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  1. As per thread title. Japan only, cost me £9 and had to use google translate app with the camera mode to buy it, but it was worth it. This is the perfect version I've waited for since I was a teenager playing this at the bowling alley. Super smooth, full widescreen, colourful like you wouldn't believe and perfect for a handheld. Then there's the 8 player on 1 screen mode, the online multiplayer, it's the best game. One question - if it gets a UK release, will I be able to play online with them? At the moment I have to play at specific times because the game is Japan only so I'm trying to start multiplayer games then realising it is 3am over there.
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    Virtua Racing - Switch. It's really, really good!

    We are online now, join the discord from the earlier post to join in.
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    Virtua Racing - Switch. It's really, really good!

    Anyone want to play online right now? Game room 1234 is me.
  4. I ended up writing a self-published breakdown of why Multi-Level Marketing is a terrible idea, because I'm getting fed up of the Bodyshop-at-Home, Utility Warehouse etc conversations on Facebook and also at the school gates when I'm picking up my nieces. Everyone seems to be at it. A couple of weeks ago I even fell for the bullshit myself and ended up on on a Web Conference Call about it. It was 5 minutes in when I realised it was MLM and I was so annoyed at myself I just started typing. The idea is for something you can quickly read in one sitting, to warn you of the dangers of getting involved. Especially for RLLMUK, here's a link to my dropbox for a free PDF of the book. If you like it, i would really, really appreciate it if you could leave a positive review on Amazon. Struggling to get this seen, so any way you share the Amazon links would be appreciated. (PDF is a proof with a few typos, the Amazon links below have been corrected!) PDF direct from my dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2qvbsk0eu0cst2y/The_Little_Book_of_MLM.PDF?dl=0 If you like it, it will be free to buy on Kindle today and permanently free on Unlimited. The PDF is a proof and has a few typos, but I think I've found them all for the published version. Amazon Links to share if you don't mind helping me out : UK Kindle - free on unlimited. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RPQ5XK8 UK Paper copy https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1098598679/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_R6-2Cb7KVQ4SZ USA Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPQ5XK8 - Free on Kindle Unlimited USA Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098598679/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_-V-2CbHCJJ9SA
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    Virtua Racing - Switch. It's really, really good!

    Happy to play now if anyone's available.
  6. I used to collect X-Files trading cards in my youth. They had randomly printed "The Truth is Out There" in silver in the corners of some of the cards. The idea, which certainly worked for me, was that you'd start collecting the cards and when you had a full set you'd notice that you had about a quarter of a full set of silver printed cards, so you'd continue to collect. Eventually you'd have a full set of the shiny cards and look back at what it cost and think... huh... With games, there's the temptation to become a collector and you can do this in many ways. You can pick a format, try to get every game for that format that you can. But do you collect, say, cartridges only, or do they have to be boxed? Do you have to have all the cardboard inserts, the instruction book, the leaflets for £1 off a Big Mac that came with Micro Machines.... where do you draw the line at something that forms part of your collection. If you download a complete romset, is that a collection? It didn't take any effort to attain it so I'd suggest not. But if you don't care about boxes, condition, shrink wrap and so on, surely every branch of CEX in the country has a better collection than you. So is it worth being a collector if you don't aim to get every single title in a boxed, factory sealed unused condition? And if you're attempting to get every single title for the sake of a collection, surely all you're doing is committing yourself to spending £500 on a copy of Mary Kate and Ashley's Horse Riding Simulator at some point in the future. So is it even worth starting a collection?
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    There's something about these old racing games - I just spent an hour on Virtua Racing and remembered every curve of every track. Last time I played it was in the arcades and I spent some time with the 32X version back in the day. But it's all still up there in my brain. The angles are perfect, the handling of the car is perfect. Seriously - take any Forza, Gran Turismo, whatever, and try and run through the track from memory. These games may have only had limited tracks (Ridge Racer only had one!) but that track is perfect in every way.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Absolutely brilliant. I'm thinking , forget the next gen, just use the current gen to play unbelievably perfect versions of the previous gens.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Thank you. Got it from play Asia. Cost 9 quid. Holy crap its incredible. What a conversion! I assume I can't play online? The Japanese account doesn't have membership and my UK account can't find any online rooms.
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    Nintendo eShop (Software Chatter)

    Quick question: I've set up a Japanese account to play Virtua Racing. Can I make the Eshop display in english, and do I need to pay by japanese pre-paid card?
  11. Many people have a Wii console they no longer use, and it can be very quickly and easily modified to become a kick-ass emulation machine. In fact, the amount of cool stuff you can do with a Wii will surprise you. If you have an old SD card knocking about then you have everything you need to do the mod in a few minutes. How simple is it? You have my word - if you can read this, you can do the mod. It could not be easier. Seriously, 5 minutes. Wii modding becomes addictive, and once you done the emulation stuff, you'll want to explore more. Fancy backing up all your Wii and GameCube games to a hard drive? Adding DVD player functionality? Downloading cheats? Playing the arcade versions of F-Zero and Mario Kart (without having to plug in the arcade machine that you legally own)? Get that Wii console from the loft. It's about to become your favourite thing. Why should I turn my Wii into an Emulation Box?: If you follow all the steps in this guide you'll end up with a console that plays everything from Atari 2600, Intellivision, Colecovision etc, , up to and including the Snes, Megadrive, Gameboy Advance, PC Engine, Amiga, and so on. The console also has 100% Gamecube and Wii compatibility of course, so you can back up all those games and store them on a USB drive. Some of the 32 bit generation can be emulated too (N64 Waverace and Mario64 work perfectly under emulation for example, although some other N64 games don't even start. There's a PS1 emulator that plays a few games too). Basically emulation on a Wii is FANTASTIC, right up to and including the 16 bit era. The Wii is no-longer supported by Nintendo and there are no future firmware updates to spoil the fun. The Wii has been totally hacked wide open and the standard of homebrew software is very professional, and there is a lot of it to play with. You start with a console on the latest firmware and hack from there. Cash Generator sell the console second hand extremely cheaply (mine was £12 with a WiiMotion Plus controller). All you need on top is a Wii Classic Controller (if you don't have any Gamecube or Wii control pads knocking about) and an SD card to get going. Wii stuff goes for pennies at Car Boot Sales! Emulation looks fantastic on a CRT TV through Scart, as the console outputs the same number of lines as the old consoles did for perfect emulation. On a HDTV a component cable looks beautiful. It's really easy to do the mod - the process takes 5 minutes, and emulators don't need any installation, you just drag and drop them from your computer to an SD card. Even if you go the whole hog and install custom firmware, hard drive compatibility, forwarders etc, you're probably looking at no more than an hour to do everything. Controllers are wireless, and cheap. Range of controller choices, Wii Classic Controller, Wii Classic Pro, Wavebird from your old Gamecube, even the humble Wii remote is great for 2 button games. The Wii Classic controller has a great button layout for Gamecube, Snes and so on. Small footprint. The Wii stands vertically and takes up very little space. A Wireless USB keyboard can be connected to the back and is perfect for the Amiga, Spectrum etc. The Wii remote doubles as a mouse on the Amiga. You can get homebrew apps to turn the Wii into a DVD player, run Netflix, and lots more. Any Drawbacks?: No HDMI out of the box, although adaptors are available. Component looks great on a HDTV though. The Wireless on a Wii does not support WPA2, so if you want to keep the console connected you have to downgrade your router to WPA. The Wii downloads cover art, cheats etc all automatically so it's worth having it connected. Getting ready - what you need. You need a Wii, a computer with internet access and an SD card to do the mod. High capacity doesn't work for the mod process, low capacity SD cards are harder to find new, but you can pick up a 2Gb SD card from CEX for £2. Once the mod is done, you'll be able to use a big capacity SD card for your roms. Also, remember this guide is for the Wii only. Important - This is for the Wii, and is NOT for the Wii-U. Wii-U owners can follow a different guide in the "Turn Your Wii-U into a fantastic Emulation Machine" Thread. Also, please be aware that the Wii-Mini is not moddable (The Wii Mini does not have an SD card slot, or allow internet access. This guide is for the regular Wii, not the Mini. To play homebrew, you will need a control pad. The Wii Remote is great for say, the NES, but modern games need a decent button layout. You can use a Gamecube controller, a Wavebird (switch on the Wavebird before powering up the console or it won't work), but the Wii Classic Controller has the best layout. Make sure you use Nintendo Official branded controllers because 3rd party products don't work on homebrew. Step 1: Connect the Wii to the internet in the Wii Settings menu (Internet, then Connection Settings). You may need to drop the security on your router to WPA as the Wii does not support WPA2. Perform a system update when prompted to get your console on the latest firmware. This will update you to version 4.3 of the console firmware. (4.3E for a European Console, 4.3U for USA, 4.3K for Korean, etc.) Check the date and time on the Wii are correct. Step 2: In the same internet settings menu you can select Console Information to see your Wii's Mac Address. Write down the Mac address. Go to the website https://please.hackmii.com/ using your computer. On this website, choose the system menu (4.3E for a UK user), enter the MAC address you wrote down, make sure there is a tick in “Bundle the HackMii Installer for me” and then click “Cut the red wire”. This will download a zip file to your computer. Step 3: Unzip the file you downloaded and copy the entire contents onto an empty SD card. This should be formatted as FAT32. Avoid High Capacity cards at this stage, no SDHC here - 2Gb is fine, and HC cards won't work. Step 4: Open the flap on the front of the Wii to reveal an SD card slot. Put the SD card in the slot, and on the main Wii menu click the icon in the bottom right corner that looks like an envelope. Go back through your messages, and within the last week there will be a message that looks like a red envelope with a bomb inside. Click on the letterbomb using the Wii remote. The screen will go crazy with white text on a black background, then you will get a professional looking welcome screen. This screen stays on for a good 30 seconds or so before telling you to press a key on the remote to continue so please be patient. Step 5: Eventually, you get the prompt to press a key to continue, and this leads you to the Main Menu. Select the option to install the Homebrew Channel. Once the Homebrew Channel has installed, you're back on the main menu (with new uninstall option added if you ever wanted to do that). Now select BootMii. Select "Install BootMii as IOS" To keep things simple, let's just use the same SD card we've been using all along - just go through the prompts. Now you have installed "BootMii as iOS" and "The Homebrew Channel" you are all done. Remove the SD card, then you can reset the Wii, or use the Home key on the remote to exit this application. Step 6: Back on the Wii opening menu, you will now see a Homebrew Channel has been installed. That's the mod all done. Told you it was easy! You don't need the SD card files any more, so if you want to use that SD card for emulation, just delete the files from it. I would suggest using a 32Gb SD card from this point, because this is going to become addictive. Running the Homebrew Channel now will display a screen with animating bubbles, but nothing else. This is because you have a blank SD card in the console and the Homebrew Channel is for running Emulators and Applications that you copy onto your SD card into the APPS directory. So now we need to download some emulators, copy them onto the SD card and play some games. Step 7 - Downloading emulators and copying them to your SD card: A complete list of emulators can be found here: http://wiibrew.org/wiki/List_of_homebrew_emulators Here are some direct links to some of my favourites. Snes9xGX : https://github.com/dborth/snes9xgx/releases Genesis Plus GX : https://bitbucket.org/eke/genesis-plus-gx/downloads FCE Ultra GX (NES) : https://github.com/dborth/fceugx/releases Visual Boy Advance GX (GBA) : https://github.com/dborth/vbagx/releases WiiSXR (Playstation 1) : https://github.com/Mystro256/wiisxr/releases Not64 (Nintendo 64) : https://github.com/Extrems/Not64/releases ScummVM: http://buildbot.scummvm.org/builds.html Atari ST - Hatari Wii - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Hatari_Wii Atari 800/5200 - WiiXL - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/WiiXL Apple II - WiiApple - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/WiiApple Amiga - UAE Wii - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/UAE_Wii (Plug in a wireless USB keyboard and use the Wii remote as a mouse!) ZX Spectrum - FBZX Wii - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/FBZX_Wii (plug in a usb keyboard for ease of use!) Commodore 64 - C64 - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Frodo - (supports online network play) MSX - BlueMSX - http://wiibrew.org/wiki/BlueMSX-wii When you download an emulator, it's usually in a zip/rar file. When you unzip it there are usually 2 directories that you copy exactly as they are to the root of the SD card. The Wii looks in an APPS directory for the emulator itself, while your roms, screenshots, cheat files etc go in a separate directory in the root of the SD card. The SNES emulator for example is on the SD card in sd0:\apps\snes\emulatorfilesarehere Roms and other associated files for the SNES emulator are at sd0:\snes\roms\gamefilesarehere All you need to do now is load the Homebrew Channel, and you'll see all your emulators listed in there. Have fun..... You just turned your Wii into a fantastic emulation machine! Steps 8 - 13: Make your Wii even better - go crazy! Go region free, install custom themes and menu options, run Wii and Gamecube games from a USB Hard Drive and lots more! What follows is completely optional, but Wii modding becomes addictive! Once you start, you'll find there's loads of other cool stuff you can do. The trouble is, many of the guides online are out of date now, so what follows is a current method to make your Wii the most valuable device under the telly. (Note - The following sections are written in the same order I would recommend you install (for example, by installing Priiloader before a custom iOS, you get brick protection so you can fix it if anything goes wrong. Also you need custom iOS installed before you start doing WII/Gamecube games from USB, for example. I don't recommend picking and choosing here - it's all dead easy, so you might as well do it all. I have written out all the steps in extra detail and it looks like a lot of words, but the entire rest of this guide will take you about half an hour, so please do every step in order, and don't skip bits.) Step 8 - Priiloader. https://sites.google.com/site/completesg/system-hacks/priiloader Highly recommended- Priiloader is an app that replaces the first part of the system menu that gets booted. This loads before the actual Wii menu appears on the screen, allowing installation of custom themes, region free gameplay and brick protection. I recommend installing this before you continue down this list because if anything did go wrong and you break your console, it's easy to repair it by booting the bricked console into Priiloader. As well as all this, Priiloader does the best thing ever - it lets you turn off that annoying music on the Nintendo Menu! You can easily make the entire console region free, and ignore OS updates from disk games - Priiloader does it all! Priiloader also allows you to boot the Wii directly into an app. For example, you could tell Priiloader to boot directly into MAME instead of the Wii Menu, if you were putting your Wii in an arcade cabinet, or boot straight into a USB loader, as covered later in this guide. Install Priiloader by downloading it from the link above. As with the emulators you already downloaded, the zip file contains an APPS folder, and you need to copy the contents into the APPS folder on your SD card. That puts the Priiloader installer program in your homebrew channel. Run the installer, and follow the prompts on screen (just just press + to install Priiloader). If you get any errors about loader.ini or password.txt, don't worry, these can be ignored. Your Wii will reboot in the Priiloader menu. If it doesn't, power off the Wii, then power it back on and hold reset while it's booting until you see it. Now you have installed Priiloader, you can change any of its settings by holding the reset button whilst turning on the Wii. Should you break your console, just do this and select the option to repair. Step 9 - Using MMM (Multi Mod Manager) to install WAD files: So far, we've been loading our emulators and apps from within the homebrew channel. A "WAD" file is a program that appears on the Wii main menu, instead of in the Homebrew Channel. These can include Virtual Console Games, Apps and 'Forwarders' that bring your Homebrew forward to the main menu. You'll download some great looking forwarders later in this guide, but first we need to know how to install these WAD files. Luckily, there's a program called "Multi Mod Manager" and it's really easy to use. This is a link to my personal Dropbox. Download MMM and unzip the file. https://www.dropbox.com/s/vfuudt42bnv1ybx/MMM.rar?dl=0 Drag the MMM folder into the apps folder on the Wii SD card. Put the SD card back in the Wii and MMM will appear on the list in the homebrew channel and you simply run it from there. If you start installing WAD files from the murky corners of the internet (for example, pirate Virtual Console games) you could theoretically damage your console. I recommend having Priiloader (see above) installed first. If you did break your console by installing a dodgy WAD, Priiloader will allow you to un-brick a bricked console. Step 10 - Installing a Custom iOS. Next, we will install a custom firmware. A custom iOS is needed by a handful of applications to work, for example Wii Backup Loaders and unofficial channels on your Wii menu. It's very easy to do this and it opens up so many opportunities to do other cool stuff, you may as well do it now and get it out of the way. Download the Cios app from HERE Copy it to your SD card as usual, the file should be put into the APPS folder, like you would with any other app or emulator. Put the SD card back into the Wii, and go into the Homebrew Channel and run the app, it looks like this: When the app loads, press a button to skip the welcome screen, and you will be presented with this: Do not press "A" until you have made all the selections listed below. Change the cIOS to d2x Version v10 beta53 using the D-PAD (left/right). Move down, and change the IOS Base to 56. Move down again, and change the IOS slot to 249. (if you get a warning that the current Cios or stub will be overwritten, you can safely ignore it). Change the revision under the fourth option to 65535 to prevent any future updates from overwriting it (the installer can still overwrite it). Press "A" to start the installation. You will see the above screen and the slot you just selected should be blinking. Press "A" to start the installation. Once it finishes, you will see an IOS screen with your own cIOS installed in green. Just press the "A" button to go back to the configuration screen. Next, you want to configure the second cIOS. Do the same process again, but this time, use the following settings: d2x version: v10 beta52 cIOS base: 57 cIOS slot: 250. cIOS revision: 65535 As before, press "A" to start the installation. Once the second Cios has installed you are finished, so you can press "B" to quit the Cios installer app. ( By the way, this process is completely reversible. If you ever wanted to go back to the proper Nintendo iOS, this program allows you get to the proper files from Nintendo’s servers http://wiibrew.org/wiki/NUS_Downloader ) Step 11: Forwarders: Up to this point in the guide you've been loading apps and emulators from within the Homebrew Channel. To make things cooler, you can download a forwarder for your emulator of choice and this will make a great animated Wii Channel with music that sits on the Wii opening menu. This means you can load your emulator with one click of the Wii remote, and once you have a few forwarders installed your menu looks amazing. You can rearrange the channels on the Wii menu by pointing the remote at the channel you wish to move and holding A and B. Drag to a different slot and release. Here is a link to my Dropbox where you can download the forwarders I use. I have also zipped a collection from a user called Mastershoes which all look a bit samey but there are so many that at least you will have something to play with. https://www.dropbox.com/s/rvnxtl5tn8pt0br/Forwarders.rar?dl=0 Forwarders are WAD files, so you can use MMM to install them, as covered earlier. Step 12 - Using a Hard Drive with the Wii The Wii really comes alive if you have a spare USB hard drive knocking about (or a USB stick will work). USB loaders allow you to run Gamecube and Wii games from the hard drive, which is brilliant if your DVD drive has packed up. A self powered drive with a single USB connector works fine, and connects to the USB port on the back of the Wii closest to the edge of the console. Quick history lesson: In the past the Wii used a file format and disk drive format called WBFS which offered incredible compression of Wii game files but the drive couldn't be read directly on a PC. These days you can use a normal FAT32 hard drive to store your Wii games, opening up the ability to also store Gamecube and any other files all at once. This is a whole lot better and there's no reason to format your hard drive as WBFS these days. Having said that, it's still best to use the WBFS file format for your Wii games. Converting ISO to WBFS is easy, using 'Wii Backup Manager' below. This way you get the best of both worlds, as you benefit from the WBFS file compression but can still use the drive on PC, and to store your Gamecube collection, your roms and anything else alongside the Wii games. Step 12a - Play Wii games from a USB device by installing a USB Loader. A USB loader will allow you to run Wii Games from a USB external hard drive. As well as this, you can use another app called 'Nintendont' (see below) to incorporate Gamecube games into the same list. You can also run Homebrew and Emulators from within USB loader instead of the Homebrew Channel. It is best to get a hard drive that works from a single USB connector as this keeps the second USB on the Wii free for using a USB keyboard. You must plug your hard drive into the USB on the Wii that is closest to the outside edge of the console. The link below is a fantastic USB loader, with a built in cheat loader called Ocarina, which can download cheat files from the internet. USB Loader GX allows you to insert the game disk and copy it to the hard drive automatically. It also connects to the internet and downloads box and cover artwork if you choose to. USB Loader GX. https://sourceforge.net/projects/usbloadergx/ You can also download a forwarder for this so it sits nicely on the Wii opening Menu. https://sourceforge.net/projects/usbloadergx/files/Releases/Forwarders/ If you are using a USB loader it's a good idea to make your whole console region free using Priiloader (see above) so you can back up your whole Wii and Gamecube collection without worrying about region issues. Wii games live in a folder on your hard drive called "wbfs". If you rip your Wii games using USB loader it does all the work, but if you download the ISOs from the internet (for games you already own of course), then you can use the Wii Backup Manager (below) to compress them to WBFS format, then copy the file to your FAT32 drive, into the "wbfs" directory. On this screenshot, we've incorporated Nintendon't (see below) so that our Gamecube and Wii games appear on the same screens. Step 12b - Wii Backup Manager http://www.wiibackupmanager.co.uk/ (official site - forces you to view an advert when downloading, although there is a link to my dropbox for a direct download below) Wii Backup manager is a Windows app that allows you to convert Wii games from ISO files into WBFS files. This offers the best of both worlds, by compressing the Wii ISO (sometimes massively - Wii Sports is 0.3Gb) which you then copy to your FAT32 hard drive. Copy your WBFS files into a folder called "wbfs" and they will be automatically seen by USB Loader. (If you did format your hard drive as WBFS you would have to use a manager program like this to use the drive on the PC at all) Get it from my Dropbox here - direct link with no adverts or use the link above to sit through adverts and support the developer (recommended). Step 12c - Converting your old WBFS formatted hard drive to FAT32 without any fuss: Anyone following this guide will be using a FAT32 drive as explained earlier. But if you already have a WBFS drive full of Wii games, it's easy to convert it to FAT32 without any fuss. This handy tool converts the drive without damaging the data and even leaves the games in WBFS compressed format. Once converted, you use the drive just like you did before, but the drive will be recognised by a computer, so you can use the same drive for any other files. It couldn't be quicker or easier, and here's the link. https://gbatemp.net/threads/wbfs2fat-py.291320/ Step 13 - Play Gamecube games from your USB device, using "Nintendon't" Another quick history lesson: When you Google "play Gamecube games on Wii from USB", you'll see lots of old articles referring to Dios Mios, Dios Mios Lite, Devolution and other custom apps. Dios Mios allowed Gamecube backups with the side effect that your Gamecube games would no longer play from disk, which was annoying. Devolution works well but requires you to use your original disk the first time to validate that you are not a pirate. This is admirable, but useless if your drive doesn't work. I recommend you steer clear of all these, and use Nintendon't instead. "Nintendont" is a newer app that has replaced all of these old methods and works fantastically well with no side effects. Also Nintendont can be automatically integrated into your USB loader, so you get all your Wii and Gamecube games together on your system. Nintendon't allows the use of Virtual Memory Cards instead of having to use real ones and has many options included for making games look their best. Also Nintendon't works with the ISO files of Triforce based arcade machines so it's compatible with the arcade versions of F-Zero, Mario Kart and others. As mentioned above, the USB/SD must be formatted as FAT32 for Gamecube games. Gamecube games are stored in a folder called "games" in the root directory of the USB drive or SD card. Inside that folder, you make a directory, for example "LuigisMansion". Within that folder, you store the actual ISO file. The Gamecube ISO must be called "game.iso", in its folder. If a game comes on 2 disks, the second disk must be called "disc2.iso". Calling them by any other name will not work. The name of the directory is your free choice, but the ISOs within it must be named game.iso and disc2.iso. Be careful when naming the files because if your PC hides the file extensions you could end up renaming an iso file to "game.iso.iso" by mistake! This is a more detailed guide if you need further information. https://gbatemp.net/threads/nintendont.349258/#Setup Step 14 - Cheating. Sometimes its good to whack an infinite life cheat into an old game and whizz through it for old times sake. There's a brilliant app called Ocarina that allows you to cheat on your Wii games. Ocarina is now built in to USB Loader GX, so it's dead easy to use. Load up USB loader, select the game, then instead of clicking start, click Settings. In the Load Game section you can turn Ocarina on or off, and in the Ocarina section you can download the cheats automatically from the internet, turn them on or off, then start the game. Optional - Homebrew Browser. http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_Browser The Homebrew browser is a lovely, if a bit slow and clunky, app that updates your emulators to the latest versions or lets you download new ones directly from the Wii, and you won't need a computer. That's very cool, but if you are only using emulators you may as well just download them from the links above or from WiiBrew.org, because you are going to need to put the SD card in your PC at some point to copy the roms across, so I find it easier to do it all on the PC in one go. Troubleshooting: A summary of the issues people on the forum have encountered. If you want to load disc software from any region, it's best to use USB Loader GX, even if you don't want to copy the disk to USB. Although Priiloader's region-free setting enables the official Disc Channel to recognise import discs and attempt to boot them, it doesn't seem to actually enable everything to run. USB Loader GX runs anything you throw at it. A very small number of games display a red screen error if you have a PAL console and are trying to run NTSC games via RGB SCART. If this happens, find the "Loader Settings" in in the settings menu of USB Loader GX, and ensure that the following choices are made: "Video Mode - Force PAL60" and "Dol Video Patch - ON". Also for Gamecube games, select "Video Mode - Force PAL60" in the DM(L) + Nintendont section of the same menu.
  12. I wrote a thread last year about the amazing things you can do with am ordinary Wii in terms of homebrew and emulation, and the Wii quickly became my favourite console. Megadrive, Snes, Gameboy Advance games, all running with a wireless controller. In fact, the only down side to the Wii as an emulation machine was the lack of HDMI and the the weak emulation when it came to newer formats, such as PS1. Since then the mod process for the Wii-U has come on leaps and bounds. You already have everything you need to do the mod. It's as simple as downloading a game from the eStore from a list of compatible titles (see the link on the YouTube video description, the cheapest is Brain Training at £6.99). Then you visit a website using the Wii-U Browser and the mod happens. If it doesn't, just try again, it can take a few attempts. But once it's done, you can install a permanent mod. It's all explained in the video below. The Wii-U perfectly emulates the Wii, meaning you have access to all the great Wii homebrews well as the newer, more capable emulators that are specifically for the Wii-U. You can even reinstate the ability to play Gamecube games that was included in the Wii, but missing from the Wii-U. I'd love this thread to be a one stop shop for sharing your experiences of the Wii-U as a homebrew emulation station, because it's awesome - like the Wii thread from last year but with more umph to run even better.
  13. The next gen hardware will be a tougher sell than the current gen was. The benefits of new hardware will be related to the other devices and services you have, and the console will have the power to drive the new tech you connect to it. It's like when the 360 launched and some stores didn't have HD screens. If you played Dead Or Alive in standard definition the 360 didn't look any better than the regular Xbox. The next generation will be all about HDR, 4K, VR, integrated streaming, so you'll definitely want a decent TV, superfast internet, VR headset and so on. In real life, I think the general public will initially be disappointed by the next generation of consoles because a 5 minute demo in store will look much like the current gen does. I can't see games offering more than they already do, unless you bring VR, HDR etc into the equation.
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    SEGA AGES: OutRun

    Cannonball is a homebrew player for the arcade ROMs and is well worth checking out. There's a Switch port too. There are many improvements over standard emulation, one of which allows the player to change the viewpoint which I feel really improves the game.
  15. Cheers for that. You can review any time after purchase. The BGT book was up to date at the time I wrote it, but you'll see a lot of the same ideas being used over and over as the series progress. I stopped updating it because it was starting to get a bit silly, with camera moves , cutaways and edits making the impossible happen. (See Captain Disilusion The Magic Of Will Tsai on Youtube to see what i mean). I hope that when you read it it gets you interested in magic and learning more about presentation and performance. I got some stick from magicians on Facebook when they saw it because I think they think its just about revealing secrets. The intention of the book is to give you an insight and provoke further research online, and to explain the importance of personality and performance above the secret "he pulls a lever" move. Glad you're enjoying it.
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    Declining Sales. WTF Is Going On?

    Quick addition - back when I was at Game I half remember an interview with someone about the upcoming launch of the PS2. Whoever it was got asked what the biggest competitor to the PS2 was going to be, and the expected answer was Dreamcast or Gamecube or whatever. This guy replied that the biggest competitor to the PS2 was wives and girlfriends. People laughed, but he went on to explain his point and he basically said what I totally agree with. Anything is competition. If you need to go to the toilet, you're not playing on your PS2. If you are having a meal, going bowling, at the cinema etc, all these things are competition because the gaming world is mainstream, so activities outside of the traditional video game environment become competition. Every minute you spend looking at your phone is time away from gaming, and today we have an unlimited number of distractions, and this is very damaging in many industries because no-one has the free time to devote to investing into one thing. We start box sets and don't finish them. We can't devote our entire attention to everything we are presented with. It's a bigger problem than people realise right now, and it's only going to get worse.
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    Declining Sales. WTF Is Going On?

    Anecdotal but I genuinely have lost track of modern gaming. I used to know release dates, I'd eagerly anticipate games, I'd buy the magazines, play the demo CD. There's something really indefinable about how the internet kills enthusiasm. Having access to everything means you don't have the traditional kind of goals you'd want. I used to hunt down a CD in a record shop, sometimes it would be years before I'd find something, but everything is at your fingertips now, and it's like Paradise Syndrome. I can't put my finger on it, but there's just too much of everything. Too many games, too many formats, too many things competing for my time, too many films on Netflix, too many box sets on iPlayers, there's not enough time in the day to feel like you're part of the action. Everyone says "Have you seen Game of Thrones" and I haven't and I will at some point, but I've got 20 other box set recommendations to catch up on and they keep releasing new stuff. There's so much of everything that it all gets lost in a blur of other stuff. In the last two years I have been to the cinema three times. I've missed all the Marvel Universe stuff and wouldn't know where to start with it. In gaming, I bought Resident Evil 2 and loved it. I love the VR stuff, and Astrobot was a real highlight. I fancied Dangerous Driving and still mean to pick it up at some point (although I barely scraped the surface of Burnout Paradise and I bought that a year ago). But these triple A games, massive multiplayer online experiences, huge sprawling worlds and all that, I just cannot tell these games apart. I am not great at first person shooters, I enjoyed TitanFall 2 which cost me £3 2 years after release, and I have a feeling of detachment to the world of gaming that I never had before. But this spreads in a weird way to just about everything. I don't feel as engaged in politics since my twitter feed filled up with people throwing milkshakes at people, I see hugely important stories on the news that scroll by at the same speed as the funny cat pictures. People across the world can communicate as equals but all I see on Twitter is people taking offence and whining. I care passionately about certain issues and forget half the stories because there's too much to take in, everything drowns in the stew of everything else. I don't think it's just gaming. I think everything is suffering. Shops closing down, no-ones got any money, it's all a bit shit at the moment, and the downturn in game sales is part of that overall picture. Everything has reached saturation point and personally I feel unable to devote enough time and energy to any of it.
  18. I've made a number of changes and the Kindle version is currently uploading. It's free on Kindle until midnight and the new version will probably be online later tonight, so the version on sale this second has those chunky paragraphs, the one that will be there shortly is fixed - cheers for that feedback.
  19. Yes, I read up on a few of these companies although I deliberately haven't named any in the book. Also, there are definitely areas where i can go into way more detail (and maybe will if I do a longer version) but the plan for this one is that I'm getting some copies printed on the cheap and taking them out with me to the events where I keep meeting these people. I decided to stick to 10,000 words so it would be a quick read for anyone in one sitting. Might expand on it next.
  20. Thanks! If you could leave a review on Amazon I'd appreciate it. The Amazon one has all the typos corrected too.
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    Games that you nearly purchased but didn't

    Back in the day, Game stopped selling Saturn stock and we got deliveries of the remaining games from the warehouse - all in good supply, all freely replenished and all for £2.99 before any staff discount. I picked up each of the games, and with hindsight I should have rung the warehouse and got them all. There was Panzer Dragoon Saga, Burning Rangers, Dragon Force. Could have had unlimited copies at about £2.40 each. Also the random delivery one day that had 20 Sega Multimega consoles in. Years after we'd sold them as regular stock, they were about £60 each, and again, why didn't I buy them all and stick them in the loft. Similarly, one day out of the blue we were told that SNK were scrapping the Neo Geo Pocket and we had to send all the stock back that day. Everything had to come off the shelf. We had all the titles that went on to be rare, because I believe that SNK reused the PCBs elsewhere in the world, so genuine UK versions of Faselei are rare as hell and I had 6 in stock. I don't know whether it would be worth buying stuff to stick in the loft for 20 years, but all those classic, one off, insane titles (I'm thinking Samba De Amiga with the maracas, Steel Battalion with the huge controller and so on) were freely available and we could have ordered in as many as we wanted. I never bothered getting any for myself. More recently, Dangerous Driving really piqued my interest and I followed the thread every day before launch. I was really excited to get this on day 1 but the thread on here totally put me off just a few days before when I learned there was no music. I kept an eye on the thread and there were some people loving the game, but the discussion fizzled out really quickly (theres like 20 pages of anticipation and 2 pages of people playing it) so it went off my radar completely. And I'm ALWAYS banging on about how much I loved Burnout 2.
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    PlayStation Classic

    Emulation is discussed a lot on the forum, I wrote guides for the Wii etc. Why would a guide to modding the Classic be a problem? And if its not allowed on the forum, why are we allowed to private message the same info?
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    Kindle shop Recommendations

    I ended up writing a self-published breakdown of why Multi-Level Marketing is a terrible idea, because I'm getting fed up of the Bodyshop-at-Home, Utility Warehouse etc conversations on facebook and also at the school gates when I'm picking up my nieces. Everyone seems to be at it. A couple of weeks ago I even fell for the bullshit myself and ended up on on a Web Conference Call about it. It was 5 minutes in when I realised it was MLM and I was so annoyed at myself I just started typing. The idea is for something you can quickly read in one sitting, to warn you of the dangers of getting involved. Especially for RLLMUK, here's a link to my dropbox for a free PDF of the book. If you like it, i would really, really appreciate it if you could leave a positive review on Amazon. Struggling to get this seen, so any way you share the Amazon links would be appreciated. (PDF is a proof with a few typos, the Amazon links below have been corrected!) PDF direct from my dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2qvbsk0eu0cst2y/The_Little_Book_of_MLM.PDF?dl=0 If you like it, it will be free to buy on Kindle from tomorrow. Amazon Links to share if you don't mind helping me out : UK Kindle - free on unlimited. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RPQ5XK8 UK Paper copy https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1098598679/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_R6-2Cb7KVQ4SZ USA Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPQ5XK8 - Free on Kindle Unlimited USA Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098598679/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_-V-2CbHCJJ9SA
  24. True, but some people are a bit crap at games, why should they be denied the remaining section of the game?

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