Does anyone around here own a Wii U and Mario Party 8 for the Wii?
To explain why I'm asking, that and perhaps a dozen other Wii releases would self pillarbox themselves for 16:9. So they're essentially 4:3 games that were enhanced for 16:9 so the viewer didn't have to turn off stretch mode on their HDTV. And that has meant that during most of the Wii U's lifespan when all of Wii mode was stretched to 16:9 that these few games were the only 4:3 material actually being displayed as 4:3 by the Wii U.
But now that a patch a few weeks ago added automatic aspect ratio detection and things like Wii Virtual Console downloads are now correctly pillarboxed by the Wii U hardware, I'm curious if that small category of 16:9 enhanced 4:3 releases are ran as 4:3 material or still as 16:9 now. Mario Party 8 had custom pillarboxing when running in 16:9 mode rather than plain black pillarboxing so it's the easiest one to determine how the Wii U is now handling it.
If it looks like below, it means that it's recognized as 16:9 and has switched to anamorphic widescreen mode. And that means it's needlessly wasting a bit of its 640x480 resolution being sent to the Wii U's scaler on its own pillarboxing. This most likely is how the game continues to look on the Wii U.
And if looks like below, it's means that it's identified as 4:3 which is ideal since it means that the full 640x480 resolution being sent to the Wii U's scaler is dedicated to the game itself and the scaling chip itself is instead handling the pillarboxing. So the pillarboxing comes at no detriment to the picture quality of the game itself like it does up above.
Originally Posted by Conspiracy*
Also, we lost the power cord to charge the gamepad when we moved. Anyone know where I can buy a new cord or if Nintendo will send one to me?
Nintendo's own online store is where you want to go for such things. They sell it for $19.00 USD.Edited by Leo_Ames - 12/5/13 at 4:26am