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Infendo Hands-On – Dead Rising: Cream of the Flop

I’m a big fan of zombie mayhem, and with the Xbox 360 hovering just above my price range, I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dead Rising: Chop ‘till you Drop. Screenshots of the Wii version have been heavily criticized for having bad graphics, and not being able to simulate zombie hordes of the same size as its 360 predecessor. I’m sorry to say that despite some valiant efforts, the “Trial Versi...

The Conduit to feature LAN play, publisher to be named “in the coming month”

Tech-focused Web site Ars Technica went hands-on with The Conduit, High Voltage Software’s hotly anticipated Wii shooter, at PAX and came away with glowing impressions, as well as news for Wii owners who might be skeptical the publisher-less game will be released. “We’re not ready to officially announce anything,” said High Voltage’s Rob Nicholls. “But things ar...

Capcom selling Mega Man 9 with minimal effort and maximum fanfare

With each day and subsequent disappointment, I am getting less and less excited for Mega Man 9. To clear vernacular discrepancies, I feel there is a distinction between “excitement” and “anticipation.” For example, I was excited when I first saw Super Mario Galaxy. I felt the same way about the original Metroid Prime. These games brought classic franchises back to life in a...

Shadow of the Colossus proves that “good enough” graphics are still relevant

Does the above in-game screenshot look three years old to you? It shouldn’t (even though it is) because Shadow of the Colossus for PS2 is still one of the most impressive-looking titles to behold, next-gen consoles included.

IGN reveals ambitious new Wii-exclusive FPS

IGN yesterday revealed an exclusive first look at High Voltage Software’s The Conduit, an ambitious first-person shooter in development exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. Contrary to the unfortunate nature of most third-party Wii afterthoughts, High Voltage is putting substantial effort behind The Conduit, promising both refined Wii control mechanics and hardware-pushing visuals. In designing...

Ace Combat devs make good on Wii graphics

According to N4G (sourcing Japanese site Famitsu), the above is one of several initial screenshots for the upcoming Wii exclusive game, Sky Crawlers, from the makers of Ace Combat. Looking good, boys (for a cut scene). Who’s got next? Factor?

The problem with video game marketing today

Here is a recent promotional line taken from a 2K print advert for Top Spin 3, a game I’m particularly excited for excluding the below reason: Evolutionary Visualsâ„¢ (Apparently, 2K owns the trademark on better graphics) – Watch in real time as your players get progressively hotter, sweatier, and dirtier while competing at breathtaking venues. Watching a character become progressively...

Factor 5: Wii matches PS3, “and then some”

Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht sent Nintendo fans reeling in January when he announced his prestigious team has “at least one all-new Wii project” in development. In an interview earlier this month with IGN’s Matt Casamassina at the annual DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Eggebrecht revealed a few more vague details and confirmed widely held expectations that Factor 5 would push t...

The Wii’s Success: It’s time for developers to put up or shut up

OPINION — It’s officially time for 3d party developers to put up or shut up. The act of complaining about developing games for a Nintendo console and turning a profit against the big bad Ninty and its cadre of 1rst party behemoths has officially been exposed as the pathetic, cry baby act that it is.

Will Wright: Wii is the only true next generation console

I think I just added Spore creator Wii Wright to my Christmas shopping list. In an interview with Guardian Unlimited Wright, who also created the Sims, called the Wii the only true next-generation console out of the three new console platforms on the market. Of course some of us already subscribe to this belief, but to hear someone of Wright’s caliber put it so succinctly might win over a fe...

Indianapolis Legends looks like poop on a stick

Has anyone seen the video for Indianapolis 500 Legends on Wii? It’s a visual mess of a game stuck in the time continuum of 1994, no kidding. The trailer looks and feels like one of those DOS games I played as a kid. The footage is reminiscent of a time when the only file sharing tool available was a 3 .5 floppy disc and a bus ticket. To prove my point, I grabbed the best looking still from I...

Nintendo and the rising continent

Malstrom is at it again. Today he’s delivered us a series of new (and lengthy!) articles about gaming, Nintendo and the future of the industry as a whole. I think with the outrageous success currently being enjoyed by the Wii and its software (you know, the software that ignoramuses say doesn’t exist yet) this is an especially timely delivery. On a personal note, the reason I enjoy the...