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  1. Sorta!!! While I can't reasonably see myself ever using the Wii U GamePad's TV remote functionality to actually switch inputs or change channels as Nintendo's promotional materials are fond of romanticizing—my Harmony remote manages my devices in a fashion the GamePad is just literally incapable of emulating—I would be lying if I said the idea of changing the volume of my speakers from my controller didn't tickle me in my down-there area. Alas, I use an A/V receiver to manage my myriad inputs, and while you can set up the Wii U to control both a television and a cable box, receivers...
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  2. As I went to output a couple mugshots from the Wii U Mii Maker for.... various uses... I was STUNNED!!!! to find that not only was my dumb old face notably higher res, but it featured some astonishing new elements. Check out that fuckin' beard! The power of polygons, bros and broettes. Got some sophisticated armpit rendering in there too, and a decidedly upgraded and proprietary hair-lighting engine to go with my freshly inked black frames. They've also seen fit to reduce my ghostly pallor just a shade—perhaps there is more natural light in the Wii U version of the Mii Maker. But HEY what's...
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  3. You probably know there's a near-field communication chip in the Wii U GamePad, or that it has all kinds of SUPER SPECIAL gyrometers and gravitational field sensors in it. But did you know there are some other awesome neat craps about it? One cool thing that it does when compared to the original Wii is that it has a sanctioned Wii Remote pairing option. You don't even need to press the sync button on the console anymore, just the button on the remote. This saves a lot of annoying headache. But I am sure most of you have already experienced this feature. It is not secret! Ha ha. The...
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  4. It's pretty well-known that the original Wii mode of the Wii U is heavily locked up behind tight doors from anything the Wii U does. Unlike the 3DS' implementation for original DS games, the Wii U doesn't track anything that you do when you're in the Wii mode of the system. Or does it?! In fact, it kind of does, in an altogether useless sort of way. When you put an original Wii game into the Wii U disc drive, the menu actually displays an image of a disc with the "Wii" logo in the corner of the icon, though it doesn't actually display what software is on the disc. If you click the disc you're...
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  5. Nintendo pulls as much paper as they can out of their manuals these days, but all those pretty pictures and fat infos have got to end up somewhere. And somewhere they have landed indeed! Hit the Home button on your GamePad while playing a game, tap the "Manual" button, and voilà. The Wii U manuals are actually extremely similar to the 3DS ones, which themselves were incubated on DSiWare titles. These Wii U ones though are much better replacements for proper paper manuals than the 3DS ones have manged to be. Aside from the obvious benefits you get from a gigantic pixel-rich screen, the...
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  6. Sorta!!! I've talked before about how if you really wanted to share an accomplishment on the Wii U, it was as simple as screen-shotting whatever you did and posting it to Miiverse. Which you can indeed do! But now that the Wii U is actually in our filthy little hands, a new feature has shown itself: tags. Look at that right there. Only New Super Mario Bros U and Nintendo Land use it so far, being the only titles that actually feature full Miiverse integration. But the idea is that when you post to Miiverse via an in-game prompt, the game can tag your post with a little green sentence....
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  7. I teach high school in Japan, well I entertain students under the auspices of helping them use English. I do this professionally, which means that at the moment, it is my profession, I get paid to do it. Because nobody really cares that much about what I exactly I do, I design my own lessons and projects! The most recent project we're doing is writing reviews of something, because even though I hate the concept of reviews with essentially every fiber of my being, it's important to be able to express your opinion in some way. The subjects of these reviews tend to cluster in groups around expected...
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  8. If you are, I am sorry. But I just got mine last night, a good week and a half before it actually comes out here in Japan! (And the same amount of time after it already came out in the states.) Cory previously shared his own impressions of the thing right out of the box, and now that anyone who really really wants a Wii U back home probably has one, there's really not anything brand new for me to add. But perhaps I can give it a shot in my own special way OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! oh yeah! Hey, did you know that the Wii U controller is wide? Like, really wide. It is shockingly wide, in fact!...
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  9. Once upon a time I had just moved to Japan and I was really psyched to fulfill one of my teenage dreams: to reserve and then purchase the brand newest Final Fantasy game on the day it came out and then do my best to play through it in Japanese. As it turns out, the Japanese wasn't the reason I never finished the game, because I couldn't do it in English either. In fact, most things about Final Fantasy XIII were pretty great! I loved the graphics and the music and the character design and the concept. It's just that The Game itself, the thing I actually played, was terrible. Despite ostensibly...
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  10. I am so full, I have no room for anything left in my bulging stomach. We made some spinach fettuccine, it is so good. I eat and eat it until there is only space in me for liquid. And yet, for some reason or another, I feel myself drawn to the cabinet, to that place where I keep my pouches of slug vomit and preserved dicks. I am bored, I still don't have a Wii U, what the hell am I going to do, get stickers in Paper Mario? It is time to put my mouth on something, it is time for a game snack. It is time for New Super Mario Bros. Wii Choco Egg! Why do I have this thing. I crack it open,...
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