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Getting Neo Geo Wii Virtual Console Titles to Work


While attempting to play “King of Fighters ’94” on the Wii Virtual Console recently, I learned that the title (if not all Neo Geo games) does not work in 480p. This baffles me, as 24 year-old 8-bit NES games have no issues running in 480p.

After searching around, I’ve learned of a workaround that involves a combination of button presses. If you’re stuck in a game that doesn’t work in 480p, press the home button on your Wii’mote and go into the “Operations Guide”. When in the guide, use your Wii’mote (with a nunchuck plugged in) and press “A”, “2” and “Z” buttons simultaneously. If done correctly, you will hear a sound indicating that the game has been forced in 480i mode. Next time you boot into the game, the Wii will remember that the game is to be rendered in 480i.

Sure, this issue has been around since the launch of the Wii in 2006, and will only affect users who use component cables. But the issue doesn’t seem well documented, and many gamers will probably be left scratching their heads wondering what’s going on when they make the switch from 480i to 480p.

Hopefully an official patch will be offered shortly, but in the meantime, I guess this workaround will do.

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Unlocking Original Dracula X Titles

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Konami’s “Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles” for the Sony PlayStation Portable is a great compilation disk that features both original Dracula X titles. The only problem is that “Rondo of Blood” and “Symphony of the Night” need to be unlocked as they are not available from the get go. To make things a little easier, I’ve compiled my save from the game which will give you immediate access to both classic games from the title menu. Click here, extract the file and follow the readme instructions provided to install the save game and proceed to playing two of the best Castlevania titles of all time.

Here’s a small blurb about the game:

An update of the classic PC Engine title, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the PSP title marks the first time the series has been released for the Sony handheld and also the first time the PC Engine game has been released in Europe. The conversion has been updated to make use of the stunning capabilities of the PSP, and features 3D graphics and all-new gameplay. Fans of the original game will also be able to unlock a pixel-perfect versions of the PC Engine game and of the acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by achieving specific goals.

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