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Real Wii Homebrew with Full Hacked Hardware in the near Future?

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356w ago - Ski Freak wrote in to tell us of an interesting presentation that took place at the 24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress (24C3) right now; it would appear that a fully hacked Wii capable of running native homebrew with full hardware access has been presented.

From the report: The guys over at 24C3 just demoed a Wii hack that is set to provide native wii homebrew in the near future (not running in GC mode, and with full access to all the Wii hardware!)

They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii 'game' that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).

Details are minimal and we're waiting for additional confirmation from additional sources. If you're in attendance at the event and can provide us with additional information please let us know.
 

The Vii 2 arrives, will Nintendo stop it?

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357w ago - The Vii has sold so well in China that the next incarnation is about to arrive. What will Nintendo do about this?

Props to alphatrainer for the video below:



 

Upcoming Week of Games: December 9 - December 15

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359w ago - As is standard for december, this week is a crappy release week. However, the PS3's big releases of Orange Box and Unreal Tournament 3 make it worthwhile to make a list, even if there isn't much on other platforms.

Nintendo DS (nothing notable)

Nintendo Wii (2 games)
Indianapolis 500 Legends (Friday December 14)
Super Swing Golf Season 2 (Tuesday December 11)

X-Box 360 (1 game)
NCAA March Madness 08 (Tuesday December 11)

Sony PSP (nothing notable)

Playstation 2 (1 game)
NCAA March Madness 08 (Tuesday December 11)

Playstation 3 (4 games)
Blacksite: Area 51 (Monday December 10)
The Orange Box (Tuesday December 11)
NCAA March Madness 08 (Tuesday December 11)
Unreal Tournament 3 (Tuesday December 11)

PC (2 games)
Universe at War: Earth Assault (Monday December 10)
The Golden Compass (Friday December 14)

Keep in mind that every date listed above is the ship date. Check the stores a day or two after the date listed above. These are also not every game being released this week. These are just the ones I deemed notable.

Pics of the game box for each game can be seen at the link at the top!
 

Nintendo mulls pulling Wii TV ads

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359w ago - Nintendo is considering pulling UK television advertising for its popular Wii console in the run up to Christmas because it is battling to meet demand.

It said that holding back adverts until 2008 would be a "responsible" move.

It now expects to have sold 17.5 million of the consoles worldwide in the year to March 2008 - up from the 14 million it had earlier forecast.

Nintendo is likely to use its advertising slots to promote its handheld DS console, analysts say.

'Act responsibility'

Globally, the firm is able to make about 1.8 million of the Wii consoles every month.

But it said that the demand had been "unprecedented and higher than Nintendo could ever have anticipated".

"We are doing everything possible to supply continued levels of stock and meet demand as quickly as possible," the spokesman added.

"As we are keen to act responsibly we are potentially looking at moving some advertising on some products into early 2008."

It is understood that because the television commercials do not have a festive flavour, they will be able to be used next year.

Demand for the Wii could mean disappointment for those putting it at the top of their Christmas list.

High Street retailers are struggling to...
 

Japan gets excited about PS3 games

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360w ago - The PS3 has received another boost in its homeland, after four PS3 games featured in the top ten most wanted games in Famitsu.

Although it was DS game Dragon Quest IX that took top spot, it was trailed home by Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 5 and Metal Gear Solid 4 in second, third and fourth respectively.

These were joined by the PS3 version of Devil May Cry 4 in ninth spot, with The Last Remnant (14), White Knight Story (15) and Final Fantasy Versus XIII (18) also making appearances in the top 20.

By contrast, the Wii and 360 could only manage one game each in the top ten. Smash Bros Brawl was fifth, while Mistwalker's Lost Odyssey came in seventh. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii) finished 11th.

Even the usually dominant handhelds have been shown up somewhat: the usually rampant DS managed four entries in the top ten, while the PSP had but one game in the top 20.

Whether this will translate into a huge increase in sales is open to debate, however. The chart itself is compiled using votes cast by Famitsu's readers rather than taking a representative cross section of the games market itself.

On the whole though, it seems things are on the up for the PS3 in Japan, which we're sure will keep its fans happy. Or at least, give people on forums more stuff to...
 
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