Wii U Catch-All

Aaaaaand how long until that gets shut the f*ck down?

I'm a little bemused that emulation, which is joined at the hip with software piracy, has provided a way for people to pay to download games that they could download without paying. That's nice, I guess?

Unprecedented, I think. Pretty cool. Very weird, but pretty cool.

Dolphin is a great emulator as uprezzing Wii games is a huge benefit since they all look quite terrible with all that aliasing (to me).

ccesarano wrote:

Aaaaaand how long until that gets shut the f*ck down?

Likely no way for the server to distinguish between the different clients.

I'm pretty sure there are ways to identify proper clients, but I don't trust Nintendo to have the requisite knowhow to do it.

The process seems to involve flashing and using the hardware ID of an actual Wii or WiiU so, for all intents and purposes, that's exactly what the emulator appears to be on server side.

But the server side could check any number of things like CPU, MAC-address etc. Many of these of course can be spoofed, but a reliable fingerprint can be made of the actual hardware.

Whether or not Nintendo has the technical knowhow (:eyeroll:), I doubt they'll put much effort into it. An emulator is able to connect to a deprecated shop channel for hardware that's been discontinued since 2013. These are not multiplayer servers (which have been shut down already), and it doesn't appear to let players do anything more nefarious than buy deprecated virtual currency and use it to buy games. If it becomes a security issue, Nintendo's far more likely to just shut the whole thing down and inconvenience both of the people still legitimately using it.

Hmm should probably get Mega Man 10 and any other WiiWare gems before the whole thing goes boom

Suvanto wrote:

But the server side could check any number of things like CPU, MAC-address etc. Many of these of course can be spoofed, but a reliable fingerprint can be made of the actual hardware.

Considering what's already been achieved, that seems like a cakewalk.

shoptroll wrote:

Hmm should probably get Mega Man 10 and any other WiiWare gems before the whole thing goes boom

Buy Fluidity. I'll keep saying it until people actually do it.

Good news everyone! The WiiU continues to remain hooked up to life support as Darksiders: Warmastered Edition releases on May 23rd!

Just wouldn't be fitting if you couldn't play Zelda for grown-ups on this thing.

Now, here's the real question: is the port any good?

Spoiler:

There. Memes hit. No need to meme.

$19.99? Eh, I'll pass. I was really hoping for $18.99 or less.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

$19.99? Eh, I'll pass. I was really hoping for $18.99 or less.

Let's get 20 of us to send Clocky a Nintendo points card for $0.05 each. Then she can get Darksiders!

TheCounselor wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

$19.99? Eh, I'll pass. I was really hoping for $18.99 or less.

Let's get 20 of us to send Clocky a Nintendo points card for $0.05 each. Then she can get Darksiders!

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Rise from your forum grave (and rescue my daughter)!

So lately my WiiU has been a media machine because family and sh*t. My Crunchyroll app seems to constantly lose track of its time placement which means rewinding is a pain in the ass. If you're 15 minutes into something, rewinding can reset it back to zero, or telling it to fast forward could reset it back to zero. It's a crap shoot. Has anyone else run into this? Or has everyone else moved on because their homes are set up for "I'm an actual adult that doesn't live with my parents" scenarios?

Get a Roku or Fire TV and stop reducing the lifespan of your consoles.

garion333 wrote:

Get a Roku or Fire TV and stop reducing the lifespan of your consoles. ;)

Crunchyroll is weird and buggy on every device I have it on. Have you tried removing the app and readding it? Sometimes that helps.

As the world parties on with Nintendo Switch I am still rocking the Wii U! Nintendo Land and Wii Party U were big hits, once again, when family were over. We didn't even get to Mario Kart or Mario Tennis.

I also decided to piece together a few more of the exclusives I had yet to gather up. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and Devil's Third. I may still acquire Yoshi's Woolly World, and Xenoblade Chronicles X, in short order.

I'm kind of toying with the idea of trying for a mostly complete Wii U collection. It's a console that holds personal worth for me, I have a clutch of titles already, and I find myself looking on at other collector's (of anything video games) with envy. I blame Metal Jesus Rocks, Kelsey Lewin, The Immortal John Hancock, and Kinsey Burke! I've got hooked on their YouTube contributions. So cool.

The Metroid part of Nintendo Land is a blast. I wish I had people to play against in the Metroid-themed games.

Well, it has the smallest amount of retail releases (around 150) of any Nintendo system outside of the Virtual Boy, so that should make it easier than others... though I suppose the flip side of that would be the low popularity may make some games scarce over time. Now it probably a good time to start picking them up.

I have a Switch but I’ll still be playing my Wii U for a while. Nintendo made a lot of mistakes, etc., but I really like the system. A 2-screen console experience is fun.

RolandofGilead wrote:

The Metroid part of Nintendo Land is a blast. I wish I had people to play against in the Metroid-themed games.

Agreed. Even my non gamer parents became obsessed with it during various family get togethers.

RolandofGilead wrote:

The Metroid part of Nintendo Land is a blast. I wish I had people to play against in the Metroid-themed games.

When I bought my Wii-U off of CraigsList, it came with Nintendo Land. At the time I thought it was a horrible game. I must have missed something. I should dust it off if I haven't thrown it away to see what I missed first time around.

-BEP

The WiiU is a wonderful console, with many great games.

steinkrug wrote:

I have a Switch but I’ll still be playing my Wii U for a while. Nintendo made a lot of mistakes, etc., but I really like the system. A 2-screen console experience is fun.

I absolutely adored the Wii U. I was listening to an early Retronauts podcast a few weeks ago and they were talking about how the Game Boy Color came to be because they needed a new Game Boy but they couldn't get a 32-bit handheld (Project Atlantis) together at the time so the GBC became this stopgap measure to buy some more time until they could roll out the real successor (the GBA).

In some ways, I feel like the Wii U was a similar situation. The Wii U makes a number of stabs in the direction of the Switch with the off-screen play and a large touch-screen embedded in a classic control scheme. There was also the persistent rumors of a Wii HD in development, and the Switch brought motion controls back to the forefront like the Wii did. Which makes me wonder if the Switch was the rumored Wii HD (or some remnant of the project) but the tech wasn't going to be ready for 2011/2012 so they quickly cobbled together the Wii U.

And it's kinda obvious in hindsight that the Wii U was rushed to market. The console itself is huge and bulky. There's a complete lack of the compact form factors that made the Wii and GameCube easy to transport. The OS was sluggish and clunky. Backwards compatibility wasn't nearly as elegantly handled as it was on the Wii, 3DS, DS, or GBA. The controller felt "cheap" and toy-like to many people. The marketing was muddled, etc.

Anyways, I didn't mean to end of a bad note with this. I still love the system, and if it goes down in Nintendo history as the herald of the Switch I think that's a more than fitting title for it.

I still have points in the Wii Shop Channel to spend. Maybe you do too? Best check! I forgot all about them.

I think March 2018 signals the end for adding further points, whilst January 2019 sees the service end entirely.

Chrono Trigger (SNES), Rygar (Arcade), MUSHA (SMD), Pulseman (SMD), Super Star Wars (SNES), Fantasy Zone (SMS), Alien Soldier (SMD), Gley Lancer (SMD). I need them all!

Yall need to buy this game if you haven't.

Donkey Kong was great but it kicked my ass so, so hard.
I just do not have the history with platformers I need to handle some of its challenges.
I'm not sure I even made it past world 3.

DKTF is definitely a hard game, it takes work for sure.