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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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Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs and Stand Up

Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs and Stand Up

Originally, I wanted to title this story "Why Women Hate Consoles," but I'm sure there are many women who would take exception to that complaint. I'm not married to one of those women. My wife hates console gaming. She doesn't just hate playing games on my Xbox or Playstation, she hates when I play them, too. For a while, I couldn't figure out why.

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Why E3 won’t be as exciting as you think

Why E3 won’t be as exciting as you think

With E3 2010 just a few days away, it's now time to consider what Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, and all the major developers will be delivering. The show is the biggest gaming confab of the year, and it stands to reason that all the secrets that developers and hardware companies have been keeping over the past year (or more) will be unveiled. That's certainly the case in the past. E3 has been home to console announcements, additions to major franchises, and much, much more.

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Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Rock Band 3 gets detailed: controllers, challenges and more

Having been spotted flaunting its keyboard controller on video yesterday, Rock Band 3 has come clean in a hands-on preview over at Joystiq.  All of the new controller hardware has been revealed, including the $150 Fender Mustang Pro and Squier Stratocaster (the latter of which can be used as a fully-functional, regular electric guitar), the three new cymbals and the MIDI-capable keytar.

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Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Korg Monotron meets iPad iElectribe & Wii Nunchuk for music mangling [Video]

Take a Korg Monotron analog synth, throw in an iPad running Korg's excellent iElectribe app and then use an Arduino to tie the whole thing together: you're not only hitting some of the geekiest keywords around these days, but getting an awesome, glitchy, electronic music mangling setup.  YouTuber Denkitribe has been circuit bending his Monotron, coming up not only with the system described above, but one in which the accelerometer and joystick of a Wii Nunchuk are used to control the battery-powered synth.

Video after the cut

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Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

We've seen bizarre gaming controllers for the Wii before - the football-shaped Wiimote dock looked practically normal in comparison to the inflatable horse controller - but the Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller takes things to another level.  Basically replicating the arcade controls for the Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend machines the Wii game is based on, the most obvious (and unusual) part of the hardware is the great big sword hilt.

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Nintendo Wii and DSi sales tumble

Nintendo Wii and DSi sales tumble

Nintendo have announced their latest quarterly financial results [PDF link], and it proved a disappointing period for both Wii and DSi sales.  Wii demand plummeted, falling 21-percent from the same period a year ago, while DSi sales dropped 13-percent.  The company has blamed poor flagship Wii game title releases for middling demand for the console, and are looking to the new 3D-capable Nintendo 3DS to salve further handheld shortfalls.

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