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WiiHD is your one-stop shop for hardcore gaming on the Wii.

Hardcore gamers frequently belittle the Wii for its low-power CPU, small storage space and gimicky casual games. Nintendo didn't keep their promise to focus on both hardcore AND casual games, but they did design a control system that is truly next-gen. Rumors of similar controls for PS3 and the 360 tell that tale. Sure, you can accurately control a 3D game with dual analog. You can also communicate in binary, but why would you want to? The Wii Remote rivals the PC keyboard and mouse as a control mechanism for 3D worlds, and it leaves dual-analog as a relic of the past. It can change the way games are played. Hardcore gaming isn't just about distracting ADD patients with shiny gfx, it's about delivering a whole new way of playing.

The Wii's FPS controls have finally been perfected with the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. In November of 2007, Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 brought the first taste of online FPS to the system, and the most customizable controls we've seen so far. Nintendo's focus may be elsewhere, but if you buy, the games will come. The most exciting game on the menu now is The Conduit, a new original IP from High Voltage that promises the whole package for the first time. The Wii has overtaken the xbox 360's 1 year lead and has the largest install base of any console. Talk of most of them being casual gamers is a misnomer—the new casual gamers mostly live in the same household as a hardcore gamers. If developers will finally stop phoning in Wii development and give us complete games, they'll see incredible returns.

This site will follow, document, review, compare and contrast the Wii's hardcore games with your help. There's good news on the horizon. Be a part of it at WiiHD. And leave your casual games at the door.

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 22:38
Tags: ds fps qos screens wii

Quantum of Solace Screen

Get a first look at the new Bond game, Quantum of Solace at Games Radar.
Via Joystiq | Games Radar | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 21:42
Tags: conduit fps screens

The Conduit gets a Manual


4colorrebellion got a very nice package in his email. Images of The Conduit's manual. Goody! What secrets do they hold? Not much we don't already know. We get to see the Razor cannon (enemy weapon), we find out the Assault Rifle is the SCAR (we'd seen both the rifle and the name before, but we didn't know they were the same thing). We get a closer look at the All Seeing Eye. There are artist's renderings of several locations. And we see new alien artificats; we already knew about the portals the Conduit fan site interview, but now we see a Regenerator Unit and a Pulse Box. What do they do? My guess is one regenerates and the other pulses, but I won't say which one does which.

There are 2 factions: The Trust (which you are working for, but is also partly an enemy it seems), and the Drudge (alien). On page 9, there's a redacted portion that might refer to another party, though not another faction. The Trust have guard units in the game. The Aliens have puppet humans whom they have taken control of. There are also larval drudge known as Therm-mites and Med-mites, some of which fly, and some of which can explode in proximity to a target. The Drudge also have adult units: Drones are regular soldiers and Skimmers are flying units. And finally Scarabs are the most powerful Drudge unit (excluding bosses, no doubt). They are heavily armored and armed, and are described as tank-like.

In addition to the two characters we already know, you (Mr. Ford, Gerald Ford one assumes) and Mr. John Adams (the man behind the Trust Curtain), there is also a captured alien character, known as Alien Captive 5. He's your source of information, an he communicates telepathically. Mr Adams apparently sees an upside to the whole end of the world scenario.

My impression of The Conduit improves with each new piece of information. What do you think? Got hit up 4colorrebellion and thank him for the info.

Hit the break for all the images, conveniently broken up, and the trailer in case your one of the 6 Wii owners that haven't seen it (repeatedly) already.

Via Gamefaqs user KingGamerIII | Source | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 20:13
Tags: cod5 fps news video

How Many Fake COD5 trailers are out there?

A lot. That's how many. And they are generating hundreds of thousands of views too, as we anticipate the real trailer going up on Live! soon. So WiiHD is going to give them a few more views. The moral of this story? Get free traffic by making an ad and label it CoD5.

Hit the break for a gallery of the best and worst fake CoD5 trailers.
Via youtube | Permalink

by David MarseillesDavid Marseilles
on 19 Jun 2008 18:28
Tags: godfather news sandbox strategy


Godfather II Game to Have Some RTS Functionality

WiiHD loves Strategy games of all stripes, from turn-based to RTS. And WiiHD loves open worlds too. It seems that the next installment in the Godfather's gaming franchise may well combine those two features. Will it work? We hope so.

Via kotaku | Image Source | Permalink

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

E3 Core Games?


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

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

Via Shacknews | Permalink

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

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