Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad has been reverse-engineered by the same team that created the Dolphin emulator, and the exercise has unearthed some interesting developments about the device’s upgradable firmware and more.Eurogamer reports that the test found Nintendo’s pad to be upgradable via firmware updates, and that current Wii U firmware can already support two GamePads, which is a feature Nintendo has said will come down the line.Developer Pierre Bourdon shed light on what this could mean for the future of the device, stating, “The firmware of the chip handling communication with the GamePad (called DRH) can be upgraded, so this might be in Nintendo’s future plans. Only speculation though, we didn’t see anything in the firmware that would indicate they are planning to do this”.Here’s a video of the team emulating the Wii U GamePad on PC, courtesy of mema haxx:Thanks Nintendo Life. … [Read more...] about Dev team reverse-engineers Wii U GamePad to reveal its secrets
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Wii U owners were overjoyed when Nintendo announced the USB GameCube controller adapter for Super Smash Bros. Wii U. After using the GameCube controller for Smash Bros. for 13 years, it just feels right, you know? Great as that adapter is for Wii U owners, it’s even more significant for PC gamers who play Nintendo games on their gaming rigs using the Dolphin GameCube and Wii emulator.A few days after the adapter was released, programmers managed to reverse-engineer it to work on PC. But now the latest builds of Dolphin have native support for the adapter, making GameCube controllers plug-and-play easy. Thanks to Nintendo’s adapter, Dolphin now has perfect 1:1 GameCube controller mapping. To my knowledge, that’s a first for a PC emulator.The Dolphin progress report for December goes into a bit of detail about the native support for the adapter, crediting Dolphin programmer skidau with the contribution.It also provides a link to the setup page, which explains how to get … [Read more...] about Dolphin now has native GameCube controller support with Wii U adapter
Emulation is always a dicey prospect for games, as improper emulation and bad coding can lead to unforeseen glitches and other problems. However, the Wii emulator known as Dolphin has apparently become such a polished version of the console that players can buy games off of the Wii Shop Channel. See Also: Dolphin Emulator Receives Version 5.0 With Tons of Optimizations and Accuracy ImprovementsWith this feature, along with its current makeup, Dolphin allows its users to play games like Xenoblade Chronicles, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Super Mario Galaxy in glorious high definition. This is especially impressive considering that the Wii was previously limited to mainly 480p resolution.And in addition to the store, the Wii emulator can also allow players to put their games onto an SD card, something else you could do with an actual Wii. For an emulator to have this much accuracy to the legitimate console’s features is frankly astounding, and is a testament to the work … [Read more...] about Wii Emulator Dolphin Is So Accurate You Can Buy Games Off The Store
News of Nintendo's NX has taken the spotlight this week, with sources pointing to a mobile device that interfaces with a game dock for your HDTV. Inside, the NX is based on Nvidia's Tegra mobile technology. It's a big departure from the IBM PowerPC architecture of its last three machines, raising questions over how NX's compatibility with older games will be handled going forward.Until now, Nintendo has been diligent in bringing a strong legacy of titles to each new platform. It began in earnest with the Wii, via the Virtual Console for NES, SNES and N64 titles - but also with true, native hardware support for GameCube titles. This ability to tap into past glories boiled down to a common through-line in technology, one that stubbornly persists to this day with Wii U. From Gekko to Broadway to Espresso, the trend of iterating on the same PowerPC core gave Nintendo a link to the past, each time boosting the chipset's clock speeds over the last, and by the end, adding multi-core support. … [Read more...] about In Theory: Could NX bring Wii and GameCube games to Virtual Console?
The seemingly never-ending Dolphin emulation project, an emulator that replicates Nintendo’s GameCube, may finally be complete – the console’s entire library is now playable.Although the emulation community is not as prominent in the video game industry as it once was, there is still a sizable group of people who get their old school video gaming fix from running console simulators on their computers or mobile phones. Emulation technology has made incredible progress over the past decade as technology continues to become more powerful, with one game developer going so far as to create a 3D NES Emulator that automatically converts games from 2D into 3D. Potential legal issues surrounding acquiring the games that an emulator can run aside, it’s a facet of gaming that’s still crucial in preserving older titles.Perhaps no other community-based emulation project has been so dedicated in preserving a console’s games library than the Dolphin project, … [Read more...] about Dolphin Emulator Now Supports Entire GameCube Library