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Confirmed: New Super Mario Bros for Wii to Feature 'Demo Play'

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275w ago - In a recent [Register or Login to view links] with Shigeru Miyamoto, it has been confirmed that the new Super Mario Bros for Wii will be the first title to include a new "demo play" feature.

With it, players can pause at any level and let the game take over to complete it on its own and resume playing at anytime.

To quote: "In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if a player is experiencing an area of difficulty, this will allow them to clear troubled areas and take over when they're ready" confirmed Miyamoto, through his translator.

"And yes, we're looking into this for future games, too" Miyamoto says.

That means young kids no longer need to Google for cheats, purchasing strategy guides or even need to work hard to get to the next level.

Is this a helpful feature, or would you rather spend $50 to watch a couple of movies than to watch a game play itself? Feel free to share your comments below!
 

Video: BootMii Demo - A Step Towards Brickproofing Nintendo Wii

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309w ago - Courtesy of marcan42, this The very first working test of BootMii. BootMii takes over the boot process of the Wii and lets you run almost anything (even security code, a backup/restore utility, you name it) from an SD card, before most of the system even starts booting.

To quote: It is a huge step towards "brickproofing" a Wii, as it will still work even if you thoroughly screw up your filesystem. You could even format it entirely and it would still work.

Here I'm testing it with a small program that modifies the boot code (boot2) to boot into the Homebrew Channel instead of the normal system menu. Pop the SD card in, the Wii boots to HBC. Take it out, it reverts to normal boot. Real handy for coders.





To those that claimed that System Menu channels were more convenient (read: saved you a click or two) compared to running homebrew off of HBC: take that! :-)

Sorry for the crappy video. My 5 year old digital camera finally decided to crap out, so I had to film this using my cellphone.
 

Wii Homebrew Channel Demo released!

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337w ago - Last month, Twiizers gave a video demonstration of the ability to launch unofficial applications directly from the Wii channel menu. The homebrew channel demo has now been released to the public, and can be run on any Wii that has the Twilight Hack installed.

Download: Wii Homebrew Channel Demo

Currently, the demo has usage time limit of 10 minutes, and once the channel has expired it cannot be reinstalled... so it's suggested you use the allocated ten minutes wisely.

Installation and usage instructions are provided below:

* Download the installer at the link below.
* Place the installer file on the root of your SD card.
* Rename the file to boot.elf
* Run the Twilight Hack, and allow the installer to load.
* READ THE DISCLAIMER! In the very unlikely case your Wii should be bricked by the installer, this will let you know where you stand in regards to Team Twiizers.
* Press the RESET button on your Wii.
 

Wii Homebrew Channel Demo video available!

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340w ago - Twiizers have released video footage demonstrating the loading of a Wii homebrew channel.

As you can clearly see in the video clip above, the Twilight Hack loads and reboots to the standard Wii channel menu with a copy of the Mii channel icon located at the bottom.

The original Mii channel icon, still intact, boots to the real Mii channel if selected, while the copied icon loads a homebrew application when pressed.




 
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