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Nintendo inflatable horse-riding controller is patent genius

If there's one thing Nintendo - no, scratch that, the world - needs more of, it's gimmicky Wii controllers.  Thankfully the trusty patent system has given us a heads-up of what might be the next obscure gaming gadget to monopolize the holiday season, in the shape of an inflatable horse-riding controller.

Tony Hawk’s RIDE Sliding Into US Stores November 17th

Tony Hawk’s RIDE Sliding Into US Stores November 17th

Reports are coming in that the anticipated next installment of the Tony Hawk skateboarding series has been set for November 17 here in the States, which we're hoping means all three console-based variations will be hitting shelves on that day.

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Tony Hawk: RIDE plus limited edition controller priced for UK

Upcoming skateboard game Tony Hawk: RIDE has been priced for the UK, with retailer Game listing the title - complete with a limited edition board controller - at £99.99 ($168).  The custom board is designed by Tony Hawk himself, hence the great big hawk on it, and is exclusive to Game.

Street Fighter hand-made arcade sticks appear on Etsy

Street Fighter hand-made arcade sticks appear on Etsy

How much would you pay for a hand-made Xbox 360 wireless arcade joystick, with heavy-duty metal casings, rechargeable batteries and millimeter-for-millimeter Street Fighter II arcade cabinet control layout accuracy?  If your response is "well, Chris, I'd pay $190" then keep on reading; the rest of you, move on.

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Zeemote JS1 Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry announced

Zeemote JS1 Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry announced

Zeemote have launched a version of their Bluetooth mobile gaming controller for BlackBerry smartphones.  The Zeemote JS1 is compatible with all BlackBerry handsets that have a trackball, and connects wirelessly to offer over fifty hours of battery-powered gameplay.

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Band Hero DS “Drum Grip” for Nintendo DS revealed

Activision have been showing off their latest peripheral, and this time they've set their sights on your pocket.  Set to be included with every purchase of Band Hero DS, the upcoming musical game for Nintendo's clamshell console, the Band Hero DS Drum Grip is a rubberized silicon sleeve that fits over the DS Lite.

Sony PlayStation Eye to get facial recognition

Sony PlayStation Eye to get facial recognition

Sony have revealed plans to add facial recognition capabilities to their PlayStation Eye webcam, potentially stealing part of Microsoft's Project Natal thunder.  According to Kish Hirani, Sony Europe's head of developer services, the functionality will soon be added to the existing hardware, with developer libraries available for games studios so that they don't need to exert effort specifically coding for the new system.

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Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for PS3

Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for PS3

Logitech have announced their latest gaming peripheral, the Wireless Drum Controller for Guitar Hero on the PS3.  Consisting of three drum-heads with recessed rims, dual cymbal pads and a kick pedal, the system is licensed by Activision and connects to the PS3 via a 2.4GHz wireless USB receiver.

 

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22Moo GameBone Pro controller for iPhone and iPod touch

We're not entirely convinced by the name 22Moo, but now that iPhone OS 3.0 supports third-party peripherals we're sure we could find some bag-space for their GameBone Pro controller.  Intended to be used with an iPhone or iPod touch, the GameBone Pro hooks up via Bluetooth or Apple's dock-connector, and has an 8-way D-pad plus six buttons.

Game Gun DIY motion-tracking FPS controller [Video]

Game Gun DIY motion-tracking FPS controller [Video]

This enthusiastic man is holding what could, with a little more R&D and a big marketing budget, be the next big peripheral in first-person shooters.  The handiwork of "The Redneck Techie", the Game Gun is a modified keyboard, stuffed into a gun peripheral, with motion-sensitive tracking and an LCD display mounted on top. 

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Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 announced [Video]

Logitech Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox 360 announced [Video]

Logitech have announced their latest Guitar Hero peripheral, a wireless controller for the Xbox 360.  Like the company's existing guitar controller for PS2 and PS3, the new Xbox 360 version has a wood neck, rosewood fingerboard and metal frets.

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Peregrine makes for hotkey access without the keys

Peregrine makes for hotkey access without the keys

Well this is pretty neat. It's called the Peregrine and it's a nifty little accessory for PC gamers that want a more hands-on approach to their gaming. Yes, this glove here is actually a video game controller.

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