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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Nintendo have pushed a new Wiimote controller for their Wii console through the FCC, though it's unclear what functional changes the new model will bring. Listed as model RVL-036, the diagram makes it clear that this is indeed a Wiimote but the confidentiality request locks up any live photos or the user manual until November 7th 2010.
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.
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.
It must be May 9th, right? Surely it is, because that's the only reason we'd be seeing a fully boxed, still shiny, Nintendo Wii in black at a retail store, right? Well, unless you're a devilish employee who likes to send out leaked, early shots of said items, then we'd probably have a situation like we do right here. As you can see, that's definitely the black Nintendo Wii, and it's finally --finally-- showing up in North American retail stores.