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Preview: The Conduit for Nintendo Wii

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320w ago - All things considered, The Conduit shouldn't really be getting the attention it deserves. After all, it's being developed by High Voltage Software, a studio that's not exactly well known for the quality of its games.

Its back catalogue features such gems as Ben 10, The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy and the Family Guy videogame. Add to this the fact that the game didn't even have a publisher until the middle of September and it's hard to figure out why the game's so eagerly anticipated.

Of course, the reason it is getting attention is because it looks great for a Wii game. We know those last four words are really patronising, but let's face facts, we know the Wii doesn't have the graphical oomph to compete with other HD systems. However, this has meant that many developers simply don't bother trying to make the most of the Wii's power and simply churn out games that look half-decent instead. That's where The Conduit differs.

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The game uses High Voltage's special Quantum3 game engine, which is designed to create the sort of graphical effects that most Wii games don't achieve. We've already spoken about the game's graphics in a previous issue though. What's also interesting is the way in which the Quantum3 engine also allows for some impressive artificial intelligence...
 

Nintendo Wii Homebrew Launcher v0.10 Released!

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320w ago - Wii Homebrew Launcher is an interface similar to that of the Wii menu. It allows you to start homebrew stored on your SD card in the Wii front SD slot. Each program is represented by its own customizable "channel".

Download: Wii Homebrew Launcher v0.10

Translated Changelog v0.10:

- Fixed a bug in the translation of the name chains.
- The compatibility with homebrew has been improved.
- The function back to loader work correctly.
- Some internal changes.
- Adding a loader string 'Region free (without using code Nintendo) It is possible that the chain n'apparesse if the security patch is IOS56 installs.
- Using the language of the Wii for messages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch), it is always possible to use the LANG.INI file for translation.
- The search for homebrew on DVD is no longer made to boot, but when A 'refersh' (by pressing (1) or (Z)). This allows faster start the loader.
- Compiling with the latest version of libogc, it contains a patch for SDHD use maps but has not been tested.
 

Sony: Blu-ray will be Decisive Factor in Beating XBox 360 and Wii

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321w ago - This generation console war is still finely in the balance. Sure, the Wii is way out in front, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 trade positions on a monthly basis, but with a long way to go, I still feel it's anyone's market.

So what will swing it for one of the consoles? What will make the all-important mainstream consumer choose one over the other and take it on to victory?

While some of us have owned and played a next generation console for two to three years, we are the early adopters, the hardcore gamers (except for Wii owners) who want the latest and greatest system to experience our hobby on. And generally, although price may be a slight concern, we're willing to pay through the nose for that cutting-edge experience.

But with prices dropping and this generation of consoles moving in to the second phase, the general populous are entering the fray and choosing their games system to replace the last-gen console they have been happy with for the past few years. The question remains: what will influence their buying decisions?

I feel this generation has given consumers a real choice that no other generation has quite managed:-

The PS3 is a powerful games console that Sony has also tried to develop in to something more: a multimedia living room hub offering the Internet...
 

Nintendo Wii Homebrew Channel BETA 9 Now Available

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321w ago - Marcan has announced the Nintendo Wii Homebrew Channel BETA 9 is now available for those interested.

Download: Wii Homebrew Channel BETA 9

To quote: Beta9 would have been out a few days ago, but then Nintendo came up with the new October 23 update with perfect timing, so we had to make sure the beta9 installer was compatible (read: exploited a new bug nobody knew about until then).

Warning: We've updated the ELF loader to be compliant with the specs. Unfortunately, DevkitPPC ELFs currently are not (they will be in the next release), so they'll break. App authors should distribute DOL versions. If they don't, tell them to. If they don't, convert it yourself:

powerpc-gekko-objcopy -O binary boot.elf boot.dol

Newer ELFs produced by the new toolchain (when it comes out, hopefully soon) will be compatible both with the new loaders (HBC beta9) and all the old loaders. All DOL files work as usual. The new linkerscript will also be more flexible (we're using it for all the binaries involved in HBC, instead of a mixture of custom linker scripts). Authors of other loaders will like this.
 

Nintendo Wii Backup Launcher v0.3 Update Released with Video!

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321w ago - WiiGator from GBATemp (linked above) has released Nintendo Wii Backup Launcher v0.3 along with a video for those interested.

Download: Wii Backup Launcher v0.3 / Wii Backup Launcher v0.3 [Mirror]

From the ReadMe File: Backup Launcher 0.3 beta

What is included:
- cIOS Installer
- Backup Launcher 0.3 with banner

Changelog:
- Cinematic now working properly
- Wi-Fi Enabled
- Faster Load time
- Drive speed is still 3x. It is so fast that some testers believed it is running at 6x.
- Supports non-patched and patched Wii games (The correct term for "patched" is "decrypted")
- Not all games will work, but as of now most do.




Some parts are modification of free available source code, and are unsupported and not condoned by the original authors of it. The backup loader modification is solely the work of WiiGator.

Thanks to Waninkoko for his support and the first version of the backup loader.
 
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