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TRON: Evolution Collector’s Edition Announced, Has Toy Light Cycle Inside

TRON: Evolution Collector’s Edition Announced, Has Toy Light Cycle Inside

With the release of the TRON sequel just about on us (it's going to be the perfect Christmas gift, after all), there's no reason you should be surprised to see that the video game version's Collector's Edition has just broken cover. As many "collector's" items go, there's always a few goodies inside to make your purchase, which is usually a bit more expensive than the "normal" edition, worthwhile. That's certainly the case with this one.

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How Motion Gaming Has Failed Me

How Motion Gaming Has Failed Me

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like playing with the Nintendo Wii all that often. I realize that Nintendo fans won’t like to hear that, and I understand why they enjoy using the console, but for me, tossing my hand around while holding a remote just doesn’t add much gaming value. Plus, the console is inundated with games for kids that just don’t appeal to me.

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THQ uDraw Tablet Brings Drawing to the Wii

THQ uDraw Tablet Brings Drawing to the Wii

Here's one peripheral that's been missing from the Nintendo Wii. Though, with all that punching and rowing, it's no surprise that something as artistic as drawing and painting would be overlooked. But, it's finally here, and THQ has managed to make a peripheral that makes a lot of sense, while bringing that whole "tablet" thing into the video game market, too.

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Nintendo Wii Classic Controller in Gold Included in Goldeneye 007 Classic Edition

Nintendo Wii Classic Controller in Gold Included in Goldeneye 007 Classic Edition

When most video game players think about First Person Shooters (FPS), one of the highest-ranking titles is Goldeneye. It's present on the Nintendo 64 way back in the day was an explosive one, and it provided countless hours of gaming bliss for a countless number of players out there. With the announcement that Goldeneye would be getting a new breath of life for the Nintendo Wii, people started immediately wondering how it would play with the Wii's motion controller. Well, you can also go the "classic" route, if you want -- and it even includes a Classic Controller to go along with it.

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30 million Nintendo Wii sold in US

30 million Nintendo Wii sold in US

Nintendo has just confirmed that it has sold 30 million Wii consoles in the US alone, making it the fastest console to reach that milestone in the history of gaming.  The Wii launched back in 2006, and hit the 30m mark fifteen months faster than the next best-selling console.

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WiiLeanback Wiimote hack for YouTube Leanback released [Video]

WiiLeanback Wiimote hack for YouTube Leanback released [Video]

If the idea of controlling YouTube Leanback with your Wiimote appeals, and you've been waiting for the app to enable it since we gave you a sneak preview last week, you'll be pleased to hear WiiLeanback is now available.  A free download, it hooks up a Nintendo Wii controller, USB Bluetooth adapter and the lounge-friendly new YouTube UI.

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WiiLeanback adds Wiimote control to YouTube Leanback [Video]

WiiLeanback adds Wiimote control to YouTube Leanback [Video]

YouTube's new Leanback lounge-friendly UI went live last week, but if you're more comfortable with a remote control than a keyboard then WiiLeanback may be of interest.  The handiwork of Robert Oschler, who has been merrily controlling WowWee robots with the Nintendo Wii controller for some time, WiiLeanback is basically a simple way to use the wiimote as a remote for the new YouTube interface.

Video demo after the cut

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Nintendo v. Apple

Nintendo v. Apple

I was at E3 last week (was that just last week?) and attended two separate Nintendo events: the press conference where Nintendo talked about upcoming products, and an Analyst Q&A session where Nintendo executives explained Nintendo’s strategy to a group of mostly financial analysts who looked grossly out of place at E3 (financial analyst types dress much, much better than the average E3 attendee). One of the things that struck me in the press conference is how much Nintendo is competing against Apple in mobile gaming, and one of the things I discovered in the Q&A session is how much alike the two companies are in their approach to product development.

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These sweet Disney controllers make up some of the crap controllers on the market

These sweet Disney controllers make up some of the crap controllers on the market

Anyone who follows the gaming world knows that there are some smoking piles of crap on the market when it comes to controllers. A new series of controllers based on Disney properties have been unveiled by PDP and they are all kinds of cool.

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Digiwinner Machine Gun Wii Accessory Brings Too Much Realism to the Wii

Digiwinner Machine Gun Wii Accessory Brings Too Much Realism to the Wii

This time around, we can't start a Wii accessory article by saying how "ridiculous" it is. In fact, this one is way more "normal" than we would ever have guessed we'd see launch for the Nintendo Wii. Then again, we're not sure this one's officially sanctioned by the House of Mario, either, so . . . Take that for what it's worth. This is Digiwinner's Machine Gun accessory, and yes, you're supposed to use it for all those rail-shooters available for the Wii.

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TRON-Themed Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii Controllers Shown Off at E3

TRON-Themed Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii Controllers Shown Off at E3

The controllers of video game consoles get themed all the time. It's pretty much an every day occurrence, so you'll have to forgive us if we seem a bit jaded when we talk about them. But, one look at these beauties from the guys handling the TRON remake, and we're willing to take it all back. Even as we write this up, we're still staring at them, probably drooling. We can't tell.

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One Console to Rule Them All

One Console to Rule Them All

Competition is usually great for consumers, especially in the gadget world. Competition among phone makers is the most obvious example, but even digital cameras, laptops and netbooks, and HDTVs are all part of a highly competitive electronics landscape. Buyers can now find these products at lower prices with more features than ever before. It's tough, perhaps even un-American, to argue against competition, but in the video games industry, a little less competition would do gamers a lot of good.

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