Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Comes Out This Week – And You Should Play It


Childhood and teenage memories, few ring any sweeter than playing Smash Bros. for the first time on your Nintendo 64. This week Smash Bros. Wii U comes out – it’s awesome, and you should play it. This November you’ll be able to play through more Smash characters than ever before – with well over 50 fighters joining the fray. Maps are better tweaked – more grand and expertly crafted, and for the first time ever you’ll be able to play Smash Bros. with up to 8 players. We can confirm that it’s mayhem – absolute video gaming chaos that’s waiting to be unleashed. Now you might be thinking – wait a moment, wouldn’t 8 players just be too ridiculous? Nintendo’s thought about every detail in this game, 8 player Smash is reserved for a selection of bigger maps, as well as some special maps designed specifically for grander battles.

Oh, did we mention the graphics? Nintendo finally got the memo about high definition resolutions – and Smash Bros. looks absolutely stunning running in it at 60FPS. Every hair follicle on Link, tuft of fur on Donkey Kong and lighting blast from Megaman looks superb. Stages are bright and vibrant as you’d expect, but the sheer level of attention to detail that Nintendo’s included makes that game incredibly gorgeous. Prepare for the eye candy ladies and gentlemen, as it’s delivered in droves.

It’s now easier than ever tracking players moving at high speeds across the levels, which should tie in well with the now fully fleshed out online components making it the most rounded Smash Bros. experience to date. On top of this, the game even includes support for GameCube controllers – so if you have any spare controllers from back in the day or just prefer the feel of the GameCube controller you can pickup a cheap adapter for the Wii U and battle it out just like you remember from the Melee days. It’s clear that Nintendo’s thrown their heart and soul behind the title, cut-scenes are beautifully rendered and the game just has a level of polish that’s rare to find today.

Learn 50 facts about Smash Bros. Wii U in Nintendo’s extravaganza video

Nintendo for the first time ever is also manufacturing interactive action figures of characters called ‘amiibo’s‘ – they connect through to the NFC chip found in the Wii U game-pad and open up a variety of unlocks to the player. They look pretty awesome, and are available in retailers with the release of the game. The games packed to the brim with more modes that you can poke a stick at – you’ll be dishing out the damage in no time at all. If you’re after a more in depth read through on some of the in-game content, we suggest checking out our run-through article of features available here.

Smash Bros. Wii U is a jam packed game that will bright joy, tears and laughs to everyone playing. The game is finely tuned and is highly accessible to new players – but incorporates a wealth of depth so that masterful players can really show off their practiced skill and knowledge. There’s so much fun on one disc that we bet you’ll be playing for hundreds of hours to come.

Smash Bros. Wii U is available in stores in North America tomorrow.

Is Emulation the Best Feature of the Nvidia Shield?

Introduction


Emulation is a popular pass time for many PC gamers, and in recent year there has been a big increase in GPU horsepower in the mobile market, allowing us to enjoy many classic games on the go, not just  on our desktops. The Nvidia Shield is one of the most powerful mobile gaming devices on the market, and this is especially thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 4 GPU/CPU, which is not only capable of running many older games such as those from the Super Nintendo and Mega Drive, but also a lot more advanced 3D titles from consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast and more. What I hope to find out today is whether or not these games work well enough to justify using the Nvidia Shield as a dedicated emulation device.

Obviously there are some grey area legal issues when it comes to emulation, most of which focus around the piracy of compatible roms, so I feel obligated to mention that I do not condone anyone downloading games, but that there are also many other ways to obtain these games. There are tools and apps out there which let you rip games you own, and this applies to both cartridge based games as well as disc based games. Fortunately I’ve been collecting games for many years now and can use games I already own and have at my disposal, but keep in mind that you’re responsible for sourcing your own titles how you see fit, as we here at eTeknix take no responsibility for this, nor will be providing sources to where or how you can obtain the games. Boring stuff out of the way, let us get back to the action!

Getting roms configured on your Nvidia Shield, or to be honest any powerful mobile device can be a little tricky. Generally the more powerful your device, the better chances you’ll have of getting your games to run, as the task of emulating hardware can be quite demanding, especially when it comes to more modern titles such as those from the Sega Dreamcast. So while I am focusing this article on the Nvidia Shield, there is no reason why you can’t try this out on your mobile phone or tablet, so long as you think it’s powerful enough to do so.

The Nvidia Shield has a few extra tricks that make it a great choice for emulation, firstly because it has a controller built directly into it, as well as a high quality touch-screen display. You can use USB OTG to connect wired controllers such as the Xbox 360 controller, a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable to put the device into console mode and play on your big screen and more, so you’re not going to be limited to only playing this as a handheld, but virtually anywhere you want, on whichever screen you want (so long as it has Miracast or HDMI).

Today I’ll be taking a look at the Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive, PlayStation 1, PlayStation Portable (PSP), Dreamcast and Nintendo 64. There are plenty more emulators and formats out there, but I feel the ones I have chosen cast a wide net over what is possible on mobile device emulation. Even older or less powerful systems such as Gameboy, MAME, NES and Master System generally all work from the same emulators I’ll be testing and already have widespread, proven compatibility with most mobile devices, so feel free to experiment with them at your own leisure.