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New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Great in 1080p

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 42 comments

Too bad it's not from a Wii HD.

Do we really need any further argument to Nintendo that we want a Wii that is capable of displaying a high-definition signal? Obviously having more power to push more polygons and pixels would be nice, but at this point we'd settle for something that'll play nicely and natively with our HDTVs.

Just check out this clip of New Super Mario Bros. Wii running through an emulator. Running on a test system with an Intel E8400 at 3.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 260, the Dolphin emulator was able to play the game at 1080p at 60 fps in 4AA 16AF DX9 mode.

We've embedded the video below, but to get the full experience, check out the new 1080p (or even the 720p) modes from YouTube.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Looks Glorious in 1080p

Does this make you salivate for a Wii HD? Well too bad.

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    Pei-chen , December 2, 2009 6:10 PM
    Any good emulator for PS2?
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    Aoster87 , December 2, 2009 6:23 PM
    Is it just my system or was the youtube video fairly jumpy?
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    Stone Cold , December 2, 2009 6:04 PM
    Is this crap of a game really needed in 1080p?!
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    Pei-chen , December 2, 2009 6:10 PM
    Any good emulator for PS2?
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    Upendra09 , December 2, 2009 6:15 PM
    If Nintendo made a 1080p firmware update or something that you added on, they would get a huge boost in sales and games developed for the console which again lead to a boost in sales for both consoles and games
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    Aoster87 , December 2, 2009 6:23 PM
    Is it just my system or was the youtube video fairly jumpy?
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    steiner666 , December 2, 2009 6:24 PM
    Same deal as with Mario Galaxy, or many other games on Dolphin. Even if you have the hardware to get smooth framerates, the games still run slow, as this video shows. It' feels like he's on the moon or under water.
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    Upendra09 , December 2, 2009 6:24 PM
    same here
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    gekko668 , December 2, 2009 6:25 PM
    Hehe that's cool. Can that emulator brings zelda and metroid to 1080p too?
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    BoxBabaX , December 2, 2009 6:30 PM
    Is youtube capped at 30fps?
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    ColMirage , December 2, 2009 6:32 PM
    boxbabaxIs youtube capped at 30fps?

    Yes

    Pei-chenAny good emulator for PS2?

    Pcsx2
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    itadakimasu , December 2, 2009 6:38 PM
    looks like fun.... I think my neices and nephews must have this for xmas!

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    pooflinger1 , December 2, 2009 6:39 PM
    I think Nintendo should drop the whole console gig and just make games. Let's face it. Is the wii console REALLY required to play the games they make.... No. The wii is not a console, it's a method of playing games. If you took the accessories (wand, nun-chuck, etc), and accessories only, from the wii and had an exact equivalent on either the PS3 or 360, nobody would pay for the wii. People aren't paying for an underpowered previous generation console that has no HD and only comes in shiny white. They are paying for the experience. An experience that currently is not available on the PS3 or 360. HOWEVER, once either or both of those consoles provide the same experience, Nintendo's sales of the console will plummet. That's my prediction, and I think it's only a matter of time before something like that happens to a degree.
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    ColMirage , December 2, 2009 6:46 PM
    agnickolovWeird - why would you need GeForce GTX 260 for a 2D game? An ancient GeForce 4400 should suffice (certainly nothing more than a GeForce FX 5500, possibly even the 2MB pre-3DFx 2D-only cards)...


    Pretty sure that's because the game is 3D but is played on a 2D plane. Also, consider that emulating consoles requires a lot of processing power.

    Even a E6550 at stock clocks paired with a 4870 will lag at certain points with PS2 games.
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    buwish , December 2, 2009 7:16 PM
    Looks better than standard to me.
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    ssalim , December 2, 2009 7:17 PM
    Looks good (graphic, not game).
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    idisarmu , December 2, 2009 7:40 PM
    Stone ColdIs this crap of a game really needed in 1080p?!


    No matter how high the resolution of the screen, the wii will always have ugly textures
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    shrex , December 2, 2009 8:11 PM
    aoster87Is it just my system or was the youtube video fairly jumpy?


    Ran at constant 60FPS with perfect audio too with no graphical errors. Due to recording with Fraps it recorded at 30FPS and caused audio problems which do not happen otherwise.
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    Aoster87 , December 2, 2009 8:58 PM
    @ Shrex

    That is kinda what I figured.

    I would be curious to see what something like the Metroid Prime series looks like on 1080p :D 
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    chowmanga , December 2, 2009 9:24 PM
    After watching the video, I think I'd still enjoy super mario world on the snes more than this. I grew up on that game and still have fun to this day playing it.
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    dhowie , December 2, 2009 9:59 PM
    pooflinger1I think Nintendo should drop the whole console gig and just make games. Let's face it. Is the wii console REALLY required to play the games they make.... No. The wii is not a console, it's a method of playing games. If you took the accessories (wand, nun-chuck, etc), and accessories only, from the wii and had an exact equivalent on either the PS3 or 360, nobody would pay for the wii. People aren't paying for an underpowered previous generation console that has no HD and only comes in shiny white. They are paying for the experience. An experience that currently is not available on the PS3 or 360. HOWEVER, once either or both of those consoles provide the same experience, Nintendo's sales of the console will plummet. That's my prediction, and I think it's only a matter of time before something like that happens to a degree.


    Nintendo makes way to much money to think about ditching hardware and only focus on software. Lets face it, no matter how poor the graphics are, that console is fun to play with. People of all ages flock to it. Sales may drop, but I garauntee you Nintendo will pull them up when the time comes for a Wii update/refresh. The bottom line is that its still the best selling system, and the combined sales of the DS and Wii put everything else to shame.
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