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Prototypes Of The Wii Remote, Nunchuk, And Classic Controller

By Spencer . April 23, 2009 . 2:06pm

Digging through a series of patent documents I discovered alternate design documents for the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. The hardware is finalized now, but looking back at what could have been is pretty neat!   One early nunchuck design is shaped like a block. Doesn’t look comfortable to hold either compared to the […]

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Wii Sports Resort Ready For Summer Vacation

By Spencer . April 9, 2009 . 9:53am

Slightly delayed from its spring 2009 target, a Bloomberg report from a Nintendo press conference states Wii Sports Resort will be in stores this summer.   Fencing and Frisbee tossing on the Wii arrives in Japan this June. One month later, Nintendo will release Wii Sports Resort and the bundled Wii Motion Plus accessory overseas […]

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The Deluxe Dissidia PSP Case

By Spencer . April 9, 2009 . 7:09am

Sony and trendy bag company Porter have enjoyed a long partnership making fashionable PSP cases. Their latest PS Pictogram case invites Square Enix to the party.   This pouch has a silhouette of the Cosmos vs. Chaos battle from Dissidia: Final Fantasy on the flap. The 88mm x 185mm x 42mm case is designed to […]

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Sega Examining Xbox 360 Virtual On Twin Sticks

By Spencer . April 7, 2009 . 11:02am

Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram Ver. 5.66 is coming to Xbox Live Arcade this spring. Great news, but fans of the series probably want to play the game with a twin stick controller. Sega hears you.   In an official post the development team discusses a peripheral, but they don’t exactly announce it. They mention tinkering […]

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Sony Computer Entertainment Making… A Robot Accessory?

By Spencer . March 18, 2009 . 5:55pm

  Imagine playing a video game bundled with a tangible robot that rolls around on your carpet. Sounds unbelievable, but Sony Computer Entertainment filed a patent application for just that in June of last year.     The robot is designed with a camera (item 14) to detect its surroundings and a display (18) which […]

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Sony Developing A Colorful LED Wand For The PS2?

By Spencer . March 16, 2009 . 10:50am

A US registered patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment clues us in to a video game controller sitting somewhere in Sony’s R&D labs. The unnamed input device has a LED on the front and an external power supply. Emitted light is captured by an inexpensive camera and translated into user input data. Sony’s interface program […]

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How Hudson Uses The GBA Slot On The DS

By Spencer . March 2, 2009 . 11:15am

Sega, Nintendo, Activision, and Hudson share at least one thing in common. They all use the DS’ GBA slot for accessories. Since the Nintendo DSi is the new toy on the block you would think publishers would quit building devices that require a GBA slot now. Not Hudson!   Specific for Metal Fight Beyblade is […]

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Wii Classic Controller Pro Designed Like A PS2 Pad

By Spencer . February 26, 2009 . 7:17am

Nintendo announced a revised version of their Classic Controller is scheduled to come out in Japan this summer. The Classic Controller Pro adds grips and enlarges the ZL / ZR buttons which makes it look strikingly like a PlayStation 2 controller.   All of the extra plastic makes the Classic Controller Pro fatter too. Here’s […]

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Because We Need Resident Evil 5 Everything…

By Spencer . February 11, 2009 . 6:25am

Street Fighter IV stick maker Mad Catz has a license to make Resident Evil 5 branded accessories. What kind of accessories?   How about Bluetooth headsets, messenger bags, console skins, and controller faceplates? Not interested? Well, that’s what you’re getting for $49.99, $49.99, $29.99, and $19.99 respectively. A Resident Evil 5 arcade stick wouldn’t really […]

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DS Directional Sensing Card Used For Stargazing

By Spencer . January 23, 2009 . 8:05am

While digging through Japan’s trademark database last week we discovered Nintendo registered a trademark for a DS card that could detect direction. The unique card is real and now we know what it’s being used for. Sorry to disappoint anyone, it’s not for a new Zelda game with a realistic compass feature.   AstroArts is […]

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Monster Hunter G Wii Includes Monster Hunter Tri Demo, Optional Classic Controller

By Ishaan . January 15, 2009 . 12:05am

Isn’t that beautiful? It comes bundled with Monster Hunter G for the Wii. The info comes courtesy of Inside-Games, and is for all you Monster Hunter fans who were planning to import the Japanese Wii port of Monster Hunter…

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Nintendo Patent Reveals The Wii Remote Was Originally Made For The Gamecube

By Spencer . January 8, 2009 . 7:31pm

On March 10, 2006 Nintendo filed a patent for an “Accelerometer-based controller” in Japan, which is now registered on the US Patent and Trademark database. I wont bore you with the technical details because we know what it’s for, the Wii remote.   On further perusal, the patent figures have some interesting tidbits. One sketch […]

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Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: The Arcade Stick

By Spencer . October 24, 2008 . 4:12am

The classic controller felt fine when I played Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes at Tokyo Game Show, but if you want a more arcade like experience Exar has you covered. Their Tatsunoko vs. Capcom arcade stick is scheduled to come out on the same day as the Wii port for 5,980 yen ($65). […]

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Overturn Lets You Control Mecha With The Balance Board

By Spencer . October 23, 2008 . 7:09am

Studio Zan’s WiiWare game, Overturn, looks like of like Virutal On. You pilot a robot and battle other robots in an arena. Extra equipment can be earned in the story mode. Overturn’s mecha design is bland, but I’ll forgive that since Studio Zan lets players use the balance board to move your robot. How? Dunno, […]

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Taiko No Tatsujin Wii Comes With A Wireless Taiko Drum

By Spencer . October 2, 2008 . 12:15pm

If you didn’t have enough Wii accessories already Namco Bandai plans to bundle Taiko no Tatsujin Wii with a wireless taiko drum. The Wii designed taiko drum plugs into the Wii remote as an attachment. One wireless taiko controller comes with Taiko no Tatsujin Wii which retails for 7,980 yen ($75). Additional drums can be […]