WiiHD is a huge fan of online gaming, but not just any online gaming. Core gaming in genres like racing, fighting, and shooters. So now we want to do our part to help the core Clan community on Wii make themselves known and increase their membership. We will begin listing notable clans that actively engage in clan wars in games like Medal of Honor: Heroes 2. We will however keep the gates, so not just any clan listing will be accepted. A clan needs to demonstrate viability to be listed
WiiHD is now unveiling a gallery of user created videos from Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 (MoHH2), currently the best FPS on Wii, and the only one with online multiplayer. We'll be doing this for a number of similar games as they come out. If you want your video included, just hit the link above and use the submission form.
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.
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.
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.
Hundreds of blogs have linked to WiiHD's Homebrew Guide since we put it together back in June. 10s of thousands of readers have used it, and our video guide has been viewed over 56,000 times. Since we wrote it, there's been a marked uptick in homebrew coverage and howtos by other major outlets, in part because Wii Homebrew has been generating more newsworthy wares, but also in part because our Guide struck a cord.
Now, we just noticed that one of those linking blogs had translated our Guide into French, which, as far as we know, is a first. Since WiiHD no parlez vous francais, we can't really say if they did it by hand, if they did a good job, or if they just punched the text into babelfish and produced a garbled machine translation. Any of our readers speak French? If so, let us know in the comments what quality it is. If it's decent, we may post a link to it in the actual guide for any French readers who would rather have it in their native tongue.
Have you been waiting on Nintendo to release a DVD supporting version of the console? Forget them. One of the talented members of Team Twiizers (The same people who brought you the Twilight Hack and the Homebrew Channel) have enabled DVD playback on un-modded Wii's with DVDX.
Check the comments section see other users' experiences. Most of them report success. Some report problems like slow playback or an inability to get past the DVD menu (there could be issues with specific DVD setups—not all menus are created equal). Use at your own risk.
WiiHD's real DVD player has been on the rocks for a LONG time, so this is a welcome arrival. It would stink to have to buy new hardware for an old format when BD superiority is just around the corner anyway.
Update: Footage of the hack in action after the break.
Update2: Joystiq has posted their own video guide to getting the hack up an running. See it after the break.
WiiHD made waves when we put together an easy to install starter kit for Wii Homebrew, but the folks at brewology (not to be confused with wiibrew.org) have one-upped us. Use a web-form to select the programs you want on your starter kit, then it will create a custom download for you. Unzip it to the root of your SD card, and then you're ready to go.
WiiHD is small blog, as you've probably gathered. But June was a big month. Enjoy the recap.
Site Statistics Past 30 days (via Google Analytics):
Unique Visitors: 34,000+ from 124 countries
Sites linking to us: 300+ (Inlcuding Endgadget, Gizmodo, Nintendo Wii Fanboy, DS Fanboy, Joystiq, GoNintendo and NeoSeeker)
Homebrew video views (via youtube): 42,000
Over 2000 Starter Kit downloads.
This is the stuff that brought in the all that traffic. This is our original content.
WiiHD's Homebrew Guide — After WiiHD got our hooks into Quake Wii, we decided to document the experience to make homebrew more accessible to everyone. We have files, videos, links, tips and tricks. Plus there's more coming soon, so stay tuned for the Homebrew Guide Part II.
. Exclusive Civ Rev Technology Guide — Civilization Revolution was one of WiiHD's most anticipated games of 2008 when it was coming out for Wii. It ranked higher than Brawl and Kart combined, and there was no close second. We're slightly less excited to only have a DS version, but it's still an incredible game. Get the handiest tech guide around, download and print it easily, and conquer the world.
WiiHD's Clan Directory — The growing Wii Clan community has a lot of new opportunities to grow just over the horizon with games like World at War and The Conduit. If you want your clan listed, it's easy to do. If you want to find a good clan, that's easy too.
Contest SuperSite — There's a lot of stuff listed, and a lot tools to find even more. Sometimes our tools are still a little finicky, but they work well for most firefox users. So get over there and win some games and consoles.
Update 1:A new Starter Kit has been uploaded (page 3) that fixes a few problems with the last one. The new Starter kit should work. Thanks to everyone who reported the problem.
Our glee from playing Quake on Wii has led us to document the experience of setup and installation of the Twilight Hack and Homebrew Channel. It isn't without it's risks, so before considering going Homebrew you should research the matter yourself. If you decide to go for it, hit WiiHD's brand-spankin-new Homebrew Guide and dive in. It includes a video guide for installation and a pre-made install file so all you have to do is unzip to straight to your SD card's root directory and follow the video. It also includes a few more details for people who like to do it all themselves.
Update December 10th, 2008. There's a new version of the twilight hack for the Wii Menu 3.4 update. You can download it here. You can still use it with WiiHD's Homebrew Starter Kit, you just need to replace the "private" directory in the root of the SD card with the new file. I'll probably upload an updated starter kit this week. Permalink
Update 1: I've installed and played through a couple of levels of the shareware version. Expect a homebrew guide in a couple of days as well as some more footage.
This isn't Quake on a PC with a Wiimote. This is Quake on your Wii. Thanks to 24c3, Team Twiizer and the Wii Homebrew community (most importantly tehskeen user eluan who took over the Gamecube project from Peter MacKay), the gamecube version of Quake has been updated to work in Wii Mode, with full wiimote and nunchuck support. Aiming has apparently been ironed out to make it a very nice experience, comparable to MP3C. Watch 8 minutes worth after the break.
It, and other Homebrew is available at Wiibrew.org. WiiHD encourages you to enjoy, but brew responsibly. If you don't own it, don't use it. In the case of Quake, the shareware version is available legally for your playing pleasure. Find out more about this evolving Quake project at the official thread on tehskeen.
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.
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.