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High Voltage Software: The Wii Deserves Better Games Then It’s Getting

authorLukatoll | July 18, 2008

Developers of the highly anticipated Wii game, The Conduit, are one of the few developers who are actually trying to make a quality game on the Wii. The Conduit is easily one of the best-looking games on the Wii thanks to its ground up engine made just for the system called the Quantum 3. And while High Voltage is hard at work with The Conduit, other developers are not-so hard at work making shovelware and just throwing it at the Wii by the dozens. A quote from Matt Corso adds,

“The Wii is a really cool game system. It’s worth better games than it’s getting right now. There are some great games out there for the system, but it just seems like there’s such an opportunity to do so much more with it. Considering it’s such a popular system right now, it just doesn’t make sense to not focus on making really quality games.”

Every Wii owner should be in love with High Voltage team right now. They are our only hope to stop this barrage of casual games that have plagued the Wii. So I’m telling everyone right now, please buy The Conduit, or this mini-game bonanza were stuck in may never end.

My Wii News Countdown: Top 3 Upcoming Wii First Person Shooters

authorLukatoll | June 16, 2008

What’s up readers? Today we have a little countdown, giving you the scoop on the top three most anticipated first-person shooters coming to the Wii. The Wii hasn’t been blessed with as many first-person shooters (fps) as other consoles, but it has seen an exceptional amount. Everything from the good, (Metroid Prime) the bad, (Call of Duty 3) to the ugly (Red Steel).

Changes are upon us: with more developers starting to get into gear, soon we’ll see higher quality games. Today we will show you the top three most anticipated fps’s coming out. Will we finally be getting that AAA fps that we’ve always wanted ever since we first saw that Wii-mote? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

Number 3- Call of Duty: World at War

Last year, Infinity Ward released one of the best first-person shooters of all time. It delivered amazing graphics, a remarkable campaign, and an entertaining online multiplayer mode. This year Treyarch, makers of both Call of Duty 2: Big Red One and Call of Duty 3, are giving the WW2 world another shot with Call of Duty: World at War. This latest fps, said to be the best looking war-time shooter ever, will be running on the Wii with the Call of Duty 4 engine. Treyarch also introduced a mode that will feature four player co-op via Xbox Live, but it is unknown if this will reach the Wii version. However, we will definitely see split-screen co-op, which is a good sign. Unlike Call of Duty 4, the campaign and multiplayer modes will feature vehicular gameplay which I’m sure some people are happy about. Also the developers noted that Call of Duty: World at War is more violent then any Call of Duty game they have ever done. For a more in-depth preview check out our article: here.

Number 2- Red Steel 2

Okay, we all know that Red Steel sucked, but we also know that it had great potential as a launch title. Ubisoft messed up Red Steel due to one big reason; the controls. Of course, they may not have had enough time to give it that Nintendo-quality polish. But since it was over-hyped and was one of the first games to grace our consoles, it still sold very well, only to spawn a sequel. According to Ubisoft, Red Steel 2 has been in development for a while now, possibly since they finished the first one. It is rumored that this game has gotten a new development team. According to Shacknews, Red Steel 2 boasts “better controls, better AI, better multiplayer and online play.” Red Steel 2 is looking good and could possibly be shown at E3 this year, so keep your eyes and ears open!

Number 1- The Conduit

Honestly, does anybody not know about his game? After High Voltage Software hyped the game by saying The Conduit will have graphics on par with the 360, it seems like the whole gaming world has their eyes on the game. The Conduit is High Voltage’s latest project, a brand new IP made exclusively for the Wii. With amazing graphics, fantastic looking gameplay, and an online multiplayer mode (hopefully minus friend codes), what else could you want from an FPS? The game uses a brand new engine made just for the Wii called the Quantum3. With this engine The Conduit boasts some nice graphics that give first-party Nintendo titles a run for their money. While the game is still early in development, it is already shaping up very nicely. Watch out for this one, because it looks like it could possibly be Nintendo’s Halo. (Lets just hope it doesn’t turn out like Haze… Bleh.)

Well, that’s it for this tiny countdown. What do you think about this list? Agree/Disagree? Discuss it in our forums and keep checking back to My Wii News for more Wii and gaming info.

Call of Duty: World at War details

authorLukatoll | June 10, 2008

So, if you haven’t heard yet, Call of Duty 5, which is now know as Call of Duty: World at War, is once again going to take us back in time to the days of the M1 Garand and the Thompson. I have to admit, when I first heard this, I’m pretty sure I died a little bit on the inside. Call of Duty 4 has, and still is, bringing me the best fps experience of my life. In my opinion it is better then, dare I say, Halo. But this is what Treyarch wants, so I guess I’m just going to have to wait until Infinity Ward makes their next project, which will most likely be Call of Duty 6: Moderner Warfare (sarcasm). But instead of me starting an epic rant about Treyarch and Call of Duty 5, how about we just give you a few details about the game. Don’t get me wrong, It looks like Treyarch is making some good moves, but nothing will make up for the disastrous decision to leap back to the age of World War 2.

Well first off, lets talk visuals apparently, Call of Duty 5 will be very “gritty.” The only way I know how to describe it is, almost like an old film. Not black and white, but almost like a sandpaper type look. The purpose of this look is probably to give you a feeling of truly being in the past (check out the screens below). I think this is a good approach for a WW2 game, it will really set a mood for you the moment you start playing. Also, the Wii version of the game is said to have better visuals then any other wartime shooter on the system. Treyarch will be using the Call of Duty 4 engine, which they have already got running on the Wii. Although the Wii version will be downgraded a bit, Call of Duty 4 looked absolutely amazing, so this is good news for Wii owners.

A new mode to the Call of Duty franchise that fans have been wanting for a long time will also be making its way to Call of Duty: World at War. A campaign Co-op mode will be available for you and your friend to go and obliterate the AI controlled enemy. This is really awesome because Call of Duty always has a good and fun campaign to play through, and having a friend to play it with you definitely bumps up the replay-ability.
The campaign and multi-player modes will both feature vehicles. For some this may be good news, and others, not so much. I personally am not jumping for joy over this news as I really liked the fact that there were no tedious vehicle scenes in Call of Duty 4, but I’m not going to say that vehicles will fail just yet. If Treyarch does this right, then it could be a welcome addition to the game.


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Also, the developer noted that Call of Duty: World at War will be more violent then its predecessors. The opening scene shows a Japanese commander stubbing a cigarette out in the eye of a prisoners, but that is only before he slits his throat. The blood splatters and trickles down the side of the tent that you are in. The Commander then turns towards you, planning on doing the same thing. But just in time, help arrives which starts your level long escape.

It looks like I should be a little more forgiving of the new World War 2 environment, because frankly, Call of Duty: World at War looks pretty awesome. What do you guys think about it going back to WW2? Discuss it in our forums and keep checking back to My Wii News for more Wii and Call of Duty info.

Will Nintendo finally announce a HDD at this years E3?

authorLukatoll | May 19, 2008

For two years now, loyal Nintendo fans have been begging and pleading their beloved company for a hard drive and while their has been many rumors and a great deal of speculation we are still stuck here without one. Some gamers may disagree, but the mass majority of hardcore gamers all shout, “we need a hard drive!”

With game saves, virtual console, and now Wii-Ware, the 512mb of internal flash memory that Nintendo has provided us is quickly filling up. While we struggle with these problems, Nintendo repeatedly denies the fact that the Wii needs a hard drive. Here’s a quote from the NOA PR manager, Eric Walter.
“The way we look at it is, we don’t really want people storing every single game they buy on their drive…”

I really have no idea what that’s suppose to mean but it sure isn’t good. Hopefully what he is really saying is, “I’m making up something so that we can introduce the HDD at this years E3.”

While there have been awful comments by official Nintendo spokesman like the one above, there also have been pretty good ones to. A while back, Reggie Fils-Aime said that there is definitely a market out there that would like a HDD and it’s something that we always look into.
Also, here is a recent quote from Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, addressing the Wii memory shortage problem.
Statistically speaking, it is true that there are a small number of customers who feel that the flash memory is too small, while many others find that they have plenty of memory. However, because this small number of people are none other than the most avid players, we know we have to review the best possible solution to eliminate their inconvenience.”

Comments like these are very good, Nintendo is telling us that they know about the problem and they are doing what they can to fix it Maybe they’re brainstorming whether SD cards would work better or an HDD? But if using a SD card is the route that Nintendo takes then I think it is taking a step backwards. Both the 360 and PS3 uses HDD’s and they are very convenient. SD cards are basically the same thing as using a memory card. Although there are more possibilities when using a SD card over a memory card, they both have the sam annoyings setbacks. Thanks to their much smaller capacity, you’ll constantly be swapping SD cards while a much larger HDD would do the job all by itsef.

So basically, a hard drive would be the best and most convenient solution. It would even make Nintendo more money because everybody is buying other companies SD cards and not Nintendo’s because theirs is overpriced. It has been a while since the Wii has launched, and with all the speculation, rumors, and official comments, it looks like this years E3 could be the best time for Nintendo to announce a HDD. Nintendo has been talking about all of its issues for a while, they’ve said there going to look into but so far we’ve got nothing. Like voice chat for example, Reggie said that he, “would not be surprised if voice chat somehow made its way onto the Wii.” But still we see no Voice Chat.

Two things could happen at this years E3. One, Nintendo could totally ignore all of its problems, announce a few software titles, talk about how good the Wii is selling and their press conference would suck. On the other hand, they could announce a HDD, voice chat, show how they are going to improve the online interface, and announce some amazing software titles and they would have the best press conference out of the three big companies.

Nintendo has definitely pushed our patience to the limit and now I think they will finally address the issues. They will announce a HDD at this years E3 and if not they will address the memory problem with some sort of solution. I think they will also bring announce a Voice Chat feature, and make a few improvments to the online interface. If Nintendo does this right, this could be their big year at E3.

However, it looks like were just going to have to wait until July 15. My Wii News is gonna give you some E3 coverage so stay tuned. Leave a comment below saying what you think Nintendo will announce at E3 or take it to the forums; and keep checking back to My Wii News for more Wii and E3 info!

Japanese Gaming Store Pics Galore!

authorLukatoll | April 18, 2008

I’m afraid to say it, but honestly, Japan is gaming’s motherland. The origins of the great games we see today started from deep within the Land of the Rising Sun. Gaming legends, such as Nintendo’s very own Shigeru Miyamoto, appeared from nowhere to dominate and shape the gaming world with great franchises like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Ice climbers, Wave Race, and well, basically every other first-party title ever created in the history of Nintendo. And while some hardcore gamers may disagree with this, the truth is that without Japanese developers (like Miyamoto) making our hobby what it is, our very own gaming community would be pretty dull. Mario, the mascot of gaming, and an inspiration to developers around the world, would not be here if it weren’t for Miyamoto. The Legend of Zelda franchise that every Nintendo fanboy has fallen in love with, would not be here without Miyamoto. But I’m not here praise all of Japan’s (or Miyamoto’s) accomplishments, I’m just here to show you some pictures of a Japanese gaming store.

Yes, pretty boring, I know. Especially after I just made Japan sound like the best thing since toilet paper. But I was just going with my parents to buy a microwave, and we stumbled upon this huge electronics store (which surprised me that there was one so big on the minuscule island of Okinawa, Japan.) But anyway, I am just going to share these with you, and this will probably lead to some good Japanese launch coverage of the next big games (Too bad I already missed smash bros!). Hopefully there is a good community here that will actually wait in line for hours and hours for a big game! Maybe I can interview some with my crappy Japanese skillz…

But anyways, enjoy!


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(Mario Kart? Nice!)

Well, there you go. Nothing special, but watch out for whatever the next big launch is because My Wii News is going to try to give some Japanese launch coverage! Stay tuned.




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