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General Review of Nintendo Wii functionality

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The Nintendo Wii, which was released on December 8th 2006 in the UK, “marries the strongest heritage of innovation to the future of gaming,” according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The new console boasts a smart, compact design, approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together, and will come with a stand that allows it to be displayed vertically or horizontally.

The system boasts 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, wireless controllers, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi access. At the Wii’s technological heart is a processing chip developed with IBM code-named “Broadway,” and a graphics chip set from ATI code-named “Hollywood,” which will deliver game experiences not previously possible. A bay for an SD memory card will let players expand the internal flash memory.

Most exciting, however, is the Wii’s controller – a hand-held, wireless motion-tracking device – which lets you control what happens on screen though your body’s movements. For example, when playing a tennis game you could return a serve by using the controller in a racket-like fashion.

Wii offers superb backward compatibility — the cornerstone of Nintendo’s all-access approach. This new console plays fan-favourite games from Nintendo’s 20-year-old library. The drive is compatible with GameCube discs, and select Nintendo titles from the original NES of the 1980s all the way through the Nintendo 64 will be available through for download through the Virtual Console. As if that weren’t enough, the Virtual Console will also make available a few titles from SNES console contemporaries, Sega Mega Drive and the PC Engine.

The Wii console will revolutionise how people play games. But more importantly, it will entice new players into the world of video games by offering a variety of entertainment, information and communication Channels that add value to the console and make it a device that the entire family can enjoy. The Wii Channel Menu will be the first screen shown on the television, as it easily integrates itself as part of people’s everyday lives. The Wii Channels are: Disc Channel, Mii Channel, Photo Channel, Forecast Channel, News Channel, Wii Shop Channel, Internet Channel and the Wii Message Board.

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Nintendo Wii online play is rubbish?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Wii online play Nintendo Wi-fi connectionIs this true? What’s your opinion?

The people are the Wii Virtual Console forums, have been discussing the Nintendo Wii’s online gaming abilities and exactly what they think of them.

There has been a lot of discussion on why the new Super Mario Brothers game for the Wii is missing any form of online play. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had the following to say about Nintendo’s online play offerings.

“I think that his decision on whether or not to include online functionality with New Super Mario Bros. Wii was based on the idea that the true value of that product was going to be determined not by online functionality, but on how compelling and unique the experience would be for two, three or four people to be able to play that game together in the same room … Of course, I have heard commentary that people feel that Nintendo’s online functionality is behind the others or is lacking in some ways.”

Some VC-forums members spoke their opinions on the Nintendo Wii online play, on the forums.

“Well they shouldn’t be satisfied [with their online services] since even the Dreamcast had better online.”

“What Miyamoto is trying to say is that not all games should be based on online play like NSMBW, which based on this game I think is bogus, especially because NSMBW [New Super Mario Brothers Wii] is made on Multiplayer standards.”

“I still don’t see why there was no online in NSMBW other than the fact that I’m sure there would be some lag which is really bad for a platformer. They keep saying they kept it offline so that you could have a more personal experiance with your buddies, which is complete crap. You could have kept that and added online onto it.”

“Does Nintendo really even have an online model? The only thing they really do is sell software via the Wii Shop Channel. Other than that, I don’t think there’s much of a strategy at all. The first thing they could do is get rid of the whole Wii friend code thing in favor of a personalized profile a la XBOX Live (or PSN, or Steam, etc.). The way things are now almost seem as if they want to make playing online as difficult as possible so that you simply won’t do it.”

“At this point in the game, if a game is multiplayer, it should offer online play, end of story (and by the same token, if a game is multiplayer, it should also offer some offline local multiplayer modes…online-only multiplayer kind of sucks). If a game is multiplayer and doesn’t offer anything in the way of online play, then it’s a sign of either laziness or incompetence on the part of the developer (or both).”

Inflatable Wii Kart accessory

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Ever wanted to play Super Mario Kart Wii in a large inflatable toy kart? No, I thought not.

Inflatable Wii kart

A company called CTA Digital, that make Wii accessories, haved release this. It is a large inflatable racing kart accessory for the Wii, with a solid wheel in which gamers can put the Wiimote and use it to play Wii racing games such as Super Mario Kart Wii.

I don’t see this of any use to the vast majority of gamers. However, this is going to be something that will greatly appeal to the much younger audience – under tens perhaps. :)

What do you think? An enormous inflatable racing kart as a Wii accessory? Whatever next!

Take a look about the discussion of this Wii inflatable kart accessory right here on vc-forums.

Princess Zelda and Samus Aran in Half Life 2

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Well, this discovery really freaked me out. It turns out that a few cunning PC game modders have hacked away and the model and textures for the lead female, Alyx in Half Life 2 (Episodes 1 and 2).

So what they’ve done is replace Alyx with characters from different games. Nintendo games. It seems so out of place. There are replacement models available that turn Alyx into Princess Zelda from the Zelda series of games and Samus Aran from the Metroid series.

Take a look at the crazy gameplay videos below.

Fantastic 8-bit Starcraft Video

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Someone on YouTube has made a fantastic parody of the Starcraft real-time strategy game, had it been make in the 8-bit era.

Take a look at this awesome 8-bit Starcraft gameplay ‘trailer’. :D

Best Game Ever Project makes its mark

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The Virtual Console Forums Best Game Ever project is really making an impact to visitors numbers on and it getting quite a bit of mentioning on other forum boards and social media.

As I write this the Best Game Ever project has brought in an awesome almost eight thousand page views today alone. This is probably a result of the best game nominations being pulled together earlier today and the resulting first round of polls being opened up to forum members. The round one polls are divided into alphabetical order, by game name.

To vote for your best game out of the lower group nominations take a look at the ‘Best Game Ever Project’ sub-forum and if you want to read more about how these votes and the options in them were pulled together, take a look at the voting round mechanic thread.

New Wii Console

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

There has been a lot of discussion recently about when a new Wii console will come out. Some say the new Wii console will be available in 2010

A lot of reports are saying the new Wii will be out at some point before 2011. There have also been reports to say that the new Wii will fully support the entire back catalogue of Nintendo Wii and Virtual Console games.

Nintendo have already said that high definition or HD is not their primary focus for the next Wii, but with all other consoles of this generation being fully HD, it seems strange that Nintendo would restrict themselves graphically. Graphics though, have never Nintendo’s main aim. The Wii always focuses on basic fun and some exceptional game-play, especially local multi-player fun.

We’re not sure what the next Wii Console will bring, not are we even sure when this new Wii console will be released, but I’m sure Nintendo will do an excellent job of expanding the existing system with new features and gaming mechanics. Let’s hope!

OnLive Coming to the UK

Friday, May 14th, 2010

UK FlagBritish Telecom has signed a deal with OnLive of the United States to stream video games as part of BT’s high-end domestic broadband package, the company announced today.

BT will acquire the exclusive rights to OnLive’s service within the UK, and as part of the deal has taken a 2.6 per cent shareholding in OnLive.

OnLive was announced with great fanfare last year, amid claims that it could spell the end of the video games console. The service offers a library of titles from leading games publishers, including Ubisoft and Electronic Arts. The games are played in real time over the internet.

BT subscribers who sign up for the package will receive an “OnLive micro console” about the size of a Freeview box, and a controller. Users can choose whether to rent or buy games, basing their decision on short free trials, and the service is also compatible with personal computers.

Times Online

Not heard of OnLive?

OnLive is a gaming-on-demand game platform, announced at the Game Developers Conference in 2009. The service is a gaming equivalent of cloud computing: the game is synchronized, rendered, and stored on a remote server and delivered online.

You don’t have the games ever. Not a download, not a disc. The games are ran online at OnLive’s data centre and then the video output of the console or computer is streaming down to your PC or OnLive micro console.

The service has been in testing the USA for quite a while now, and with this announcement, a public beta begins it the UK!