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PDP Nintendo Switch Fight Pad Review: A solid 3rd-party GameCube controller

PDP Nintendo Switch Fight Pad Review: A solid 3rd-party GameCube controller

Were it not for Super Smash Bros., the GameCube controller would probably be a distant memory for most people. A curiosity of the past, perhaps, given its rather unique design and button layout. A stepping stone on the path to the more refined gamepads we have today. Thanks to Super Smash Bros., though, the GameCube controller is none of those things, and instead it’s alive and kicking. Though the original Wii had a set of GameCube controller ports all its own, Nintendo eventually figured out a way to bring GameCube support forward to the Wii U, all in the name of Super Smash Bros. and the Melee veterans who love it.

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Razer Raiju Mobile joins the growing Android gamepad team

Razer Raiju Mobile joins the growing Android gamepad team

There is no shortage of game controllers for Android, both the wireless and the wired kind. That’s really no surprise, considering that other mobile platform barely supports such peripherals. So it probably doesn’t hurt to add one more to that list, especially when it involves one of the most trusted brands in the gaming industry. As announced last October, Razer is finally making its Raiju controller available for Android phones, bringing to mobile the same things that made its Tournament-grade controller popular.

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Xiaomi Black Shark Gamepad 2.0 finally makes the Switch

Xiaomi Black Shark Gamepad 2.0 finally makes the Switch

When rumors of the Xiaomi-funded Black Shark started to circulate, mobile gamers were more than curious about the possibility of a phone that more or less turns into a Nintendo Switch-alike via removable controllers. When the first Black Shark came out, however, the crowd was disappointed by a one-sided affair. It seems that Xiaomi is finally making up for lost time and opportunity with the Gamepad 2.0 that finally does bring two controllers on each side to truly turn a phone into a mobile gaming handheld.

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Nintendo Switch, Xbox Adaptive Controller make games more accessible

Nintendo Switch, Xbox Adaptive Controller make games more accessible

Just like in the mobile market, most of the developments and advancements in gaming cater to the large majority of able-bodied gamers. That unsurprisingly cuts off quite a sizable number of people that would buy games by the dozens if they were actually playable by people with physical handicaps. That’s why Microsoft was largely praised when it came out with its Xbox Adaptive Controller though, unfortunately, few followed its lead. Fortunately, all it took was a very dedicated gamer to find ways to make the XAC work with the Nintendo Switch.

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Turns out Nintendo made a rare Wii remote prototype for the GameCube

Turns out Nintendo made a rare Wii remote prototype for the GameCube

Back in 2006, Nintendo's Wii console broke new ground when it came to using motion-based controls in video games thanks to its then-unique wand-like remote. Now we're getting a rare look at an official prototype version of the Wii remote, thanks to a Japanese auction listing. Right off the bat it's clear the remote is very similar in appearance to the consumer version that was released with the Wii, but what's interesting here is that the prototype is designed to work with the GameCube, Nintendo's console before the Wii.

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HTC Vive Pro update brings finger tracking to VR

HTC Vive Pro update brings finger tracking to VR

So you'd like to dive in to the virtual reality universe, but you'd rather not have to hold controllers. The most recent announcement from HTC's Vive crew suggests that the HTC Vive Pro will soon have 6DoF hand and finger tracking with a simple software update. "Through the front-camera and its proprietary AI computer vision technology, Vive Pro users can soon interact in VR environments directly with their hands without the need for any specialized tracking hardware."

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PowerA Nintendo Switch ‘Diablo 3’ controller arrives at GameStop

PowerA Nintendo Switch ‘Diablo 3’ controller arrives at GameStop

PowerA has unveiled a new wireless controller for the Nintendo Switch that features Diablo 3 artwork. The controllers will be available exclusively through game retailer GameStop, which is now accepting preorders for the model. Buyers will officially be able to get the controller on November 2 when Diablo 3: Eternal Collection arrives.

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New Google VR 6DoF controllers: More details

New Google VR 6DoF controllers: More details

This week the folks behind Google's Daydream VR universe revealed they'd made a pair of new controllers. These controllers look something like a cross between their earliest Daydream controller and a PlayStation Move - or better yet, just a PSVR controller, but a tiny bit different. These new controllers are not (yet) available to the public, they'll be sent first to game developers and app developers interested in taking VR to a new level.

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Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo Switch NES Joy-cons have a disappointing fine print

Nintendo giveth and Nintendo taketh away. Or in this case, it just didn’t make things painfully clear before “encouraging” Nintendo fans to put their hard-earned monies into this nod to the past. At its Nintendo Direct stream last week, the gaming giant revealed, much to the glee of NES fans, Joy-con replicas of the classic controller. But while it’s not completely useless, the fine print that Nintendo didn’t mention makes these accessories a lot less useful than you might have presumed.

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The Boring Company has a non-boring way to drive its drill

The Boring Company has a non-boring way to drive its drill

Some might be questioning Elon Musk’s mental health of late and there will be others who will probably point to The Boring Company as the earliest signs of its deterioration. The grand vision is definitely worth chasing but Musk’s youngest venture has taken a few odd turns along the way. Now it’s showing off something that’s, yet again, purely for fun. But the random demonstration of a gigantic drilling machine operated using an Xbox controller isn’t going to do Musk’s PR any favors.

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Robot white Xbox One X and Xbox Elite Controller announced for Fallout 76 release

Robot white Xbox One X and Xbox Elite Controller announced for Fallout 76 release

Today, Microsoft announced that a few items in its product lineup are getting something of a makeover. The company revealed that one upcoming Xbox One X bundle will be available in a color it's calling "robot white." Alongside it, the Xbox Elite Controller and the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset will receive new models in the same color.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate gets a special edition Pro Controller

Super Smash Bros Ultimate gets a special edition Pro Controller

Super Smash Bros fans will likely tell you that the controller you use is everything. While we count on many of them using the GameCube controller once Super Smash Bros Ultimate releases in December, Nintendo revealed today that it has something special planned for those of us who like the Switch Pro Controller. We're getting a special Smash Bros-themed Pro Controller with this release, and there will be a couple of ways to buy one.

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