We had already heard that the next peripheral for Nintendo's Wii, the Wii Remote Plus, would be landing in Japan on November 11th, but it looks like Nintendo has plans to launch the controller in Europe first. The company has just announced that the remote will be launched in Europe almost a full week ahead of the launch in Japan, but it doesn't look like Nintendo's including any kind of console bundle with this launch.
There's plenty of video game controllers shaped like a gun, which are all designed to help the player experience their favorite First Person Shooter (FPS) title in a whole new way. With Activision's Top Shot Elite Controller, which recently passed through the FCC, they're making sure that you have plenty of options console wise to pick up the accessory.
At first tipped, and then later confirmed by Nintendo, the Wii Remote Plus has been an accessory that many Wii owners have been waiting patiently for. Or perhaps not so patiently. Either way, the new accessory has been given a launch date, and it's been unveiled that the new controller will also be bundled with an old classic for the Wii. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's any indication as to when the new controller, or even the bundle, will be released internationally, which looks to be a growing trend for Nintendo.
The upcoming Square Enix title Final Fantasy XIV is definitely getting plenty of branded accessory love at this point. After we saw a wide range of accessories with the game's namesake branded onto them break cover late last week, we've now got another new PC-based controller making its way to the market in time for the official release of the Role Playing Game (RPG).
Sony's PlayStation Move has gone on sale, with not only the controller itself but the console bundles arriving on virtual shelves. Amazon is listing the Move Starter Bundle for $99.99 and the 320GB PS3 Move bundle for $399.99, while the individual Move controller on its own is $49.99 and the Navigation controller is $29.96.
Splitfish has been on the market for a while now with controllers that bring a mouse to the gaming consoles like the PS3 allowing fans to play shooters and other titles with a mouse as they would on the PC. Splitfish has now announced the street date for several of its new controllers for the Mac, Pc, and PS3 including the Fragfx Shark, Barracuda, and Piranha.
In most cases, a controller that's themed to a particular video game isn't something that we get all that excited about. But, of course, there are notable exceptions. While the TRON-themed controllers caught our eye a couple of months back, we're now forced to rationalize that a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver is coming down the pipe, and it's headed for the Nintendo Wii. And, we can't pass up Doctor Who things.
Nike issued an art-meets-innovation challenge to designers to take its shoes and use them to create an innovative product of some sort. One of the entrants to the contest came from Nick Marsh. Marsh took the Nike shoes and cobbled them together with Nintendo Wii controls.
It may look like a guy enjoying a private Bontempi moment, but you're actually looking at the first glimpse of the Rock Band 3 keyboard, caught on camera by USA Today. The 25-key peripheral will work in both regular and Pro modes - where there are either five or all 25 keys used - as well as as a standalone MIDI keyboard.
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The PlayStation Move motion controller isn't out yet, and you will have to keep waiting for a few months before you'll get your hands on one, but if you were curious as to how much it might be going for when it does finally launch, here's your first clue. It's coming out of Canada, right from GameStop's site, and it does a pretty good job of giving us an idea of what the future might hold.
Naively we thought multiplayer gaming meant you and lots of other people all over the world coming together to play simultaneously, but Zhek Kromtor's multiboxing rig takes a slightly different approach. Intended to allow him to log into the EVE virtual world as twelve separate characters, the convoluted system - which has multiple mice and keyboards, all stuck together with dowels - is intended to get around EVE's block on so-called software multiboxing, where keyboard/mouse sharing apps are used to speedily control multiple characters.