 21:29
Tags: gyrostarr screens shooter wiiware

New Gyrostarr (WiiWare) Screens

WiiWare World has 7 new Gyrostarr Screens. Gyrostarr being another project from WiiHD's favorite developer High Voltage. It's an on-rails space shooter that doesn't let you get to the next level unless you collect enough energy, and it features 4 player offline coop. Looks pretty exciting, and once it hits, it'll be just 700 points.

Hit the break for the screens and a trailer.
Source | Via GoNintendo | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jun 2008 20:11
Tags: blastworks news shooter tmi

Blast Works TMI (Too Much Info)

TMI is WiiHD's new mash-up format post for games with loads of info out. This will often be done around a game's review season. Rather than spamming the front page with tons of posts, games selected for TMI will get one, over-sized, behemoth post. Today's TMI is Blastworks, an impressive freeware PC game upconverted to Wii with tons of free DLC.
metacritic: 86/100 (based on 5 reviews as of the time of this post)

Wii Fanboy: 9.5/10

For what it is, Blast Works is nearly perfect — it's an excellent sequel to a great shooter, and a brilliant, easy-to-use system for creating more shooters.

IGN Wii: 8.1/10 Impressive

But overall, this is a great value that provides almost limitless replayability. If you consider yourself a shooter fan you should definitely check it out, but I also recommend it to gamers eager to unleash their creativity and design their own BlastWorks.

1up: A rating

It's understandable that not every gamer wants to make games themselves, but even if you're just a shooter fan and not a creator, you should still give Blast Works a chance.

Kotaku: Doesn't rate

Blast Works feels refreshing and different, and it seems to me that there are countless solid hours of playtime there for the detail-oriented.

Hit the Break for a videos including a video review, a gallery of some user-created content and some more links.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 18 Jun 2008 02:19
Tags: contest news

Featured Contests


With our Contest SuperSite (Beta) up and running (mostly) smoothly, we thought we'd mention a few goodies it has uncovered. Both PS3 Fanboy and their overlords at Joystiq are running contests for copies of MGS4 signed by Hideo Kojima and Yumi Kikuchi.

XBox Solution is running a contest for Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath (360), Kane Shirt, GDI mug, GDI Shirt.

Video Game Memories is giving away 2000 Wii Points. Dramatic Prairie Dog is giving away a copy of Wii Fit. Affiliate Confession is giving away a DS and two games (plus some other stuff). Today is your last chance to enter Gamerz Reviewz contest to win a Wii, PS3, or 360. Nintendo Wii Fanboy is giving away a wireless nunchuck and Death Jr. And don't forget about the Conduit T-Shirt contest.

Check that out, then hit the Contest SuperSite (Beta) to find more video game contests. We've also set up a mini Contests Blog on the SuperSite to help feature some contests, like these.

Contest SuperSite (Beta) | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 21:25
Tags: cod5 screens waw

Call of Duty World at War 360 Screens

Three German sites gave us 9 screens for the 360 version of CoD5 today (yes I know it isn't called CoD5, and no, I don't care). Thanks to cynamite.de, videogameszone.de, and pcgames.de. Hit the break for the gallery.
Via NeoGaf | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 21:12
Tags: hardware hd news storage

Nintendo Working on Storage (still)


Mr "geeks and otaku" is talking again, despite urgings from his friends and family. Laurent Fischer, Nintendo Europe's marketing man, said Nintendo is working on a solution, they just aren't planning to issue hardware.

That could be really great news, in that it could mean they're just planning on opening up a usb port for any flash drive or usb hard drive with a driver. Of course, this is Nintendo, so that's not going to happen. Another option is greater freedom with the SD card. Other than some access speed concerns, that's not the worst thing that could happen. SDHC is a software concern, not a hardware concern, so if Nintendo wanted to, the SD slot could hold more games than you could shake a stick at. The funniest, and ergo, the most likely scenario comes from a GoNintendo commenter DonWii, that Nintendo will allow you to delete the News, Weather and Photo Channel, freeing up 53 blocks that will obviously solve the storage problem forever (The "forever" part is mine, DonWii overestimated Nintendo's understanding of the situation with his time frame).

Alternatively, we could be looking at more compression. Goody.

Via Destructoid | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 17 Jun 2008 03:30
Tags: homebrew twilight wii

Nintendo v 24c3, Round 2: The Nintendpire Strikes Back


The entire interwebs are in shock and denial as Nintendo finally tightens down on the fetal Wii homebrew scene by disabling the Twilight Hack via the Wii Menu Update 3.3. Early reports from Wii Fanboy commenters indicate that if you've already used the Twilight Hack to install the Homebrew channel, the channel will still function, but if you haven't installed it yet, you are screwed.

My googling indicates that formatting your Wii won't alter the firmware version. So if you're interested in Homebrew, and you were silly enough to allow Nintendo to auto-update it, an hour ago would be an excellent time to disable that feature. Auto-update, on any OS, is for nubs.

But calm is called for. It's just a matter of time until there's a new "in" to the system. If you've already been updated, it's not that big a deal because there's not much homebrew right now anyway. Relax, and 24c3 will come up with a new solution in a bit. Watch "Nintendo v 24c3, Round 1: A New Twilight" after the break. Note the applause. Guess whose side I'm on.

Via Wii Fanboy | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 20:12
Tags: conduit fps interview scifi wii

Nintendo Wii Fanboy Interview with Conduit Dev High Voltage


Nintendo Wii Fanboy has a rock solid exclusive interview with members of High Voltage software. It's high quality and interesting, so I won't excerpt, just go read the whole thing. And then digg it for the sake of the game.

Source | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 16 Jun 2008 19:58
Tags: conduit contest fps news

The Conduit Gets a Website (and a T-shirt)


Surely not. CVG, a decent news site, has reported portions of an interview were found on The Conduit's "official website". Trouble is 1) their quote happens to match one posted on a free user fansite, claimed by said fansite to be an email interview, and 2) The Conduit doesn't have a functional official website yet and the publisher's site has no such interview anywhere I could find. Destructoid picked up the story as well, without checking facts or providing a meaningful source link to the interview cited. This is why we link to our sources. Bad CVG.

Even more troubling is neither Destructoid nor CVG seems to have any recollection of the unconventional Wii headset IGN has apparently seen. It has been described as having features that would give parents some control over who their kids talk to, but IGN theorizes that 3rd parties will release conventional headsets shortly after the official one releases and the Wii is outfitted with the appropriate firmware.

But the real point is that while googling for this supposed official Conduit website I turned up a nice "under construction" placeholder site. I gather it's legit because the domain was created in January 08, but the world didn't know about the Conduit until High Voltage went public with it on April 17th. The site also uses the same email address as the publisher, and features the same contest: that is, a contest for "alien resistant cotton armor", or a Conduit T-shirt. No word on what the shirt looks like.

Via Google | the-conduit.com | Permalink

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