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How to Install the Nintendo Wii U November 19, 2012

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Maniac does another one of his How-To Videos, this time tackling the brand new Nintendo Wii U.  Want some help getting it hooked up to your TV?  Take a watch, and enjoy!

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How to Transfer all Your Data from the Nintendo Wii to the Wii U November 19, 2012

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So, you want to put all the save data, purchased games, Miis, and purchase history from your original Wii Console into your new Wii U? Good news, you can! Here’s how you do it!

Things you’ll need:

  • Your original Wii Console.
  • Your new Wii U Console.
  • One (1) SD or SDHC memory card with at least 512MB free space.
  • At least one WiiMote. MotionPlus capability not needed.
  • Wireless Network connected to the Internet.

I recommend:

  • Have your Wii and Wii U properly installed on two different TVs in your house.
  • Have at least two WiiMotes. One should be synced to the Wii and one synced to the Wii U.  Normal WiiMotes are fine.  MotionPlus is not required or needed.

Preparation:

  1. Both the Wii and Wii U must be properly hooked up to televisions and connected to a Wireless Network with access to the Internet. If you don’t know how to hook up the Wii click this link and watch this video. If you don’t know how to install a Wii U please watch this.  Make sure that both consoles are properly connected to your WiFi network and have internet access.
  2. Update the internal firmware in your Wii and Wii U. This is a requirement for the transfer process to work for the Wii and a requirement for backwards compatibility with the Wii U. New firmware was released the day of the Wii U launch, and it is highly likely even if you just picked up a Wii U you probably don’t have it yet.  If you don’t know if you have the latest firmware already the Wii U will install its latest firmware automatically the first time you start it.  The Wii will notify you to update its firmware if needed when logging in to the Wii Shop Channel.

Okay, now that we have everything ready let’s get started.

  1. On your Wii, go to the Wii Shop Channel and download the Wii to Wii U Transfer Channel in the Wii Channel menu. Price is 0 Wii Points. The program takes up around 70 or so blocks of Wii memory.  Purchase and download it.
  2. Sync a WiiMote to the Wii U and access the Wii Menu.  This will bring up a very similar interface to the Wii.  Use your WiiMote to navigate to the Wii to Wii U Transfer Channel and select Download.  This may take you automatically to the Wii Shop Channel to download the transfer tool, which is 0 Wii Points.  Purchase and download it to your Wii U.
  3. Run the Wii to Wii U transfer program on your Wii U.  When prompted insert the SD or SDHC memory card into the Wii U.  The SD slot is behind the front panel of the Wii U.  There is a small door that can be pried open from the top on the Wii U’s front panel below the disc drive.  Open it and insert the memory card when prompted by the transfer tool.  Follow all the prompts and DO NOT remove the card until the Wii U tells you that it is okay.
  4. When prompted, remove the SD or SDHC memory card from the Wii U.

Okay, we’re set with the Wii U for the moment, leave it running but take the memory card to where the Wii is.

  1. Run the Wii to Wii U transfer tool on the Wii. Follow the prompts exactly and when prompted, insert the SAME memory card you had just had in the Wii U into your Wii.  Like the Wii U, the Wii has its SD Card slot in its front panel just below the disc drive. Open the protective door from the top to expose the slot.
  2. Once the card has been inserted, continue to follow the prompts until the transfer process begins.
  3. Have a coke. Do not worry about your data, the Pikmin inside your Wii will move all of it into the memory card for you.  That’s no joke, watch the transfer progress screen.  It’s really entertaining.
  4. When the final Pikmin have taken all of your data into their rocket ship (and picked up the last guy they forgot about) the Wii will prompt you to remove the SD card from the Wii. Remove the SD card. After you do so, the Wii should restart.

You can turn the Wii off now, we’re not going to need to use it again.  Take the memory card back to the Wii U.

  1. Insert the same SD or SDHC card you just had in the Wii (the one with all the Pikmin in it) back into the Wii U. Follow the prompts.
  2. Have another coke. The Pikmin will get out of their rocket shop and start unpacking all your data for you. Be aware it will take longer to unpack your data than it did to pack it up. That is because the Wii U is automatically redownloading all the compatible games and channels you had on your Wii at the time of transfer.
  3. When the Pikmin have finished their work your Wii U will now have all the downloaded channels, Virtual Console games, save games and Wii Shop Channel balance your Wii did. Some channels such as the Internet Channel, Nintendo Channel, or Check Me Out Channel can’t be transferred, so don’t worry when you don’t see them.
  4. The Wii U will empty the data it stored in your memory card. Eject it when prompted.

You’re done. Enjoy your Wii U!

If you’re having any problems during the process, here’s a troubleshooting tip.

If for any reason during the transfer the program is unable to connect to the Internet and you know there is nothing wrong with your Wii or Wii U Internet settings, simply hit retry. The issue could be Nintendo was simply overloaded with transfer requests.

Warning:

  • This is ONE WAY. You cannot transfer your data back to your Wii.
  • Once you transferred your original Wii data to the SD or SDHC card, do NOT lose it. Once the data is put on it, it is effectively your Wii. Take caution when bringing it from the Wii to the Wii U. Take a look at the kid gloves I used with mine.

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Wii U Unboxing November 18, 2012

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Its done!  What you’ve been waiting all day for, the unboxing of the Wii U 32GB Deluxe Edition.  Released today for $350US and sold out everywhere, this is the first console of the next gaming console generation.  But what exactly is in the box?  Take a look!

More Wii U videos will be coming tomorrow!  Hope you enjoyed Mario Weekend!

Mario Weekend – Why the Super Mario Movie Sucked November 18, 2012

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When I posted up the link to the Nostalgia Critic’s review of the Super Mario Bros movie yesterday, I was really tepid about my thoughts with it, and why I actually found myself still enjoying that movie after twenty years where everyone else thought it was a complete disappointment.  In that article I shed a little bit of behind the scenes information about the development of the movie but didn’t post anything further about the movie’s disastrous development process.

I had read an article published by Wired.com not too long ago which was about this very subject.  It was originally posted in April of this year titled “Why the Super Mario Bros Movie Sucked”.  The writer went quite in-depth about the movie’s production process, the issues that the filmmakers had with the studio who didn’t see eye to eye on their vision and Nintendo who was so impressed by the producer’s gutsy pitch decided to let them have the property cheaply and kept their hands off its development.

It’s a phenomenal read, and I recommend it to anyone who may have had any interest in the movie’s development.  While we all know how the story ends, it is still a great story that makes even the most hardened critic wonder just what could have been.

You can read the entire article here.

More content is coming for Mario Weekend, leading up to the Wii U Unboxing later today!

ZombiU Unboxing November 18, 2012

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I know it’s Mario Weekend at gamexcess.net but I think everyone knows that the major third-party release for the Wii U’s launch was going to be ZombiU from UbiSoft.  This is a quick appetizer for the main event today, the Wii U unboxing, which is coming later.

On the plus side, you can take a look at what the new Wii U game cases look like, and just what is in the ZombiU package.

ZombiU is out now exclusive to the Wii U.

Mario Weekend – Classic Mario Commercials November 17, 2012

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From the late 90s to the early 00s, there was a very special phase that video game marketing was going through when it came to TV commercials.  Here was a fringe market being brought to a wide audience by a traditional media, and while they had no problem playing by the rules of traditional media, video games made sure to set themselves aside from everything else on the market.  In my opinion, NOBODY was better at this than Nintendo, and because of that there are a ton of great commercials out there that have been done for Nintendo games that as far as I’m concerned should be permanently archived.

Here are some of the best Mario related commercials that I could find from across the web.  Some of these have previously made my Top Ten Video Game Commercial video, but not all of them, and with it being Mario Weekend I felt now was a perfect opportunity to have all the game commercials I loved from Nintendo on display.  These are in chronological order.

Super Mario Land

I remember this commercial was one of the reasons that made me beg my parents for a Game Boy and this game for Christmas!  I just thought it was a great homage to classic B&W adventure serials, and given the B&W screen of the game boy it fit perfectly.  It was also nice to see a digital Mario interacting with the real world, which trust me looked extremely ground breaking at the time.

Super Mario RPG

Major points for originality here.  What other medium is going to have an awesome old man telling you what’s going on?

Paper Mario (N64)

I loved the sense of humor the marketing guys had with this one.  Since the characters are flat in the game, all the characters are depicted as paper cut outs interacting in the real world.  What is the most destructive thing you could imagine happening to paper?  Being stuck in a shredder of course!

Super Smash Bros

Do I really need to say anything about this one?  I think it just speaks for itself.

Mario Weekend – Linkara’s Game Boy Comics Reviews November 17, 2012

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Lewis Lovhaug, better known as Linkara, is the webmaster of Atop The Fourth Wall, which does some of the best reviews of comics that I have ever seen.  I know I’ve used Linkara in a previous special day the site had, but the truth is ALL of his reviews are worth a look at.

Nintendo actually did have comics released to tie in to their major game and platform releases.  Probably the most infamous of which is the Game Boy comic series.  It was a fun little romp about characters from inside the Game Boy game Super Mario Land coming into the real world and how kids with Game Boys can get Mario to beat the forces of evil back.

Admittedly the comic series probably should have been named Super Mario Land opposed to Game Boy, as it was mostly based off of Super Mario Land specifically, and the characters and enemies from it opposed to characters from any other games for the platform, but the Game Boy itself is the catalyst for the story arc so I’ll let that slide.

So far, Linkara has reviewed two comics in the series.  You can watch his Game Boy #1 review here.  You can watch Game Boy #2 review here.  Small note.  People with mobile devices may have problems watching the first review, but shouldn’t have problems with the second.

On a side note, I can’t tell you how great its been to finally get to play Super Mario Land after 20 years on my 3DS XL thanks to the Nintendo eShop Virtual Console.

Hope you’re enjoying Mario Weekend on gamexcess.net!  More content is coming leading up to the Nintendo Wii U release tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

Mario Weekend – Nostalgia Critic’s Super Mario Bros Movie Review November 17, 2012

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Let’s face it, the early 90s not only defined a time when Nintendo ruled all media, but Mario himself did as well, and no more was it prevalent than in the release of the big-budget Super Mario Bros Movie.  To many, the movie was both a critical and financial disappointment, and left many fans feeling betrayed by what ended up on the screen.

Enter Doug Walker, better known to the internet as The Nostalgia Critic.  His tagline?  He remembers it so we don’t have to.  I’ll leave it to him to sum up just what exactly was wrong with the movie, you can watch his entire review of Super Mario Bros: The Movie here.

Honestly, I actually enjoyed this movie a lot, and to this day the filmmakers have said that Nintendo has never expressed any disappointment to them about the film, even twenty years after the fact.  I thought the actors cast were all fantastic talented individuals and were genuinely great in every role they have been cast in.  I thought the universe that they had created, with their grungy punkish atmosphere fit perfectly for the trends of the time, and you know what, I kind of also liked the humor a bit.  It’s the kind of movie you appreciate as a kid, but as an adult you appreciate it in a different way.

I had heard that the filmmakers wanted to go even darker with the movie, but studio pressure wouldn’t allow it (even though Nintendo promised a hands-off approach to the movie, which they kept).  Their ideas were quite interesting, but I think that what we got on the screen was still enjoyable.

What’s next for the Nostalgia Critic?  Well, Doug Walker has retired him at the height of his popularity, but that will not be the end of That Guy with the Glasses.  He promises a whole new web series will be coming.

Hope you’re enjoying Mario Weekend on gamexcess.net!  More Mario content is coming all today and tomorrow to culminate with the Wii U release Sunday!  Stay tuned!

Mario Weekend – The Angry Video Game Nerd November 17, 2012

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It’s time for the angriest gamer you’ve ever heard.  James Rolfe, better known to the internet as The Angry Video Game Nerd, has been one of the most popular webseries on the internet for the past five years.  He has reviewed some of the most awful games and peripherals of all time, and done some great nostalgic videos that I will always

The AVGN has actually done some positive reviews in the past, and when he talks about the games made by Nintendo for their platforms, you can just tell how attached he is to what he is reviewing and what a big part of his life video games are.  But we all know that even with a good game, anger will eventually come out.  He’s one of the first reviewers that I’ve seen that had the uncanny ability to point out easily missed problems in extremely well liked games.

I could spend hours combing through his back catalog of reviews.  Pretty much all of them are greats but since this is Mario Weekend on gamexcess.net I want to focus on one review he did of not just what has been considered by many to be the best Mario game EVER, but the tie-in movie that put Nintendo front and center to wide audiences.  That’s right I’m talking about his review of Super Mario Bros 3 and The Wizard.

What’s coming up for the AVGN?  A movie!

Hope you’re enjoying Mario Weekend on gamexcess.net!  More content is coming leading up to the release of the Wii U on Sunday!  Stay tuned!

Mario Weekend – The Roast of Mario November 16, 2012

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CollegeHumor.com has always had a bunch of great people writing for them that really understood video games.  Now, many people nowadays will go to their spin-off website dorkly.com to watch exclusive 8-bit animated video game parody videos, but for me, this is the one that I’ll never forget.

All the classic and modern video game characters come together for a special event, the roast of their good friend Mario.  I’ve always been a huge fan of celebrity roasts on Comedy Central or at the Friar’s Club. I love stand-up comedy and other kinds of crude insult humor, and when I caught this video online it fit my taste in humor perfectly.  If you ever wondered what would happen if Mario ever got roasted, you’re about to find out.  It is just as brutal as you hoped!

I hope you’re all enjoying Mario Weekend!  You can be sure that more content is coming leading up to the Nintendo Wii U’s launch!