Matt's Wii: Initial Thoughts

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Matt Barton
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I don't think that would

I don't think that would work, because I can't actually create a KOTOR save file. Just crashes every time. When I pull the game back up, it has a "corrupt" save game file.

As far as I understand, the memory cards are only good for transferring save games already on the hard drive to another xbox. I don't have any options within KOTOR to save to anything other than the default, which is apparently the HDD.

This is really bizarre. I wish there was some way I could run a test on the HDD to see if it has surface errors or the like. I can't imagine why it's freaking out on this particular game. also surprised that I can't find anything on it using Google. I guess this is an isolated case? I don't get it.

I wish like hell I knew anyone with an Xbox locally so I could see if it worked on another unit.

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Well, this doesn't make a damn bit of sense. Halo 2 saves fine, Jade Empire saves fine, but two different copies of KOTOR freeze every time I try to save. Guess it's a no-go.

There must be some weird problem with this particular Xbox. Discouraging, to say the least.

I know this is not a great answer, but you can try to borrow or pick up a cheap Xbox memory card to see if it saves correctly to that.

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Got Zak & Wiki and Twilight Princess for the Wii. Also: two GC controllers for it (Nintendo brand) and some sort of Sonic collection for GC.

I have that Sonic Mega Collection. It's not too bad, actually. Good emulation and extras.

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Well, this doesn't make a

Well, this doesn't make a damn bit of sense. Halo 2 saves fine, Jade Empire saves fine, but two different copies of KOTOR freeze every time I try to save. Guess it's a no-go.

There must be some weird problem with this particular Xbox. Discouraging, to say the least.

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Well, I have to say my Xbox

Well, I have to say my Xbox experience is turning out to be another nightmare...

Halo 2 works great, can save the game and all. KOTOR, on the other hand--crashes every time I try to save the game (or if it tries to do an autosave). I saw a few light scratches on the disk, so taking it to be "buffed." But if that doesn't work, I'm SOL on that game, which really, really sucks.

I wondered if it might be a hardware fault in the Xbox I picked up, but I don't see why the Halo 2 game would save fine and KOTOR wouldn't. Any thoughts?

On a related note, I recently updated my Realtek audio drivers and now my "stereo mix" option has disappeared from all recording options. So yet another voyage through insanity as I try desperately to find some way to record audio from my games again. This day is really starting off with a huge sucking sound.

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I just picked up an Xbox

I just picked up an Xbox ($25), KOTOR, Jade Empire, and Halo 2 for it. It works great, but the CD bay thing doesn't slide out very well (has to be jimmied with).

Got Zak & Wiki and Twilight Princess for the Wii. Also: two GC controllers for it (Nintendo brand) and some sort of Sonic collection for GC.

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Being a big fan of Mario 64

Being a big fan of Mario 64 I heartily recommend Galaxy. It is actually better than the original and has a beautiful soundtrack. I have recently reacquired Sunshine and it isn't as bad as I remember........

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I'd be up for some online

I'd be up for some online racing too - we can exchange friend codes. Let me know and I'll PM mine to you.

Once you get into WiiWare Matt, you can avail of some great online stuff - Tetris Party and Dr.Mario both have great online modes.

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I have Mario Kart for the

I have Mario Kart for the Wii and would be happy to play some time. There are not many multplayer online games on the Wii, actually, and the code system tends to make it cumbersome (though supposedly there is talk of improving that). If you want that, you want to go with a 360 or to a slightly lesser degree, the PS3.

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Just finished an hour or two

Just finished an hour or two more of Mario Kart Wii. Using the WFC feature, you can race other people from all over the world, and since they can't chat or irritate you, it's all fun. Still, a few punks managed to create hacked names like "pornmaster" and so on. I guess you have to deal with dirtbags even with Nintendo's system.

Anyway, it's a lot of fun. I wonder if any of you guys with Wii's and Mario kart might want to become our friends on there. It'd be awesome to race together. Surely there are some good multiplayer games on the Wii that have some sort of internet functionality to let us play together.

It's my understanding that any Nintendo console pretty much requires a Mario, Metroid, and Zelda game. I'd like to get all three for every Nintendo platform just to see how they evolved. Alas, they also tend to be the most expensive. I consider myself lucky bagging Mario Galaxy new for $36. I got the Lego game for only $18 (both on Amazon).

I went to Hollywood Video today and noticed that I can rent Wii games for $6 for 5 days. I'm not impressed with that. Seems to make more sense just to save the money and buy a used copy of a game.

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