Wii in HD : Mario Galaxy in 720p

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Before any of you get excited, no there is no news on the supposed HD capable Wii that’s rumoured to be in production. Instead, we have some software that can out-Wii the Wii itself, and run commercial games at a higher resolution than the console manages.

The result? Mario galaxy running in what is essentially HD – 720p. The software in question, Dolphin, is a PC emulator that can run commercial Wii software, albeit with a few major problems – like a lack of sound. Originally a Gamecube emulator (lending a bit of credence to the adage that the Wii is two Gamecubes duct-taped together), Dolphin gives us a taste of what could have been, had Nintendo opted to allow for HD output.

Emulation is of course a moral and legal grey-area. If you, like us, prefer the moral high-ground hit the jump and sigh wistfully at just how beautiful the already resplendent super Mario Galaxy could have been.

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These little pictures obviously don’t do it justice – You can see the full resolution pictures at NeoGaf, here.

Source : Kotaku

Last Updated: July 6, 2009

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Q121

    Wow looks really awesome 🙂

    Wonder when they will bring out a Wii hD?

  • WitWolfyZA

    Nah i think Nintendo will bring out a HD converter pack.. Which will make all your games upscale to 720P Much like the Xbox did before they aborted the whole operation. I bought one of those upscalling packs that time just to find out it doesnt work for the PAL consoles lol

  • Cleric

    Would love it if they brought out an HD converter. One thing stands though: SMG had incredible art direction. Putting it in HD would be a great reason to replay it.

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