Nintendo has a brilliant advertisement on YouTube for Wario Land: Shake It on YouTube. It starts out more or less like any other video you might see of a video game. However, at one point you start to see coins fly out of the video and into the web page! The video starts to shake around and the web page starts to fall to pieces. It has to be the best YouTube video ad I’ve seen to date.
Hackmii has a story about a Wii recovery dongle that Team Twiizers has developed. The SaveMii is a small PCB that you plug into the GameCube memory slot that forces the Wii into recovery mode. This allows some manner of recovery by allowing updates from game discs to take place or running an autoboot disc if you have a drive chip installed.
Kotaku posted a story yesterday about the launch of Good Old Games. There’s no doubt that I love classic gaming, be it playing NES games on my Wii or old PC games. If the price is right, Good Old Games could definitely make some money serving a niche market. However, if you’re cheap like me, there is an alternative that won’t cost you a dime.
A couple of days ago, version 2.0.0 of FCE Ultra GX for the Wii/Gamecube was released (it is a port of FCE Ultra 0.98.12 for Windows/Linux). Until yesterday, I had been using a hacked version that provided Wiimote support. The official version now provides Wiimote support and it is much better than the hack I was using. There are some nice menu enhancements and game settings are now saved in an XML file on the SD memory card. There is also preliminary support for loading/saving via a network share, although I haven’t had any luck with it.
Bwana put together a nice video about Raptr, the new social network for gamers. As Bwana will tell you, Raptr is similar to other clients that will track what you’re currently playing on different gaming platforms. Raptr supports XBox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and Mac. Any of your friends that have the client installed will see what you’re playing. In addition to having a client, it will also tie into other social networks such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook. It also outputs an RSS feed for integrating with blogs and news readers. I signed up and started checking it out, and so far I like what I see. If you join and you want to be my friend, my nickname is GeekLad.